If you read Monica’s post about Workshop on Saturday, then you know that BAS loves DIY. And the more the merrier, so here is another DIY hub in the East Bay.
In the heart of the Oakland art scene is a little hole in the wall called the Rock Paper Scissors Collective. In a world that deceives us about most everything (of course Scarlett Jo’s singing voice sounds decent through a filter and I’m sure Rachel Zoe’s job is very hard) and can’t seem to fix things that are broken (the neverending healthcare story, the neverending war saga, the neverending America’s Next Top Model series), it comes as a pleasant surprise when someone does what they say they will. So it is comforting that the RPS Collective is a space that actually puts its words to action by recognizing that the DIY (Do It Yourself) movement is only sustainable if we DIT (Do It Together). Their mission statement:
“The Rock Paper Scissors Collectiveâ€¨is a volunteer-run organization that fosters creativity and collaborationâ€¨in order to strengthen local communities and encourage sustainable practicesâ€¨and alternative models. We promote the sharing of ideas, skills, and resourcesâ€¨through the celebration of art, craft, education, and performance. RPS currently realizes this through an accessible space that offersâ€¨free and low-cost classes, curated and open submission art shows, theâ€¨retail of independently made clothing/craft/zines/music, a drop in artsâ€¨lab, community events space, and youth involvement.”
Despite legitimate concerns about the neighborhood’s â€œhipster invasion,â€ RPS is a beloved center for art, community, and outreach. Overflowing with titillating installations, hundreds of zines, handmade goods, and sewing machines, it is no wonder that RPS won the East Bay Express’s Best of ’09 Awards for Best Arts Organization and Best Purveyor of Local Art (not to mention the â€˜08 winner for Best Gallery). Their calendar is perpetually chock-full of fun community events, and cheap/donation-based/FREE classes with great names (â€œPilates to the People,â€ â€œmess with bikes,â€ â€œChurch of Craft,â€ â€œRenegade Craft Momsâ€) and a myriad of DIY lessons (zine-making, knitting, origami, silkscreening, sewing, and writing workshops, to name just a few). Want to teach a class, staff a gallery event, work the retail store, and/or more? Go to their Volunteer Orientation this Friday at noon!
Rock Paper Scissors Collective
2278 Telegraph Ave @ 23rd St [Oakland]
Open Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-7pm
(Closed Monday and Tuesday)