Storytelling and Design for Good


As a pre-celebration of Earth Day on Sunday, April 21, Benevolent Media and Union Market present an afternoon of eco-conscious art and design, featuring a pop-up marketplace of local vendors and interactive workshops led by teaching artists dedicated to inspiring “creative reuse” and environmentally sustainable behavior.

Sunday, April 21
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Union Market
1309 5th Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Free and open to the public.

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rosette[DESIGN WORKSHOP: Fabric Flowers, 12pm-2pm] Think Outside the Store is a sewing studio in downtown Silver Spring that promotes creative expression and consumer consciousness through clothing. We provide sewing classes and custom sewing services with a focus on upcycling used clothing and textile materials. When you think outside the store, you don’t have to be limited to the mass manufactured and marketed clothing, jewelry, toys and household items available at retail outlets–you can design and make your own!

Facebook: Think Outside the Store / Twitter: @outsidethestore




[DESIGN WORKSHOP: Handmade and Recycled Seed Starting Pots, 2pm-4pm] Uruguayan born artist Yanina Angelini-Young is commited to sustainability through art and design. In her accessory line Untietled, she up-cycles vintage ties, fabric and thread to create intricate one-of-a-kind accessories. In her art work, she blends ideas drawn from anatomy, politics and theology as well as using her gardening skills to grow moss and succulents, dry flowers and repurposes wood to create mixed media pieces. Yanina is passionate about giving otherwise forgotten items a new life and purpose.

Facebook: YaninaAngeliniArt / Twitter: @untietled



Featured Art + Design Vendors:

brosewebBrody Rose’s R.A.P. (Recycled Art Project) utilizes used canvases and second-hand frames, old magazines, etc., with acrylic and marker, for original works of art.

Instagram: @insta_b_rose





Using hand painted up-cycled wine crates, Carry-On Boxes create a statement for your bike or your home.






Daniella Creations gives a charming second life to the discarded pages from our most-favorite childhood stories.  Handcrafted from start to finish, their “Storybook Stationery” are gorgeous one-of-a-kind card and envelope sets that upcycle discarded children’s classics into precious Birthday Party invitations, thank you notes, and more!

Facebook: DaniellaCreations



FawnaFawna Xiao is a DC-based printmaker that creates an abstracted landscape captured in a series of screenprinted monotypes. Her prints are celebrations and studies of mountains, canyons, rocks, and glaciers. Fawna’s work is a tribute to both their form and their importance in our memory.

Instagram: @fawnax




Handmade Habitat is an artisan brand based in Takoma Park, Maryland specializing in environmentally conscious products for all aspects of one’s life – to wear, to carry and to keep in the home. Some of the products include all natural soy candles; cotton, hand-dyed with tea scarves; and all cotton, handmade bags. All made with natural materials and inspired by the Earth.

Facebook: handmadehabitat / Twitter: @aminascats / Instagram: @aminascats




Inspiration for Jen-A-Fusion‘s products springs from the textiles used to create clothing and accessories. In addition to traditional flat fabric, the company utilizes recycled matter from different sources, such as used clothing and vintage housewares. It is centered on a love of taking materials from ‘trash’ and making them into ‘usable art’. It challenges and motivates to find another life for old piece. The final designs fuse the new and old into something unique.

Facebook: jenafusion / Twitter: @Jen_A_Fusion



OneMangoTree One Mango Tree believes that economic empowerment provides the foundation necessary for achieving sustainable peace and development. The OMT model revolves around this belief, going beyond fair trade to create jobs and improve quality of life in some of the most challenging environments in the world.

Facebook: onemangotree / Twitter: @onemangotree / Instagram: @onemangotree



Remember Your RootsRemember Your Roots is a clothing company that desires to be different. Our goal is to provide consumers with a more ecological clothing alternative without having to sacrifice style. Remember Your Roots is a vehicle in which we hope to promote positive change that we want to see in the world. We believe that every day you pass up on doing something which inspires you, is a day lost in becoming who you truly want to be. Remember Your Roots is your inspiration to be what lies within.

Facebook:  RememberYourRoots / Twitter: @IamRYR / Instagram: @RememberYourRoots



spooliaWhat happens when DC Arts District street banners are removed from streetlights in U Street, Logan and Shaw neighborhoods? If you are District-based Spoolia Design owner Julia Ames, designer of the banners, you create up-cycled shoulder bags, clutches, and iPad cases that give them a second life as stylish, unique fashion accessories born and bred in D.C.

Facebook: SpooliaDesign / Twitter: @spoolia / Instagram: @spoolia



imageSweet Pepita is urban, green, unquestionably hip clothing for babies and children. Everything, from tees to dresses, pixie hats to infant layette, is hand-crafted using only recycled fabric and 100% organic cotton. The result is an environmentally and socially responsible product that is just as cool as the kids wearing it.

Facebook: sweetpepita / Twitter: @SweetPepita / Instagram: @sdelanoy




YB Green LLC is a brand of recycled glass jewelry that was created in 2009 in New Orleans. The City of New Orleans stopped recycling glass after Hurricane Katrina, so YB Green begun collecting, washing, and melting wasted glass bottles into colorful accessories. All of the glass is from the 9th Ward because it was the hardest hit area. The Spring/Summer collection will be launched at Eco-Depot.

Facebook: YBGreenJewelry / Twitter: @cryb

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