Artisan Work Lab

It's a new day for waste stream diversion: Imagine new fashion found in old clothes, found objects turned into sculpture, printmaking on any surface, and housewares transformed into valuable works of functional art.

We divert surplus goods and art supplies collected by the Free Store into the Artisan Work Lab (AWL), a small business incubator, media bank, tool library, and co-work studio. As this space develops and grows in membership, increasing numbers of artists will be able to access studio space, equipment, and business support which they otherwise might not be able to afford on an individual basis.

After its Phase 2 completion in 2017, this project to close the loop on diverted waste became known as Make Space: Free Store and Artisan Work Lab.

Artist cooperative: The artist-owned Party Citadel worker cooperative will develop and manufacture a product line featuring party and event supplies, made from diverted waste materials from the Whittier Free Store, providing an alternative to single-use disposables, and ultimately providing cooperative business ownership for local artists. 

To learn more about Party Citadel, or to schedule a tour of the Artisan Work Lab, email Megan at