Canada

13
OCT
2017
scrap wood sculpture by Aaron S Moran

Cool contemporary wood sculpture made from scrap

If you think reclaimed wood only has a chance at second life, either as furniture or floorboards, think again. More and more creatives are coming up with fresh and exciting way to reuse unwanted offcuts. Negating the need for canvas or clay, these artists prefer working with... Read More →
11
AUG
2015
Brothers Dressler

Wood offcuts for Lululemon storefront by Brothers Dressler

Brothers Dressler are a design duo based in Toronto specialising in one-of-a-kind production. The brothers work on projects ranging from furniture and lighting to special commissions, with a commitment to using found, reclaimed and locally sourced materials. “Ou... Read More →
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12
OCT
2013

Cut out newspaper art by Myriam Dion

These incredibly fragile works of art started out as newspaper pages from Le Devoir and The International Herald Tribune.  The artist Myriam Dion, currently studying in Quebec uses a scalpel to create intricate newspaper cut-outs, drawing inspiration for each lacework patterns... Read More →
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26
APR
2013

Upcycled fashion at Vancouver Eco Fashion Week

Wednesday marked the end of Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week (6th edition), a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating the growth and development of sustainable practices in the fashion and clothing industries. “The clothing, textile and fashion industry... Read More →
18
APR
2013

Landscapes carved from books by Guy Laramee

The intricacy of this work is exceptional.  Remarkably, these atmospheric landscapes are sculpted from old books.  The series named Biblios is by multi-disciplinary artist Guy Laramee who says of his work, “So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes.... Read More →
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31
JAN
2013

Cardboard jewellery by N-Product

These rings are made from laser-cut cardboard.  Each consists of multiple layers of paperboard, glued together and lacquered with a polymer epoxy to make them water, chemical and ultraviolet resistant.  Dominic Coballe and his wife Chrystale Ladouceur are the brains behind the... Read More →
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18
NOV
2012

Upcycled knitwear toys and accessories by The Remakerie

If you’ve ever accidentally shrunk a favourite jumper in the wash, there may still be life in it yet.  I’ve just been checking out these lovely products by the Remakerie on Etsy.  Sarah Hepworth from Montreal, Canada transforms Fair Isle jumpers into floor cushion... Read More →
25
OCT
2012

Reclaimed fabric toy characters by Katkaland

Katkaland is the playground of Katka Hubacek from Quebec, Canada. These wonderful handmade creatures are influenced by a childhood spent drawing princesses, dressing her doll Blanka and feeding her imaginary animals. Her education in Scenography and Costume Studies provided an... Read More →
11
OCT
2012

Cloud art installation made from lightbulbs

CLOUD is a large-scale interactive installation by Caitlind Brown for Nuit Blanche Calgary. The project was made using more than 5000 illuminated and burnt out light bulbs.  Viewers were invited to participate in the installation by standing underneath and pulling the metal... Read More →
20
DEC
2011

Upcycled fashion by Adhesif Clothing Co

Vancouver based Adhesif Clothing Company continues to uphold the notion that for fashion that’s truly unique, the only way is upcycled.  Melissa Ferreira started the line in 2007 and hand sources high quality vintage materials from local thrift stores. Their AW11 collection... Read More →
01
JUN
2011

Re Ribbons: Michelle Lowe-Holder

Loving the beautiful Spring/Summer 2011 collection ‘Summer Ribbon Reclaim’ from Canadian designer Michelle Lowe-Holder.  She cleverly utilises offcuts from previous collections and end of line cuttings to craft dynamic and individual, sustainable statement pieces.... Read More →
17
MAY
2011

Bags made from upcycled leather jackets

Love these! Bags by Hoakon Helga incorporate vintage and recycled materials, particularly vintage leather jackets.  The line is named after the designer”s grandparents and strives to achieve respect for the past and future by using sustainable methods. Images via Etsy Read More →
07
DEC
2010

Canopy of white umbrellas by Organelle Design

Another gem in Organelle Design’s portfolio is GO! Gallery – a collaborative project which involved creating a temporary gallery in a forgotten courtyard at the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown. A sculptural umbrella canopy hung above the chosen site to create an... Read More →
07
DEC
2010

Pendant lights made from coat hangers by Organelle Design

First, a look at Organelle Design, a small independent design studio based in New York and Vancouver. Amongst various design projects, they make organic inspired furniture and lighting such as the fabulous Hangelier light, pictured here. These form part of a series of pendant... Read More →
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