26
JUN
2011

Upcycled furniture by Rupert Blanchard

Love this latest work from Rupert Blanchard.  He’s been collecting packaging crates for 10 years and this year decided to do something with the badly damaged ones.  Combined with salvaged Victorian pine floorboards he’s made a superb table and chairs set.  Check out... Read More →
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22
JUN
2011

Weird and Wonderful

Having just stumbled across this article on Belgian talent Erik Zwaga, it wasn’t going to be long before I’d start raving about his upcycled art. In addition to the humorous and surrealist aspect to his work, I love the way he groups twee decorative objects to create... Read More →
20
JUN
2011

Canopy of Cups

This canopy is made of waste cups created by attendees of the Outside Lands concert in San Francisco.  The project by BIOS Design Collective involved stringing steel cable mesh above the Stable Cafe patio in equidistant lines. Designer Chris Chalmers created the layout for the... Read More →
19
JUN
2011

Clean Cut

Another marvellous discovery found on Etsy.  Mid West Vintage are a clothing company based in Hong Kong that reconstruct vintage clothing into fantastic modern pieces. I couldn’t resist sharing a few favourites, all available to buy here. Shirt dress reconstructed from a... Read More →
16
JUN
2011
Woman wearing vintage style fascinator by House of Lily

Handmade fascinators by House of Lily Millinery

It’s Royal Ascot week and despite the appalling British weather, ladies from all over the UK are donning their heels and show stopping hats in the hope of standing out from the crowd. A perfect time therefore to highlight a fine example of upcycled millinery from House of... Read More →
14
JUN
2011

Ten Green Bottles

I’ve seen plenty of beer bottles upcycled into drinking vessels – but nothing quite like these by German designer Sybille Homann.  These beautiful vases, carafes, candlesticks and lights are made predominantly from used glass taken from bottles and windows. Images via... Read More →
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13
JUN
2011

Installations by Susie MacMurray

It’s impossible not to be blown away by the work of Susie MacMurray – a former classical musician turned artist whose work encompasses drawing, sculpture and architectural installations.  She has gained particular recognition for her site-specific interventions in... Read More →
12
JUN
2011

Re-worked: Experimental textile design

I’ve just been introduced to a fascinating creative collaboration called Re-worked by Scotland artists Sara Nevay and Nicola Reed which has earned them a Dundee Craft Makers Award.  The project explores ideas of ‘preciousness’ in vintage and modern materials by... Read More →
10
JUN
2011

Planetarium: Recycled cardboard lights by Graypants

Seattle design company Graypants (as in, the trousers) make a whole host of great design products, always with local, responsible, sustainable production methods in mind. These Scraplights are made entirely from recycled cardboard boxes and come in variety of sizes and shapes.... Read More →
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09
JUN
2011

Bottle Top Pop Art

This fantastic bottle top portrait of Jackie O is by Tel-Aviv fashion designer Ossy Pri Hadash. She collects materials that are disregarded by recycling companies and turns them into art.  To see more bottle top renditions (including The Godfather, Che Guevara, Madonna and Barack... Read More →
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08
JUN
2011

Rewriting History: Jewellery from vintage artefacts

These beautifully crafted items are the handiwork of Edinburgh based Clare Hillerby.  Having sourced postcards, letters and envelopes, handwritten by unknown characters, she extracts the fragments of text and combines them with metalwork to create new contemporary stories.  Above... Read More →
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06
JUN
2011

Float Light

Industrial Design student Mayang Anggraeni recently showcased a battery powered Float Light at the 2011 Pratt Student Show. The casing is made from the cap of a laundry detergent bottle and the top is a spout from a different brand of bottle. A waterproof LED tea light is... Read More →
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04
JUN
2011

Clothes made of rat skins?

  A myriad of talent has graced the catwalk in St Martin’s Church for Brighton Fashion Week this year.  The biggest moment however has to be the culmination of the couture show last night, with a controversial collection from Jess Eaton.  After the success of last... Read More →
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03
JUN
2011

Brighton Fashion Week 2011

It’s time to venture south once more for Brighton Fashion Week 2011.  After the innovative ‘Trashion’ show last year, I’ll be keeping an eye out for sparks of genius with all things reclaimed, repurposed and upcycled.  First up though, a record is broken... 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 →
31
MAY
2011

Made from Books

As highlighted in previous posts, it seems books aren’t just for reading – this one is definitely worth a read!  Book Art by Christine Antaya features fascinating sculptures and installations, all constructed from repurposed books. With the rise of the digital age, it... Read More →