24
SEP
2011

Antiform Autumn/Winter 2011

Thursday night had me venturing north of the river to attend the launch of Antiform‘s AW11 collection at Here Today Here Tomorrow.  I met a lovely bunch of people and had the chance to get up close and personal with a fantastic range of upcycled clothing.  Antiform was... Read More →
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22
SEP
2011

The Die is Cast

These fascinating works are by Korean artist Kim Hyun who makes figurative sculptures using wire and dice, moulding them into human forms.  In order to convey an authentic human like stance, Hyun uses plaster casts of people then runs wire through the dice to recreate the... Read More →
21
SEP
2011

Flying Carpet

The East Meets West sofa by Dutch artist Tonio de Roover is a sculptural piece of furniture with a simple concept and modern appeal.  It takes inspiration from One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian folk tales, known in English as... Read More →
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20
SEP
2011

London Fashion Week SS12 – Estethica

With London Fashion Week descending on Somerset House this week, I’ve been super keen to find out the latest in upcycled fashion from Estethica – an exhibition of ethical designers founded by The British Fashion Council, now in it’s 11th season.  Estethica was... Read More →
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16
SEP
2011

Dataface by Nick Gentry

Last night I went to see ‘Dataface,’ a solo exhibition of new work by British artist Nick Gentry who paints onto canvases made of obsolete media such as 3.5inch floppy disks. Nick says, “Much of what goes on in the work is about leaving spaces to question... Read More →
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14
SEP
2011

Cool Cats

How could I resist…?  Atomic Attic show us that even our pets can enjoy the benefits of upcycling.  Made from an Antique Blue Oshkosh Vintage Suitcase with handmade wooden legs and machine washable cushion, I’d buy my cats one of these… Read More →
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12
SEP
2011

Light Relief: Saatchi Gallery

Yesterday I ventured to the King’s Road Saatchi Gallery for the first time.  I think it’s fair to say that some of the artwork there is quite literally the stuff of nightmares.  Scary, oompa loompa-like creatures, contorted horse carcasses, angels having an orgy and... Read More →
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10
SEP
2011

Play Suspended

If filling that sparse wall with a conventional print seems like a dull idea, you could create a decorative feature with these vintage tennis racket mirrors instead – a great gift for tennis fanatics – available to buy at Velvet Ribbon Read More →
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09
SEP
2011

Livia Firth at Venice Film Festival

Livia Firth dazzles in another show-stopping upcycled gown at the Venice Film Festival.  She designed the dress herself as part of the Green Carpet Challenge in collaboration with Reclaim-to-Wear.  It’s a ’50s style strapless number embellished with crocheted angora... Read More →
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08
SEP
2011

Birdwatch: Upcycled birdhouses by Gadget Sponge

  Little birds in need of some five star luxury should head straight to an upcycled bird house by Gadget Sponge – a place where junk, design and nature collide.  Every design is dictated by found objects so each piece is simply one of a kind.  Find more of these weird and... Read More →
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06
SEP
2011

Driftwood Sculptures by Heather Jansch

Some works of art are simply breathtaking and these driftwood equestrian sculptures certainly belong in that category.  The genius behind them is Heather Jansch from Devon, UK.  Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci and beginning her career as an equestrian painter, she captures the... Read More →
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05
SEP
2011

Raw Talent: Upcycled jewellery by Erica Corte

  Argentina born and raised Erica Corte transforms hardware components with industrial qualities into unique, wearable objects of beauty. She joins common utility pieces such as nuts, clips, zippers and bolts with recycled silk cords and fine silver mesh to create jewellery with... Read More →
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04
SEP
2011

Boy meets Girl

When it comes to sustainable fashion labels, Emesha by acclaimed designer Emesha Nagy is a personal favourite.  Much of the fabric is sourced in the UK or comes from end-of-line upcycled industry waste and all fabrics are 100% natural, so are fully biodegradable. Emesha is also... Read More →
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01
SEP
2011

The Cheaney Chair

Cheaney Chair – that name has such a good ring to it…  The work of furniture designer Alexena Cayless is influenced by memory, gathered stories and a desire to retell narratives through objects.  This project is a beech G Plan chair that has been upcycled with... Read More →
30
AUG
2011

Walking on Air

I’m easily impressed by anyone who can do something clever with a balloon, but these dresses by Japanese artist Rie Hosokai are quite literally mind-blowing (pun intended).  She began her career as a florist before venturing into the world of balloon design.  After setting... Read More →
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29
AUG
2011

Book Beads

It’s not every day you find a book that’s redesigned to be worn around the neck.  Artist Phiona Richards creates interactive book sculptures and jewellery through traditional needlework techniques. These methods make items like this Five Bead Paper Necklace... Read More →
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28
AUG
2011

A Cut Above

Another effortlessly cool designer paving the way for the future of fashion: Steinwidder is an Austrian label founded by Anita Steinwidder in 2002.  She works with pre and post consumer clothing, cutting them up and reconfiguring them into a brand new context.  I love the... Read More →
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25
AUG
2011

Ctrl+Alt+Delete

A depiction of a night sky?  Get up close and personal with ‘Debris, QWERTY’ by Sarah Frost and you’ll see it’s made entirely of recycled computer keys.  The American artist works with waste materials which are taken out of context to become though... Read More →
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22
AUG
2011

True Colours

Rachel Darbourne‘s beautiful jewellery is born out of a desire to reclaim undervalued materials such as polythene, challenging what constitutes our traditional notions of ‘preciousness.’   During her degree she developed a folding technique with this material... Read More →
22
AUG
2011

Herbst/Winterkollektion

With September just around the corner, autumn fashions are coming to the fore.  One designer I have great admiration for is Berlin based Christine Mayer, creator of MAYER. Peace Collection.  Each unique garment is handmade from recycled materials and holds its own history.  Her... Read More →
21
AUG
2011

Library Desk

A huge information desk made of books is the perfect focal point for TU Delft library which was redesigned by Fokkema and Partners in 2009 after burning down in a fire.  The cleverly assembled books, journals and magazines create a unique colourful and patterned structure which... Read More →
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20
AUG
2011

Shipshape

Containers of Hope is a project by architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe.  Clients Gabriela Calvo and Marco Peralta dreamed of living in a fantastic property outside of the city of San Jose where they could spend time with their horses and enjoy the natural landscape. He built a... Read More →
11
AUG
2011

Animal Instinct

This is ‘Cheetah’ by Andrew Chase from Salt Lake City, Utah.  This beautiful, fully articulated cheetah weighs about 23kg and is constructed out of electrical conduit, auto transmission parts, 20-gauge steel and random parts found in an industrial salvage yard. ... Read More →
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10
AUG
2011

Red Mutha

I’ve been meaning to feature Red Mutha ever since seeing their vibrant collection at Brighton Fashion Week in June – a memorable show which culminated in an improvised execution of a high street shopper wearing an ‘I Heart Primark’ bag on his head.  They... Read More →
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08
AUG
2011

Industrial Chic

Doug Meyer lives and works in the rusty belt of northeast Ohio.  He is a trained welder who constructs unique home furnishings out of found objects.  His artwork Rustbelt Rebirth comprises scrapped bicycles made into tables and stools as well as wheelchairs and shopping carts... Read More →
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06
AUG
2011

Pop-up sculpture made from books by Thomas Allen

It’s a fine feat to turn books into sculpture, but artist Thomas Allen takes this one step further, with fascinating results. He cuts people and things out of old pulp fiction novels, kids books and anatomy textbooks and reassembles them into a scene. He then photographs... Read More →
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03
AUG
2011

Tied Up

Nicole Deponte is the Boston-based mastermind behind lilian asterfield which she launched in 2008.  Her label embodies the independent spirit of an English country manor, “wild adventures in the forest, horse back rides, scraped knees hidden by billowing skirts atop laced... Read More →
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01
AUG
2011

Plastic Organic

Caroline Saul is a talented Brighton based designer-maker who works with recycled plastics, essentially making new materials from objects that would otherwise be thrown away. She describes her work as a process-led exploration of colour, texture, material, patterning, shape and... Read More →
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31
JUL
2011

Kimono Corsage

According to artist Toshida Akemi there is an abundance of unwanted, old-fashioned kimonos hanging in the closets of Japanese households that women no longer wear.  However, many artists in Japan are rediscovering their value by recycling the fabric (kofu) to create new works of... Read More →
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30
JUL
2011

Jewellery Stands

Just admiring all the beautiful items on Polli which sells sustainable jewellery and homewares, designed and made in Australia.  These jewellery stands are made from locally salvaged timber.  Jungle Stand above is inspired by the work of  Dr Jane Goodall who made ground-breaking... Read More →
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27
JUL
2011

Reloved Leather

Always a good time to look at bags!  These leather luxuries are from va de nuevo by Costa Rican duo Yara Salazar and Marta Hidalgo.  They make great use of discarded leather clothes by creating unique one of a kind handbags.  Check out their website to see what each gorgeous bag... Read More →
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26
JUL
2011

Hanging by a Thread

New York installation artist Devorah Sperber certainly knows a thing or two about making magic from ordinary objects.  She is famed for her use of optical illusions, particularly in her Thread Spool Works pictured here.  Thousands of spools of thread are hung to recreate... Read More →
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25
JUL
2011

Football Necklace

Swiss designer Noémie Doge makes unique jewellery out of unconventional materials – the above necklace made from a football is a prime example.  Her work strives to find richness from the visual strength of an object rather than the preciousness of a material.  Some of her... Read More →
22
JUL
2011

Speedo Dress

London is nothing but rain at the moment, and having just heard that heavy showers are on the way once again, we may well be swimming to the pub this Friday night…  This does however create the perfect excuse to showcase these gorgeous pieces from the SS11 range by From... Read More →
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21
JUL
2011

Data Lamp

With technology moving at an unfathomable rate, many upcyclists are relishing the task of doing something clever with redundant media formats.  If the CD clock just won’t cut it, perhaps we should take some inspiration from YeaYea studio based in Leipzig, Germany.  They... Read More →
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20
JUL
2011

Wooden Box

Many thanks to Inhabitat for the story on Saipua – a charming shop in Brooklyn, New York that sells handmade soaps and flowers.  Architect Jeremy Barbour of Tacklebox demonstrates a fantastic use of reclaimed barn wood, creating a beautiful space that’s part store... Read More →
18
JUL
2011

Sunday Best

I couldn’t possibly let this one go amiss – designer Demelza Hill‘s ‘Sunday Best’ – a fabulous jumpsuit made of dusters.  As well as having an awesome name, Demelza is one very talented young lady.  The ‘Sunday Best’ jumpsuit pays... Read More →
17
JUL
2011

Hot off the Press

Hats off to Holstee who have created the Original Upcycled Wallet made from upcycled plastic bags and newspapers collected from the streets of Delhi.  They have also teamed up with a non-profit organisation that helps individuals often referred to as ‘rag pickers’ by... Read More →
15
JUL
2011

Pure Jeanius

‘Persona’ is a collaboration between artist Jeffrey Wang, Levi’s and Taiwan’s Fubon Art Foundation.  Unbelievably, these wearable works of art are held together entirely by safety pins.  In order to keep the raw personality of denim jeans, no cutting,... Read More →
14
JUL
2011

Craft Central Recycles

This week I ventured to Farringdon for the Craft Central Recycles exhibition.  Above is a particular favourite – bottle top jewellery by Alessandra Rigillo.  She also incorporates bits of scrap plumbing into her work – a wonderful contrast to the sparkling jewels. ... Read More →
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13
JUL
2011

Merveilleux

How beautiful are these? If anyone saw the teapot light that featured on this season’s Apprentice – I’m sure you’ll agree these are streets ahead.  These stunning upcycled lights are made from discarded pots, pans and kettles by French artist Gilles... Read More →
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11
JUL
2011

All a Flutter

I first came across the work of Rebecca J Coles at The Bungeroosh Gallery during this year’s Brighton Festival.  She makes beautiful three-dimensional decorative forms that are individually hand cut from carefully selected paper that would otherwise be discarded or thrown... Read More →
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10
JUL
2011

New Designers 2011

I was pleased to finally get down to the New Designers exhibition in Angel this weekend – the biggest graduate design show in the UK. Amidst a wealth of talent, a noteworthy project for me was ‘No News is Good News’ by Suzie Button from Bristol UWE which also... Read More →
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08
JUL
2011

Heinz Lamp

Beanz Meanz Heinz, which also meanz the birth of an iconic lampshade.  The British classic has been immortalised by Willem Heeffer with pendant lampshades made from recycled industrial size cans.  Available to buy through Willem Heefer. Read More →
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07
JUL
2011

Textured Textiles

I’ve been meaning to share this for a while – the fantastic work of author and textile artist Ruth Singer. Inspired by historical textiles, museum objects, personal heritage, memory and stories, Ruth creates one-off textile artworks and products using sustainable and... Read More →
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05
JUL
2011
Assemblage necklace by Clementine James

Treasure Trove

Clementine James of Little Glass Clementine is a self-taught artist. Each wonderful piece of jewellery is a narrative of collected treasure, discarded objects and precious gems. Comprising anything from a pebble found on the Scottish shores to a button from her... Read More →
04
JUL
2011

Fire Truck Lamp

Now here’s a talking point – this quirky and innovative idea comes from UK interiors stylist and creative talent Jasmine Orchard.  Check out her blog on Jasmine Orchard Styling to find out how she upcycled this toy fire truck into a funky table lamp. Image via Jasmine... Read More →
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01
JUL
2011

Dishoom Chowpatty Beach

If you’re heading down to the South Bank this weekend, be sure to check out Dishoom Chowpatty Beach. As part of the Festival of Britain the Covent Garden Indian restaurant Dishoom has opened a Bombay style pop-up cafe outside the South Bank Centre.  The cafe has been... Read More →
28
JUN
2011

Could you make a pillow case dress?

To anyone who’s a dab hand at sewing – check out US charity Dress a Girl Around the World which I recently heard about via a forum discussion on Folksy. Sew Scrumptious is doing a great job of rounding up sewing bloggers to make pillow case dresses for little girls... Read More →
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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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