Art & Objects

11
NOV
2018
Ian Berry denim artist

INTERVIEW: Art and installation made from repurposed denim by Ian Berry

At school Ian Berry was known as the art one. But around aged 18, he didn’t turn up for his art foundation course and listening to those who said art wasn’t a way to make a living (something he now campaigns against when lecturing at schools and universities), went to... Read More →
18
JUL
2018

5 of the best art installations made from waste CDs

In an age of Netflix, Spotify and iTunes, we continue to leave behind a large trail of redundant CDs and DVDs. Turning those discs made from layers of aluminium and polycarbonate plastic into something useful, let alone beautiful is no easy feat. In the UK, only a handful of... Read More →
05
JUL
2018
Pressed flower art by Ignacio Canales Aracil

INTERVIEW: Stunning contemporary flower sculptures by Ignacio Canales Aracil

Ignacio Canales Aracil is a Spanish sculptor who makes extraordinary delicate structures from real pressed flowers and plants. The flowers are held together without the use of any glue but once dried, sprayed with a matt varnish to protect them from moisture. His works... Read More →
05
MAY
2018
Miniature sculptures inside toilet rolls

The extraordinary world of recycled cardboard art

With more of us shopping online, cardboard packaging is fast becoming one of the most ubiquitous materials we discard on a daily basis. Elevated from its humble status, this post explores how artists have been able to exploit its creative potential in unexpected ways, through the... Read More →
30
MAR
2018
Daniel Heath in his studio

INTERVIEW: Handprinted wallpaper and surface design by Daniel Heath

Daniel Heath is an award-winning independent wallpaper, textile and surface designer. After training in silk screen printing at the Royal College of Art, he set up his East London studio in 2007 to create bespoke hand printed wallpapers and hand crafted interior surfaces. Key to... Read More →
19
MAR
2018
Collage portrait by Patrick Bremer

5 masters of vintage and recycled paper collage art

With virtually everything become increasingly digitised, more of us are striving for a paperless life. We still however, manage to produce a staggering amount of paper waste, with the UK alone using 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard each year. Creative reuse of this... Read More →
03
MAR
2018
Grant Aston wood and ceramic contemporary sculpture

10 selected works of contemporary sculpture from Collect 2018

Collect is an annual international contemporary art fair held by the Crafts Council, now its 14th year. It brings together 40 galleries from around the world to London’s Saatchi Gallery. The display of beautiful objects was a feast for the eyes. Several works demonstrated... Read More →
18
FEB
2018
Veronika Richterová fishes plastic bottle art

8 incredible examples of plastic bottle art and installation

The concept of plastic bottle art initially evoked flashbacks of Blue Peter’s Here’s one I made earlier. It’s hard to believe that something as ubiquitous as a used plastic bottle could ever be turned into a thing of beauty. There has been recent media attention... Read More →
18
JAN
2018
Clock made from upcycled bicycle wheel

Art and design made from used bicycle parts

When used bicycle parts get a second life as something beautiful, the term ‘upcycling’ couldn’t be more apt. Although an advocate of all things eco, I am one of the few Londoners that doesn’t do cycling – in fact, you couldn’t pay me to get on a Boris Bike. But... Read More →
06
JAN
2018
Pop up space made with crumpled tracing paper

5 pop-up spaces created from repurposed objects

Some of the most creative ideas for pop-up spaces, pavilions and temporary structures involve the repurposing and reappropiation of found objects and materials. Repurposing whatever you have to hand, perfectly sets the tone of spontaneity for a casual pop up bar or exhibition... Read More →
22
DEC
2017
Sculpture by glass artist Amber Cowan

6 artists show the extraordinary versatility of glass

As well as being a natural, durable and highly recyclable material, little can compete with the magic that glass can offer visually. Glass-blowing as an art form dates back as far as 1st-century BC during the establishment Roman Empire. See how these contemporary artists have... Read More →
25
NOV
2017
Tree of Glass by Lee Broom

5 of the best zero waste Christmas trees

I used to believe that Christmas just isn’t Christmas, without a real tree. There’s just too much nostalgia associated with that familiar pine scent. But our obsession with having a real tree, is costing us. In 2014, it was estimated that 160,000 tonnes of Christmas... Read More →
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 →
25
AUG
2017
Portrait on map by Ed Fairburn

5 paper artists who make incredible artworks from old maps

I’ve always been impressed by artists who use unexpected and found materials in their work. Where others see something unremarkable and disposable, these artists see beauty, and I think this can shift our perception of our surroundings too. But these artists aren’t... Read More →
02
MAY
2017
Animal textile art by Karen Nicol

INTERVIEW: The inspirational textile art and home interior of Karen Nicol

Possessing an ethereal and enchanting quality, the moment you come across a piece of textile art work by Karen Nicol, you’ll be curious to see more. Karen is a London-based embroidery, mixed media and textile artist, whose creations dance between the disciplines of art,... Read More →
08
MAR
2017
Cross stitched metal objects by Severija

Cross stitched metal objects by Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė

Embroidery seems to be having a moment. Not only is there a plethora of contemporary cross stitch kits appearing on Etsy (depicting anything from ‘more gin please’ to llamas), there’s now a new wave of crafters learning to embroider their own jeans and jackets.... Read More →
25
JUL
2016
Rockaway Beach

Abandoned building installation by Katharina Grosse

This incredible art installation called Rockaway! is an old aquatics building at a former US Army base in Fort Tilden, New York. Structurally unsound due to the affects of hurricane Sandy in 2012, the abandoned building is set to be demolished later this year. Artist Katharina... Read More →
14
JUN
2016
Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 installation by Alejandro Aravena

Upcycled waste installation at Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

100 tonnes of waste generated at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2015 was reused for an installation at the 2016 Venice Biennale by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. Curating this year’s exhibition and the 15th of its kind, the co-founder of Elemental reused 10,000... Read More →
02
MAY
2016
Augustine-Kofie-Vintage-Office-Supplies-Assemblage

Art made from vintage office supplies by Augustine Kofie

Los Angeles artist Augustine Kofie created a body of work with an incredible futuristic quality, despite being made from forgotten materials of the past. Kofie finished his art education at high school but became a key player in the L.A. graffiti scene of the 1990... Read More →
21
MAR
2016
Ilaria-Bianchi

INTERVIEW: Artist Ilaria Bianchi

Ilaria Bianchi is a furniture and product designer from Pisa, Italy. She studied Industrial Design in Turin, and after winning a scholarship moved to Stockholm where she did work experience in the studio of Fredrik Paulsen. Relishing Paulsen’s vibrant, crafty approach, she... Read More →
19
MAR
2016
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Tiny sculptures made from pencil lead

Imagine the patience required to create such intricate carvings as this? Recollecting the tedium of sharpening pencils in art classes, only for the lead to inevitably break off would be enough to put me off. Yet for Bosnian artist Jasenko Đorđević, carving his sculptures made... Read More →
23
FEB
2016
Studio-Jens-Praet-waste-cast-in-bronze

Discarded textile cast in bronze by Studio Jens Praet

The notion of highlighting something seemingly worthless by casting it in bronze was explored by Jasper Johns in the 1960s. Works such as Painted Bronze (Ale Cans), like other members of the Pop Art movement, blurred the boundaries between high art and mass culture. Belgian... Read More →
17
FEB
2016

Reclaimed wood installations by Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels

Artist Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels is an Australian-American artist living in Brooklyn. The New York art institution Clocktower Productions where Bothwell Fels was former artist-in-residence, describes her work as ‘submerging environments built into existing architecture,... Read More →
09
FEB
2016
Swarm

INTERVIEW: Leslie Oschmann, founder of Swarm

Founder of Swarm, Leslie Oschmann reclaims objects found in Dutch markets, French homes or Belgian antique shops to create something unexpected and beautiful. Visual Director for US Anthropologie for 8 years, she was inspired by the beauty and possibilities in reclaimed objects... Read More →
29
JAN
2016
Debbie-Wijskamp

Vessels made from paper pulp by Debbie Wijskamp

Debbie Wijskamp has been operating from her studio in Arnhem, Netherlands since graduating in Product Design in 2009. Inspired by everyday objects and materials that surround us on a daily basis, she investigates their boundaries in order to create beautiful products for... Read More →
22
NOV
2015
Paintings on discarded books by Mike Stilkey

Paintings on discarded books by Mike Stilkey

Mike Stilkey creates captivating paintings on discarded books using acrylics, inks, coloured pencil and lacquer. Almost Tim Burton-esque, the distinctive style of the Los Angeles artist features depictions of melancholic characters ‘inhabiting ambiguous spaces and... Read More →
10
NOV
2015
Kyle-Bean

Incredible creations from everyday objects by Kyle Bean

Kyle Bean is an award-winning London based illustrator, director and set designer. From sculptures made from eggshells to tube maps made from drinking straws, he creates playful, concept-driven imagery for editorial and commercial projects, as well as installations for fashion... Read More →
04
NOV
2015
Susie-MacMurray-Cloud

Cloud by Susie Macmurray made from reclaimed barbed wire

From her Promenade (2010) featuring 105 miles of gold thread to her musical manuscript installation Resonance (2013), we continue to be amazed by Susie MacMurray‘s creations. For Cloud (2015) at The Great Hall, Winchester, MacMurray’s latest installation is made from... Read More →
26
OCT
2015
Scott-McMillin

Art from reclaimed car parts by Scott McMillin

California mixed media artist Scott McMillin chops up reclaimed car parts to create geometric works of art. Scrap metal from cars is cut into squares and rectangles and assembled like a jigsaw puzzle to create textural wall sculptures, some of which closely resemble paintings by... Read More →
19
OCT
2015
Marc-Sparfel

Found furniture animal sculptures by Marc Sparfel

These incredible animal sculptures by Marc Sparfel have a primitive aesthetic achieved through the reuse and reconfiguration of found furniture. Sparfel grew up in Brittany, north-west France surrounded by countryside and animals. After graduating from school, he studied commerce... Read More →
21
SEP
2015
Pedro-Barata

Pedro Barata’s upcycled shipping container periscope

An architect with offices in Brazil and Portugal has created a 12m high periscope out of a shipping container. Superiscópio by Pedro Barata took just over a month to design and assemble and is described by the architect as the world’s largest periscope. The device offers... Read More →
31
AUG
2015
Victor & Rolf AW15 Wearable Art

Wearable Art by Viktor & Rolf

Fashion meets art quite literally for Viktor & Rolf‘s AW15 couture showcase. The Wearable Art collection was unveiled at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week at Palais de Toyko earlier this year and featured garments made from broken picture frames filled with fabric. The... Read More →
28
JUL
2015

Photographs of advertising space on the New York subway

Wyatt Gallery (a person not a place) is an award-winning American photographer living between New York and the Caribbean. Many of his photos raise awareness and support for communities damaged by natural disaster such as Haiti and Hurricane Sandy. This year he exhibited a body of... Read More →
09
JUN
2015

Trash assemblage art by Bordalo Segundo

A Portuguese street artist Bordalo Segundo creates assemblage art from trash found on the streets of Lisbon. Using old tyres, scrap metal, steering wheels and other car parts, he adds oil paint into the mix to create giant 3D animal portraits that add a striking splash of colour... Read More →
02
JUN
2015

Upcycled Barbie dolls jewellery by Margaux Lange

Now here’s a project that may raise a few eyebrows. Jewellery made from dismembered dolls can be too macabre for some, but The Plastic Bodies series is a thought provoking collection that will induce both repulsion and intrigue. Upcycled Barbie dolls is a new one on us, and... Read More →
28
MAY
2015
DWR upcycled champagne corks

Chairs made from upcycled champagne corks with DWR

Every year, American modern furniture store Design Within Reach launches the DWR Champagne Chair Contest™. This is a competition to design a miniature chair using only the foil, label, cage and cork of no more than two champagne bottles. This year’s winners were... Read More →
19
MAY
2015
Paige-Smith-Urban-Geode-Art

Urban geode art by Paige Smith

“These installations are like hidden gems sprinkled across the world that invite us to actually look, to be playful and to participate in a glorious and global treasure hunt…My work is infused with a magical realism that encourages us to pause, to discover, to be... Read More →
13
MAY
2015
karen-ryan-second-hand-upcycled-everyday-objects

Art from upcycled everyday objects by Karen Ryan

Unwanted junk is the medium of choice for British designer Karen Ryan, who graduated from the RCA in 2001. She first encountered raw materials such as broken televisions and abandoned furniture in a long alleyway behind her grandmother’s flat. Seeing furniture from her... Read More →
05
MAY
2015
Art made from upcycled maps by Matthew Cusick

Seascape art made from upcycled maps by Matthew Cusick

We return to the work of Matthew Cusick, an American artist who has created a visual vocabulary using cut out maps from atlases and books. Previously we featured some of his portraits and cityscapes, also made from upcycled maps. Another subject favoured by Cusick is the... Read More →
28
APR
2015
Beautiful recycling bins designed by Robert Janson

Beautiful recycling bins by Robert Janson

Back in 2012 we commended Swedish designer Robert Janson on his beautiful jellyfish creations made from plastic bags. In a more recent project, Janson once again fuses together waste and beauty, with a proposal for aesthetically appealing recycling stations. Could these golden... Read More →
20
APR
2015
Daylight portrait made from upcycled film negatives by Nick Gentry

Portraits made from film negatives by Nick Gentry

A while back we featured Nick Gentry‘s ethereal portraits painted on to floppy disks and film negatives. Nick Gentry is inspired by the evolution of consumerism, technology, identity and cyber culture. The British artist continues to create fascinating works of art made... Read More →
12
APR
2015
Art made from upcycled PET bottles by Veronika Richterova

Upcycled plastic bottle creations by Veronika Richterová

Czech artist Veronika Richterová is an aficionado when it comes to the upcycled plastic bottle. Using heat and various methods of technological processing, she has created curious translucent ephemeral sculptures, lighting and installation from recycled plastic PET bottles. Her... Read More →
24
MAR
2015
Jewellery made from upcycled fabric offcuts by Michelle Lowe-Holder

Textile offcut jewellery by Michelle Lowe-Holder

As you can see from our previous posts on Michelle Lowe Holder, we’re a huge fan of this Canadian-born British fashion designer. Her collections are famed for her use of heritage handcrafts, vintage detail, zero waste and upcycling by using ends of line textile and... Read More →
10
MAR
2015
Amalgamated-9

Vessels made from pencils by Tuomas Markunpoika

Taking the pencil as symbolic of creativity, art and craft, Amalgamated is a project by Finnish artist Tuomas Markunpoika which examines the pencil as a mass produced tool that serves an individual purpose. These vases are created by gluing one facet of a pencil to another,... Read More →
06
MAR
2015

Sets built from furniture found on the street

Set in the Street, a collaboration between Justin Bettman and stylist Gozde Eker, is a Wes Anderson inspired photography project involving the salvaging of furniture and household items found on the streets of New York. Last December, elaborate sets were built and photographed,... Read More →
02
FEB
2015
nespoon

Lace graffiti by NeSpoon

Delicate street art by Polish artist NeSpoon can be found in abandoned urban spaces all the way from Warsaw to Tunisia. Decorative lace touches are given to bins, parking metres and dilapidated buildings, resulting in a stunning and unexpected aesthetic effect which the artist... Read More →
13
JAN
2015
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Upcycled fashion at the EcoChic Award 2014/15

The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition which challenges emerging designers to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. The competition is organised by Redress, a Hong Kong charity that promotes environmental sustainability in the... Read More →
17
NOV
2014
Dan-Rawlings

Art from scrap metal by Dan Rawlings

Dan Rawlings creates intricate artwork from pieces of scrap metal. His imagery is inspired by the fresh mindset of childhood, the fractal beauty of nature and our interaction with it. Typical scenes depicted include figures building a treehouse or walking amongst nature. Rawlings... Read More →
28
OCT
2014

Repaired wood jewellery by Marcel Dunger

Spotted at Tent London last month, German product designer Marcel Dunger reuses pieces of broken maple wood to create beautiful handmade jewellery. Manufract is comprised of brightly coloured bio resin which is poured into the broken wood and once hardened, made in to... Read More →
22
OCT
2014
Gary-Dickins-Weapon-of-War

Art from found materials by Gary Dickins

Gary Dickins is a self-taught artist based in Taunton, Somerset. Dickins uses a vast range of found materials in his work including handmade paper, canvas, earth, fungi, cheese cloth, stitching, paint, textiles and rusting metal. The work invites the viewer to reflect on our role... Read More →
02
OCT
2014
Pichi & Avo

Shipping containers painted with Greek gods by Pichi & Avo

Earlier this year, Valencia based graffiti artists Pichi & Avo created a gargantuan work of art using a canvas of shipping containers covered in images of Greek gods. The imposing piece was originally created for the North West Walls Street Art Festival in Werchter, Belgium... Read More →
10
SEP
2014
Jeremy Mayer

Sculpture made from typewriter parts by Jeremy Mayer

Jeremy Mayer is a California based artist with no formal art training. Mayer disassembles typewriters and puts them back together to create anatomically correct human figures and animals without any glueing or welding. After disassembly he puts all the parts in to categories and... Read More →
30
JUL
2014

Abandoned building jellyfish art installation in Liverpool

This month, a new art installation was revealed on a quiet street in Liverpool. A large fish tank full of serene jellyfish was installed behind the shutters of an abandoned building, emanating a beautiful blue glow by night. The work by Walter Hugo & Zoniel is called... Read More →
18
JUN
2014
Luz Interruptus

Installation of plastic bottle rejects by Luz Interruptus

Labyrinth of Plastic Waste is an installation by Luzinterruptus which featured in Poland’s Katowice Street Art Festival last month. “We were looking to demonstrate, in a poetic manner, the amount of plastic waste that is consumed daily, in addition to focusing... Read More →
11
MAY
2014

Upcycling by Athens collective Kollektivemind*

Kollektivemind* are an Athens based design team specialising in architectural research and implementation. Projects such as Argallios (loom) pictured above explore the potential of reuse and upcycling. Argallios took place at a primary school on the island of Crete and made use... Read More →
21
APR
2014

Sculpture from discarded paper cups by Lisa Hoke

Lisa Hoke‘s fascinating sculptures and installations are made from discarded paper and card, paper cups and household goods. Combined, the sprawling clusters of waste looks like blooming flowers and organic formations, highlighting the beauty in the colourful consumer... Read More →
12
APR
2014

Photographs of shattered mirrors by Bing Wright

New York photographer Bing Wright makes stunning photographs of sunsets and landscapes that are reflected in shattered mirrors. The real life photographs are huge measuring 4’x6′, giving the appearance of giant spider webs or stained glass windows – magical! Via... Read More →
31
MAR
2014

Deconstructed murals by Vhils

Portuguese urban artist Alexandre Farto (aka Vhils) creates stunning murals from decomposing walls using chisels, drills and small explosives. Seeing the act of deconstruction as a creative process, his deconstructed portraits can be found in Shanghai, London, Bogota, Paris,... Read More →
14
MAR
2014

Art from dissected books by Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Alexander Korzer-Robinson is a UK based artist who creates beautiful book sculptures using cut out images from old encyclopaedias and books. His work contains narratives that try to explore and deconstruct nostalgia, creating what he describes as our ‘inner... Read More →
11
FEB
2014
Agustina Woodgate

Stuffed animal skin rugs by Agustina Woodgate

Creations by American interdisciplinary artist Agustina Woodgate involve clever use of disregarded materials.  Skin Rugs is a collection of rugs made from disassembled stuffed animal toys. A play on the animal skin rug, she took the skins from unloved toys and stitched them... Read More →