Art & Objects

23
JAN
2014
Charlotte Smith

Burnt out lightbulb art installation by Charlotte Smith

Ephemeral Rays is an installation of burnt out lightbulbs by artist Charlotte Smith, for a Fine Art degree show at the University of Kent last year. The lightbulbs are designed to give the viewer a sense of the volume of space and light within the galvanising shop in Chatham... Read More →
15
JAN
2014

Trees cut from shopping bags by Yuken Teruya

Japanese artist Yuken Teruya carves miniature trees from discarded shopping bags.  The trees are part of a series called Notice – Forest.   Tacked to the wall, the inside of the Cartier, Tiffany & Co and McDonalds bags become shadow boxes, revealing intricate diorama... Read More →
27
DEC
2013

Packaging tape art by Mark Khaisman

These images are created with layers of packaging tape.  The artist Mark Khaisman puts the tape onto a clear backlit acrylic panels which gives the effect of red room film development.  He carefully applies and removes parts of it to create varying levels of opacity and reveal... Read More →
13
DEC
2013

Lucid Stead desert shack art installation

This beautiful installation is by American artist Phillip K. Smith.  ‘Lucid Stead’ is a weathered 70 year old homesteader shack in the Joshua Tree desert, California.  Transformed with mirrors and LED panels.  By day mirrors on the outside of the structure reflect its... Read More →
31
OCT
2013

Musical manuscript art installation by Susie Macmurray

This summer, Susie MacMurray exhibited a new work at Fabrica gallery in Brighton, UK.  ‘Resonance’ is made up of thousands of musical manuscripts ranging from traditional hymns to modern jazz which are suspended from the ceiling of the gallery which used to be a... Read More →
28
OCT
2013
Two dog sculptures made from antique lace by textile artist Donya Coward

Textile terrier sculptures by Donya Coward

A while ago we featured the work of Nottingham artist Donya Coward who makes work of art from Victorian antique embroideries, fabrics and haberdashery and vintage Nottingham and French laces.  We couldn’t resist sharing these adorable freestanding Jack Russell Terriers.  As... Read More →
17
OCT
2013

Reclaimed car windscreen art by Brian Smallwood

Brian Smallwood is a Nottingham artist who reclaims car windscreens and turns them into works of art.  Over a million windscreens are scrapped each year.  Smallwood purchases them from eBay and scrap dealers before cleaning them up and painting on to them with acrylics – an... Read More →
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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07
AUG
2013

Party Wall built from skateboard bi-product at MoMA PS1

Architectural firm CODA have won the MoMA PS1 2013 young architects program.  Their project ‘Party Wall’ has been installed in the MoMA PS1 courtyard, a temporary urban landscape made of reclaimed wood donated by Comet who manufacture eco-friendly skateboards.  The... Read More →
03
AUG
2013

Giant reclaimed wood sculptures by Robots>>>>

I’ve been meaning to blog about awesome London art collective Robots>>>> ever since I saw their work ‘Everything is Beautiful When You Don’t Look Down’. It formed part of the Festival of the World last year and featured two imposing figures... Read More →
29
JUL
2013
Horang-ee (Tiger) in Chungju Korea by Klaus Dauven

Reverse graffiti art by Klaus Dauven

The stunning work of German artist Klaus Dauven is often described as ‘reverse graffiti’.  Rather than creating artwork by applying layers of spray paint to the urban environment, his work is about subtracting the dirt and grime from public areas to reveal beautiful... Read More →
23
JUL
2013

Jewellery made from found objects by Jasmine Matus

Jasmine Matus is a contemporary jeweller and maker from Sydney.  Experimenting with concepts, materials and scale, her pieces often juxtapose unconventional materials, pairing precious metals with plastics, paint, wood, felt and found objects.  She says “Jewellery is... Read More →
15
JUL
2013

Kinetic sculpture crafted from toothpicks by Scott Weaver

According to artist Scott Weaver, an estimated 3,000 painstaking hours have gone into creating this unbelievable sculpture made entirely from toothpicks.  The detail (not to mention the fragility) is almost impossible to fathom.  But it gets better – the work entitled... Read More →
01
JUL
2013

New Designers exhibition 2013

Last week, a wave of hot fresh design talent descended on the Business Design Centre in Angel, London.  Part 1 of New Designers 2013 featured the work of design graduates in textiles, ceramics and jewellery  from all over the UK.  But it’s not over yet – Part 2 starts... Read More →
20
JUN
2013

Train transformed into moving art installation by Doug Aitkin

Come September, artist Doug Aitkin will be turning a train into a kinetic sculpture (as per the rendering above), a moving cultural studio for a project called Station to Station. The art train on tour will stop at 10 locations across the USA and the artist will curate a site... Read More →
03
JUN
2013

Robots made from obsolete objects by Andrea Petrachi

Robots made from dolls are not usually my thing. In fact, it’s the kind of upcycling that gives me nightmares. However, there is something strangely endearing about these characters by Andrea Petrachi, first spotted on This is Colossal. The Italian artist uses old razors,... Read More →
24
MAY
2013

Brighton landmark adorned with clothes for art installation

This weekend marks the end of this year’s Brighton Festival.  One of the highlights for me was seeing this artwork by one of Finland’s leading artists Kaarina Kaikkonen.  She uses everyday objects such as second-hand clothing, toilet paper and women’s shoes to create... Read More →
20
MAY
2013

Artfully assembled rubbish by Tim Noble and Sue Webster

It was whilst working for Gilbert and George as students in the late 1990s that Brit artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster  began experimenting with the assemblage of household rubbish.  Born out of this was their first shadow sculpture ‘Miss Understood & Mr Meanor’ which is... Read More →
14
MAY
2013

Bas-relief sculpture made from scrap by Ron van der Ende

The work of Ron van der Ende is exceptional not only for it’s awesome play of perspective but because all his bas-relief sculptures are made entirely from salvaged materials.  The Dutch artist doesn’t just paint with the materials, he will use one type of material to... Read More →
11
MAY
2013

Art Installation in Christchurch by Mike Hewson

Loving this installation by Mike Hewson.  The work pays homage to the Christchurch Normal School which was destined for demolition after being badly damaged in the Feb 2012 Christchurch earthquake. Images have been superimposed onto the building which was established in 1876 but... 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 →
12
APR
2013

Nespresso capsule jewellery by Old Gold Berlin

A brilliant example of imaginative reuse – Nespresso coffee capsules made into jewellery by Old Gold Berlin.  As they’ve discovered, the tiny pearlescent cups are far too pretty to throw away and when manipulated into various shapes can take on the appearance of... Read More →
09
APR
2013

Cutting edge sculpture crafted from stacked logs by Lee Jae-Hyo

These beautiful creations are by Korean artist Lee Jae-Hyo. A simple idea, brilliantly executed, the giant spheres are crafted using assembled logs and stainless steel nails.  The perfectly smooth finish of each piece is immediately satisfying on the eye and it’s incredible... Read More →
05
APR
2013

Arman’s painting with objects

I recently saw this piece ‘Miaudulation de fritance ‘(1962) by Arman in the Centre Pompidou.  The French born American artist began working as an abstract painter before using the brushes he painted with in the painting itself.  Thereafter, many of his works combined... Read More →
03
APR
2013

Mosaics by Cleo Mussi

‘Without breakers there are no makers’ is the doctrine of mosiac artist Cleo Mussi.  Her fascinating work is born out of a ‘maverick approach to making’, exploring a variety of themes through the medium of reclaimed broken ceramics.  The chosen ceramic... Read More →
18
MAR
2013

JHBeulah vintage button accessories

On a recent sunny Sunday I found myself at Marcos & Trump on Columbia Road, Hoxton where I came across some gorgeous jewellery pieces by JHBeulah. Throughout her university studies Jemima Beulah worked with some prestigious tailors and witnessed a substantial amount of waste... Read More →
16
MAR
2013

Elizabethan inspired upcycled jewellery by Michelle Lowe-Holder

This latest collection from Michelle Lowe-Holder for spring/summer 2013 is our favourite so far, and the Elizabethan styling for it is perfect. The beautifully crafted collection is aptly named ‘Elizabeth’ and draws on English heritage and Tudor detailing, “It... Read More →
14
MAR
2013

Art made from matches by Pei-San Ng

Chicago artist Pei-San Ng likes to make things in modules.  Her work often involves using hundreds of identical everyday objects as pixels to create an image, word, symbol or icon.  The matches used in these works are designed to tease the viewer.  She says, “When you look at... Read More →
12
MAR
2013

Richard Stankiewicz at Centre Pompidou

Still en vacance à Paris (now covered in a blanket of snow) I came across the intriguing work of Richard Stankiewicz in the Centre Pompidou.   The artist is an American sculptor who began creating work in the 1940s whilst in the US navy.  His assemblage sculpture is made of... Read More →
03
MAR
2013

Carved crayon sculpture by Pete Goldlust

You wouldn’t imagine a humble set of Crayolas would easily cross over into the realm conceptual art.  Pete Goldlust subverts the crayon’s association with child’s play to explore themes to do with human nature, action and psychology.  Each crayon is a hand... Read More →
01
MAR
2013

Jewellery made from vintage finds

Cate Wood has been designing jewellery with collected objects since 1992.  Naturally drawn to old, worn and weather-beaten things with a story to tell, she transforms vintage finds into unique one-off jewellery pieces.  Leather, buttons, keys, brush bristles and horsehair are... Read More →
11
FEB
2013

Creatures crafted from broken electronics

These charming creatures are all made from broken electronics and machine parts, mobile phones and salvaged scraps, cleverly put together by Rhode Island artist Ann P. Smith whose work has been exhibited across the United States.  Her portfolio includes goats, birds, jellyfish,... Read More →
07
FEB
2013

Zac Freeman assembled junk portraits

Zac Freeman‘s portraits are made of assembled found objects, disposable goods and leftover junk.  Each work offers the viewer a realistic portrait from a distance which on closer inspection emerges into a fascinating collection of objects.  The ephemera chosen is key to... Read More →
05
FEB
2013

Art and sculpture installation by Tadashi Kawamata

Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata creates giant amorphous structures from found materials that he installs in public locations.  Structures made from wooden crates and boxes appear to engulf the buildings or flow out of them, transforming materials that are easily overlooked into... Read More →
01
FEB
2013

Sculpture built from pencil lead by Peter Trevelyan

Peter Trevelyan creates fragile sculptures from mechanical pencil lead.  These three-dimensional architectural webs are the artist’s investigation into the role of drawing.  He says, “A drawing is a plan, a preliminary visualisation of something to be undertaken in... Read More →
22
JAN
2013

Cassette tape art by Erika Iris

Erika Iris is a self-taught artist whose work focuses on data and memory, a post-modern response to pop-art in a series entitled Ghost in the Machine.  Using tape from redundant media such as cassettes, her work resembles beautiful line drawings of famous faces. Images via Erika... Read More →
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18
JAN
2013

Driftwood horse sculptures by Deborah Butterfield

These beautiful driftwood sculptures are by artist Deborah Butterfield who specialises in sculptures of horses made from found materials.  She began her career working with scrap metal and cast bronze in the early 1980s whereby wood was used initially for prototypes to see how... Read More →
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09
JAN
2013

Drawing pin portraits by Duncan MacAskill

The humble drawing pin (aka thumb tack) is one of the preferred mediums for Scottish artist Duncan MacAskill.  The above portrait of his father, created with 25,000 drawing pins, was part of a recent exhibition at the Royal Opera House.  During the 2012 London Design Festival... Read More →
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06
JAN
2013

Bug sculptures made from watch parts

Even if you’re not a massive fan of creepy crawlies, it’s hard not to appreciate the skill behind these sculptural creations by Chicago based jeweller Justin Gershenson-Gates.  As well as these insect and arthropod sculptures made from recycled watch parts and light... Read More →
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12
DEC
2012

Sayaka Ganz animal sculptures built from junk

Sculpture made from scrap has been done many times, but the work of Sayaka Ganz certainly stands out from the crowd.  The way in which she captures an animal’s movement and gesture is truly remarkable.  Born in Japan and now living in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the artist’s... Read More →
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10
DEC
2012

Crocheted pebbles and leaves by Susanna Bauer

Knitwear from nature? Model maker Susanna Bauer makes beautiful creations by applying weaving and crochet techniques to found natural matter such as pebbles and leaves.  She experiments with fragility and strength in contrasting materials, creating individual stories in the... Read More →
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06
DEC
2012

Mexican inspired art from scavenged found materials

Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez are artists from Southern California, aka ‘The Date Farmers’.  They scavenge for found materials in Mexicali and Oaxaca in order to create collaged artwork embellished with drawings and paintings.  As Americans with Mexican descent,... Read More →
03
DEC
2012

Intricately cut out newspapers by Donna Ruff

Artist Donna Ruff from Sante Fe, New Mexico finds beauty and inspiration in sacred texts such as the Torah and the Qur’an as well as cathedrals, mosques and synagogues.  She also finds beauty in the New York Times and Manhattan phone book.  Her work with books and graphics is... Read More →
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22
NOV
2012

Art made from toilet rolls

You wouldn’t let the Andrex puppy into this art gallery. Trans-layers I and Trans-layers II are beautiful art installations made from the humble toilet roll by Hamburg based Turkish artist  Sakir Gökcebag, with surprisingly majestic results. Gökcebag frequently uses... Read More →
20
NOV
2012

Sculpture built from recycled computer parts by Babis Panagiotidis

Hedonism(y) Trojaner is a sculpture by Germany-based artist Babis Panagiotidis, a modern day Trojan horse made from recycled computer keys and cables. Just like the Trojan horse in Greek mythology, the sculpture reminds us that technology is something which appears to have... Read More →
16
NOV
2012

Billboards turned into urban gardens

Stephen Glassman of Urban Air believes billboards could be turned into lush bamboo sky gardens.  He has designed all the elements of a unique system which boasts water misting and climate monitoring capabilities.  Glassman has collaborated with Arup engineering and billboard... Read More →
05
NOV
2012

Jewellery made from bottle tops and biros by Plastic Seconds

Plastic Seconds is a playful range of limited edition jewellery that’ll get you noticed.   Designed by Maria Papadimitriou, all the materials used are found objects such as biro lids, lego and plastic bottle tops that cannot be recycled.  Check out more of her amazing work... Read More →
01
NOV
2012

Beach sculpture made from recycled wood

This beautiful family of elephants made of a recycled wood was a sculpture built at De Panne beach in Oostende, Belgium by South African Andries Botha in 2010. It’s called ‘You can buy my heart and my soul’ and forms part of a project where he built 20 elephants... Read More →
26
OCT
2012

Tiger sculpture built from reclaimed timber

This amazing sculpture was built by the incredibly talented Gábor Miklós Szőke out of reclaimed timber as part of the Hello Wood art camp in Hungary. 200 architects, designers and makers made projects for eight different Hungarian communities based on the socio-economic concerns... Read More →
13
OCT
2012

Jewellery made from cherry pips by Studio Tord Boontje

Further findings from the Shoreditch Design Triangle at last month’s London Design Festival include the lovely Cherry Rocks jewellery collection which were on display at Studio Tord Boontje.  These chains of cherry pips are combined with Swarovski crystals to be worn around... 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 →
07
OCT
2012

The Great Recovery initiative by the Royal Society of Arts

The Great Recovery’s display at 100% Design was covered from top to bottom in out of date kettles, computers and other electronics. The initiative was set up by the Royal Society of Arts to encourage designers, producers and inventors to work out how to create products with... Read More →
25
SEP
2012

Momosan Shop in The Shoreditch Triangle

Another highlight of the Shoreditch Design Triangle was Momosan Shop which is directly linked to Rupert Blanchard‘s studio. This is a small space curated by Momoko Mizutani who sources objects from both Japan and the UK which reference her own experience of living in two... Read More →
13
SEP
2012

Jewellery made of material found on the streets of Melbourne

Roseanne Bartley is an Australian jewellery artist who uses found materials collected from the streets, laneways and parklands of Melbourne to make her pieces.  She carries a small pack of tools on her travels and pauses along her journey to drill and thread the fragments with... Read More →
11
SEP
2012

Steam punk at the Paralympics 2012 closing ceremony

You couldn’t miss the convoy of steam punk inspired vehicles at the Paralympics closing ceremony directed by Kim Gavin.  These crawling giant sculptures made of scrap metal heralded the Festival of the Flame and were put together by art collective Mutoid Waste Company.  The... Read More →
02
SEP
2012

Art with x-rays and film negatives by Nick Gentry

Nick Gentry‘s latest work follows on from his redundant media series of portraits on floppy disks.  Profile Number 7 (pictured above) comprises vintage film negatives, x-rays and oil on acrylic sheets.  The haunting photographic imagery can only be seen on close inspection... Read More →
17
AUG
2012

Bridal bouquet made of upcycled paper

It’s one wedding after another this month, but how many brides will be carrying an upcycled paper flower bouquet one asks? I’m a fan of these designs from Whether Paperworks by Melisa Simo. Not only do they last a great deal longer than a floral bouquet, they can be... Read More →
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02
AUG
2012

Colourful canopy made from repurposed umbrellas

Reminiscent of the Mary Poppins moment in the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, this colourful street scene was photographed in Águeda, Portugal.  During the month of July hundreds of brightly coloured umbrellas float above the promenades, offering shade to pedestrians.  See... Read More →
05
JUN
2012

Jewellery made from upcycled vintage stamps

With the Jubilee weekend drawing to a close it’s a fitting time to share the work of Dee Barnes.  This British designer upcycles postage stamps and vintage buttons into fabulous jewellery.  Stamps still have the original franking marks on and are set in silver plated cups... Read More →
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20
MAY
2012

Redundant electrical items in Vanity Fair watches feature

A lovely watches spread in UK Vanity Fair on Time supplement by stylist Brigit Hegarty.  It features assembled found, unwanted and vintage electrical items such as telephone, typewriter, radio, computer parts, cameras and clocks. Brigit is also a set designer and installation... Read More →