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21
FEB
2013

Forage bow ties made from reclaimed fabrics

Great to discover Something’s Hiding in Here on Etsy – an awesome Philadelphia based design duo.  Their beautifully presented products include this paper chain kit which is cut from recycled letterpress printed paper with interlocking tabs so they’r... Read More →
14
FEB
2013

Vintage map artwork by Bombus

Today is the only day we can get away with sharing something heart-shaped – better make the most of it!  Why not express your love for your favourite part of the world with bespoke vintage map artwork by Bombus?  These make great gifts for a wedding or anniversary as they... 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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21
JAN
2013

Upcycled paper animal heads at Anthropologie

This weekend I visited the wonderful Anthropologie store in west London.  The shop not only sells some beautiful products made from reclaimed materials but boasts some incredible installations around the shop.  From an organic sculpture made from painted corrugated cardboard that... Read More →
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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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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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13
AUG
2012

Couture dresses made from upcycled materials by Dumpster Design

Daisy Harris-Burland is the British designer behind Dumpster Design. Her couture and apparel lines bring new life to everyday materials such as card, bubble wrap, jay cloths and table cloths. Pictured above is one of her couture gowns which is crafted entirely from Christmas... Read More →
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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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18
APR
2012

Magazine collage portraits by Derek Gores

Derek Gores from Florida has been a successful commercial designer and illustrator for fifteen years and is famed for his collage portraits made from recycled magazines, labels and found materials.  Influenced by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Max Ernst, he says he isn’t... Read More →
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17
FEB
2012

Beautiful light made from cookbook pages

Love this lamp by Hutch Studio.  It comprises 33 lampshade houses made from vintage 1950s cookbook pages. Image via Hutch Studio Read More →
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05
JAN
2012

Spiralling tower sculpture made from books by Matej Kren

Idiom is a spiralling tower of books housed in Prague’s Municipal Library by Slovakian artist Matej Kren.  The tower is made of hundreds of books that are stacked ‘Jenga’ style up to the ceiling.  A tear in the tower allows you to peer inside where a mirror... Read More →
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23
DEC
2011

German star wreaths made from newspaper

For more crafty festive touches, check out these German star wreaths made from newspaper, also known as Froebel Stern.  You can find out how to make them here via LinaLoo Read More →
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07
DEC
2011

Art from reclaimed paper by Joseph Scissorhands

Something cheerful to start the day – paper cuts by Joseph Scissorhands.  Joseph Silcott is an illustrator and paper artist.  His work comprises reclaimed and reordered paper and other disposable ephemera gathered from various disparate sources. Above is Union Jack.... Read More →
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03
DEC
2011

Vintage paper ornaments

So apparently it’s nearly Christmas.  This can only mean the search is on for all things upcycled and festive.  First up is an Etsy find – paper creations by Leah Copplestone at LBC Paper.  These are hangings, ornaments and table decorations made of vintage paper from... Read More →
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21
NOV
2011

Lamps made from upcycled books by Bom Design

Pegasus is one of many fantastic creations by Michael Bom, a Dutch artist who makes sculptures and lamps from books.  The page leaves are folded in a way that gives the lamps an appealing translucency and a wonderful feathered and organic appearance.  His design studio Bom Design... Read More →
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06
NOV
2011

It’s a Rollover

Ever dream of what your house would look like if you won the lottery?  At first glance, this may look like a lavishly decorated interior. ‘Dream Home’ by Brooklyn architects Ghost of a Dream is in fact an installation made entirely from $70,000 worth of discarded... Read More →
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26
OCT
2011

Pencils made from newspaper by Treesmart

A lot more than your average HB: Pencils by Treesmart are made from rolled up recycled newspapers.  One single broadsheet of the NY Daily News is all you need to make four of these pencils and you can purchase them here. Image via Ecosalon Read More →
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21
OCT
2011

Paper Trail

I accumulate stacks of magazines and am determined to utilize them for a creative project one day.  Graphic/fashion designer Lia Griffith from Papier Couture has certainly provided some inspiration with her amazing ball gowns made from cut up magazines.  The above dress aptly... Read More →
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15
OCT
2011

The Stuff of Dreams

Welcome to the imaginarium of Anya Keeley.  This Hereford artist has from a young age collected found objects and ephemera, enticed by the patina that comes only from age and wear.  Incorporating wire work and collaged books and magazines, objects are assembled into whimsical... Read More →
07
OCT
2011

Lord of the Rings

Crafting things from old books is always a controversial subject but you have to admit the concept behind Littlefly is pretty unique.  Jeremy Mays is a jewellery designer and landscape architect who makes jewellery from cross-sections of old second hand books through a process of... 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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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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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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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 →
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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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 →
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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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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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 →
05
MAY
2011

Bright idea: Pendant light made from unwanted books

Lucy Norman, designer of ‘Light Reading’ has been voted one of ‘Kevin’s Green Heroes‘ by Kevin McCloud at Grand Designs Live this week.  More books are being printed every year and although many unwanted books are taken to charity shops, they mostly... Read More →
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