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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 →
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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31
JUL
2012

Chandelier made from upcycled Coke bottles by Sarah Turner

Commissioned by Coca-Cola, UK artist Sarah Turner has created a series of chandeliers and a sculpture made from Coca-Cola bottles for the Olympics Centre in London.  Inspired by the Olympic rings, the statement lights comprise circular disks with rings of plastic bottles.  Each... Read More →
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28
JUL
2012

Kitchen island covered in lego by Munchausen

Danish design duo Simon Pillard and Philippe Rossetti (aka Munchausen) have covered a wooden kitchen island with 20,000 Lego pieces in their Paris apartment.  “We design mostly in black and white,” says Philippe, “our apartment is our place for emotional release, the... Read More →
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13
JUL
2012

Sunglasses made from human hair

British readers should cast their minds back to those rare times when a pair of sunnies was the summer essential, as opposed to a brolly. Remember that thing they call sunshine? No doubt many will have mixed feelings about the proposition of wearing sunglasses made from human... Read More →
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28
MAY
2012

Makedo self-connectors for upcycling

Makedo is a set of self-connectors which allow you to easily join cardboard, plastic and fabric to form new objects and structures.   Play objects, kid’s costumes, furniture and decorations for the home can all be made from the stuff around you and after use, easily dismantled... Read More →
14
APR
2012

Handbags made from upcycled carrier bags by Manos Verdes

Manos Verdes (Green Hands) is a small group of Colombian workers that make handmade products from waste material.  As well as fantastic handbags made from recycled supermarket carrier bags, they make ornamental flowers out of plastic bottles and use sweet wrappers to make wallets... Read More →
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31
JAN
2012

Plastic bottle jewellery initiative in Western Sahara

This unique jewellery resulted from a fantastic collaboration between RCA graduate Florie Salnot and Sandblast – an arts and human rights charity that works with the indigenous people from Western Sahara.  Old plastic bottles are collected from refugee camps and repurposed... Read More →
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14
DEC
2011

Sculpture made from fake fingernails by Laurel Roth

These bird sculptures by Laurel Roth are made from fake fingernails, hair clips, nail polish, false eyelashes, and jewellery.  The artist’s work highlights choices involved in biological processes unique to humankind and in this case the birds have borrowed ‘human... 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 →
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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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 →
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 →
21
MAY
2011

City lights: A house made from coloured plexiglass by Tom Fruin

Kolonihavehus is a stunning outdoor sculpture by American artist Tom Fruin. It’s constructed from a thousand pieces of reclaimed plexiglass salvaged from a closed down plexi distributor, a framing shop, the basement of the Danish State Art Workshops and skips outside the... Read More →