repurposed materials

13
MAY
2013

Painted teabag installation at Rolling Greens

Tea Sunburst is part artwork-part retail merchandising which makes use of 3000 teabags dipped in paint.  The installation adorned the homewares department of Rolling Greens in Hollywood last year.  Very clever indeed.  Via Los Angeles I am Yours Images via Los Angeles I am Yours... Read More →
07
MAY
2013

Lampshades decoupaged with vintage papers

Loving these beautiful lampshades by Australian upcyclist Rachel Burke and founder of Patturn.  She uses decoupage to apply vintage maps, dress patterns, sheet music and comic book pages to the shades which are made to order or available to buy here on Etsy! Images via Patturn... Read More →
02
MAY
2013

Homeware made from Thai rice bags at Habitat

Great to see this exclusive range of products at Habitat which are made of bright and colourful recycled, traditional Thai rice bags.  This includes the Tung 5-pocket concertina planter in blue or yellow (£12), Tung storage box (£20-£22), Tung round strawberry planter (£15) and... Read More →
30
APR
2013

Repaired buckets by Cordula Kehrer

According to the children’s song, the response to ‘there’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, dear Liza’ is ‘with a straw, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry’ – a make do and mend principle taken literally by German designer... 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 →
17
APR
2013

Lighting made from found objects by Louis-Marie Planquette

These whimsical lights by French designer Louis-Marie Planquette are made from objects found in flea markets and antique shops, “…created from recycled objects‚ in an atmosphere of simplicity‚ humour‚ poetry and balance.”  His works are inspired by... 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 →
27
MAR
2013

Furniture made from shredded magazines by Jens Praet

‘Shredded’ is a range of furniture made from shredded Elle Decor magazines by Belgian designer Jens Praet.  With the help of clear resin and moulds, the finished material not only boasts an attractive and unique colour and pattern, but a hardness and durability... 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 →
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 →