USA

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 →
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 →
10
FEB
2013

Eqo Optics reclaimed skateboard sunglasses

There is a distinct lack of sunshine over London right now so UK readers will have to use some imagination here! Over in Colorado Springs, skateboarding enthusiasts Jon Winfrey and Ryan Vecchiarelli have created Eqo Optics, a company that turns unwanted broken skateboards into... Read More →
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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 →
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04
FEB
2013

Upcycled bridal gowns by Armour sans Anguish

Armour sans Anguish garments are constructed entirely from salvaged and recycled materials by California designer, Tawny Holt.  As her Etsy page demonstrates every dress is unique and the ideal choice if you’re looking to create a romantic, folk-inspired wedding with a... Read More →
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25
JAN
2013

Jewellery made from t-shirts by Julia Vasic

Julia Vasic is a San Francisco based luxury eco brand with a clean, sporty and feminine aesthetic.  Jewellery is made from discarded materials, such as unwanted t-shirts destined for landfill.  After studying fashion at Central St. Martins in London, Vasic went on to design for... 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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10
JAN
2013

Butterflies made from old 45s

Now, some might think that cutting up old 45s is somewhat controversial.  However, one way of immortalising broken vinyl records you can no longer play is to turn them into beautiful butterflies.  You can get instructions on how to make them here.  Image via ThreadSence 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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03
JAN
2013

Wood pallet garden

If you have a new year’s resolutions to be more green-fingered, you might be interested in making a pallet garden – ideal for small outdoor spaces.  Find out how to make one on a lovely blog called Life on the Balcony. Images via Life on the Balcony Read More →
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20
DEC
2012

Festive greetings in Scrabble letters

It’s all about typography at the moment and there is something particularly appealing about scrabble letters. These Christmas ornaments say it all.  Sold by Etsy seller Shopallthings here. Images via Etsy Read More →
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16
DEC
2012

Stars made from upcycled soda cans

We’re loving these Christmas ornaments made of upcycled soda cans by Etsy member Lizard Skins – a great way to introduce some colour to your home this Christmas. Hanging stars are made from all sorts of recycled packaging from Diet Cheerwine to Youngs Double Chocolate... Read More →
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13
DEC
2012

Womens accessories made from ties

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Annett Malone from South Orange County turns the masculine into feminine with superb jewellery, hair accessories and clutch bags from men’s ties.  Here are a few favourites from her Etsy shop. Images via Etsy Read More →
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 →
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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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