Thursday, 17 January 2019

Reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose...


...renew, upcycle - whatever you call it, making the old into new is a passion of mine.


'I Should Have Listened to Mom' cafe curtains





discarded wine bottles and glasses into table art, 

 

cigar boxes into keepsakes,







empty paint tubes, beer bottle caps, vintage hair clips and outdated costume jewellery into paintings







wine and beer bottle caps into gardens, 





torn and pages-missing soft cover books into a table sculptures,




and the list goes on and on.  My passion  obsession for making the most of things means that I look at everything with an assessing eye, knowing it could be something entirely different.  (Don't worry, John, you're safe . . . so far.)

Word has it that there is going to be a Trashion show here in town in May, where artists are encouraged to turn trash into fashion.  Anybody got any used dryer sheets they can spare? I feel some new clothes coming on.

18 comments:

  1. Wow, Win! I just can't believe your imagination! You are a great artist, my friend. I especially love the idea to turn empty paint tubes into art! Hugs and kisses, my dear lady!!!

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    1. Thanks, Mia - I so much enjoy playing with things that would otherwise turn up in landfill. It's so satisfying in so many ways! I'll be watching for your 'empty paint tube art', my friend!

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  2. Great work Win. There is just one problem! I keep collecting this stuff and it's filling my loft space, just can't throw anything away. You could simply take the curtains down and repurpose them again, all be it for a short time and put elastic through the top and use it as a skirt. Multi purpose product Lol! Happy crafty thoughts, Angela xXx

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    1. I howled with laughter when I read this, Angela - we must be sisters from another mother. :D I had the same idea about the curtains and if I could bear to take them down, I'd do exactly that - likely with a painted dryer sheet belt to hold them up!

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  3. Your imagination always astounds me, Win. These are all super. I don't use dryer sheets or I would save you some - good luck with your collecting.

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    1. Thanks, Val, and given that your imagination is off the charts, and beyond flattered! If I need something other than dryer sheets, you know I'll contact you!

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  4. You are amazing - you never cease to amaze me with your ideas and pieces! What a fantastic Mixed Media artist you are!

    Wonderful!

    Happy rest of the week and weekend!
    Big hugs, Susi

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    1. Many thanks, Susi - coming from such an eclectic and creative person, that is high praise indeed. Happy weekend, and joyous creating, my friend!

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  5. You are an upcycling marvel! Almost makes me wish I had a tumble dryer...

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    1. That makes me laugh, Tracy - you'll have to get one just so you can use and send me your dryer sheets! :D xo

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  6. Your dryer sheet curtains are my absolute favorite backdrop they are fabulous because they have a those random designs. I'm in love with your law book garden I may be forced to make one against my will...lol You are a marvelous creative mind I am in awe... Rock on my friend saving the world one button & one bottle cap at a time.

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    1. I have to say I'm with you on the dryer sheet curtains, if only for their improbability, Deann! I worries me a bit that I am thinking of making another set, and perhaps a skirt, and maybe who knows what. Sending you massive hugs, my super-creative mirror! xo

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  7. You have some great ideas ! I can't wait to see your dryer sheet skirt !
    Corrie x

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    1. Well if it gets done, Corrie, you know I won't be modelling it. :D While I can imagine making a short skirt, my legs no longer flatter them...and I suspect a long skirt would be a much larger project that I'd want to tackle.

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  8. Yes, my dear, you are the Queen of recycle! And we are all better for it!
    Jackie xo

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    1. Many thanks, Jackie, and now off to paint some dryer sheets. :D xo

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