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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:59 pm
by Sabina
Everyone knows of recycling and what it is, and the term upcycling is becoming increasingly more popular as well. Basically, you use waste materials to create something better out of them, or of higher value.

I thought of starting this as a topic and whenever any of us finds a nice example of upcycling, just throw it in here.

The first exhibit is of artistic nature... Sculptures made out of old rubber tires!

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Making yarn from a tube of plastic, cotton or...

PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:11 pm
by mirjana

I find this idea very useful as it helps to make a yarn of almost everything and then to recycle it in many different ways following personal imagination and personal needs.


Re: Upcycling

PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:07 pm
by Ryan
Here's some more upcycled art. These sculptures were born from Kris Kuksi and are created out of all kinds of discarded objects and materials.

Re: Upcycling

PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 12:32 pm
by Sabina
Another example of upcycling:

Rubbish transformed into Liverpool Liverbird
A sculpture of a Liverpool Liverbird made entirely from recycled rubbish has gone on display.

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BBC article

Re: Upcycling

PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 3:35 pm
by HGolightly
Folks back home who are artistically upcycling this seasons fashion.
Let's give a big round of APPLAUSE to ...

Seattle RE Store’s 9th Annual Recycled Art and Fashion


Rayona Visqueen (Robin Worley) wears her Trash Gyre Gown while hosting the Seattle RE Store Trash Fashion Show at NYFA


Haute Trash designer Chako (Hisako Tarrutani) is putting on a trash fashion show with sushi and sake; Desiree Detritus & Lana Landfill will be there!


Desiree Detritus models Ruby Re-Usable's White Trash Wedding Bagalina gown


"Basmati on the Go" rice bag cargo pants and shirt by Lotta Rubbish (Nicola Griifeen),
modeled by Spanky


This was a particularly stunning outfit, especially the headdress: "Princess Lotta Straws"
by Bonny Gorsuch, modeled by Elle Poubelle

Re: Upcycling

PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:46 pm
by tzilla86
Here are some awesome examples of art created by, well art... Through my journeys on the web i have come across many examples of thrown out cassettes and vinyl records being used for visual art instead of music.


This is actually pretty easy and I have done it myself. The trick is to not burn your fingers on the hot record as you form it and to have your windows open as the melting vinyl can emit some fumes... for a step by step check it out here:


These are a little more complicated because it involved cutting the vinyl, something I haven't tackled yet.


This bracelet is made by Christine Claringbold. She does some amazing and beautiful things with vinyl. Check out her blog at:

Here are some cassette tape portraits:


These were made by an artist named iri5. (i couldn't find her site)

And for those of us that are knitting inclined:


Cassette tape and plastic bags... You can look at the scarf's creator's site here :