Saturday, March 14, 2015
Found on Etsy!
What a great way to use old broken bottles, in this case found in the riverbanks, dating back centuries when people used to throw out trash.
Shards of old glass which tell stories are now a fun eyecatcher on Etsy for $25 here. This piece was made by Marianne Hayes of Pascoag Rhode Island who loves to fish and find old bottles.
Marianne states she collects old glass from the woods, the parks and rivers in her area, as it "made her sad" to see so much discarded glass. Thus, offering possibilities for collectors, or artisans to purchase the old bottles for use in their art or for their vintage love.
In this case, she's repurposed some of the shards she found to make a colorful and eye catching eco friendly art window display. Ironically, she also does the smae with broken jewelry, repurposing it into something new.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Found on Etsy at shop YouAreLovedSigns
License plates are colorful and this is a unique way of up-cycling them into pretty and usable art. These fully functional clocks run $120 and will tick the day away.
Found at shop You Are Loved Signs. The owner Chris Kochheim form California says, "I pride myself on producing well-crafted works of art. I use only genuine embossed license plates. Each piece is fastened to painted wood. Signs are framed and signs and clocks are backed and ready to hang."
What you may not know Chris is a breast cancer survivor (5+ years) who lost much of her feelings in her fingers, making it hard to needlepoint and do the other fine work she used to once do. Bending and fashioning these plates are a bit easier on her, and she enjoys being able to still express herself artistically.
Find them at YouAreLovedSigns
Saturday, November 17, 2012
|Etsy seller Fiddleheads for Fiona made this wonderful collage !|
|Humpback whale mixed media collage at Fiddleheads for Fiona on Etsy.|
Monday, December 26, 2011
|Maple carved plaque uses Phil's v-carving technique.|
|These monogram plaques run about $35 in Phils's Etsy shop|
|Family signs are a great gift for the new bride and groom.|
|Note the old engravings.|
This post written by Ira Mency, for inclusion on Etsy Recyclers Guild and Handmadeology.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
|This halter is hand made from a recycled t shirt, $24, at Green Tease.|
Just where do old t-shirts go? Not to clothing or rag heaven, if Green Tease can help it. Cari Byers, top designer, takes them and gives them new life to make a one of a kind couture work of art. Hip and hot, their styles are trendy and focused. Gorgeous side stitching and reworking of the fabric turns the blah into the must-have.
|$18, a steal for the Beer Lover at Green Tease|
There is something remarkably beautiful about Cari's creative reuse. She says, "I discovered how much textile waste is attributed to the fashion industry; I did not want to be part of that. I somehow wanted to be a solution. I also became aware of the huge numbers of t-shirts that are discarded every year. I have always altered my t-shirts into fabulously great garments, I did this for friends and even as gifts.... So there you go."
|$18 Make Love not War! One of my personal faves at Green Tease.|
You can tell Cari loves what she does. I remember long ago, when you would buy a garment for it's attention to detail, fit and overall love for it. Now with so much mass production, that is impossible. Until of course, Cari's Green Tease Etsy shop came along. Perhaps you will be in love with her creations because of their fit, their style, or the sheer fact they have been saved from discard. You will find something for that special someone here in this shop, and the best part? No two are alike.
|Green Tease: Cari puts the romance back into clothing.|
Connect with Green Tease!
Facebook, Cari's Page
Green Tease Official Facebook Page
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
|They call this, "Bar Code Wall Art" because all of the magazine snippets, once assembled, look like a giant bar code!|
|Love, love, love the colors. This can adorn your wall for only $225.|
|This gradiant picture frame is made from recycled magazines, a steal at $32!|
|Gorgeous Shadow Box, comes in a variety of colors, a variety here, for only $39.|
|Glass ornaments, $12.|
Friend them on Facebook.
Check out their website.
Visit their Etsy Shop!
Friday, September 9, 2011
|Check this out! Functional and reclaimed!|
Erik Hendrickson has been an apprentice at the Trenton Atelier under the direction of former Johnson Atelier artist Peter Abrams since 2010. He finds the wire rope material a challenge and calling to work with; he studied Civil Engineering at The College of New Jersey prior to uncovering his inner artist. A sense of industrial architecture pervades his engineer-inspired creations, composed of predominantly found objects and materials.
According to Erik, "Each FireBowl by Modern Metal Work® is truly a functional work of art. Unlike mass produced products from volume manufacturers, our FireBowls are individually hand-crafted by skilled artisans at our Trenton Atelier, located in the heart of Trenton, New Jersey, USA. Our FireBowls are unique, lasting and eco-conscious. If you are concerned about the conservation of our planet’s limited resources, you will be pleased to know that most all of the materials used to create our FireBowls are reclaimed from industrial sources."
Connect with Erik or Read More About Him:
See his video!
Helping Students Upcycle
Modern Metal Work Facebook Page
Related: Learn how Trenton Atelier is transforming Trenton, NJ into an Arts Hub, or connect with them on Facebook!