Saturday, March 14, 2015

Old Bottles Make for Eco Friendly Artwork

Eco Friendly Art by   EcoArtBygreenmari
EcoArtBygreenmari< Broken Bottles Repurposed
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

Recycled Clocks By Breast Cancer Survivor on Etsy

Etsy Recycled Clock
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."
Recycled Clocks on Etsy

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

Fiddleheads for Fiona's Collage Art Eco Friendly Love

Collage Art on Etsy
Etsy seller Fiddleheads for Fiona made this wonderful collage !

Fiddleheads For Fiona 's Etsy shop is loaded with handmade works of paper, also considered Eco Friendly art work. Mixed media collages like the ones above and below are made with upcycled ephemera. These are just a few things you will find by owner Rebecca Hass.  She says, "Everything  designed and made by me in my southern Vermont studio."
Eco Friendly Collage Art
Humpback whale mixed media collage at Fiddleheads for Fiona on Etsy.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Military Signs from Upcycled Cabinets Semper Fi

Phil's art niche is custom woodworking out of his shop, close to Metamora, Illinois (which is ironically in Woodford County.) He was formerly trained in avionics (aviation electronics) while serving in the Marine Corps. If you look closely, you can see Marine Corps memorabilia and jet aircraft photos decorating his woodworking shop. He currently tests software by profession, so it’s not a surprise to find that his digital day job often overlaps his woodworking night life.
Maple carved plaque uses Phil's v-carving technique.
Although he learned about woodworking through classes in high school, he credits the natural abilities inherited from his father.  Phil recalls, “My dad did cabinet making on the side. I was the gopher from an early age. The first project of my own that I remember was an exact scale replica of a battleship made from cut-offs from whatever project my dad was working on. I was probably 6 years old at the time so you can imagine just how ‘exact’ the replica was." Phil found himself into his woodworking endeavors when he bought a house.  He says, "There are a lot of sophisticated (and costly) projects you can do yourself if you have the right tools and skill." When not creating, he writes for his woodworking web site or answering woodworking questions on Internet forums. He has been featured in Wood Magazine.
These monogram plaques run about $35 in Phils's Etsy shop

How He Designed the Machine to Make His Designs Phil taught himself to use CAD software for his profession, and soon found it too useful to resist when doing his woodworking projects. “With CAD software, you can design or plan your project so there aren’t too many surprises at the end", he says.  Over time this eventually led Phil into woodworking with CNC equipment. This equipment can be quite expensive, out of reach of most hobbyists and even many professionals. So, Phil took the challenge and designed and built his own CNC router. (I'm certain having a background in electronics and CAD helped!)   Phil explains that "The CNC has opened up entirely new avenues in the areas of design.  If I can draw it, I can make it.”
Family signs are a great gift for the new bride and groom.
 Mission Style Meets Military  Phil’s design Aesthetic on signs would be considered Mission (Arts & Crafts), Shaker, and Western Victorian. Phil says, “I just love all the old trim work and designs used in the mid 1800’s.” His CNC machine in his shop is decorated with these scroll designs, similar to those used on gun engravings reminiscent of that era. 
Note the old engravings.
Phil prefers to work with native American hardwoods. Some of his stock comes from trees he felled himself and had sawn into lumber. Phil also gets some of his lumber from a local tree feller. He explains, "You cannot buy some of this wood in a lumber yard, it’s just not available at this quality level.”  Phil will also use upcycled cabinetry, such as doors in some of his designs--but only if they are real solid wood, no veneer! Connect with Phil  Phil is relatively new to Etsy and Facebook, and would love for you to drop him a line to say hello, critique his shop, or give him some new ideas! He is looking forward to becoming part of the Etsy community! Bench Mark Custom Signs and Wonders on Facebook Bench Mark Custom Signs on Etsy!

This post written by Ira Mency, for inclusion on Etsy Recyclers Guild and Handmadeology. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Green Tease Clothing Romance from Vegas With Love

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.

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Green Tease Official Facebook Page

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Colorstory Designs: Recycled Magazine Paper Art

They call this, "Bar Code Wall Art" because all of the magazine snippets, once assembled, look like a giant bar code!
On Etsy, hidden quietly in millions of listings, lies the makings of the next best museum worthy artists.  Out of Seattle, Washington (home to good coffee and great music) emerged Colorstory Designs. This is the collaborative work of designers Amy Gibson and Andrea Read. Their goal? They say, "To create a positive environmental impact with our work, we have developed a unique method of collecting and repurposing discarded magazines and other paper products. Since its conception in late 2008, we have continued to generate an ever-evolving collection of art and products which by their very nature insist each piece be one of a kind."

Love, love, love the colors. This can adorn your wall for only $225.
They have been been featured on several sites and blogs, and even the Fox 2 News,  and in Zest Magazine.  Perhaps what captivates the onlooker is the fact the items don't resemble old magazines, do they? Instead, they strike the onlooker as modern, unique, intense works of collage art!
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.

They put the romance back in paper. Magazines, transformed before your very eyes. Each has a story, history, and has been artfully repurposed for the modern diva.  If you are looking for great gift ideas, this shop is loaded with them. From earrings to holiday goodies, a fine eclectic mix of everything. Don't delay, check them out today. Find ways to connect with them, below.

Glass ornaments, $12.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Eco Friendly Metal Art : Fire Bowls , Fireplaces and Pits Handcrafted in the USA

Check this out! Functional and reclaimed!

Where I come from, sitting around the fire pit at night is a good way to unwind and spend time with loved ones. What better way to have it than a "fire bowl" made from upcycled and recycled metal products?  If you look closely, you will see these are welded from outstretched cable wire! 

About the Artist: 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."

 What's not to love? In case you are wondering, he also does custom fire screens, too.  

All photos courtesy of Modern Metal Work Erik Hendrickson.

Connect with Erik or Read More About Him: 

Etsy Shop


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!


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