It’s incredible what you can create with scrap metal and ingenuity! This scrap metal art was created by Derek McDonald, an upcycling artist based out of Orange County, California. Derek started welding in high school. He didn’t have a job and so started welding any free “junk” he could gets his hands on. And so began Derek’s career transforming metal pipes, broken metal chairs, nuts, bolts, screws and washers into scrap metal art.
Here’s something we haven’t thought of before, what happens to old espresso machines? Willem Heeffer has turned them into absolutely stunning boiler lamps! We love the industrial chic look of this collection. Read on to find out more about these awesome pendants and floor lamps.
This record clock art is awesome! We’ve seen vinyl records turned into clocks before, but carving pictures into the vinyl is a fresh spin. These cool record clocks are made by DMT waste art, a group of 3 artists living and working in Osijek, Croatia. Read on to find out more about their process and inspiration.
We came across this funky, reclaimed wood art on Instagram. The artist is Ridley Stallings from Savannah, Georgia. Ridley is a folk artist. She has a talent for reclaiming materials from old Southern homes and transforming them into handcrafted works of art. Read on to find out more about her process.
Have you heard of trash fashion before? Trash fashion is the intersection of art, design and fashion. It’s wearable art made from repurposed materials. We love the idea of taking old and discarded materials and transforming them into one-of-a-kind designs. This upcycled outfit by Janet Lee & Lorraine Kwan is a brilliant example. It’s called Candy Carousel and it’s made out of plastic food lids.
We don’t normally post furniture makeovers, but not every piece is this Volkswagen dresser! Larissa Haynes of Northeast Ohio calls it a wonderfully redeemed piece of furniture. Larissa brings life to cast-off furniture with her small shop, Prodigal Pieces. She transformed an outdated, art deco cabinet to become this awesome Volkswagen dresser!
The Danube bridge project is set to become the largest upcycling project of its kind! The City of Linz in Austria is having a creative contest to solve the challenge of how to upcycle its 120 year-old bridge. This public innovation project is aimed at architects, engineers, designers and artists from Linz, Austria as well as the rest of the world. There’s €10,000 in prize money available. How would you best upcycle an old bridge?
Engineer by day and artist by night, Josh Stolberg creates incredible bottle cap art. Back in college he began to collect bottle caps for no apparent reason. Several years later he had amassed thousands of caps! He started tinkering with them and then one day he created a full suit of armour out of bottle caps. By December 2013 Josh Stolberg was making all of his Christmas presents out of bottle caps. Since then he has been busy making commissions, signs and gifts – all out of upcycled bottle caps.
We’ve seen coffee leaf art before, but this is our first time seeing the coffee on the leaf and not the other way round! This inspiring new medium is brought to us by Ghidaq al-Nizar, an Indonesian upcycler who used to be a latte artist. Al-Nizar uses the remnants of his morning coffee to create gorgeous coffee watercolours.
These denim cushions are a lovely way to upcycle old jeans! Annemette Magnus is a Danish upcycler who specializes in reusing denim. She was drawn to denim as it is a very strong material. She also loves working with all the varying shades of blue. The patchwork and plaiting techniques she uses were inspired by rag rugs. Read on to find out more about her denim cushions.