Category: Inspiration

Cutlery Art

Matt Wilson is a sculpture artist from South Carolina. He makes incredible cutlery art. Originally a drawer and a painter, Matt applied to be a welder in a shipyard and began to make awesome scrap metal sculptures. Now a full time upcycling artist, Matt specializes in sculptures made out of found materials. We especially love his cutlery birds.

Cutlery Art

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Cassette Tape Art

This cassette tape art is inspirational! It is the upcycled work of Atlanta based artist Erika Iris Simmons. Erika goes by the artist name iri5 and makes incredible upcycled art. Her materials of choice are cassette and film tape, music pages, playing cards and pretty much whatever else she can find.

cassette tape art

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Scrap Metal Art

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.

Scrap Metal Art - Edmund the Giraffe

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Boiler Lamps

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.

Boiler Lamps

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Record Clock Art

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.

Vinyl Record Art

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Reclaimed Wood Art

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.

reclaimed wood art

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Trash Fashion

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.

trash fashion

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Volkswagen Dresser

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!

Volkswagen dresser

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Danube Bridge Project

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?

Danube Bridge Project | Upcycle That

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