Happy Earth Day everybody! Earth Day is a special day for us as it marks the birthday of Upcycle That. Today we are turning 2 and wanted to share something extra special. For us the heart of upcycling is turning waste into resources. By reusing what we already have, we are able preserve our planet for the next generations. Upcycling as a concept appeals to people of all ages and we especially love to see younger people getting involved. Today’s featured upcycle, Junk Kouture, is an annual high-end upcycled fashion competition held in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This unbelievable outfit shown was handcrafted by 3 talented high school students out of plastic milk cartons. Read on for the full story.
Have you ever seen any of those gorgeous tin toys of yesteryear? These tin robots by French artist Daphné Burge remind us so much of them! Daphné Burge is a found object artist. She collects metal tins, bakelite, porcelain and other vintage odds and ends. Using imagination and a touch of whimsy, she transforms these objects into tin robots and a menagerie of metallic animals.
We’d like to introduce you to an awesome new upcycled innovation, the Stretcher Print. The Stretcher Print is a photographic wall art made with a soft, felt-like material. Incredibly, this Stretcher material is composed of 100% upcycled plastic bottles! This fantastic innovation is a current Kickstarter project. Read on to find out more.
We spotted this plastic bottle installation on Pinterest and immediately had to find out more. It’s such a creative use of plastic bottles and the combined effect is dramatically beautiful. Turns out this plastic bottle installation was created by Scottish artist David Batchelor. It’s called the Candela 7/450 (For the Death Star) and is seen hanging here in the Temperate Palm House at The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.
We believe that upcycling inspiration lies everywhere. This outstanding envelope art by Toronto-born, Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Nicole Phillips is an absolute testament to that. Have you ever noticed that the insides of envelopes contain various decorative patterns? For Sarah Nicole Phillips this was the inspiration she needed to start creating envelope art. While opening the mail at work, Phillips was struck by the various designs. She decided to start saving the used envelopes as a free art supply.
Do you love upcycled art like we do? Then you may have come across these gorgeous floppy disk paintings by Nick Gentry. Nick Gentry is a UK based artist from London. He works primarily with obsolete media such as floppy disks, x-rays and used film negatives. We find his floppy disk paintings to be absolutely captivating. Read on for the full story behind Nick Gentry’s gorgeous upcycled art.
We love upcycled art, especially when it utilizes tech components. These Star Wars sculptures are especially intriguing. By using something as well-known and beloved as Star Wars, theses sculptures resonate in a fun and familiar way.
Montreal-based artist Laurence Vallières creates incredible cardboard animal sculptures. These spectacular sculptures are created by layering cutouts from found cardboard boxes.
We love vintage slides. We’re always picking them up at markets and can be entertained for hours investigating their contents. There is just something so enticing about looking at mysterious photos from years gone by. That’s why we love the idea of rainbow slide curtains. By connecting vintage 35mm slides together, these snapshots into a previous world are preserved as functional art in the form of dramatic window treatments.
Japanese artist Haroshi makes upcycled skateboard art from salvaged skateboard decks. His beautiful 3 dimensional skateboard sculptures are created from layers of stacked skateboards.