Category: Upcyclers

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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Vintage Cutlery Reuse

These custom-stamped vintage spoons are such a lovely reuse of vintage cutlery! Jade Holli is an avid gardener, upcycler and vintage collector from Melbourne, Australia. We love her whimsical garden markers made from vintage cutlery! Read on to find out more about her process and inspiration.

vintage cutlery

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Debrand Services

Here’s an interesting thought, what happens to branded materials when companies don’t need them anymore? Debrand Services in Vancouver B.C. set out to tackle this problem. Seven years ago Wes Baker was working in experiential marketing. He noticed that lots of branded event materials went to waste post-event. Because they were branded, these items couldn’t be donated. Wes founded Debrand Services to offer corporate businesses an alternative solution.


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68 Pound Challenge

The 68 pound challenge is an awesome part of the Vancouver Eco Fashion Week. 68 pounds is the amount of clothing and textiles the average North American throws away every year! This season designer Carlie Wong took up the challenge, creating a full designer collection using upcycled clothing from Value Village.

68 pound challenge

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Reclaimed Wood Furniture

We love reclaimed wood furniture! The possibilities are endless and the results can be incredibly beautiful. We are particularly impressed by the awesome jigsaw-style of Nick Lopez’s reclaimed redwood furniture. Working exclusively with salvaged wood, Nick transforms scrap wood into gorgeous, functional furniture.

reclaimed wood furniture

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Wine Farm Upcycles

We love wine-related upcycling. Just think about all the potential to upcycle on a wine farm! We were invited to explore the beautiful Creation wine estate to check out all their wine farm upcycles. Creation is a gorgeous vineyard in South Africa’s Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. There we met with co-owners Carolyn and Jean-Claude Martin to chat about upcycling on their wine farm.

wine farm upcycles

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