Ben Von Wong is a photographer looking to create meaningful work. His latest campaign is called Mermaids Hate Plastic. Did you know that plastic takes 450 years to decompose?! That means that virtually every piece of plastic created still exists somewhere. Frightening. By 2050 there will more plastic than fish in the sea! It doesn’t have to be that way though. By making a conscious effort to use less plastic, we can change the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean.
This motorcycle lamp is super awesome. It features spare parts salvaged from Japanese motorcycles from the 70’s and 80’s. The parts are welded together in a really simple and elegant way. Pretty rad, especially for a motorcycle lamp that was designed on a whim!
This shipping container house takes upcycling to the next level! Located at the Bedford Marina in England, this is a shipping container house with a view! It was built in just 3 and a half months by upcycle product designer and TV presenter Max McMurdo. Let’s take a peek inside Max’s sweet upcycled home.
These dog sculptures made by Israeli artist Nirit Levav really make us smile. They are life size sculptures of dogs made out of upcycled bicycle chains. Although scrap metal chains are quite a heavy duty material, these dog sculptures are super sweet and look absolutely adorable.
Every now and then we come across a upcycler that simply blows us away. Say hello to Rupert Blanchard of Margate UK. Rupert Blanchard is a designer, maker and collector. He moved to London in 1999 to do a graphic design course at St. Martins and quickly discovered that the streets were paved “not with gold, but with rubbish”. Rupert Blanchard started salvaging finds and upcycling them into gorgeous, industrial-style furniture.
There’s something quite beautiful about the look of vintage tennis rackets. This upcycled tennis racket art by South African upcycler Danielle Clough is just brilliant. Danielle uses old tennis rackets as a canvas for her embroidered 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.
The holidays are a super special time of the year. Everyone is getting together, spending time with family and friends, having fun and sharing. However the holidays can also be super materialistic. That’s where Remake Christmas comes in. Located in a busy shopping district in Denmark, Remake Christmas is an upcycling workshop where you can make free upcycled presents. Everything in the workshop is upcycled, including the house itself!
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.
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.