The creative potential of upcycling is limitless! These key sculptures are an awesome example. By bending, shaping and soldering, Australian Upcycler Michael Moerkerk transforms discarded keys into gorgeous upcycled sculptures.
We hope all of our Upcyclers are having an awesome summer! It’s been a busy one for us at Upcycle That. In July we launched the Eco Summer promotion at the WTC More mall in Hong Kong. Summertime is hot and it’s important to stay hydrated. What do you do with your empty plastic bottles? You could recycle them, or you could upcycle them into massive sculptures! For Eco Summer we created 2 giant plastic bottle sculptures: a 6 foot tall tennis racket and a 2 meter wide shoe!
Sabine Brosche is a German paper cutting artist living in remote Australia. She loves the idea of creating art from almost nothing. This gorgeous project, ‘Burned & Cut’ was made exclusively from old and damaged books that were thrifted, gifted or salvaged from recycling bins.
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.
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.
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.
Czech artist Veronika Richterová creates incredible plastic bottle art. Veronika heats, cuts, torches and assembles PET plastic bottles to make awesome sculptures. Inspired by nature, her artwork includes sculptures of cacti, flowers and animals.
Upcycling artist Nick Gentry has a gorgeous new collection of film negative art. Gentry is a London based artist who loves to work with obsolete materials. We’ve previously featured Gentry’s beautiful floppy disc art. In his latest collection he uses film negatives to create incredible portraits.
We love upcycled art! We were especially excited to see this gorgeous fire bell art. We haven’t seen fire bells repurposed as art before, and the effect of these works is jaw-dropping! Read on to learn more about the inspiration behind this unique fire bell art.