“Were most of people see trash; Artists see possibility” – Eileen A
“Up-cycling and re-cycling both have the same principle; To reuse the material but the processing of the material is different.”
Before we talk about up-cycling let’s learn the difference between recycling and up-upcycling.
Recycling is the process to change material waste into a new product preventing to waste useful material and reducing consumption of raw material. For example: melting a few glass bottles to create a vase for flowers.
Up-cycling is to reuse a discarded object or material to create a new product. This is form of reusing materials is mostly used by artisans and crafters but it is simple enough to be achieved by anyone
Artist just need a spark of imagination to create, we reinvent the world around us, using what we have available; Expensive art materials are not necessary to make art.
Upcycling permits to lower costs for crafters. For example those of you who have seen our booth at art fairs or festival have seen we carry a very affordable artwork pieces that are painted on recycled material. Here some examples of the creations using recycled wood panel from a factory:
Painting responsibly and clean up in the studio:
Old shirts for cleaning the paint of the brushes. when they are full of paint I reuse them to upholster upcycled furniture that are sold on our local markets.
Dedicated pots of Pothos plants to dispose the water used from the cleaning brush, and no they are not dead, acrylic is non toxic but contains polymers that should not go to our waste waters. I leave the water for a few days and polymers accumulate at the bottom of the water pot leaving only water and some particles that are harmless to the plant.
Recycled bags from the super market as a packing material
In this world of limited resources we should aware that many different things can be up-cycled from the easiest like clothes and shoes to the most difficult as cars and houses.
Our recycled upcycled living room
The chair: bought at hotel liquidation warehouse washed the seats & repainted.
Daybed: made from reclaimed wood and the legs of our old lounge chairs.
Our colorful pillows: made of bath and window curtains, a black dress and pillow cases.
The coffee table: “a gift from our neighbors”(she knew I was going to upcycle it) left very close to our garage door when they went off to live in their retirement home by the beach. It was bar stool high, easy upcycling just by cutting the legs and repainting.
Below is our first booth display made with a old mirror frame, wire from a old chicken cage.
Many of our posts are dedicated to up-cycling. We have different up-cycling tutorials and ideas on up-cycling, to help you make, your upcycling project easy.
Other Upycled recycled projects: