I was pointed towards a new page this week by a work colleague. There’s a local guy that takes animal skulls and applies decoupage to them to create beautiful works of art. Some of them look like they are made from porcelain, it gives a whole new meaning to bone china. Beautiful. Check out his facebook page here: facebook.com/DeadCoupage
This weekend we popped along to check out the Festival of Thrift in Redcar. What an amazing event! Over 120 stalls, entertainment, workshops & events running all day. I’d highly recommend it.
It was fantastic to see so many people there, all with an appreciation of upcycling and sustainability. Harry and I spoke to many of the stall holders, all lovely people with great individual styles. We saw reinvented furniture, altered clothes, cigarbox guitars (yes, Harry had to have one of those!) and even some great art installations. Kudos to the organisers, we were walking round like kiddies at Disneyland!
And to top it all off I got to meet one of my idols, Mr Max McMurdo of Reestore. What a lovely guy he was, I could have chewed his ear off with upcycle talk but the poor guy was hungry so I let him go for lunch. Not before getting a signed copy of his #Upcycling book though (give it a read, it’s great!)
We were so impressed, I’ve enquired about having a stall there ourselves next year. Come and find us! I’ll post an update nearer the time.
Here’s a new technique I tried out. I found a chair that was missing a seat and I was considering making a wooden seat with upholstered cushion. Then I had the idea to weave a seat instead.
Belts made a perfect medium for this project. Not only are they strong and durable, they’re the perfect size to weave around a chair seat. I made this without cutting one belt. All of the belts are also woven underneath the seat and buckled together. This way, if any of the belts need replacing over time, it’s really easy to do so, without any tools at all!
I found this toy rabbit after the flea market. It was really badly made, all of the features were glued on and it was stuffed with polystyrene! Horrible stuff. Had to make sure not to get it everywhere when I destuffed it.
Here he is before the transformation, with another toy I found the same day:
I stuck the skin through the washing machine and it gave it a really cool distressed look, all the fur matted together in clumps. I tried to dye it blue, but the fur is a high polyester blend so it didn’t really take, it just dulled down the bright pink and yellow nicely.
I’ve been wanting to sculpt an entire face for a while. I used Milliput 2 part epoxy clay to sculpt with and added resin teeth that I found on ebay. My mailman must get worried sometimes haha.
I added a metal loop into the back of the features to sew them onto the face, then I used superglue to make them lay flatter and blend in more.
I added some applique card suits before I sewed him back up, and sewed some pipecleaners into his ears to make them pose-able and stand up.
I regularly find discarded dolls and teddy bears, most often after going unsold at a car boot sale. I always pick them up and after a while I had a growing collection. Rather than stripping them apart for salvage, like I do with other finds (like bags & shoes), I began to contemplate what would have become of these Abandoned Toys and imagined them walking the streets and adapting to survive their new habitat. How would these innocent playthings cope out on the streets? What would they need to change about themselves in order to face this new cold harsh world?
You can see my toys for sale below:
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I have always been a believer in making the best of what you have and trying to give things a new purpose before discarding them. This is why the majority of the materials I use are repurposed. We live in such a throwaway culture, so many useful and beautiful materials end up in landfill when they are no longer needed. Salvaged material really makes for some great one of a kind pieces.
I started this blog to share my inspirations of the world of upcycling and also to document my journey as I delve deeper into the world of sustainability.