Sunday, December 1, 2013

My true love gave to me...

 ...a partridge made from recycled furniture??
Holiday songs echoing in my ears, I saw these and fell in love. Each little bird is re-crafted from a salvaged chair arm or table leg or some other discarded piece of wood. The artist is Lars Beller Fjetland from Norway. He was inspired to create the Re-Turned creatures by all the detritus in local dumpsters
Images from It's Nice That. Via Pinterest.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pallet lamps

Everyone seems to be up-cycling pallets these days. While I like the idea, most of it ends up looking like pallets. These lamps from UK-based Factory Twenty One look so sophisticated you can't tell the source wood is so humble. 
The clever assembly (giant hair elastics?) and color fade (so on trend!) make them almost perfect. The icing on the green cake is that they ship flat-packed. Want one of your very own? Check out Factory Twenty One's Etsy shop.

Images from FactoryTwentyOne. Via Upcyclista.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

As the world turns

I went down the Pinterest rabbit hole and found this. I don't know anything about it except it was posted on Knithacker by someone (hopefully the artist?) named Elayne. Miss Elayne, if this is your creation, we salute your genius. Miss Elayne, if this isn't yours, we salute your excellent taste. I love this as is and I love the artistic possiblities of modern needlework overlaid on vintage globes. I want to see more. 

Off to google knitted globes....

Images from Knithacker. Via Pinterest.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Drill team

Donna McCollough takes vintage oil and gas cans and refashions them into cheerleader inspired dresses. I love how feminine they are, and the contrast between the rusted, industrial material and the dressmaker details. Seriously, are those darts at the bustline?
Images from Donna McCollough. Via Make.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 its cover

As our reading becomes digital and the paper book becomes obsolete, I'm seeing more and more artists using old books as raw materials. Brian Gennett is one of these, and his mosaics stand on their own as stunning works of art. It's not until you look closely at the details that you see the raw materials--book covers and end papers. Click through to his site for more furniture, objects, and even tile. Each piece is sealed with layers of poly acrylic.
Thanks to Design Sponge for highlighting this work.
Images from Brian Gennett. Via Design*Sponge.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Shards of glass

My beloved Oakland has a crime problem. As I warily parked my car in a neighborhood where the sidewalks sparkled with the evidence of previous car break-ins, I had a bad feeling. My instincts proved right, and I returned to my car to find my front seat littered with broken glass and the contents of my glove box. By the next day, the window was repaired, the car was freshly vacuumed, and I was moving on.
Going through this process, I kept visualizing all that broken glass and its artistic potential. Today's post features the work of Ellen Blakeley, who specializes in beauty made from shards. My favorites are the ones with images imbedded behind the glass. Enjoy.
Note to locals: Ms. Blakeley occasionally teaches at the Institute for Mosaic Art, if you are inspired.

Images from Ellen Blakeley (top = New Yorker tile; all others = Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy mural and details). 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Electric slides

Our local reuse center always has bins of vintage slides. I've seen other slide lamps, but nothing so fantastic as this Film lamp by Davide Groppi. They use LED bulbs and can be linked up to form long, candy-colored strings of awesome (or black and white, depending on your choice of slides).

Images from Davide Groppi. Via This Is Colossal.