I googled ‘upcycling’ to find these images….

Old chairs made new.

Plastic cups.

This first prize winner is an old photo, hand-painted and mounted on a paper shopping bag.

Toilet paper and paper towel rolls.

Tax forms and political junk mail.

Tires. In case you couldn’t tell.

Box cars and other vehicles.

I’m stoked!


2 responses

  1. I had a thought Belinda, as I looked at the images in this post of yours. While you mentioned one day about this feeling of not wanting the trash to be like trash I feel like all of these have this funny appeal, but it works. But what I noticed is this higher concious of understanding the material and using its strengths and weaknesses as we associate them with our daily lives, and letting that speak through in conjunction with each other rather than working to make it not look like trash. Which is a realization you may have already come too, but I thought it was worth having it in written form. I hope as you continue to experiment with the trash a relationship forms with learning its strengths and weaknesses so that you can then react to your medium and let it speak to you, and the rest organically happen. šŸ™‚ All the passion you have inside I believe could very possibly come through naturally if you let the materials speak to you, while paying respect to their strengths and weaknesses.

    —just a thought…V

    October 13, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    • A week ago I would have been resistant to this. After this past Tuesday, when I spent 2 hours just letting the material show me possibilities (per direction of Nell), I have to agree with you. What a wonderful and enlightening time! See my post on the Capstone link for more on what I learned, both about trash and about myself!

      October 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm

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