The majority of coffee imported into the UK arrives in 60-kilo jute sacks: over 4 million in 2006*. Although it is the contents of these sacks that carry the main value we believe that even an empty coffee sack has worth and definitely should not find its way into landfill! Elvis & Kresse have [...]
Elvis & Kresse creates stunning life-style accessories by re-engineering seemingly useless wastes. The innovative and pioneering Fire-Hose range is made exclusively from genuine de-commissioned British fire brigade hoses which, after a distinguished career fighting fires and saving lives, were otherwise destined for landfill. 50% of profits from the fire-hose line are donated to the [...]
Using pieces of discarded junk, Katie Thompson recreates a unique, recycled range of furniture, lighting and interior accessories, each piece infused with its own previous character but with a new function. By blending South African craftsmanship, with high end finishes and her own eclectic perfectionist flair, Katie creates an original end product with [...]
Look closer. These cacti sculptures by Brian Jewett are actually made of garden hoses and cable ties. They’re visually stunning works of art in their right while also serving as an interesting commentary on water consumption and waste.
My work is often environmentalist in nature and inspiration. This is expressed through the use [...]
South African born artist – Jennifer Maestre creates wonderful sea urchin-like sculptures using simple pencils. Each composition uses literally hundreds of pencils that she cuts into small 1-inch sections. A hole is drilled in each section, the pencils are sharpened and then all sewn together.
While her previous work used nails to create [...]
Trash for someone is a treasure for the other. What is totally useless to you can turn into an inspiration for an artist. This has been proven time and again and this time the Parisian craftsman and artist, whose nickname is ‘Garbage’ has shown how recycled materials can be used for creating the best [...]
Artist Miwa Koizumi uses plastic water bottles to create her stunning aquatic creatures. She works the recyclable plastic with a combination of heat guns, soldering irons and different cutting utensils.
A simple kite design from plastic bags. Plastic bags are so under-rated as a versatile material for crafting! These types of high density bags make durable, light weight material and this simple design utilises the basic shape of the bag.
In addition to painting, Lisa Occhipinti creates bookworks, sculptural forms made from books. Some of her smaller bookworks can be browsed and purchased at her online site called Shophouse.
She has written and illustrated a book on the subject of repurposing books, titled The Repurposed Library, published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang/Abrams. It will [...]
The finest use of toilet papers and rolls can best be exhibited by Anastassia Elias who is a French artist who has come up with a unique concept of using the toilet paper rolls. Over the years, she has mastered the art of cutting papers shapes and fitting them into the toilet rolls [...]