Month: August 2013

Creative Upcycling

Who would have thought … … that a 1920s German iron bulb tester could be turned into a funky, industrial-style bar cart? It definitely means business! See more at Lost at E Minor. … that you could make your own clock from a bike wheel and vintage yardsticks? Love it hung on a chalkboard wall with four chalked Roman numerals. Find out how at Upcycle That. … that you could have a retro-looking TV with all the mod cons? LG in South Korea have created a 32-inch TV that resembles a retro tube model with hairpin legs and 70s-inspired channel and volume dials. But I suppose it was only a matter of time, wasn’t it? See it here. … that knitting could turn into something so extreme, so wacky, so well, un-knitting-like? Discover Danish artist and textile designer Isabel Berglund’s work over at Yellowtrace. I mean, wow!

Interview: Emma of Tread & Pedals

It’s a dream everyone would love to achieve: turning your greatest love into a business. While all the designers, crafters and artists I’ve interviewed are doing just that, Em and Ivan of Tread & Pedals are living and working this dream to the fullest. And it all revolves around the humble bicycle. Not only have they managed to combine four years of working holidays around their love of biking but they have now turned it into a full-time business upcycling bicycle parts into all sorts of things you’d never have imagined a bike part could become. From cufflinks to bottle openers, belts to earrings and all sorts of clocks. It’s amazing what an old clog or bike spoke can turn into! It’s certainly put a new spin on the term bespoke (sorry, couldn’t help myself!) I managed to steal Em away from their so-called ‘man cave’ where their creations are made to find out more about how they began and what’s so great about an old bike.  Please introduce yourselves. What are your backgrounds? We …

Things that caught my eye

Who doesn’t need a good laugh every now and then? This ad for Timotei styling mousse has done the trick for me! It is old (around 2004) so you may have seen it before but I think it’s one of those of pictures that will always give you a chuckle no matter how many times you see it.  I’m not sure if it would make me want to buy said styling mousse but it’s certainly brightened my day! [See all creative credits at The Inspiration Room] Very cute wearable plants from rings to necklaces to bicycle planters by US Wearable Planters via State of Green. I love new books, old books, repurposed books but have never seen crystallised books before! Artist Alexis Arnold freezes books to create crystal-book sculptures. They’re weirdly fascinating in a ‘sciencey’ kind of a way and makes me wonder if this is what we’d all look like if the Ice Age ever struck again! [As seen at Fast Co Design] This is not so much ‘who’d have thought?’ as what a great cutesy craft …

Interview: Lee Borthwick and her Mirrored Tapestries

‘Wow’ was my first response when I first saw UK installation artist, Lee Borthwick’s Mirrored Tapestries. My second was: ‘I wouldn’t mind one of them but failing that I’d better track her down for an interview’! So here we are. Hailing from the Scottish Borders, Lee has made a name for herself with her mirror installations and sculptural pieces in wood. Now based in London, she uses organic, natural and reclaimed materials to form the basis of her creations. ‘Each piece of wood I collect has a narrative and a past, each piece of work, therefore, rendered unique,’ she says. In the four years since completing her Masters she has been busy making pieces for public installations, private commissions, off-the-peg and made-to-order interior artwork and tableware. Her stunning Mirrored Tapestries transform two simple materials, wood and mirror, into something that is both other-worldly yet inherently natural and organic, embodying her love of ‘untamed open spaces’ and ‘the notion of reflecting the sky down to the ground’ and ‘creating a bucket full of trees’. I reckon you could spend hours …