All posts tagged: Recycling

Interview: KT Doyle | JEANBAG

Designer KT Doyle takes her love of jeans and her role as denim rescuer seriously. Her passion for ‘diverting denim waste from landfill’ and her background in textiles and wallpaper design converged to become her latest creative and business endeavour, JEANBAG. As sole designer and maker, along with a raft of other like-minded people, KT saves denim and turns it into beautifully crafted cushions, bean bags and bunting. “I want to honour the labour, skill, time and resources that goes into making every pair of denim jeans,” she says. “…Your jeans may have come to the end of their wearable life but they still have miles left in them yet.” Come and meet KT … You’ve been an artist and wallpaper and textiles designer for twenty years. Tell us more about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I’ve always expressed myself creatively and can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making something. I studied Fine Art after finishing school and have continued to exhibit my work over the past twenty years. My …

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Link Love | 4 Stories that Caught my Eye

From top left to right: Some people in Bucharest live below ground in the sewers. Milan-based artist Biancoshock turns abandoned manholes into mini rooms to raise awareness of those living in the sewers. Biancoshock specialises in urban interventions. Learn more at Lost at E Minor. If you love a good read and sometimes tire of a lengthy book, essays are the new go-to. Yen Magazine has rounded up a series of enlightening, heartfelt and inspiring essays that can be enjoyed in one sitting. Be warned: you may need tissues. Sticking with the typewriter theme, here’s a way to give an old typewriter a new look and purpose. If you’d rather keep your typewriter intact, there’s all sorts of old furniture-turned-garden upcycling in this article. Don’t want your sofa? Transform it into a daffodil plot. What about that abandoned shopping trolley? Filled with flowers, it’s never looked better. Get inspired at Bored Panda. If you prefer far less maintenance with your plants, Maryland-based photographer and artist Emma Mattson, has the answer with her embroidered moss gardens or, as she …

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Interview: Greg Mann | Jewellery from Cutlery

While others might look at a spoon and think cereal, Greg Mann looks at one and thinks jewellery. For more than 20 years Greg has been fashioning jewellery from all sorts of culinary wares no one else wants. Cleaned and scrubbed free from things like leftover cereal, each piece is re-imagined, tweaked, bent and polished into rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and cufflinks. He even does bespoke engagement and wedding rings. Come and meet Greg and his unique re-invented jewellery … Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. My vocation in the arts began with a bridging course at TAFE and touching on various studio practices. I then studied ceramics, but still used a variety of material and did small scale workings. I returned to jewellery full time through a Fine Arts degree course at RMIT in Melbourne and entered a world of rigorous discourse into wearables and materials. After travelling and living in other countries, doing various jobs, I considered trying to make …

Interview: Owen Duggan | Unique Lighting Co

Those who know me know I have a penchant for lights, particularly those that are different, unique and not run of the mill. So when I discovered Owen Duggan on Etsy I was fascinated by his range of upcycled and created lights which he makes in the beautiful environs of the historic town of Melle in western France. A barn renovation was all it took for his love of making things to turn into a business, The Unique Lighting Company. Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. My name is Owen and I have always had to do something practical and with my hands. I would not last at a desk job for a day! About 5 years ago I decided to make the move from hectic London to very quiet rural France. After renovating an old barn in a new home the one thing that was missing was some suitable lights. I looked everywhere for something a little bit ‘different’ and unusual and was shocked at …