All posts tagged: vintage

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 …

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Awe-some Art

There’s so much I love about art. It can inspire, awe, amaze, revolt, provoke, uplift. Today, I’d like to share some art and artists which I think are awe-inspiring. From top left to right: Knitted glass? Is that even possible? Artist Carol Milne proves that it is, having developed a time-consuming process which involves the techniques of lost-wax casting, mould-making, kiln-casting and knitting. Read about it here and you can find Carol on The Creators Project and on Facebook. Cups of tea are a staple in my house. But have I drunk 20,000 cups? Who knows but I do know that 20,000 stained tea bags were used to create this portrait by ‘Red’ Hong Yi, who is known for creating art from unconventional materials (I did a post on her a while back here). Read more on Creative Boom. Inspired by historical botanical prints, Ann Wood – one half of Woodlucker – manipulates paper and wire to create intricate flora and fauna. She makes all sorts of other stuff too, using paint and textiles. Ann’s other half and the other half …

Earrings made from vintage postage stamps

Interview: Helen | Upcycled Vintage Postage Stamps

Stamp collecting become a popular hobby in the mid 19th century after the world’s first stamp, the Penny Black, was created in Great Britain in 1840. It was a rites of passage past-time most children went through, some even continuing into adulthood. But nowadays, one might well ask, does anyone collect stamps anymore? While true philatelists may be a dying breed, it is creative people like UK-born, Bondi-based Helen who are reviving the art of philately in a most unique and inventive way. Describing herself as ‘a designer, philatelist and lover of all things colourful, historical and illustrative’, Helen of ‘Postcards from Aloysius’ creates jewellery and accessories from new and used postage stamps from around the world. Come and find out how a non-stamp collector can now boast a collection of more than 50,000 stamps. Tell us about yourself and your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. My background is originally in textiles. I studied printed textiles and surface pattern design at Leeds Art & Design College in England. It was there my love for colour, …

Jade Holli at work hammering vintage cutlery to make upcycled garden markers

Interview: Jade Holli | Vintage Cutlery Upcycler

A love of gardening, vintage and upcycling led Melbourne-based creative Jade Holli to turn old and unwanted forks and spoons into personalised and custom-stamped garden markers. How gorgeous to be inspired by a quote on the aged patina of a spoon while pottering in your garden! As Jade says on her website, she ‘loves to re-create pieces of discarded silverware into little objects of lovely for you to enjoy’. With a chook-filled garden full of home-grown flowers and veges, Jade practises a sustainable and enviable lifestyle. Read on to find out more about Jade and her business, The Spoon Flower … Please tell us about yourself. Where are you from, what is your background and how have you ended up where you are today?  I am a mother of two beautiful girls; they are the ones that feed my creativity. My youngest loves a good craft session or going on a nature hunt to hug a tree, pick flowers or just sit in the grass. I think I was born a ‘maker’; I’ve always been creating something. My favorite memory is nailing my brother’s building …