All posts tagged: Waste

Angela's crochet bikinis made from discarded plastic bags

Interview: Angela van Boxtel | Eco-artist

Today’s interviewee is nothing short of passionate about the environment. Sydney-based eco-artist and designer Angela Van Boxtel lives and breathes saving the environment literally one plastic bag at a time. And she doesn’t just help clean up the streets and beaches from the dreaded plastic bag, she also crochets them. Why use yarn when you could use a plastic bag? Not only that but she exhibits her sculptural work, conducts workshops on creating art from rubbish and is an active environmentalist. As she loves telling the kids at her workshops: waste is fun! And how much fun is a crocheted bikini made from discarded plastic bags? Come and meet the vibrant Angela and find out why she’s turning heads with her eco-swimwear … Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I’m an eco-artist and designer with a Master’s degree in Media & Communications. I never studied art or design but learned on the go. Before moving to Sydney from Amsterdam, I was …

Woodstock rings by Crazy Bird Designs

Interview: Bryony | Crazy Bird Designs

New Zealander Bryony of Crazy Bird Designs may work as a specialist in chronic pain management but she has also found an outlet for her creativity thanks to, of all things, an earthquake. When a series of dramatic and traumatic earthquakes hit Canterbury in 2010 Bryony found a way to re-use some of the beautiful native New Zealand timber leftover from homes that were damaged or destroyed that would otherwise go to landfill. Come and meet Bryony and find out why she loves giving someone’s home a second life. Window art using upcycled timber Please introduce yourself – what’s your background and how have you ended up where you are today? I go by B, as the name Bryony tends to stump a lot of people. I was born in Toronto, Canada and came to New Zealand as a young child. My parents dabbled in the creative pursuits of enamel jewellery, stained glass lights and boat building and encouraged my siblings and I to get the creative juices flowing from a young age, so it probably wasn’t a surprise that …

Interview | Andrew Hayim de Vries

Melbourne-based artist and designer Andrew Hayim de Vries is so passionate about the health of the environment and the practice of upcycling and recycling in both his personal and professional lives that it forms the basis for everything he does. The the idea – and his ideal – is to not just educate others on the importance of these things but to actually empower change. He wants to ‘explore the value of what we consider value to be’ and to impress upon ‘the need to up-cycle, recycle and reuse’. He is, in fact, so deeply passionate about this cause that I’ve had to ‘bleep’ out a couple of words in the interests of not offending anyone! Andrew’s professional background is diverse – ranging from painting to performance art to building houses as art works as well as to live in. He lives and breathes his cause and his latest project follows along similar lines. ‘Lighting Conditions Do Apply’ is a series of upcycled designer lights Andrew has made using found and collected objects in an original way. It’s all about the importance of recycling as …

Interview: Joanne Crocker | Trash Garden

Who wouldn’t love to incorporate travel as part of their job? Now I’m not talking ditching one’s day job for a life in the air as cabin crew. I’m talking creating your own line of cushions, rugs and ottomans using beautiful upcycled textiles and getting to visit India, Europe and the Middle East in the process. Sydney-based Joanne Crocker of Trash Garden is getting to do all this and more since she took the leap and started her own business a few years ago. With a background in interior design and the homewares industry, Joanne had the perfect credentials to fashion her own brand based upon her own passions: the hatred of waste and a love of upcycling. I managed to nab Joanne in-between her global travels to find out more about her and the business behind Trash Garden. Please introduce yourself – what’s your background and how have you ended up where you are today? I began in the homewares industry very young, straight out of school. I was lucky enough to get a scholarship …