Impermeable Cork Umbrellas

Cork Umbrellas by Pelcor

Cork is the processed bark of Quercus suber (the Cork Oak), a tree that enjoys growing widely in Portuguese landscapes. To get the raw material there is not need to cut down the tree it will soon generate new bark layers regenerating itself with time. Quercus suber is originally from southwest Europe and northwest Africa and as a material, cork is more commonly used for wine stoppers, although their plastic copies are increasingly replacing them. Cork’s bubble-form structure and natural fire resistance make it suitable for thermal insulation in house walls, floors, ceilings and facades. A very versatile material with many… read more

Music Themed Recycling Projects

Music Themed Recycling Projects

If a music lover is in your midst, check out these recycling projects with music as the main talent. Can’t bear to part with that worn out instrument? Instead of only displaying a favorite item, use it. It it’s no longer playable consider turning it into a functional conversation piece. This piano bookshelf is an elegant way to repurpose an old piano frame. There are also many ways to reuse non-working guitars and their parts. This upscaled table is a beautiful way to incorporate a beloved item into a space. The dollhouse guitar is an interesting concept. The same idea… read more

Mosaics Made From Familiar Items

Mosaics Made From Familiar Items

Workbyknight is an artist who is grounded in Melbourne, Australia, but his works are not tied down to any conventional standard. Also known as WBK, he has produced, in addition to other pieces, a large series of mosaic portraits titled Analog to Digital. Reusing cast off keys and buttons from old computer keyboards, typewriters, calculators, phones and other digital equipment, he brings the small pieces to life in a larger connected context. Each key or button stands for a pixel, and he organizes them into laid out orchestrations with end results that are an imaginative and incredible reuse of the… read more

Fashions Inspired By Nature

Fashions Inspired By Nature

Environmental artist, Anni Rapinoja, has created some attention-grabbing works. Among her collections are a series titled Wardrobe of Nature. This assemblage of art meets attire takes on clothing in a way that gently mocks the synthetic and commercially mass produced for profit frocks. The shapes of each piece are reminders that humans are part of the natural world, but also as a concept that has been lost due to modernization that focuses mostly on monetary goals. One of the intentions of this collection is to remind that we need a natural balance that should also be mimicked throughout, and not… read more

Wake Up and Smell the Scent Shop

Wake Up and Smell the Scent Shop

When thinking of fashion, scents and perfumes may not readily come to mind. However, boutiques that are focused on the aromatic are becoming a new trend in retail. More than shopping for a fragrance and more than a design accessory, in addition to scented infusions smell shops are also selling an experience. They summon people to filter in, take it slow and indulge a sense that may be overrun by not so pleasant fragrances that are encountered throughout the day. Things like vehicle emissions, chemicals and other pollutants are just a few of the not so enjoyable odors that we… read more

Painting With Dirt and Berries

Painting With Dirt and Berries

Paint doesn’t always have to be store bought. Natural pigments can be made from many items for their desired hues, and is perfect for crafting or smaller painting tasks. Unexpected things, like soil and berries, can be used to for painting and dying fabrics due to their naturally rich colorants. Rhonda R. Janke provides a handout on creating paint from local materials, like soils. Interested in making her own paints, she developed a skill for formulating colors from natural substances like soil. In addition to other resources, she provides tips for making your own organic egg-tempera, gouache and oil paints…. read more

Upcycled Upholstery and Fabric Remnant Projects

Upcycled Upholstery and Fabric Remnant Projects

Items like leftover upholstery, textile samples and fabric fragments can be put to use for more than just patchwork quilts and mismatched designs. The following are a few activities for repurposing, but take warning: if you are one that has a passion for fabrics, you may need a designated drawer to begin saving swatches and fabric leftovers. The Upholstery Shop renovates furniture and upholsters the finished pieces with restored textiles. Their chairs and sofas make reusing more than practical but stylish, too. Craft Stew has 20 projects with instructional links for using up fabric scraps. Many plans are also suited for younger… read more

Button Up

Button Up

Buttons could be the most forgotten about accessory. Typically used for function and no so much for fashion, there is a new focus on these small fixtures. The fashion savvy know that even the smallest details matter. This sense for style, combined with a new way of attaining materials, imparts a truly interesting way to fasten that won’t permit buttons to go unnoticed. High end fashions incorporating dramatic buttons are prevailing ways to wear them as accessory pieces. The following photograph from Studio Swine showcases them as eye catching additions. Their Button series was inspired by architectural elements. However, bringing… read more

Recycled War Relics Turned Into Art

Recycled War Relics Turned Into Art

Strong emotions can come from just looking at a war artifact. Recycled war remnants can turn fragments of historic events into strong statement pieces. Mati Karmin, an artist who uses a distinct material for his works, generates solid furniture pieces using discarded metal husks that were left behind from Russia’s withdraw from Estonia in the 90’s. He has created a series titled MARINEMINE: The Mine Furniture. Chairs, cabinets, beds, bathtubs, swings and grill ovens are just a few of the solid productions. Recycling these colossal naval bomb shells into furniture is definitely an original and conversational concept. Ezri Tarazi has… read more

Interesting Eco Art Fashion

Interesting Eco Art Fashion

Katell Gélébart is an eco designer who creates eye-catching fashions from cast off materials and garbage. An award winning artist and environmentalist, she uses recycling as a medium for her designs, making a mark in the fashion world without creating excess waste or using industrialized processes. Noting the sheer carelessness of things that are made only to be discarded, like food packaging, she has formed and sewed them into wearable art like trenchcoats, jackets, dresses and sturdy, neat looking carry-alls. Along with thrown out packaging, she repurposes items like rags, old clothing, towels, and even items like parachutes and inner… read more