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Waste into Art

Everyone has heard the saying “Someone’s trash is another person’s treasure”. Well, it has never been more relevant. The world over, we are seeing ordinary people, students and professional artists transform waste into art. There are competitions about the subject and it becoming very cool to re-invent the wheel. So to speak…

“Unknown Quantity” is an Australian, independent label and design entity, which focusses on  repurposing, upcycling, vintage, obscure, and obsolete components and materials.

Their products include apparel and accessories, artworks, decoupage, upcycled and repurposed objects. You can also take pre-existing garments and after a consult have them reconfigured to your liking.

“Waste into Art” is a competition run annually by Kempsey Shire Council. The program aims to create more awareness of recycling and waste reduction by inspiring people to be innovative with their waste. An important pre-requisite is that at least 90% of the artwork is made from waste materials, which is fantastic as it allows peoples imagination to reinterpret waste as it is.

The exhibition showcases to the whole community which can inspire others to be inventive with their waste also and teach people interesting ways in which waste materials can be used to create objects of art.

Reinterpretation of the car accessory, hubcap, is about as inventive as you can get. “Hubcap Creatures” are made entirely from re-cycled materials. The hubcaps are found, usually on the side of the road,  and are made into cool art pieces.

See, one persons trash is definitely another persons treasure.. or at least can be after a creative transformation!


“Waste into Art” Exhibition usually coincides with National Recycling Week. For further information or enquiries contact Tony Green on 612 6566 3200.


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