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Giant Rice Paddy Art

Giant Rice Paddy Art

Every year hundreds of farmers and enthusiastic locals gather together to create gigantic rice paddy art in Japan. Tanbo Art is a way of expression, a local tradition that started back in 1993 and consists of using rice fields as a canvas to create the most amazing illustrations from different shades of the plant. It started as a way to revitalize the rice village of Inakadate, in Aomori prefecture, and it has now been extended to various areas around the island of the raising sun. For the first 8 years, the farmers created a simple picture of Mount Iwaki, but… read more

Recycled Newspapers Offer 3 Unique Designs

Recycled Newspapers Turned Into 3 Unique Designs

In 2010, the recycling rate of newspapers in the U.S. reached almost 72%. Newspapers can be reprocessed into many different objects, and some designers have turned to the medium as a resource for their works. Below are some creations that are definitely an upscale effort of what is possible with recycled newspapers. Ivano Vitali knows the capabilities of recycled resources. Creating sustainable art with them for decades, one development that used newspaper as fabrics produced a clothing line that looks more stylishly complicated than the papered headlines they came from. Uniquely colored and textured, the time consuming collection process and… read more

Mosaiculture That Will Blow Your Mind

Mosaiculture That Will Blow Your Mind

Montréal, Canada hosts the International Mosaiculture of Montréal , an international competition and exhibition held at the Montréal Botanical Garden. Forming living constructions from various types and colors of plants, this series of heightened horticultural art displays are rich in color and creativity. International Mosaiculture of Montréal, a nonprofit establishment, arranges the massive botanical feast for the eyes. It was formed in 1998 and first worked with the local Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces Department for their premier exhibition in 2000. The goal of the event is to endorse the world of horticulture and pay homage to it as an… read more

It’s Looking A Little Cloudy

It’s Looking A Little Cloudy

Natural elements are always a source of inspiration for the worlds of art and design. Whether mimicking structure or capabilities, nature influenced designs are innovative and sometimes unique or even unusual. However, what happens when natural design goes beyond imitation and protrudes into the everyday? That must have been one of a series of questions for artist Berndnaut Smilde in creating the idea for his atmospheric, wispy cloud wonders. His cloud formations are art in motion. Appearing in a room by way of a smoke machine, a flowing white cloud drops in and wafts by, then evaporates just like the… 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

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

Bicycle Chains Upcycled Into Chandeliers

Bicycle Chandelier

A few years back, a multidisciplinary artist had a particular inspiration for integrating unusually recycled materials with her designs. Carolina Fontoura Alzaga created spectacular chandeliers from old bicycle chains, rims and other parts for an artistic undertaking called the Connect Series. The materials to create the vision were salvaged from numerous local bike shops and junkyards, blending the ideas of waste and art form. The chains were all manually cleaned of their greasy residues and finishes were not typically applied to the final products. In developing the series, the concept of the chandelier was recreated, no longer clinging to the… read more

Plastic Bag Solutions

Recycling plastic bags

Plastic bags, as horrible for the environment as they are, seem to still be everywhere. Many grocery and retail stores continue to use them, and even though they may get recycled once you bring them home they can also seem to multiply around the house. Efforts to keep them from ending up as part of the landscape are key, but if you have a hand for crafting there are also plentiful cool projects to do with surplus plastic bags. CraftingaGreenWorld has 10 splendid plastic bag conversions. Unexpected things like placemats, beads and even crinkle toys can be created using plastic… read more