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Archive for the ‘recycled art’ category

Friday, March 14th, 2014

From Trash to Treasure

After seeing these beasts of plastic, you’ll never look at trash in the same way again. Corsican artist Gilles Cenazandotti is the creator who sifts through the sands in search of plastic garbage washed ashore. Beyond the eye-catching art, his animal sculptures speak to the overconsumption and its effects on wildlife. He also photographs a lonely portrait of each in nature, almost as if these beasts of plastic have taken over what we once knew as the animal kingdom.

Read more about it here.

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(via Visual News)

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Everyday Objects Reimagined

Well, any hour now we’re expecting our next snowstorm AND it’s a long weekend with the holiday on Monday. What will we do with ourselves? For some good, cheap and creative fun, I’m loving these spur of the moment sketches done by Victor Nunes via Visual News. Beyond how cool these look, what’s even cooler is how there aren’t major preparations involved to pull this off. And who doesn’t have objects like food, matches, and scissors at home? It’s fascinating to see these inanimate 3D pieces come to life with simple sketches.

Try it for yourself… spread some paper on the kitchen table, go on the hunt for objects then challenge the family to create. Make a game of it… try and guess each other’s sketches or build upon each other’s, creating a story and scene.

Have fun with it!





Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Bye Bye Princess, Hello GoldieBlox

If you’re raising a tomboy like I am, you’ll smile while watching this video, and even if you can’t relate to it you’ll appreciate the clever ingenuity involved in making it.

The video was created by GoldieBlox, a company that claims to make “toys for future inventors.” In other words, ”disrupt the pink aisle” and “get girls building.” Its founder is Debbie Sterling, a Stanford-educated engineer whose ultimate goal is to bridge the gap of gender disparity in engineering. (According to the Association for Women in Science, women account for 24% of the science, technology, engineering and math work force.) Enjoy!

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Friday, October 25th, 2013

Paint Stick Puppets

In many parts of the country there’s been a noticeable chill in the air this week, so it’s a good time to take stock of craft supplies in anticipation of many warm and cozy afternoons inside. These paint stick puppets by Emily Green are simple yet striking and a great creative outlet for a range of ages. And many of the materials needed are things we all have around the house — paper plates, paint sticks, office supplies, plastic utensils, hangers, fabric, tape and all kinds of interesting shapes from products and packaging. Happy weekend!





(Images courtesy Louise Salter Photography / Courtesy of Emily Green, via Daily Candy)

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

DIY Leaf Animals

Don’t stare at all those leaves outside as piles needing to be picked up; look at them as creatures waiting to be brought to life! All you need are flat, pressed leaves, black and white markers, and a little imagination!




(images courtesy Handmade Charlotte)

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Trash to Treasure

With all the trash we create in today’s society, it’s always inspiring to see the new ways in which people are looking at trash. Never has it been more true that one man’s trash is another’s treasure, especially in light of the current Maker movement. Read this inspiring article about how reuse centers, shops or warehouses where you can buy materials in bulk that would otherwise wind up in the landfill, are growing across the country. They’re also creating green-collar jobs, reducing waste and educating people about how to live a simpler, more creative lifestyle, as well as giving artists a place to buy supplies. Read more about it here and browse my “recycled art” blog category to find creative ways to re-use all that plastic at home!

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(image courtesy Soapbox)

Friday, September 6th, 2013

LEGO Alphabet Spaceships

Since September is all about school, check out this incredible LEGO spaceship alphabet, inspired by Mark Anderson’s Star Wars childhood. It took a couple of years to complete the amazing challenge, but as Mark points out, “I have kids and a job after all…” The details of each letterform are simply awesome!

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(images courtesy Mark Anderson)

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The Laundry Lamp

I love this story of a mom who kept all the things she found in her son’s pockets when doing the laundry during his childhood. So sweet and so sentimental but that’s not all! She then added creativity to the mix by putting all the small finds inside a lamp… love it! I can’t think of a better way to capture growing up at a glance!



(images courtesy Twisted Sifter)

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Crazy Cardboard Regatta

This past weekend we decided to check out the Crazy Cardboard Regatta, an annual event here in Cincinnati. It was so inspiring to see the creative “boats” that people entered, and so fun to watch the racing and witness the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat (and sinking in some cases). The best part? Both adults and kids took part in the building and racing. What a great way for family and friends to work together on something and to experience firsthand the exciting outcome!

Themes included the traditional People’s Choice, Judge’s Choice and Titanic (Best Sinking!) as well as new categories including: “Will That Boat Float”, King Neptune, Best Team Spirit and The Whole Package. The highlight? A five-person boat that included a guy dressed as the Statue of Library who stood atop a tiny cardboard perch! Talk about a feat of engineering. They qualified for the final but took in too much water on the last turn before the finish and Lady Liberty toppled into the water amidst the cheers!

It definitely had us considering an entry for next year. Time to stock up on cardboard!










Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Leaf Art

Now that it’s summer and there’s no shortage of greenery outside, what better time to craft with leaves. Check out these amazing works of art below, although I think the last few are more my speed and fun for kids!