Thursday, December 30, 2010

Carolina Fontoura Alzaga

Carolina Fontoura Alzaga has made these Victorian inspired chandeliers using recycled bicycle parts of varying size and shape part of the series, Connect.

I love the mix of something so elegant and stylish mixed with dirty mechanical parts.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Question Mark, 2003
City View, 2003

Building Blocks, 1997

Lovers, 1998

Kumi Yamashita's shadow art is so clever. Check out the video for animated shadows.. She has also done other ingenious works such as portraits made from thread and pins or rubbings.

Thread and Pins Portrait
Rubbing portrait using a credit Card

Tim Noble and Sue Webster are other shadow artists who have created works using found objects, waste materials and rubbish.
"Like alchemists or magicians, make something extraordinary out of the most humble materials. They create romantic images of hope out of darkness and debris".

HE/SHE, (Diptych), 2004, Welded metal
Dirty White Trash (with Gulls), 1998, 6 months worth of artists' trash, 2 taxidermy seagulls

Wasted Youth, 2000, trash, McDonalds packaging, replica food, wood
The Original Sinners, 2000, eplica fruits, wood, moss and berries, plastic ornamental bowls, fishing wire, cooking oil, pump mechanism, metal, MDF

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Elod Beregszaszi

"I am in love with paper, making it cutting it folding it embossing tearing sculpting"

Elod Beregszaszi has made these awesome paper sculptures from cut and folded paper. I have tried a similar method and can be incorporated into using books.. I love the outcome but can be fiddly, time consuming and you need patience. I love how he has incorporated light creating interesting photography too. More pics here or here!

Lamp: cut & folded from 3 A3 sheets, no waste

Book Sculptures

Book sculptures by Japanese artist, Ryuta Iida above and Boukje Foot below. I've seen and done some cool things with books but these are pretty impressive and very inspirational.

Flowers, Branches and Grasses

More book sculptures at Little Book Bird.

Recycled House materials

After renovating his house, Architect Richard Van Os Keuls, found bricks too expensive, and didn't want the usual siding alternatives. He decided on using flattened aluminum soda and beer cans. His goal wasn't to be "artsy" or make a "green" statement, he simply wanted an inexpensive way to cover the side of his house. Find the whole story here. Looks amazing, but would be so time consuming.

This guy smashed beer cans into tiles too a little less obviously 

More recycled produce for housing at All That Is Interesting. Houses, temples and even whole villages made from recycled beer/glass bottles

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Crispina French

Crispina French uses second hand sweaters and other recycled materials to make one of a kind blankets, rugs, flowers, and many other functional and craft items. She also runs workshops teaching her methods.
Flowers made from wire, reclaimed buttons, recycled cotton t-shirts, dress shirts and ribbon.

Rugs made from old cotton t-shirts or woolen sweaters

Blankets from recycled woolen sweaters.
" I machine wash and dry wool and natural fiber wool blend sweaters to arrive at a soft, full texture. Then I cut shapes and carefully sew them edge to edge in an inlaying process. This construction technique provides a single plane that makes the blanket a single layer thick with two useable sides."

Friday, December 10, 2010

Graffiti Artists

North American Eco Footprint
Can opener
Traffic Life Support Sytem
Cattle Crossing
No matter what your mode of transportation, it’s easy to feel like cattle in an environment where the imperative to move product and people engenders a kind of herding instinct.

Safety Pins
A tribute to the human tendency to devise short term solutions for long term problems

Shadow Ivy

Full Asphalt Jacket

Inivative graffiti artist Roadsworth interacts with existing road structures, paint, shadows and marks to create new meaning in clever ways making a social comment. Worth taking a look at his website as I can't show all the cool stuff he has done.

British graffiti artist, political activist and painter, Banksy has made his social and political comments all over the world. Here are a few of his works. I really want his book "Wall and Piece" full of photos of his work.

Another graffitti artist Mobster has some great humorous graffiti art, namely his exchanges with authority through this and Come on paint me white again.