Twig Art

twig_art.jpgIn honor of Earth Day, I think it’s appropriate to highlight an artist who creates organic works that literally stem from the Earth. Shown is the work of Paul Schick, who pieces together twigs and pods to form both functional … Read More ...

Just Launched: Junkafied

junkman.jpgThe Junkafied team creates funky and colorful sculptures from found objects they pick up at yard sales and curb side. They just launched a website, which features their work, and are looking for feedback from other recycled crafters/artists. So, … Read More ...

Bottled Beverage Art

john_bassett.jpgArtist John Bassett takes discarded glass bottles and plates and then slumps and fuses them into colorful abstract works of art for the wall. A true recycling artist, he even uses materials from old window sashes and door frames when … Read More ...

Junk Mail Portraits

schimmel_art.jpgS.A. Schimmel creates striking portraits not with paint but with junk in the form of flyers, mail, greeting cards and colorful ephemera. The artist, who graduated with a degree in psychology and painting, has a diverse art career, ranging from … Read More ...

Vintage Tin Figures

tincandolls.jpgJanet Cooper is a recycled artist who incorporates interesting used goods that aren’t found in any ordinary garbage bin. Her funky mixed-media quilts, dolls, assemblage ladies and — my favorite — tin can figurines use vintage labels and packaging, antique … Read More ...

Sweet Stuff at SweetyPrize

puzzle_hairclips.jpgCatherine of SweetyPrize is one versatile gal. If she’s not crocheting, she’s decoupaging. If she’s not decoupaging, she’s paper-crafting. And if she’s not paper-crafting, she’s beading.

A good portion of her items she sells on Etsy are made from recycled … Read More ...

Rekindle Me

fall_chair.JPGSharon from Rekindle Me puts her folk-arty flair on flea market finds, including used furniture and home accent pieces, and sells the one-of-a-kind works at craft shows, at a local store and on her website, www.rekindleme.com. Her Autumn’s Falling … Read More ...

Chopsticks Reincarnated

z-400-s.jpgIt’s unfortunate, but billions of single-use chopsticks are disposed of each year, a fact that prompted Bryan Parks to found Kwytza Kraft.

The company collects single-use chopsticks from restaurants in China, cleans them, sanitizes them at high temperature and … Read More ...

Ruby Re-Usable

bagladydetailmed.jpgRuby Re-Usable, a.k.a. artist Diane Kurzyna, is the diva of the Olympia Dumpster Divers in Olympia, Wash. She dedicates her life to art and craft made from recycled materials, which she also blogs about. Her website includes a portfolio of … Read More ...

Dirt-Cheap Dorm Room Furniture

gehrychair.jpgContinuing with the theme of back to school, here’s a frugal — and green — idea for dorm room design: cardboard furniture. While you may not be able to craft Frank Gehry’s award-winning, high-design Wiggle Chair (retail $875, shown), I … Read More ...

Quoth the Raven

raven-on-8-ball.jpgArtist Mark Orr of Scavenger Art repurposes an interesting family of items — billiard balls, shutters, stair balusters, wooden shoe forms and more — into striking one-of-a-kind artworks. Take this “Raven on 8 Ball,” for instance, made of carved and … Read More ...

Decor To Die For

Who would have thought rags and salvaged fabric could be turned into something so unique, so funky and so practical. Emily Kircher from EKRA (Emily Kircher Recycling Artist) has crocheted salvaged fabric into home decor pieces your friends will envy. … Read More ...