One man’s trash is another man’s treasure…once David Irvine gets a hold of it. Irvine, a visual artist from Canada, collects framed paintings from thrift shops, garage sales, and front curbs and paints over them with his twisted, hilarious style. [Read more...]
When I first came across this story, I thought, “how on Earth could that house possibly cost two billion Euros?” But if you look closely, you will see that each 8” x 2” brick is made up of the equivalent of 50,000 shredded Euros! Much like banks will give away whatever money you need to finance a home- for the small price of signing away your soul (AKA interest payments for the rest of your life)- mints will give away billions in decommissioned money if you’re willing to fill out the paperwork. [Read more...]
A lot of the time you come across art that is junk, but here, Tom Deininger’s pieces prove that not all junk art is trash. When he opened his studio near Fall River, MA in 1999, Deininger began sculpting. Throughout the years he has collected anything the average person would throw away, considering it valuable art creating material, not junk at all. His vision for the discarded rubbish was something completely different: to create sculptures – very large, amazingly painterly masterpieces. [Read more...]
What do you do with all your old junk mail? Instead of cursing it, Sandhi Schimmel Gold collects it and turns it into stunning mosaic portraits, or Schimmel Art. In combination with painting, she shreds recycled paper of different colors and shades, and uses the little scraps to make fascinating images of faces, a technique she calls Acrylic Mosaic Fusion.
“I create without waste,” she says. “I upcycle junk mail, calendars, post cards, photos, old greeting cards, tags, etc… it’s all paper waste I collect. I use only water-based, acid-free, non-toxic materials to create my work. It is completely eco-friendly. I reuse and repurpose canvas, frames, etc. whenever possible.”
These scrap paper portraits, most of which feature beautiful women, prove that eco-friendly and sustainable art can make for a sexy focal point. Check out more Schimmel Art recycled junk mail portraits below. [Read more...]
A row of Christmas stockings hung by the fire are cozy and traditional. A cluster of vibrant Christmas socks strung up to create a sculpture is anything but conventional. This Christmas display was created by Montreal creative agency Paprika, for Domison, a retailer that has become known for creative and eco-friendly holiday installations. The sleigh-like swoop of Paprika Christmas Display comprises 600 socks fastened together with safety pins. For the holiday season it can be seen hanging from the ceiling of the Domison store at 4117 Boulevard Saint-Laurent. After the holidays, the socks will be removed and given to 300 cold toes in need at a local homeless shelter. [Read more...]