creative reuse

Weekend Watch: Tinkering and Stop Motion with Dina Amin

Weekend Watch: Tinkering and Stop Motion with Dina Amin

A young Egyptian product designer deconstructs and stop-motion animates her tinkering for entertainment, inspiration, and education.

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Michael Salter’s Styrobot Sculptures

Michael Salter’s Styrobot Sculptures

Sick of throwing out boxes full of useless, exotically-shaped, styrofoam packing materials? You could always take a leaf from artist Michael Salter’s book and construct a massive meditating robot sculpture from left-over styrofoam, which he calls styrobots.

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Kickstart This: Recycled Fire Hose Mats

Kickstart This: Recycled Fire Hose Mats

Just in time to coincide with our “Danger” issue hitting the stands, our Maker-in-Chief Sherry Huss came across this wonderful Kickstarter for household mats made from recycled fire hoses. This is your chance to pick up beautifully-designed product that embraces reuse and honors the importance of firefighters.

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Hard Drive Technojunk Enterprise Sculpt

Hard Drive Technojunk Enterprise Sculpt

From Etsy seller Daniel Shankalonian comes this tasty junk art delicacy. “Created entirely from a hard drive, a laptop keyboard, and various parts from a dead motherboard…stand is included, also made out of hard drive parts and broken headphones.”

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Paper Plate Mandala

Paper Plate Mandala

As a young sculptor fresh from art school, Wendy Brackman struggled with the problem of “selling out.” In the video, above, she talks about her decision to become a party entertainer. Her act involves spontaneous sculpture of weird party hats cut by hand, from paper plates, using scissors, and joined together with staples. That was it. In need of a broader color palette, she began painting the plates with acrylic house paint before cutting them up, and as her act developed and began to take off, eventually graduated to custom-printed and die-cut cardstock blanks, instead of plates. Eventually…

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