Wednesday, 29 September 2010

UPCYCLING

A NEW TERM TO ME - “Upcycling (unlike recycling) is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value, leading to a higher material and energy benefits.”
I'm familiar with Re-fashioning - altering existing clothes (usually 2nd hand) to make them more fashionable/interesting/individual - also a form of recycling.
This is a link to a local artist (Rattery, near South Brent) whose work I saw at Devon Open Studios, she isn't really doing Upcycling as defined above, but another kind of recycling by taking rather old-fashioned ceramic ornaments that have limited appeal & transforming them into new - well -ornaments!

http://www.rahrivers.com/slideshow.aspx

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