- 10:07 pm - Wed, Oct 31, 2012
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Keyboard skull, made by South Africa-based artist Maurice Mbikayi, who incorporates computer components, among various found objects, into his work.
The resultant mixed media drawings and sculptures ask questions such as to whom such technological resources are made available and at what or whose expense? What are the consequences impacting on our people and environment?
Find more info and photos on his site here.
(Photo via Juxtapoz Magazine)
- 4:19 pm
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DIY project du jour:
Shoe box + toilet paper tubes (and/or paper towel tube pieces) = storage for pens and other office/art supplies
(via Aunt Peaches)
More paper tube repurposing ideas: here.
- 8:42 am
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Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead!
Pictured: “Dead Media,” an installation that repurposes 497 VHS tapes. Created by friend of Unconsumption Noah Scalin (mentioned previously several times here), of the Skull-A-Day project. (photo via SkullADay here)
See also: Other videotape-related repurposing examples in earlier posts here.
- 4:01 pm - Tue, Oct 30, 2012
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Pia Wüstenberg showcases pieces from her Processed Paper project, a series of products made of recycled paper. She rolls and twists waste paper into a raw material, then experiments with processes and applications.…
Pieces at Dezeen Platform include pendant lamps and a folding table where the two wide legs are actually integrated vases.
(via Today at Dezeen Platform: Pia Wüstenberg - Dezeen)
- 2:03 pm
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London-based designer Julia Lohmann thinks dried strips of seaweed could replace leather, paper and plastic to make everyday objects like these laser-cut kelp lampshade[s].
Lohmann used a laser cutting machine to create patterns in pieces of kelp before sewing them together, or stretched them into shape while wet to dry into new forms.
More at: Kelp lampshades by Julia Lohmann, including audio of an interview with Lohmann.
- 8:23 am
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Above: Peter McFarlane’s Circuit Board Work
I recently saw the 60 Minutes documentary “The Electronic Wasteland”, about the unscrupulous disposal of toxic computer garbage, and now I’m determined to cling to my iPhone for as long as humanly possible, until it’s utterly unusable. Despite these efforts to control my e-waste footprint, none of it means that my iJunk won’t end up in the pile eventually anyway.
But there must be some way to stop this! If only everyone creatively recycled their dead and dying computer devices. With a little bit of imagination, making “yesterday’s latest technology” into beautiful pieces of art is a nice way to avoid sending the stuff off to fester in a developing country. Here are examples of eight artworks that give us an idea of the range of possibilities for what old computers, cellphones, televisions, and common electronic parts can become.
More: 8 Projects Turning Deadly E-waste Into Beautiful, Non-deadly Works Of Art | The Creators Project
- 1:09 pm
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Designed and built to the highest standard, all Eco School Products use recycled British plastic for the perfect combination of extreme strength, maximum safety for the user and zero maintenance.
(via Eco School Products)
- 9:23 am
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Do you have a handful of old keys — from, say, apartments where you once lived, cars you no longer own, or some other use — sitting in a drawer?
Here’s something to consider making from them: A holder for usable keys or other small items.
Bend the old keys and attach them onto a piece of scrap wood. Basic DIY — find a brief tutorial on the Get Rich or DIY Tryin’ blog.
- 7:59 pm - Sun, Oct 28, 2012
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To follow an earlier item about mobile gardens:
Produce carts are common enough that they no longer garner much attention, especially around farmers markets.
So one design firm redesigned the ubiquitous cart, adding pedals and a folding system of trays that can haul up to 150 pounds of fruit and vegetables. The result was the Mattapan Mobile Farmstand, from Boston-based nonprofit design collaborative Building Research + Architecture + Community Exchange. BR+A+CE (pronounced “brace”) designed and built the human-powered mobile farm stand as the first project in support of its mission to create new community spaces that engage social, economic, and cultural issues.
Pedal-powered, cargo-carrying tricycles are increasingly popular in hip neighborhoods in European and North American cities, and have been widely used in Asia for decades. BR+A+CE designed their own version on a large-framed tricycle with a unique cargo box that contains four bays on two levels, each of which holds two produce bins for a total of eight.
More: Pedaling Produce: Boston Gets a Bike-Powered Farm Cart | Wired Design | Wired.com