Archives for category: art

recycled lightbulb vase

Hate throwing out lightbulbs? Ever wonder what to do with them? This awesome lightbulb terrarium can be bought on Etsy from EGarden Studio. What a cool way to brighten your office!

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mysterious paper sculptures in scotland

That’s right, this is about a mystery — during the course of the last year, several amazing paper sculptures have been left at libraries in Scotland. Because it is unknown who is the gift-giver/artist, this fun and unexpected episode is being called a “reverse heist”.

To the artist: Thank you and please keep your identity and motives a mystery for as long as you can. We know too much about most things these days — sometimes it is nice to be left wondering.

house sculpture from pencil graphite

If you haven’t seen the work of Dalton Ghetti yet, you are in for a treat. This talented artist sculpts out of pencil graphite – yeah, that’s right, the tiny post that used to be made out of lead. Once a pencil has been used down to a small piece (the part we usually throw out), he gets to work. He has made little houses, a bust of Elvis, a hammer, a chair… so cool!

Oh and today is my birthday. So, Dalton… can I have one?

Just kidding…

(But, really… can I?)

recycled card ornaments

This is the time of year when there is an onslaught of holiday cards. And after receiving about a kajillion of them, we toss them!

What if we didn’t? What if we made ornaments, a la Martha Stewart?

Before I die by Candy ChangI haven’t seen anyone battle neighborhood blight in such a creative way as Candy Chang with her “before I die” project. With the owner’s permission, she designated a wall on an abandoned house as a chalk board. She spray painted lines on it for passersby to write what they want to do before they die. Some answers are simple, some are fun, some are inspirational and others are heartbreaking.

What an amazing project.

sheep from recycled telephonesThis image made me smile. It is from an exhibit at the Museum of Communications in Frankfurt, Germany.

I just remember how heavy these darn phones were. Comedian, Louis C. K., in one of his skits talked about how he hated people with zeros in their phone numbers because it took so long to dial them (you have to have had one of these in your house to get that one.)

recycled license plate belt buckleWhen was the last time you war a car part as a fashion piece? Artist Steven Shaver is selling a recycled license plate belt buckle on Etsy. It is truly a creative use of an old piece of trash and, well, it looks just great!

recycled glass vasesI never would have guessed that you could design something by only gently changing it from its original shape. Well, these recycled glass vases from Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden are… well… perfect!

recycled earrings on etsyThese beautifully simple recycled earrings say all you need to say. Made by Betsy and Stephen Carr of Asheville, North Carolina, you can buy them online at the Foundling store on Etsy.

Bjork's latest album biophiliaI should never be surprised when I am surprised by Bjork (confused? stick with me for a second). Once again, the Icelandic songstress has blurred the lines of music, art and technology.* If you have an iPad or an iPhone, Bjork has released an app that is an integral part of Biophilia, her latest album. Navigate the album’s solar system – participate in the songs’ sounds. Play games based on the lyrics. This is a great new place to take music. Thank you, Bjork!

*If you are new to Bjork or have been scared off by her bizarre costumes or behavior, give her another try. Stop thinking of her as just a pop musician. See her as an artist trying to paint with everything – her voice, her hair, her clothes, her instruments…