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Transformation: From One Thing To Another

by Violet on November 15, 2012

While I am in Japan this week, I’ll be running some of our most popular past exhibits. Enjoy!

Etsy is well known as a place to find things that have been reused, recycled, reclaimed, repurposed and upcycled. The imagination and cleverness employed by artists never ceases to amaze me, especially as my brain lives firmly entrenched in the box. (And not just IN the box, but symmetrically centered within it.) While it’s become almost expected to see a vintage button become a piece of jewelry or a skirt turned into an apron, I wanted to dig a little deeper to find dramatic examples of transformation.

Transformation: From One Thing To Another

Our first stop is the Funky Junk Company Here, a tin ceiling tile has been painted and adorned with a yellow satin ribbon to be used as a fabulous shabby chic magnet board.

The delightfully named Giddy Spinster reclaims stiletto shoes and turns them into succulent planters. As she says: “The concept is about hard-working women, the increasingly artificial nature of American femininity, and the impossible images that women face in our society. It’s a prickly, spiky, sticky situation… “

Rusted barbed wire is given a new lease on life when it becomes the stem to an enameled tin flower in this mixed media sculpture from Merritt Hyde.

A recycled wood frame and two vintage drawer handles form the basis of this colorful serving tray. Looking for a different color scheme? Just let Dinglewear know for a custom order.

How fun is this bright coral reef mandala bowl? How much more amazing is it when you realize Eye Pop Art made it from a 12 inch vinyl record?

Two recycled traffic signal lenses become a bird feeder under the guidance of Red Yellow & Blue Ink. Added bonus: A portion of the sale price goes to the Nature Conservancy!

Finally, made from upcycled light bulbs, colored LED lights, and copper wire, Ecohead brings you this Family of Enlightened Peace Spiders. Set them on a surface, nail them to the wall, or hang them from fishing line!

Happy Stalking!
Curator V.

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