Recently, I thought it would be fun to throw the word out there to my fellow Etsy folks to see if and how many of them use recycled materials to create their products. And the response was amazing! Enough to inspire me to start a series of posts, as a matter of fact, to give you some insight into just how talented and resourceful creaters can be!
At last count I had nearly 100 responses! I am so glad I asked that question, because some of the shop owners turn out incredible art and mostly created from items that might have otherwise found their way into a land fill!
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I would like to start with the first shop to respond to my request, moreChenille Chateau. The shop’s owner Jan finds antique and vintage chenille bedspreads and launders them gently to return them to their best possible condition. I love how she describes the area in her studio she stores them in as the “Great Wall of Chenille”, because her treasured finds are stacked neatly from floor to ceiling! Her beautiful creations are truly “Made in America – again”.
I just love her creations! They are sure to be someone’s treasures for many more years to come!
How about turning a plain old wine bottle into a real piece of art? Carol from Harrach Glass does just that! She works out of her studio in beautiful sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Her motto: ” If it’s glass; I will melt it, break it, crush it, even drop it and when it’s done, I’m hoping that you will just LOVE it!”
I think it’s pretty cool stuff! Take a look at this melted wine bottle candle holder!
And how about this wine rack re-imagined and created from a wine bottle?
I would like to round out today’s post with one more amazing artist, Leanne, whose shop Arte Plastique carries stunning creations, reincarnations of discarded soda and water bottles of all kinds!
A Chihuly inspired wreath? Oh my!
I don’t know about you, but if I were a plastic water bottle, I would want to be found by Leanne!
And one more for the road:
I hope I have inspired you to go out and check out these and so many other stores and shops that not only keep things out of landfills, but turn them into true treasures and keepsakes!
How about you? Have you incorporated any recycled materials in your designs? Do you make a special effort to purchase items that had a previous life? I would love to hear your stories!
This is not even beginning to scratch the surface of how many different ways my fellow artists recycle, repurpose, turn something old and worn out into the new New.
I will feature more of the shop owners in the near future. Hope to see you then!