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If you've been refabbing with me for a while, then you know that upcycling old books and book pages is a recurring theme on this blog. 

Art Auction and Giveaway

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know about this. Last week, I kicked off an art auction to benefit a new initiative called The Big Food Drive. What's it all about? Read on :)

After 10 years of sharing upcycling tutorials, I'm excited to offer some of my own upcycled and original art! If you've been following me for a while, you won't be surprised to see that (almost) all my art involves upcycling books in some way - their covers or their pages. No book folds, but the big round up of DIY book-folding ideas is still around for you.

upcycled book art

Happy Sunday! This post is about a whimsical way to repurpose book pages. But first, a little reflection on the value of whimsy.

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.” - Mary Oliver

I've done both, and now I can see how they're related. Have you ever lost your whimsy? In "Where's my Whimsy?",  Rachel Glaser reflects on her loss:

Informed by the critical environmental problems that plague so much of the African continent, photographer Fabrice Monteiro, costume designer Doulsy (Jah Gal) and Ecofund collaborated on a harrowing series of photographs to visually represent the rampant ecological issues.

"The Prophecy", shot at ten locations in Senegal, features intricately costumed figures interacting with the surrounding pollution. Their meticulously built costumes are partially made from garbage and debris found at each the site.

Read this great interview with Monteiro.

In only its second year, and plagued by unpredictable weather, Remix 2015 still delivered a few unexpected discoveries for me! 

My office is on West Superior in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. In the last couple of days, these blossoms have appeared... made of canvas. I'm a fan of any sort of "bombing" that adds whimsy to an urban landscape. It's possible I'm biased, but these flowers just went to the top of my favorite list.

Yes. Loving this. Stunning upcycled installations by Edmond van der Bijl (aka akamundo). More of the same at akamundo.  (via)

If you entered the last South-Africa-related giveaway, then you know RSA is home for me ... and I recently returned from a month of summer! In my last SA-upcycling post, I focused on crafts consisting, primarily, of repurposed soda cans. In this post, I want to show a more varied mix of "art"and craft. Work that pushes the definition of "repurposing" ... work that highlights color, street-art sensibility, creative mixing of media and, yes, includes a whole lot of "found" materials. 

Like wood scraps. I love this kind of mixed media stuff... so I was delighted by these coloful pieces of continental drift ... 

Scroll down for much more, and a chance to win a hand-made piece of your own! 

By far the most inspiring guy showing at the Renegade. "Produced from salvaged wood, found objects, and other recycled materials, Geiman's eco-friendly artwork emerges from a folk art tradition infused with a contemporary, urban style.

 Originally from Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Geiman currently lives and works in Chicago along with partner Allison Walsh". Check out his website.


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