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Anyone Using Recycled Material In Art?

Posted by: Perry Van Veen on 06/18/2013 - 5:05 PM

I have been experimenting with using different kinds of materials in my art pieces. Here is a piece that I did using a discarded suitcase to go with the theme of travel. Other items used were paper, cardboard, and of course airplane scrap metal. Post here if you used recycled material in your work.


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Posted by: Tony Murray on 06/18/2013 - 5:27 PM

About 75% of my work is based on or created from recycled materials.
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Posted by: Tom Druin on 06/18/2013 - 6:03 PM

gandhi memorial...amazing art from mother nature -recycling on another level....Art Prints .Sell Art Online .


Posted by: Joseph Baril on 06/18/2013 - 7:28 PM


Posted by: Perry Van Veen on 06/18/2013 - 7:39 PM

Thank you for sending me these pictures of various art pieces using recycled materials..Keep sending me it.


Posted by: Francesa Miller on 06/18/2013 - 7:47 PM

I've begun using wooden pallets to make art. I add sea shells, palm tree parts.
I've already sold these two.


Posted by: Perry Van Veen on 06/18/2013 - 7:52 PM

Francesa, you have a real eye for detail and I love your use of pallets


Posted by: Francesa Miller on 06/18/2013 - 9:04 PM

Thanks. It was hard throwing the pallets away that came in to my day job. Many of them were oak and poplar; good, beautiful wood. I just wish they were easier to take apart.


Posted by: OTIL ROTCOD on 06/18/2013 - 10:58 PM

I used newspaper in my art, and also used plywood as based for my art pieces.
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Posted by: Alfred Ng on 06/19/2013 - 8:53 AM

Do I recycle? all the time and almost anything. here is one of my latest leaf cut on a bamboo leaf.

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Posted by: Perry Van Veen on 06/19/2013 - 1:37 PM

Alfred , your work is very intricate and shows much detail. Very neat idea?


Posted by: Carmen Hathaway on 06/19/2013 - 1:42 PM

I haven't recently...but did use various shells, netting, glass, metals, etc. in various collages...will find images & post later...

This artist's rice plant leaves & straw originals are a marvel -- enjoy Rajan Koshy's creativity at

No color, paint or dye added to the natural color of the materials in most of the pieces.


Posted by: Shawna Rowe on 06/19/2013 - 1:59 PM

I recycle my massive magazine collection into these collages.
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Posted by: Perry Van Veen on 06/19/2013 - 5:06 PM

Shawna, you are a really fine artist. I like your idea of using magazines...great stuff


Posted by: Shawna Rowe on 06/19/2013 - 9:26 PM

Thank you Perry. :)


Posted by: Dan Daugherty on 06/20/2013 - 12:39 AM

Shawna.... Love those Collages... How's the City scape going?

I can't post all my work here, But every single piece of my work is created from Pre-used Materials... Steel things from every corner of the Spectrum...

I have been working on this Idea for a few days, and I'm loving it as it keeps getting more exciting, but I'm not letting on what it is yet... What do you think??

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Posted by: Dan Daugherty on 06/20/2013 - 12:40 AM

There are more pieces to it that are not shown, but I couldn't fit all of them in the Picture...LOL


Posted by: Shawna Rowe on 06/20/2013 - 9:46 AM

@Dan It's coming along, but slowly, too many other things to do. I am intrigued by this next piece of yours, keep us updated!


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