Monday, August 12, 2013

MondayUPs



Monday's can be rough... But I'm here to help.

In celebration of my 15th year selling my handmade stuff... 
I am going to be featuring things I've seen on blogs, on the internet, in books
...wherever inspiration strikes! On making new items from old goods..
hence, MondayUPs (upcycling)...

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It's summer.
And at least here in ABQ... lots of people wear flip-flops.
Coincidentally, I was at one of my fav shops here in ABQ...
and they feature art and products from all around the world, 
and one of the items I fell in love with... was a fabulous basket made from pieces of recycled flip flops. 
Yes, Flip-flops.

And so... today's post is all about recycling/upcycling old flip flops!

Here... artists have used flip flops to make baskets:



mats/rugs




jewelry!




and then there are sculptures, like this one:



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So... here are some wonderful articles on the artisans behind alot of this work:

here
here
here
Ocean Sole (artisans from Nairobi)



And here is an incredible sculpture in Sao Paulo by artist Florentijn Hofman 
see more: HERE