Tag: upcycling

01 Aug

Beauty is in the eye of the egg holder

Made from 170 beer cans, maybe a couple of soft drinks, and some pig intestine.

Work is where the floor is. The parquet serves pretty well as a sanding board. Once I find a sweet spot, I don’t move. Good sanding paper does miracles too. I now appreciate the value of good quality sanding paper.

At some point one runs out of adhesives. But there always is a masking tape.

Fine polish.

I project how I feel. I really want the egg cup…

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The other egg cup is made from Gambrinus and Kozel beer cans, maybe 150 of them. When in Prague, roll with the local beer.

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People often comment as to my branding, or the lack of it. This time I made an executive decision to give them exactly what they want. I sign my eggs now.

Last attempt to take a good photograph…may I point out that I’m crap at it? I spend more time getting dirty than learning new tricks in the tech pool. What you see is what I got.

Cup number 3 is on the way. And we start again.

03 May

Shopping list

  • Ring ingredients: beer, potato, pasta, oil, perfume, jeweller’s sanding wheels, chain, dental floss, toiletries, vintage Christmas candle holder.

Method: bondage.

Cooking time: medium to high heat for +/- 2 weeks.

Warning: may contain traces of madness.

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I have been collecting plastic packaging for a while now. It has become one of my creative resources I sometimes play with. I made a big mess in my studio cutting, sanding, filing and puzzling pieces of plastics.

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The most difficult part of the process was sticking to one option. There were endless possibilities, seemingly. And I am a woman, as such it is my prerogative to be indecisive. But it’s spring and another flower won’t hurt in the world filled with plastics.

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I made this ring by wrapping up all the “Ingredients” together. Inspired by the traditional Japanese packaging, nature and my own gut.

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Ring – Flower opens up – primitive manual mechanism (pull, squeeze, push around).

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Flower closed up.

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Finally, from underneath.

24 Feb

Take A Bow

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Coffee Bow Headband (by me).

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Ingredients: empty coffee packet, headband, ring.

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Detail showing ring.

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Elizabeth Taylor’s diamond and ruby encrusted perfume bottle.

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Forever Bed by Nika Zupanc, photo from Design Limited Edition.

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Victorian bow-shaped hair brooch (from the V&A Archives).

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Another Victorian hair brooch, this one from Morning Glory Antiques.

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Ring by Eve Vautier.

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17th century bow necklace, V&A Museum.

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Bowknot (by me), brooch made from pig guts. Photo by Jan Krejci.