Green Art from Upcycling

Not only do you contribute in the conservation and preservation of our natural resources by upcycling but you also create amazing work of art.

Upcycling can be both green and artsy at the same time.  You’ll be amazed at the artistry in products that are being born out materials or items that are once deemed worthless or trash already.

 

You can start living green by upcycling!  Yes, upcycling!  How it differs from recycling?

Upcycling vs. Recycling

In recycling, items such as paper, plastic and glass are broken down into base materials that can be use to make a new product.  That’s why there are items such as recycled napkin, recycled paper, Blue Marbles Project’s blue marbles are made from recycled glass, and so on.

In upcycling, you’re not exactly breaking down the materials, you’re only re-fashioning it to shape or to fit another purpose.  For instance, you cut and sew certain parts of an old pair of jeans to make a sling bag out of it.  The new product is still made of the original material, still in the form of denim only now it’s a bag and no longer a pair of jeans.

Who will benefit from upcycling?

Both the environment and us humans will benefit from it.  Well, suffice to say, upcyling benefits the environment it benefits us as well.  But even with aspects of finance, say your family’s budget, you’ll be saving a considerable amount with your expenses if you’ll adapt the habit of upcyling.

For example, you you can upcyle an old tv cabinet into a coffee table or console table.  Or you can use plastic gallons as plant containers.  There are tons of things you can turn these ‘trash’ into and you’ll be amazed at how it can turned out to be most of the time even better than what they are originally!

Exceptionally great work of arts can be created by up-cycling as well.  Even artists are starting to create green art to express themselves and create awareness.

Green Art from Scrap

Creating art benefits not just your well being but even your physical body as well.  Through writing, music, dancing or visual arts, you can express yourself – your emotions, your visions.

It gives you the freedom and peace from within that radiate into your physical being – hence, art is important in our life.

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Having said that, not everybody is given the opportunity to be provided with the materials they need to express their creativity.  It can be due to financial constraints or inaccessibility.

In San Francisco alone, not all schools have the funding to support art education for the children.  And I cannot stress enough the importance of providing art education to our youths today.

With all the distraction from electronic gadgets that is monopolizing their waking hours, they do need art to let them discover their other potentials outside of their virtual world.

Artists, like myself, need to have a way to express ourselves, to channel out all the creativity that is inherent in us.  Being the creative person that we are, we simply cannot contain that without causing imbalance in our life.

Creating art from scrap

Arts supplies stores may not always be an option to a lot of people because of financial constraints and it’ll be a shame to hinder your creativity development just because you’re lacking the materials.

It’s a good thing though that art is everywhere!

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It does need a little extra creativity to see that there are arts in scrap, yes, in trash.  It’s physically there, waiting to be pick up and collected and waiting to be piece together.

SCRAP: the place to go

To create art from scrap found in your house is cool, to find all sort of scraps in one place is even cooler!

Anne Marie Theilen saw the need for resources to make art education possible for the students and for other artists as well in San Francisco, California.  This gave birth to SCRAP in 1976.

This non-profit creative reuse center, material depot and workshop space made creating art from scrap possible!  Low-cost materials and supplies are now more accessible to artists, teachers, parents and organizations.

SCRAP provided the community not just the resources but the opportunity to learn and pass on the value of creative reuse.

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 Now a days, so many things have become easily replaceable that people oftentimes just throw it away and replace it with something new – from household items to home furniture to office supplies.  Before we even knew it we have successfully participated in further polluting our planet earth.

We can make a change; let’s make it a habit to upcycle – to upcycle is to create art.

It takes imagination and creativity to re-shape or re-fashion an item to fit its new purpose.  Workings from scraps not only give you the opportunity to challenge yourself to give it a new life but you’re also contributing in saving the environment as well.

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By finding a new purpose to these scraps means less trash are polluting the earth!  SCRAP is literally saving landfills of additional tons of trash by taking the responsibility to make use of these scrap for the benefit of the community.

Suffice to say that art from scrap is definitely green art!

Check me out at the San Francisco Contemporary Art Market

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