All children are recyclers at heart. They are inventors, creators and magicians when it comes to re-using things lying about the house. An old towel becomes a cape, boxes are space ships or racing cars, an empty soda bottle makes a super submarine and a cardboard tube is a pirates telescope. When children look at the world of waste they see endless possibilities.
At Retrash we can totally relate to that wonder of creating things from unwanted waste. Retrash is a book all about reusing waste to create beautiful pieces of art and practical items. It inspires creativity and imagination through stories of upcycling, recycling and living sustainably.
The book, show cases over 80 artists from all over the world who are looking at waste in new and creative ways.
This gorgeous dress and others like it are the work of Australian designer Danette Rowse, and are made by recycling fabrics found in charity shops including table cloths and pillow cases.
“I am inspired by my desire to make comfortable, versatile and quality clothing for children.” says Danette.
Robyn Stewardson creates these beautiful owls using found objects, mainly kitchen utensils which are assembled using wire.
“I have been an avid op-shopper for years and thrive on giving something discarded a new lease on life. Now visiting op shops and trash and treasure markets is a must to find the materials I need to create my ever expanding parliament of owls.” says Robyn.
10 year old Olive Reichel makes ‘Miss O’s’ off cut bears using fabric off cuts from her mum’s design studio.
“I really, really, like making teddies. I get inspiration from random things everywhere and I like basing my ideas on pictures in my head.”
Brady-Anne Cushing creates hand made products from fabrics that are repurposed or salvaged.
“We gather our materials in many ways (salvage shops, remnants left over from friends, home decor projects, yard sales, etc.). We enjoy the challenge of finding unique materials in unconventional ways. We take great pride in the quality of our original items and create them with strength and integrity to bring years of
enjoyment!” says Brady-Anne.
I believe that Retrash can inspire a small step for change and I am passionate about getting his book into the world.
We are currently running a funding campaign to raise money to print Retrash. You can get a copy of Retrash at a reduced price during the funding campaign, and you can even have your name printed in the book to show your support. Visit the website for more information: retrash.com
This is not a sponsored post, I thought the idea was cool and was honored that Founder of retrash, Nathan Devine, was interested in authoring this blog post.