• Julie


Updated: Sep 22, 2020

So there is lots of "stuff" in our kitchen drawers. Where does it go eventually? A lot of it ends up in Op shops. For a wannabee sculptor using upcyled pieces, those shops are heaven. Want to jazz up your kitchen decor? Then have a go.

Minnie Mouse with spots to match drainer
Minni Mouse chooses spots to match.

What about those skills you have collected over time? Ceramics came in handy here. Don't forget the kids toys - discarded and damaged of course - they find places to rest also. For years the bits below were lovingly rescued, collected and put to good use to give pleasure with a smile in the mind. Has your old fashioned grater rusted and busted? Do you ever use that bent tea strainer? So precious - take another look and step outside the square. Have fun.

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Blogsnaps has quite a collection of these. There was a high use of ceramics here but you don't need ceramics necessarily. Arrange your pieces and glue inside a box frame, attach to an old piece of wood, use crochet/knitting with them, add ribbon, string, rope, wool or whatever you have that takes your fancy. Add eggshell, twigs, and textural pieces just lying around.

Don't forget containers such as sardine cans, and interesting lids.

You will probably have to experiment with your glues but fortunately there are a multitude of specific purpose glues around - for plastics, wood and metals. Stick with the transparent ones if you can.

Where to hunt. Opp shops are perfect places to find your goodies. Antique shops of the informal warehouse kind such as Mitchell Road Antiques in Sydney is amazing. Your city just has to be explored and have fun doing it.

On a broader scale apart from the kitchen you might begin to enter the whole world of "found objects" in general. "A found object is a natural or man-made object, or fragment of an object, that is found (or sometimes bought) by an artist and kept because of some intrinsic interest the artist sees in it"(Tate Museum)

As this world of upcycled and found materials opens we begin to see found objects in everyday activities - e.g. consider your walk along a beach for drift wood and washed up flotsam.


Don't forget Pinterest - a whole collection here and a search would produce a lot more.


"One man's trash: the filtered flotsam of artist Stuart Haygarth - in pictures"

"10 Everyday Objects Beautifully Transformed Into Works of Art"

"French Artist Turns Everyday Objects Into Playful Characters"

"11 Artists Doing Amazing Things With Recycled Materials" HOME

#thinkoutsidethesquare, #smileinthemind, #thinkkitchen, #happykitchen, #kitchendecor

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