My sister the other night at dinner asked me what I considered to be my art. I paused for a moment thinking honestly of the answer, but I couldnâ€™t pinpoint one specific thing as â€œmy artâ€ because I view everything i do as an art. From my mosaics, to my cooking, to my gardening, designing, music, organizing my home, lovemaking, everything I do is an art, even breathing!
One of my favourites arts these days though is up cycling. I love finding stuff in trash and repurposing them. Itâ€™s practicing an art while doing something that benefits the environment, eliminates waste, and transformed abandoned or no longer used objects into something beautiful & useful. What is so great about up-cycling projects as well is that as you complete them and share them with others, you at the same time educate & inspire others to be more mindful of the importance of being environmentally conscious.
This is an up cycled dress project I made from left over & scraps of materials that were in my design studio when i was a hair accessory designer. As I was cleaning up one day, I decided to create something with all the junk hanging around. The idea really resonated with me, as I was already contemplating different ways i can practice being more eco savvy as a designer. I decided to make a collection of haute couture dresses with the scraps i found lying around office. An eclectic mix of newspaper, paper towels, a bag of balloons, coffee filters, soda can tabs & faux flowers. It was a really fun project to work on, and once completed we did a photo shoot of the dresses and also lent them out to other photographers to do fashion shoots with. The gift that keeps giving.