Here is an odd tale of art, unconsumption, and something between a satire and a feud:

Robin Redd put up some fliers in Los Angeles, asking for cardboard boxes she intended to repurpose into an art piece for a local music/art festival. Apparently the documentation will be included in a forthcoming book, The Art of Cardboard.

Meanwhile, however, somebody else (self-identifying as “Noodles”) put up a highly similar flier requesting not cardboard but “Cardboard Box Art Installations (or whatever crap you have around) to burn for warmth ASAP.” Further details offered by this flier:

It will be burned outside my home in the neighborhood for everyone I invite to enjoy & take pictures to put on instagram which you can like forever (or as long as the memories and pictures last on this planet’s internet). WILL DESTROY YOUR ART.

Hyperallergic tracked down both flier creators. “Noodles” described himself as the member of a collective that engages in “culture jamming.”

Redd, evidently, found the whole thing pretty funny. “She seems,” Hyperallergic concludes, “much more concerned with making work that people respond to, even negatively, than bickering on lampposts.

The whole tale is here: The Great Echo Park Cardboard Box Art Feud of 2014


Artist Kat O’Sullivan, aka Katwise, (along with help from her partner Mason Brown and their friends) transformed a dilapidated 19th century farmhouse in the woods near the hamlet of High Falls, New York into a technicolor dream house. Both inside and out, the dwelling is an awesome rainbow of colors and textures that still somehow looks right at home in the middle what we suspect to be an enchanted forest.

Colorful and filled with personality on both the interior and the exterior, the house was renovated according to O’Sullivan’s philosophy of “artistic upcycling,” which she explains as breathing new life into castaway objects. The final result, called Calico, is a gorgeous and unique house that is a perfect match for the artist’s dynamic lifestyle.

Head over to the Shawangunk Journal to read an interview with Katwise about her sensational home renovation. Then visit Katwise’s website to check out her other artistic endeavors.

[via My Modern Metropolis]


Victoria, B.C., residents Marco Khalil and Caroline West, who together own a business selling vintage goods, found a small school bus for sale on Craigslist. They turned the 1979 bus into a vacation home — a mobile cabin — that not only serves as a backyard cabin on their property, but can serve as a pop-up shop for their business. 

Read more about it, and see additional photos taken by Caroline, over on Design*Sponge: A School Bus Turned Vacation Home | Design*Sponge

An upcycled, multipurpose space filled with vintage crates used as storage, maps used as window covering — what’s not to love about this?!


Today the Department of Extraordinary Upcycling explores the work of Rochester, NY-based artist Dave Pollot who, in the awesome company of artists such as David Irvine, Thyrza Segal, Dave Vancook and Gauvain Manhattan, finds kitschy old paintings at thrift stores and enhances them with the addition of delightfully geeky pop culture characters and vehicles.

Visit Dave Pollot’s website to check out more of his playfully repurposed paintings.

Pollot sells prints via his Etsy shop as well as many of the original repurposed paintings themselves via his personal website.

[via Laughing Squid]


I was sent this gorgeous tutorial by LDP (follow her blog! It’s gorgeous!) and new exciting things got in the way of posting for a while, so here you go, finally!  She has loads of other fab tutorials on her blog too, such as how to make amazing Dr Who converse!

I would highly recommend this tutorial!  Books are the most commonly thrown away item given to charity shops in the UK.  If you are UK based there’s a great charity called Healthy Planet with various Books for Free shops across the UK, see locations here!

"DIY: Recycled Book Planters

This tutorial came complete with a mild existential crisis. I’ve wanted to make a craft project with books for ages now, however the thought of slicing up a tiny universe for my own selfish needs has always been too traumatic for me to bear. I eventually convinced myself that my charity shop book discoveries were only going to sit on a shelf until someone else threw them away if I didn’t buy them and use them, so why not turn them into something beautiful?

1. Start by smearing wood glue along the sides of the book, to secure the pages together. If you plan on using more than one book for the planter, glue them together without putting glue in the area you intend to cut, as this will make it more difficult to cut through.

2.Mark the area you intend to cut out, where your plant will go.

3.Use a craft knife to cut out the marked area. It may be hard to cut through the cover of the book initially, but just keep going - it’ll slice through eventually. :)

4.Once the area is as deep as you want it to be, glue the piece of plastic bag into the cut area, and trim the edges to be level with the cover of the book. This will stop water and dirt leaking into the book once your plant is inside.

5.Put your plant into the book, and look after it as your new pot plant.


Portuguese street artist Artur Bordalo, aka Bordalo II, uses mixed media to create his own interpretations of the urban landscape and environment. He often composes his works using various found items that he merges together into beautiful forms….

Recently, Bordalo II was invited to produce an installation as part of WOOL, an urban art festival in Covilhã, Portugal. It took him a little more than one week to create Owl Eyes, a collaged owl composed of found trash and recycled materials. 

(via Impressive 3D Street Art Created with Recycled Materials - My Modern Met)

Don’t Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes

Hate to burst your bubble, glass lab gear. But plastic bubble wrap also works pretty well at running science experiments.

Scientists at Harvard University have figured out a way to use these petite pouches as an inexpensive alternate to glass test tubes and culture dishes. They even ran glucose tests on artificial urine and anemia tests on blood, all with the samples sitting inside bubble wrap.”

Learn more from NPR