Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Repurposing

Giving an object a new use can change not only its meaning but its beauty and functionality! Check out these repurposed objects, from architecture to fashion and everything in between...
At right, a 19th-century carriage house turned studio in the Hamptons, courtesy nytimes.com.
Susie MacMurray, "A Mixture of Frailties", dress-cum-sculpture constructed from perishable latex balloons and domestic rubber gloves.
Australian Air Mail bag skirt, pictured via poupees-perdues.com. Talk about a special delivery!
Candy wrapper bracelet, courtesy ecoist.com.
Dialog recycled fabric clutch, at asos.com
Francisca Ribeiro De Souza recycled flip-top shoulder bag. Visit the MOMA store at momastore.org for this and next.
This Escama flower brooch would be a fun DIY project!
Diana Broussard vintage crystal and brass necklace, pictured via elle.com
Shell oil can chair, via nytimes.com
CC is in love with this Suzan Fellman recycled silk scarf upholstered chair! Visit suzanfellman.com for more fab fashionable seating made from re-used textiles.
Vintage belt floor mat from branchhome.com. So cool!

Recycled tin tray, at cb2.com.
Vintage suitcases as nightstand. This photo and next 2 via nytimes.com.
At right: a wall lined with paper-covered wire hangers. Taking a mundane object and making it gorgeous? Right up CC’s alley (or hallway, as the case may be!).
Alexander Calder recycled wire sculpture, currently on view at the Whitney Museum in New York.

Have you ever re-purposed an object or an item of clothing?
CC likes to use antique plates and Chinese rice bowls to hold her jewels and such...
If you have pics of your repurposed items, email them to me at carricalligraphy@gmail.com and CC will post an amalgamation of Fellow Fashionistas’ genius work!

35 comments:

lisa said...

OMG...that backyard is amazing...is that a pool? kisses from las vegas

Savvy Mode SG said...

can i have the chanel chair please CC. i use a versace plate to hold my little pieces of jewelry.

The Seeker said...

OMG CC love this post, thank you for doing this!!!!
The planet also thanks you.

And what great stuff you picked.

xoxo

lisa said...

I do the same thing you do; I have little sushi dishes I use as jewelry trays.

P.S. I gave you an E for Excellence blogging award! Check out my blog post today for details.

J'Adore Fashion said...

wow, love that backyard, seem like a good place to relax!!! love the topic of this post! tres jolie!!

xoxo
stella

Lisa said...

thanks cc!

you always post about such relevant issues.

you should see some of the south african art/clothing here- it is stunning + alot of it is made by under-privelged children/men/women who live in townships.
truly amazing.

x.

Mer said...

I love this post!!!

pangea said...

that chanal chair is gangsta

Kira Fashion said...

cool stuff ;)

a kiss!!!

glory said...

hey que buenas ideas para reciclar.... y me encanto el post sobre hacid wash... bessos

steelcloset said...

I totally saw a whole shop of purses made of recycled materials at a small trade show. Picture are here...

http://steelcloset.com/2008/10/20/2284/

Crave said...

cool post!

Nemerae said...

The candy wrapper bracelet is really original and funny haha :P I also like that Dialog recycled fabric clutch =)
Byee
xx

Fifi Flowers said...

FUN post! My head is swimming with thoughts... you've given me sooooo many ideas... I don't even know which to comment on... without a theme... I'm baffled... lost!
FUN FUN FUN!!!
What will you post next... hmmmm
ENJOY!
Fifi

Trish said...

Good job on your post again, CC! :)

Miss Karen said...

Wow I loved this post! It's always so interesting to see readymade objects with an original function be turned into something completely different. It's so dada!

lacouturiernyc said...

i love finding vintage jewelry & taking them art & making them into something else :]

xoxo,
La C

Lil Midget said...

Great stuff!

Repurposed material are great for interior designing i think :) GIves a vintage and antique look to the place :D

xo

La Belette Rouge said...

Love the carriage house. Gorgeous!!

Elle♥Madame said...

thanks for th comment i am glad u like the story :)

Songy said...

gee I like that chanel chair.

you know you can get seatbelt bags and rubber (from tire) handbags?
I love those. they don't look anything like the original product.

Annie said...

That chair is awesome!

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-love the candy bracelet, so sweet (haha) and also the chair too! I did a custom job on my cardi, I did a post on it a few days back!!

Jen said...

i love the wire sculpture and the chair of recycled scarves. i really like this post :) x

Tobey said...

wow, these are so inspiring. my favorite is the table of suitcases...

saray said...

love the chanel chair

CHRISELLE said...

i love this. architechture turned fashion. lots of movement and texture and color.

_Nia_ said...

Great post! I love the photos and especially that purple necklace!

Ps. Your blog is nice too:) Visit anytime again!

CaraMia ♥Hippie Couture♥ said...

wow, i never would have thought that wall was wire hangers. "no wire hangers!" :)

i'm going to send you some
re-purposed goodies.

janettaylor said...

Amazing cc chair...

WOW!

Nice post... Thank you!

xoxo: Janet

kokostiletto said...

that candy wrapper bracelet is cool!

THE HOUSE OF STYLE said...

Carrie that chanel chair is gorgeous!the wire hangers redesigned are fabu! my faves had to the suitcases stacked ontop of each as the nightstand and your quaint plates holding your jewellery!i love re-purposing but mostly do it with my clothes. like il use bits of an old very worn but much loved garment into jewellery.
kisses dear xx
muah!
marian

Diabolina 3.1 said...

i do the same things with my jewels and such ;)

Carolina Lange said...

Love this post! Really interesting and beautiful!

Tala said...

This is the most amazing blog post ever !! We also wrote about Escama on our blog: http://fashionableearth.org/blog/2009/10/15/dont-drink-soda-wear-soda/

Fashionable Earth encourages people to reduce, reuse, restyle :)