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reCOLLETTEtions

   Upcycle, Revamp, Recreate, lets just get creating!!

        reCOLLettetions is a blog about making things, recycling, up-cycling, recreating, whatever you want to call it. I am inspired by vintage, the 1950's in particular, the femininity and classic style of this era is reflected in a lot of my creations.

 I try to avoid buying mass produced anything,opting instead for up-cycled, re-used, repaired, recycled, second hand items. I don't like waste, one woman's trash can be another woman's treasure. Come along for the ride and explore some creative solutions to give things a new lease on life, instructions included! 

 

 

  • How bout a kiwi Christmas
    Christmas time in New Zealand doesn’t have anything to do snow and sleigh bells, quite possibly because of the 28c degrees average temperatures, so it’s about......click on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 25 December 2010
  • Yeah Na! The art of kiwi slang
    Language, we all speak it, in one form or another, but what about things like slang? For instance, in most cultures there are a lot of abbreviations of ‘real’ words that generally only they can understand. I think its gone from one extreme to another now though in that kids now talk in letters rather than use the full word like ‘F’ off” which we all know what it means, or ‘ATM’ which means’.......click on image for more
    Posted: Monday 13 December 2010
  • Christmas Trees
    The traditional Christmas tree as we know it is a decorated evergreen coniferous tree which is usually meant to be.........click on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 1 December 2010
  • Are Knots an art form?
    This website shows little clips on how to tie seven basic knots, I just love the name too ‘The art of manliness, which is..............click on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 28 November 2010
  • STOP....reworking artwork, who does it and why?
    You hear of songs being reworked all the time, there’s always a new version or ‘dance mix’ coming out but no one really talks much about.........click on image for more
    Posted: Friday 15 October 2010
  • Artists Trading Cards or ATC's for new Zealand Artists
    I only recently heard about these miniature works of art and what they are about. The concept is to create trading cards to swap with other artists that are a uniform size as
    2 ½” x ....click on image for more
    Posted: Monday 27 September 2010
  • Champagne Chairs...now who would have thought?!
    If you ever needed a good excuse to open a bottle of champagne, here’s an excellent one: to take part in the annual........click on image for more
    Posted: Friday 17 September 2010
  • Entering Art Competitions
    Artists should make an effort to enter art competitions for several reasons. The pressure of deadlines, the prestige of winning and the opportunity to get exposure of your work are the.......click on image for more
    Posted: Friday 10 September 2010
  • Just throw the Dart and see what happens!
    Decision making, procrastination and getting your art finished. What do you do when you can’t make up your mind what to do first or what to do at all for that matter? Well you could try my suggestion of throwing a dart at a dartboard but Im sure there are better ways to get organised and inspired or whatever it is that is stopping you producing more work.
    Im having that dilemma myself at present but mine is more about having too much to do and not enoug
    Posted: Thursday 26 August 2010
  • Clouds
    In landscape artworks a good rendition of clouds can be amazing when painted well. There are tricks to painting clouds well but the key element is.....click on image for more
    Posted: Monday 23 August 2010

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