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   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! 



  • One Size Fits All, an exhibition for NZ artists
    One Size Fits All is a small paintings show for artists from all over new Zealand, primarily to get a huge amount of local artists together in one place and give the public a chance to view a snapshot of as many artists as possible in one viewing!
    The show has been running on image for more
    Posted: Monday 28 June 2010
  • A cold day in hell, well not really….its Hamilton and I like it like that!
    What do you do on a cold winters day in Hamilton if you’re an artist? You catch up with friends and do a studio session with them, maybe have a few on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 27 June 2010
  • Poppies, tall poppies, painting poppies, ok just poppies then.......
    All species of poppies are attractive and most are cultivated as ornamental plants. A few species have other uses, principally as sources of drugs and foods. The opium poppy fir instance is so widely used, for on image for more
    Posted: Saturday 26 June 2010
  • Branding is important for artists
    Creating a brand for your art is important, its not just about creating a logo and having a marketing campaign either. Not only can a brand define on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 24 June 2010
  • Something about nothing II - lets talk about weird colours just because we can!
    Arsenic is a colour believe it or not and there we were thinking it was just a poison, so today’s blog entry is about some of those colours that we wouldn’t normally have on our palette or we may have mixed by accident and never had any idea what they were called. Some of you will know on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 23 June 2010
  • Tips on photographing your artwork
    The painting today is a ‘red eye’ as in red eye deduction but that’s not one of my tips as we’re not working with people for this, it’s about on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 22 June 2010
  • Window-Dressing an art career
    Once upon a time I trained as a window dresser. These days most stores employ a visual merchandiser instead in that they cover a broader range of merchandise display and not so much on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 20 June 2010
  • Caveman Art, the prehistoric stuff
    No doubt you would have studied some of the history of cave man art when at school, I certainly did. Most of it we don’t remember, but some of the images still stick in my mind, especially on image for more
    Posted: Friday 18 June 2010
  • Something about nothing much Part 1
    Some days Im simply stuck on what to say, I still have around half a year to write things for this blog, but hey at least I can celebrate making it to that half way mark!

    What do you write about when your desk is piled with papers and you know you have to get on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 17 June 2010
  • Burgundy or Claret…are we talking the colour or the wines?
    Burgundy or Claret…are we talking the colour or the wines?

    Burgundy as a colour is a shade of purplish red usually associated with the Burgundy wine of the same name; this comes from the Burgundy region of France where that particular on image for more
    Posted: Monday 14 June 2010

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