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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! 



  • Review - HOME New Zealand Magazine – Art House Issue 2010
    I came across this magazine quite by accident while waiting in line at the supermarket check-out. It’s usually about other home related things apparently, but once a year it seems, they focus on my favourite subject ‘ART!” So naturally I added it to my already over flowing trolley!
    Now most art magazines I on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 10 February 2010
  • Impressionism
    One of my first influences was Claude Monet, back in the day when I used to do oil paintings of a scenic nature. I was captivated by his ability to portray light and the soft simple effect of his style, on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 9 February 2010
  • Writing an Artists Resume, CV or Statement
    I get asked a lot about what the difference is between a resume, a bio and an artist’s statement. A resume is pretty much like a job resume where you have contact details, your history as in exhibitions, education etc on image for more
    Posted: Monday 8 February 2010
  • Cubism
    Cubism was a French school of art most prominent between 1907 and 1914. First developed by Pablo Picasso (who painted the piece titled Les Demoiselles d' Avignon in on image for more
    Posted: Sunday 7 February 2010
  • Developing a Painting style
    Part of being an artist is having your own identifiable style, you know that special ‘something’ that means when someone looks at a painting and instantly knows that it’s by you, regardless of what the subject n image for more
    Posted: Saturday 6 February 2010
  • What is Abstract Art?
    Dictionary definition - abstractionism: an abstract genre of art; artistic content that depends on internal form rather than pictorial representation.
    Its interesting to know that many artists start off wanting to paint in on image for more
    Posted: Friday 5 February 2010
  • What is Sun Painting you ask?
    Sun Painting or Heliographic Art as its technically called is a process where transparent fabric paints are applied to fabric (100% cotton is the best.) and while the paint is still wet, objects like stencils, leafs, feathers etc are placed onto the wet fabric. You then place it in the sun and when it dries, the outlines of the objects are transferred to the on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 4 February 2010
  • Lets Talk about the colour Purple
    Because purple is derived from the mixing of a strong warm primary colour (Red) and strong primary cool colour (Blue) it has both warm and cool on image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 3 February 2010
  • A bit about Pablo Picasso
    Only my all time favourite artist. So what do I know of Mr Picasso? Well I'm not going to give you a tiresome rundown on the man’s history, there are many websites and books that can give you that sort of information.....
    click on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 2 February 2010
  • Where do you get your Inspiration?
    I’ve been working on some new techniques at the moment. They are most likely tried and trusted methods of other artists and been done before in one form or another, but they are new to me on image for more
    Posted: Monday 1 February 2010

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