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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! 

 

 

  • ‘The $12 Million Stuffed Shark’ By Don Thompson
    In 2009 a pile of Rubbish won the National Contemporary Art Awards here in Hamilton New Zealand. It created a furore like no other. We are used to the outrage and shock from the public each year over the winning pieces and that’s exactly what the people who run it want…controversy and people talking about it. Well this time I somehow got embroiled in it....click on image for more
    Posted: Thursday 14 January 2010
  • Tax Tips for Artists
    Yes I know that figures and money matters are boring for us artists but when you're a working artist you need to look at keeping accurate records and making sure you are taking care of your tax obligations. Here are some of my tips and advice for organising your records......click on the image for more
    Posted: Wednesday 13 January 2010
  • When things Run SMOOTHLY
    Today’s artwork is smooth and shiny. I used the Golden Clear Tar Gel for this effect, its simple to use; you pour it on where you want it to be and wait for it to set. The effect is like that of a bubble, with a raised glassy surface.However Im not going to talk so much about the .....click on image for more
    Posted: Tuesday 12 January 2010
  • Touching on Colour Mixing
    A basic understanding of colour theory and the colour wheel is essential for every artist and can increase the possibilities for your work. Colours are, after all, one of the basic tools of painting....click on image for more
    Posted: Monday 11 January 2010
  • Lets talk about the Colour RED
    Red is my favourite colour, both in my life generally as well as in my art. It’s a colour that can have two distinctly different meanings, and is considered.......click on image to read more
    Posted: Sunday 10 January 2010
  • Art as a Career Choice
    Some say that it isn’t a realistic career choice, and the myth of the “starving artist” stereotype is still very much alive and kicking? How many times have I heard “But it’s not a real job.” Or better yet.....click on the image to read more
    Posted: Saturday 9 January 2010
  • This is a Must Read book for Artists
    The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron -
    When I teach an art class or mentor any other artists, I always advocate that they read this book. I usually also ask my art students to do the artists pages at the beginning of class if we have enough.....click on image to read more
    Posted: Friday 8 January 2010
  • Artist's Brushes
    Often when I teach an art class, the question about what brushes to use for which type of painting or technique comes up.
    So here is a run down on the brushes I prefer and have used
    Click on the picture to learn more....
    Posted: Thursday 7 January 2010
  • What do we know about the colour Yellow?
    Throughout my blog I want to talk to about colour, today I’m thinking Yellow….
    Read more by clicking on the yellow dot picture
    Posted: Wednesday 6 January 2010
  • Why Research for your Art?
    Research is important to me as I like to know the history behind things, why they are what they are and their significance to the project I might be working on.......
    Posted: Tuesday 5 January 2010

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