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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! 



  • 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 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
  • Art Copyright Issues
    One subject I get asked a lot about is Copyright and what is covered under New Zealand Law in regards to the visual arts as in paintings or sculpture....
    Posted: Monday 4 January 2010
  • Dotty Exhibition - Wellington
    Mistress of Dots, Yayoi Kusama has an exhibition “Mirrored Years’ on at The City Art Gallery in Wellington, so with this project in mind, I set off on the overlander train both to enjoy the scenic tour on the way and to see the exhibition. I had mixed reviews from friends but went with an open mind and came away feeling pleased with the experience.....
    Posted: Sunday 3 January 2010
  • Dealing with Galleries
    Things I think you should know about dealing with art galleries as an artist in New Zealand..... Click on the image for more information
    Posted: Saturday 2 January 2010
  • This is the First Day of the rest of my life!
    The day has come where I have to dig deep and become disciplined with my writing and painting for the next 365 days. Here is click on the image to read what this is all about.....
    Posted: Friday 1 January 2010

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