This week’s theme: Innovation

This week is all about the ideas and things that make some of us (namely ME) feel like we are living in a future so much closer to Star Trek’s age that we ever thought would be possible in our lifetime. Seriously, did any of you watch Wesley Crusher refer to his Starfleet Academy texts on a little tablet and think to yourselves, “Man, I cannot WAIT till that day!” Holy cow, people! It’s here!

The Future Is Now

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Renewal – Self-Adornment

I’m a jewellery designer. I love sparkly things, and was collecting crystals, rocks, and drawing pictures of earring displays long before I started to make pretty things. But when I started, it was all about buying more and more things to create more and more things. Now, I love what I do, and I wouldn’t trade in my pretty jewels for anything…but I wish I had opened my eyes to other possibilities in my creation journey. Dismantling vintage jewellery pieces and creating something entirely new, using random hardware bits, chopping them up and reassembling them into my new vision, melting down old silver to create something else altogether…such options!

There are some incredibly innovative designers out there, that have been and continue to be inspirations for me and where I’d one day like to take my own designs. Here are a few:

This ain't the Barbie you grew up with

Circuit boards, reimagined

 

Renewal – Upcycling your home life

This is going to be another short one, but wow, what a fantastic concept! It takes upcycling to a whole new level.

Check it out:

http://upcycleliving.com/

 

Will be back with something more inspired tomorrow, I promise!

Renewal – DIY Upcycling

Well I think I’ve shown a small amount of just how much is possible, when it comes to making the old new again. How about a few websites to help put to use some of that inspiration?

http://blog.sustainablog.org/six-creative-upcycling-projects/

http://upcycle.ca/

http://www.readymade.com/

Renewal – Art

I got so excited when I realized that this concept fit into my theme this week! This is especially because of a documentary I saw last spring, called Waste Land:

The synopsis, taken from the movie’s website, http://wastelandmovie.com :

“Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT, COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.”

If you ever have the opportunity to see this documentary, I promise you, you won’t be sorry. It is inspiring and beautiful and tragic, all at once. But I’m pretty sure you’ll never look at trash the same way again.

Renewal – Gadgets

How tired can one person get?? Well at least today I’m starting before 11pm!

I know I’ve gotten into more of a listing of things rather than ideas, but it’s the idea behind these things which is so incredible to me. The fact that these people have been so creative in their rethinking of “waste” just blows my mind. And inspires me to think outside the box also.

I have a big one tomorrow that I can’t wait to share, but for now, I’ll leave you with this incredible gadget, available on http://etsy.com:

This may be the coolest thing yet!

 

Renewal – Clothing

Okay, another short post because, I confess, I am exhausted. So this renewal post is about an amazing Canadian company called http://www.preloved.ca/

They are an amazing clothing company that upcycles vintage clothing and creates entirely new outfits from them! Dresses, ties, hats, vests, new sweaters, skirts, you name it, they’ve put a few old items together and created something more original and better for the environment than what you’ll find at Old Navy. Plus, you’re helping support local designers !

Here’s a favourite:

How cute is this??

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