Art, Nature & Recycling
Editorís Note: It is said that art imitates nature. And it is also said that nature recycles everything. Therefore it seems only, well, natural that artists and artisans of all types would make beautiful things from the discards of others.
The idea for this story came from discussions with Reena Kazmann, the founder and owner of Eco-Artware.com. Reena is both a committed recycler and an artist, and so we asked her to give us a brief pictorial tour of the nexus of art and recycling. We asked her to dazzle us with beauty from trash, and hereís what she came up with.
hether you think of your household garbage or your local landfill, chances are good that what comes into your mindís eye is not a pretty picture.
But thereís beauty to be found everywhere, and so its not really surprising that a growing number of talented and committed artists, designers, architects, and builders are converting old stuff that would have gone to landfills into a wide array of useful and beautiful products -- from personal accessories to jewelry, from decorative items to housewares, from furniture to homes.
Take a look below at some of the beautiful things made from items that would have otherwise been laid to rest forever with your apple cores and kitty litter.
Jewelry & Personal Accessories
Decorative Items & Housewares
Furniture & Homes
Reena Kazmann is the founder and owner of Eco-Artware.com. She is a second-generation artist, and has been involved throughout her life as an illustrator, custom needlepoint designer, crafts teacher and manager of craft shops. Her needlepoint designs have appeared on the covers of Modern Maturity, The American Farmer and The Washington Post magazines. Several of the items shown above are available from Eco-Artware.com.
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