Bird of Paradise

I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.
– Rumi

• Louise Saxton’s Queen Billie is a tapestry of discarded needlework fragments, gathered and layered on sheer tulle. The pinning process is similar to painting with a brush, a modern counterpart to Audubon’s catalogue of birds.

• Claire Brewster’s Birds are cut out of old maps and atlases.

• The petals and feathers of Michael Dickter’s Birds and Flowers bleed in colorful rivers against an off-white background full of smudges, marks, and scratches.

• Vanessa Quijano’s Coracias Caudatus captures the tiny bird’s lilac and blue feathers in Namibia.

• Bombus’ Flying Birds are cut from vintage maps, and you can even choose the destination if you like.

• Cynthia’s Vivid Niltava is a woodblock print inspired by the flora and fauna of Taiwan.

• Catherina’s Red Bird has translucent layers of watercolor for feathers.

• Kristin Sarette’s Prior to Investigation is a lithograph with tusche wash that renders the feathers bristling with texture.

• Bridget Farmer’s Paradote is an etching of a little bird native to Australia.

• Silvio’s Macaw Arara is a large digital print of the bird’s head deconstructed into geometric fragments.

• Kyoko Imazu’s Chestnut-Cheeked Starling is two plate etching and aquatint that merges ultramarine blue and warm red for a rich coat of feathers.

Bosch Books

We’ve wandered through purple and grey labyrinths looking for printed perspective, and we continue our search guided by an erudite platypus.

• Zen Sekizawa’s Listen to the Echoes series documents Ray Bradbury’s home, or a museum of all the things – or metaphors as he calls them – that have inspired him.

• Kristiina Lahde’s Hive is a column of stacked honeycombs made from telephone books.

• Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights includes a platypus reading in paradise. Why not?

• Wasinee Cherklintaste’s Story Memory is a book sculpture filled with a shelf of small volumes, lamps, maps, and postcards.

• Benjamin’s Wall Appliques are starbursts made from the pages of novels.

• Malena Valcarcel’s Necklace strings together squares of book paper for a modern take on Elizabethan collars. Her Burn Me sculpture has a decorative pattern burned into one of its pages, and you can illuminate it by placing a LED light inside.

• Modulem’s Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is a river of book slices, some stained with tea.

• Dorisse’s Paper Sculpture is folded from the pages of a Harry Potter book.

• Susan Hoerth’s Sunday Afternoon transforms a book reclaimed from the Salvation Army into a fantastical carousel ride.

• Keri Muller’s Africa Reinvented is a cluster of pinwheels made from old paperbacks.

Pawn Ticket

We were inspired by an old pawn ticket to collect more work that embraced collage and mixed media.

• This Pawn Ticket from the Wo Cheong Pawn Shop in Hong Kong tells its history with layers of faded calligraphy and stamps.

• Yue Minjun’s Diving Figure from his Grassland series of woodcuts features the wide, exaggerated smile that appears in many of his works. Here, he was inspired by the open expanses of Mongolia.

• Wilson Shieh’s Swimmer is an etching with fine lines that echo the gongbi style of Ming dynasty painting.

• Elise Wehle’s Deer Wading Through a River is a photograph transferred onto watercolor paper and sprinkled with paper pieces that give it the quality of dappled light.

• Lewis Folden’s Four Squares is a collage of metallic papers, paint, and pencils.

• Theresa Pfarr’s Untitled mixes paint, charcoal, graphite, and ink to depict a mysterious female figure.

• Janelle Lile’s Distant is a digital collage of diagrams and translucent layers in a blue palette.

• Catalina Viejo’s Letter to my Dreams is a collection of private thoughts, expressed in shape and color, addressed to specific people.

• Stephanie Holznecht’s Seashells has tiny shells set into torn papers, paint, and pieces of string.

• Bill Zindel’s Make Your Own Banjo combines vintage images and neon paint reminds you to stand out from the crowd.

• Kate Schlueter’s Each of Us is an Original III features thick layers of paint, printed paper, and other materials.


There’s more than one way to tell a story.

• Kristy Mitchell’s The Storyteller captures a bibliophile’s dream – a throne made of books tumbling into a field of lilacs.

• Miler Lagos’ Pie de Amigo is an arc of architecture books, tilting precariously with one pencil in each.

• Rune Guneriussen’s Stack of Books stands on a beach in Norway, waiting for a gust of wind to send its neat structure into chaos.

• Veska Abad’s Red Sun is an old book transformed into a flaming sunset with pages suspended in dramatic curls.

• Christine Rozina’s Book Sculpture creates a vase shape with black and white pages.

• Malena’s Paper Sculpture is a knot made out of twisting squares of book paper.

• 88 Editions’ Think is a poem found in an old geography book, with the unwanted words painted over.

• Job Limbert’s Altered Book is a wildlife encyclopedia cut out to reveal an abstract image that resembles rivers running through a jungle.

• Lisa Occhipinti’s Bookmobile is a cascade of looped pages from an old book filled with drawings of birds, beetles, and bones.

• Aesthetikara’s Book Sculpture is made of neatly folded pages from a Chinese classic.

• Nickliovich’s Salvaged Book Sculpture is an intricate maze of folded pages that look like lush vegetation.

Cardboard Craft

It’s amazing what one can do with a few scraps of cardboard. These artists have layered, laser cut, folded, and painted the humble material in clever ways.

• WK’s Recycled Cardboard Series turn scraps of cardboard into alternate maps of New York. The torn edges, torn labels, and uneven masking tape frame an anatomical skull drawing and distorted figure.

• EVOL’s Cityscapes capture the cinematic sweep and quiet atmosphere of Edward Hopper’s work. This time, the facades of buildings are the worn surfaces of cardboard, stenciled and spray painted with windows and balconies.

• Makoto Orisaki’s Origami Ball was created using a special blade that perforates cardboard so the stiff material can fold into intricate forms.

• Alex Papadopoulos’ Lamp is made of cardboard layered in a beehive fashion.

• Allie Anderson’s P is one of her decorative letters split between paint and natural texture.

• Hauspanther’s Stacks are cat toys made out of cardboard pieces that give your feline plenty of angles to play with.

• Cardboard Safari’s Bull Trophy is a head and horns made of laser-cut cardboard that you can assemble easily.

• This Lamp by Papermood Designs is a snowball of cardboard discs suspended from a transparent cable.

• Tanya Ivanov’s Waterfall and Spring Flowers are sets of cards made from recycled cardboard boxes.

• Charlotte Duffy’s High Top is a shoe sculpture made of cardboard and finished with black ink details.

Rara Avis

“In that case,” said the Dodo solemnly, rising to its feet, “I move that the meeting adjourn, for the immediate adoption of more energetic remedies—”
– Lewis Carroll

• Hanna Hedman’s series While They Away Extinction are endangered animals, tangled in leaves, vines, and wings, all made out of oxidized silver. The natural green hues are a mixture of copper and paint. The sculptural jewelry pieces look like relics found in an overgrown jungle, walking the line between beauty and death in the tradition of vanitas.

• Harri Kallio’s project The Dodo and Mauritius Island, Imaginary Encounter recreates the first encounter between man and now-extinct bird. The model Dodos are in their natural environment in the jungles of Mauritius, their form and features based on Lewis Carroll’s illustrations for Alice in Wonderland.

• Jane Gehrke’s Anegada Ground Iguana is part of her series of endangered lizards rendered in watercolor and ink. 70% of proceeds will go to the Center for Biological Diversity.

• Heather Enders’ Save the Last Buffalo Zine is a short and sweet guide to the importance of preserving American Buffalo, with proceeds going to the Buffalo Field Campaign.

• Natalie Knott’s Brooch is a leaping frog made of recycled fine silver with a pale green textured patina and gold eye.

• Amy Sullivan’s Brown Pelican poses coyly under a summer raincloud.

• Shelby Lou’s Ring is sculpted and cast in Shibuichi metal in honor of Azazel, the original outcast.

• Crowbiz’s Dodo Print and Kiwi Print place the flightless birds on pages from a 1930s French book.

• Rogue and Wolf’s Pendant suspends a black wolf head from a gunmetal chain.

Earth Day Series: Nine Lives

Counting down to Earth Day on April 22, we’re dedicating the next few posts to art that gives new life to discarded objects and promotes a greener approach to living. Check out our previous posts on recycled plastic and old computer parts. This post focuses on turning trash into treasure.

• The Landfill Philharmonic is a project started by a garbage picker in Cateura, a slum in Paraguay where a violin costs more than a house but trash is everywhere. He worked with a musician to make instruments from pieces of garbage and then started a children’s orchestra. You can support a documentary about it on Kickstarter.

• Mina Äkkijyrkkä’s Cows are gigantic sculptures constructed from scraps of used cars. Her work has a similar exuberance to John Chamberlain’s abstract balls of car parts, but she takes inspiration directly from her cows.

• Nick Sayers’ Sphere is made of railway tickets held together by cuts in the paper, not adhesives.

• Amy Orr’s Brooch is a starburst of gold credit cards cut into triangular fragments.

• This Bracelet by Squishy Sushi has strips of old magazines covering a wood base.

• Jeanie B’s Purse is knit from recycled silk sari yarn in every color.

• Bryan Northup’s Bowl pieces back together shards of amber colored liquor bottles.

• Ilaria Sadun’s Chandelier is a cascade of linking glass rings made of translucent amber and olive green wine bottles.

• Maria Whetman’s Bangle connects a circle made of recycled steel to a brass band.

• Jen Hardwick’s Owl is an assemblage of eclectic items like old eye glasses, gears, and typewriter parts.

• Derek McDonald’s Cross is densely packed with nuts, bolts, screws, and other recycled metal parts.

Earth Day Series: Circuit City

Counting down to Earth Day on April 22, we’re dedicating the next few posts to art that gives new life to discarded objects and promotes a greener approach to living. Check out our previous post on recycled plastic. This post focuses on art made of old computer parts.

• Nick Genry’s Public Domain is a portrait composed of floppy disks, lightly painted to merge skin with obsolete media.

• Franco Recchia’s Cities are made of old computers parts found among trash or given to the artist. The smooth metal and circuit boards have an uncanny resemblance to dense clusters of skyscrapers and high rises.

• Murilo Melo’s Posters for a Brazilian gym provide motivation to get off your butt with parts of the devices that prevent it from moving.

• Techcycled’s Keychain are made of capacitors and resistors in all colors of the rainbow. Her Cufflinks are tiny prototyping boards with sine waves of colorful resistors.

• This Pendant by Periwinkle Dzyns is a ladder of resistors wrapped in a metal frame.

• Aris Gev’s Ring frames a round piece of blue circuit board in brass. His Clock uses a blue motherboard as the base that resembles a city viewed from above at night. His Bracelet is made of a rectangular piece of yellow circuit board attached to a green waxed thread.

• Yaroslav and Natalka’s Necklace is made of a resin-covered circuit board piece that looks like a tiny abstract painting.

• Amber Anderson’s Necklace suspends a random computer part from an aluminum cable chain.

Earth Day Series: Plastic Jungle

Counting down to Earth Day on April 22, we’re dedicating the next few posts to art that gives new life to discarded objects and promotes a greener approach to living. This post focuses on transforming recycled plastic into colorful installations and everyday goods.  

• For the 2012 Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, these Fish Sculptures emerged out of the sands of Botafogo beach in Rio. At night, neon lights illuminated the scales made out of recycled plastic bottles.

• Garth Britzman’s Canopy looks like a floating meadow of tiny blossoms, which are really plastic bottles filled with colored water.

• Aurora Robson’s Jungle is a booth containing fantastical green blobs emerging from the unknown corners of the deep sea. Watch her talk about another one of her installations in this video.

• These iPad Covers are made by the Green Village Zero Rubbish Project, started in Oruip, Bihar, a small village on the banks of the Ganges. The women who make these crafts use rope made of discarded plastic bags and candy wrappers.

• Leanne’s Napkin Rings are made from discarded plastic bottles to mimic delicate blown glass.

• Egle Adomelyte’s Brooch embellishes green and silver bottle lids with faceted silver studs.

• Pera Virens’ Wallet is covered with a pastel-colored collage of discarded plastic bags.

• Laura Haines-Gavett’s Tote is woven from plastic bags in bright blue, green, and yellow.

• Laura Nickerson’s Hanging Sculpture looks like an exotic flower made out of recycled plastic fragments.

• Sarah Turner’s Ceiling Lamp is made of discarded Coca Cola bottles that are cut, dyed, and sculpted into floral clusters.

• Lou Leelyn’s Pouch are made from un-recyclable plastic wrappers quilted onto fabric.


And if a god will wreck me yet again on the wine-dark sea, I can bear that too, with a spirit tempered to endure. Much have I suffered, labored long and hard by now in the waves and wars.
– Odyssey (5.244-248)

• Aaron Moran’s Breakwater series assembles small shipwrecks from fragments of reclaimed wood. The compositions are ambiguous – they could be waves or vessels. Each work is both a remnant of a larger ship and part of the sea that engulfed it.

• Katsuhiro Saiki’s Study for Metropolis is a series of sculptures that give a slightly distorted perspective on architecture in New York. Photographs of buildings are glued to three dimensional geometric forms, mirroring the dizzying feeling of looking up at skyscrapers.

• Michelle Peterson-Albandoz created her Blue Starburst Construction from wood reclaimed in urban areas. The converging strips give the illusion of an explosion, as if the fragments will fall apart the very next second.

• This Cameo Glass Fragment dates back to 1st century Rome.

• Sarah Marafie’s Necklace suspends a triangular shard of old porcelain from a silver chain.

• Sara Anne’s Tote Bag is made of fabric printed with broken blue pieces reminiscent of Delftware.

• Dee’s Mosaic, inspired by the London Shard Building, is a composition of hand-cut glass painted in mottled blue and gold.

• Pamela’s Necklace features a column of beech wood painted with stripes of blue and violet.

• Laura Read’s Necklace suspends building blocks of reclaimed timber with some of their sides painted blue and white.

• C Star’s Ring frames a found pottery shard in scalloped sterling silver.

• Petite Hermine’s Necklace strings together blue kyanite gems that resemble the jagged edges of glaciers.