I don’t mean to insult your intelligence, but it’s worth going over. Upcycling is a new form of recycling. The way it works is this: the person doing the upcycling finds a piece of garbage, decides it can be something totally cool and edgy and different, designs that cool and edgy and different thing, and then…cleans off the object, takes some things away, adds some things – and voila! There you have it! Something completely different.
“We’re a group of young people,” she said. “Artists. We make new things out of old stuff. Everything you see here is something that one of us has made, or is in the process of making.”
I ended up buying an empty old bottle that had been transformed into an herbal planter – who would have thought? And for only 7 euros – it was a bargain. I fell in love with the suitcase chair, but didn’t buy it when I had the chance. That was two years ago, and it’s still in my list of top five purchases I regret not making.
This isn’t the last you’ll be hearing about Scoopa. I intend to head over there soon and interview some of the innovative artists and designers who toil to make one man’s trash another man’s treasure. I promise I’ll be visiting sooner, rather than later. Until then, here are some of the things I pulled right off their site – things you can even purchase right now – that inspire me.
Yes. It’s a bike messenger bag made of street ads. Dunno how they did it, but they did. The necklaces are made from something called “inner tube.” I think it’s tire. It’s definitely rubber. There’s one in there made from plastic bottles.
They’re keys. You can custom order numbers, letters, punctuation marks, what-have-you. When you’ve got all these old keyboards and typewriters being discarded left and right, I guess there’s room for accommodation.
Earrings made from good ol’ Barbie’s shoes.
A lighting fixture made from old plastic bottles.
An old oil drum transformed into an armchair. And table. And chair.
The suitcase chairs I covet and covet and covet again. (I’m totally getting one.)
They even make things out of old bathtubs. I love these guys!
We’ve got to start thinking about new and innovative ways to use things we think are trash. The Scoopa crew does that better than I ever could. Here we have, not one or two muses, but a whole drove of them. Right here in Thessaloniki. If you’re ever in town, be sure to check ’em out. Otherwise, don’t hate – participate! Check out their website, and if you like what you see, then do your best.