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#ThriftFest 2016

#ThriftFest 2016

This weekend we popped along to check out the Festival of Thrift in Redcar. What an amazing event! Over 120 stalls, entertainment, workshops & events running all day. I’d highly recommend it. It was fantastic to see so many people there, all with an appreciation of upcycling and sustainability. Harry and I spoke to many of the stall holders, all lovely people with great individual styles.     We saw reinvented furniture, altered clothes, cigarbox guitars (yes, Harry had to have one of those!) and even some great art installations. Kudos to the organisers, we were walking round like kiddies at...


Moving back to the UK

Luke Morris

Moving back to the UK

Well after an amazing 11 years here on the Costa del Sol we’ve decided to pack up and move back to the UK. Time for a new adventure. The upcycling scene is a lot bigger back in Blighty with some great people to meet. Watch this space!


Chair with seat woven from upcycled belts

Luke Morris

Tags chair, chair design, repurposed belts, upcycled

Chair with seat woven from upcycled belts

Here’s a new technique I tried out. I found a chair that was missing a seat and I was considering making a wooden seat with upholstered cushion. Then I had the idea to weave a seat instead. Belts made a perfect medium for this project. Not only are they strong and durable, they’re the perfect size to weave around a chair seat. I made this without cutting one belt. All of the belts are also woven underneath the seat and buckled together. This way, if any of the belts need replacing over time, it’s really easy to do so, without...


Beatrix – Creepy OOAK Doll – Abandoned Toys

Beatrix – Creepy OOAK Doll – Abandoned Toys

Laying broken in a pile of doll limbs Beatrix knew her days of childhood play were over. Summoning all her strength she could muster, she dragged her broken torso over to the headless remains of a Barbie doll. She had found her new body. After performing a very successful head-swap surgery on herself, she wandered off into the wilderness in search of a better life. This doll is fully pose-able with opening and closing eyes. Can you give her a new home and help her find happiness again? Update: Beatrix has now found a new home in the UK


Valentino – Creepy OOAK Teddy Bear – Abandoned Toys

Valentino – Creepy OOAK Teddy Bear – Abandoned Toys

Initially bought as a valentine’s gift, all this poor bear knew was love and affection. Sadly, relationships don’t always pass the test of time and Valentino was one of the first casualties. Tossed in the trash during a lovers’ quarrel his little cotton heart broke, and so did his mind. He quickly became feral and now roams the streets in a crazed desperation to find love once more. Valentino has a mouth and claws sculpted from epoxy clay, which is set hard like plastic. All of our Abandoned Toys are created from discarded toys and parts destined for landfill and...