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So I’ve been using another blog for my own work, but I don’t think that site has been maintained by its developers since 2013 at least?? Not sure what was happening there, but it was unstable at best and at times I couldn’t log in at all which is a bit of a problem when you’re the admin ha ha. Anyway, I’ve shared bits and pieces of it on this blog but now it’s been fully integrated into another WordPress site so we’ll see how the juggling act evolves during the year.

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This blog is basically the research and inspiration board for my work under the Remake/Remodel moniker, the name borrowed from a Roxy Music song but signifying using any materials around you as springboards for creative work. I just find that working with what you have available in your own environment is a more realistic way to get inspired and a truer reflection of who you really are.

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Hubcap Idol 10 (2015) Hubcap Idol 7 (2015) Hubcap Idol 8 (2015) Hubcap Idol 9 (2015)

Another update on some of my own work from the last few months, I have been working with found hubcaps, lamp stands and old cassette tapes no one plays anymore (a few have melted in my car during past heat waves ha ha). There’s an unknown quantity to these objects which makes it simultaneously frustrating and exciting at the same time. I’m never quite sure how they’ll turn out due in part to the fact that they’re constructed out of some very different materials but it’s great to see them come to life as ‘totems’, ‘idols’ or ‘masks’ or whatever one wants them to be really.

Lamp Figure 4 (2015) Lamp Figure 1 (2015)

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Lamp Figure 2 (2015) Lamp Figure 3 (2015)

I don’t often post my own work here because it would just be too much for one blog I think. So there is a separate facebook page and blog for that if anyone is interested:

www.facebook.com/Remake.Re

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As Remake/Remodel I make furniture, sculptures, paintings pretty much anything I can think of from recycled materials. Some work samples:

Boat 6 (2013) Pen Holders 4 (2014)

Dinner/Office Table (2013) Chopping Boards Set 2 (2013)

 

Here are a couple of links for an article on Remake/Remodel, an upcycled arts/ crafts/ furniture and homewares shop I’ve been running for almost a year now. Thanks to Grant Mills for the interview and pix 🙂

http://www.grantmills.com.au/sa-kids-july-aug-2013.html

http://one-small-world.org/2013/10/04/remakeremodel-hand-making-change/

Links for the shop:

www.facebook.com/Remake.Re

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Ok here’s another not so random one ha ha ha ha…I’ve started my own shop/workshop designing and making home and work items. This could be anything from coat hangers to shelving using second hand and waste materials. So all work, research, etc relating to this project will go to this blog: remakeremodel.blog.com

I’ve finally found an office chair, or the ‘director’s chair’ as I call it! Another item from a hard rubbish dump, this time without the arm rests. There was a bit of cracked varnish that needed removing, but this time the timber was restored with oil. It also needed re-upholstering so I took other chairs apart to see and learn how it was done. And voila, its new!

I finally got a hold of a couple of timber cable spools and decided to tackle one! All three are different sizes, but the largest one could be used as a dinner or outdoor table. What inspired me is the fact that local cafes and community spaces have been utilising these ‘industrial waste’ products to great effect. It’s usually super cheap (or free!) and relatively easy to fix depending on how fancy you want to get.

The biggest changes I made is cropping the bottom of the ‘table’ for more leg space and adding wheels since it might be a little too heavy for carrying. Its also been reinforced with used plywood for greater strength, sanded back and varnished. I chose not to hide the old colours, cracks or puttied holes.

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This is where things got interesting, in terms of construction and using found materials. First up was what I assume is a wooden rudder handle from a small rowing boat (someone correct me if it isn’t). Pieces of the boat were strewn all over the sidewalk, and I’ve got the rudder as well! You never know what you can find out there. I had the idea of making a coat hanger out of it, but the curvature would make it an interesting object in itself. What holds it upright is not only the custom built stand but the sheer weight at the bottom. The hooks came from a used coat rack.

The spice rack is built from one of my old shelving units and custom built (bent and cut?) hooks. The entire thing is held by glue and wire. The only real problem was how to hang it on a wall but keep it from swinging from side to side. I’m still working that one out, any suggestions?

In this project, I assembled a sideboard from used construction timber and boards which came from the back of an old sign. It has a very ‘cabin in the woods’ rustic feel. The boards are so heavy (maybe Jarrah hardwood?) that I didn’t have to use any screws or bolts or nails to hold it together.

Now here are a couple of lamps I tried to restore, the lampshades being particularly difficult. From a technical point of view, they’re still a little too time consuming but I’ll get the hang of it. Using self adhesive kits is much easier than glueing the fabric on yourself ha ha ha. The floor lamp was rescued from a hard refuse pile and stripped completely of paint and fabric. The table lamp was made from an old tree branch and a second hand lampshade for a more organic look. Add to that about a square metre of new fabric and you got yourself some new lamps!

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