This exhibition features 8 artists and designers who work with reclaimed materials. It includes artworks and artisan products made from second-hand or repurposed objects that have been converted into new forms with new uses – in effect, a new belonging. Works include wall sculptures from street trash; mosaic art from broken pottery; home décor from old doilies and lace; lampshades, furniture, sculptures, and model ships from discarded and salvaged materials; and collages from vintage books and posters.
Creativity Cluster believes that the throw-away society has to change and become more sustainable. Each of us, in our own way, wants to demonstrate that superseded products do not need to be thrown on the scrap heap; they can be repurposed and upcycled into products that suit new ways of living.
Open daily: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am-5pm, from 1 – 26 February 2022
Nancy D Lane (working as NancyDee Sculptures) is a found object assemblage artist. She creates quirky, imaginative sculptures, brooches, and art magnets entirely from the metal, wood, and tiles – and occasionally plastic – that she gathers from the streets and footpaths of Melbourne, Geelong, and other cities where she has worked and travelled. She hopes that her creations will encourage others to follow the 5Rs: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.
Luna Cameron-Parrish, working as Amethyst Moon Art, is a mixed media artist and sculptor who enjoys working in paint, mosaics, polymer clay, and assemblage. She is inspired by words and stories, often creating works that come from song lyrics, poems, and myths. She employs a diverse range of materials and textures, making bespoke elements in polymer clay to complement found objects and to fit a particular theme.
Dave Shellard is known by his nickname Tox, and he works as Robotox Creations. Dave was in the TV broadcast industry for over 40 years, but during COVID, he started creating new artworks and products out of old and discarded items he sourced from second-hand dealers around Geelong. His works have a “Steampunk” look and feel, which reflects that “Old Victorian” genre he adores. He hopes customers get as much enjoyment displaying them as he does in creating them.
Marina Chamberlain finds great inspiration in working with collage using reclaimed materials. Headlines and images from old books and magazines grab her imagination and the creativity begins. Her materials are eco-friendly, mostly papers sourced from discarded books and magazines and old photographs. She also loves to scavenge old street posters peeling off city walls. Collage offers her the freedom to balance spontaneity and methodical construction and use the torn edge expressively.
Pat Duncan started painting at mentored classes at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Since then she has been involved with the Melrose Art Group in North Melbourne, Hobsons Bay Art Society, and Creativity Cluster. Pat likes to paint anything that takes her fancy, usually in oil but sometimes acrylic. Her works include landscapes of home (both Scotland and Australia), Australian birds and native flowers, and portraits. She often paints on reclaimed wood or glass shards, and even on recycled mannequins.
Lindsay Hussey’s art medium is textiles: hand-dyed fabric and thread. The design elements important to her are abstraction, hand stitching, vibrant colour, and layering. Her preferred technique is to layer small pieces of used fabric and small pieces of old doilies and lace, creating a rich, complex texture. She then heavily stitches into the work, using wool thread to create another layer of texture and complexity that pulls the work together.
Rachel Burke creates handmade objects through Patturn Studio. She’s always had a fascination for things from the past – from clothing to buildings, music to furniture. She loves using vintage materials such as maps, sewing patterns, architecture plans, and sheet music to ‘reverse upgrade’ lampshades— adding old to new, to make a more desirable object. Her free YouTube tutorial on covering a lampshade with sheet music has had over 22,500 views.
Milos Pelikan creates sculpture using recycled, reclaimed, and repurposed everyday industrial and electronic materials, and is inspired by the scale, textures, and mysteries of Melbourne’s industrial landscapes. He explores themes of identity and sense of place where everything ‘real’ is digital. His aim is to challenge viewers to think about the constructed nature of identity, and how identity is constantly on the move, absorbing and recycling ideas.