Saturday, 1 June 2013

Some environmental June inspiration ...

World Environment Day is celebrated June 5th, so in honour of this day I thought we might all participate in a challenge with a difference.

Introducing Robin's Nest by environmental artist  Susan Schenk. 

Criteria - the use of recycled material to feature prominently on your work (ie minimal commercial products).  Hint - think ephemera and recycled items
If you think this can't be done then look at the amazing work our creative team has come up with this month - all without the use of expensive commercial products.  It is incredible what can be done with a little creative thought!!
A little about Susan Schenk

My art is an invitation to see beyond the apparent. From a distance, my collages appear to be paintings. Up close, they are complicated jumbles of disparate parts. These collages are similar to our own lives; appealing when viewed from afar but somewhat fractured when inspected more intimately.

My use of discarded materials as paint fosters the idea of finding beauty in the overlooked. I find treasures hidden in the trash. By using recycled magazines, maps and other ephemera, I leave a small carbon footprint and more importantly, carve out a trail of enjoyment for others.
Now some inspiration from the first of our talented creative team.  Please call back on the 15th when we will announce the winners for May and reveal the creative layouts from the remainder of our team.

used product packaging from her daughter's play toy

the only scrapbook supplies used is the background paper, a stencil
and the title :)
used a Goldmark jewellery flyer to make the two flowers and the woven pattern under the clothing/packaging labels, plus ribbon off the shoulder of a new top

absolutely everything here is recycled except the tiny alpha stickers - the base is a torn pizza box and I've used a mix of clothing tags and toy packaging
used an old encyclopaedia and a brown paper bag from Typo
Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by midnight on June 30th, 2013. We'd love to see your paper, digital, card or off the page submissions but please remember we appreciate original entries (you may combine with a sketch).

Looking forward to seeing what you all create. 

Our first Guest Designer for June, Mandy Dodd will be joining us next week.  Please call back to see her very creative and inspiring take on the challenge this month. 


  1. Wonderful upcycling gals...lovely pages for sure!

  2. I love this months theme and how creative everyone has been. The snippets under each reveal are super duper! I really enjoy knowing what inspires!

  3. This is brilliant, love this recycling idea to make a LO, and the DT LOs are fab :)

  4. Wonderful interpretations from the DT!!! I LOVE the inspirational piece too!
    Looking forward to taking part, and thanks for the lovely words!

  5. Wow the imagination from the DT and the results of there designs is fabulous! Great work everyone.

  6. Fantastic inspiration from DTs, came via Tone's blog. Love recycling and am submitting a totally recycled creation, Hope you all like it !!