Artists Reuse, Recycle, Re-purpose, and now Up-cycle?

12 Mar

According to Wiktionary, the word “Up-cycle” means to convert (waste materials etc.) into new materials or products of higher quality and greater functionality. As a reaction to extreme consumption and waste, our culture has now made it “cool” to reuse, recycle, re-purpose or the term that suggests an even greater status of making something unusable or unwanted into something special…up-cycle. Whatever you want to call it – I think it’s pretty fantastic.

Joanne DeLomba - King Henry VII and his Royal Sock Monkey

Joanne DeLomba – King Henry VII and his Royal Sock Monkey

Joanne DeLomba is a local artist who has mastered the art of up-cycling an everyday item into a work of art.  She is an accomplished artist and creator (having sold her pottery for over 25 years) but now re-purposes vintage china plates into new works of art such as this King Henry VIII and his Royal Sock Monkey or my personal favorite; Downton Tabby.

Joanne DeLomba - Downton Tabby

Joanne DeLomba – Downton Tabby

“My love of flea-marketing interrupted my creative flow when I began re-cycling lost & forgotten china plates from days-gone-by! Putting my favorite designs on antique china and creating one-of-a-kind works of art! The smartness of recycling appealed to me since I feel very responsible for having flooded the world with contemporary pottery! The contemporary antiques I create breathe new life into the vintage pottery…” – Joanne.

You can read more about Joanne in a blog post that I wrote about her last November and you can meet her at Craftopia in Pawtucket, RI on April 28th and Festival Fete’s Garden City Art Festival in Cranston, RI on June 8th and 9th.

ArcWorks Community Art Center - Repurpose Show

ArcWorks Community Art Center – Repurpose Show

I was struck by this image representing the show “REPURPOSE: Group Art Show” in Peabody, Massachusetts. It is a brilliant example of transforming the everyday into something beautiful and original. The purpose of the show is to showcase the many ways to repurpose/up cycle everyday items into works of art at ArcWorks Community Art Center. They are currently accepting artist applications and the deadline is March 29th. For details about the show (which starts April 18, 2013) visit their Facebook page.

The mission of ArcWorks is to develop and promote the creative talents of people with disabilities by providing opportunities for all artists to hone their craft and to create, exhibit and sell their artwork together. I’m looking forward to a day trip to go see the show!

Garden City Art Festival 2013

Garden City Art Festival 2013

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One Response to “Artists Reuse, Recycle, Re-purpose, and now Up-cycle?”


  1. Garden City Art Festival Artists & Re-purposing | Festival Fete - March 15, 2013

    […] entirely different. I mentioned the artist Joanne DeLomba and her whimsical re-purposed plates (click here to read the article and learn more about Joanne) It takes a special eye to look at a seashell or a […]

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