“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” John Muir

UPCYCLE YOUR HOLIDAYS!   In this “Teacher Feature,” we visit Ms. Loverme, who has been UPCYCLING with artistry and her considerable crafting talent for years. Her jewelry incorporates materials she finds as well as green practices that reduce waste and toxics.   She describes her upcycling philosophy here;

“I’m an up-cycler. I developed the habit of turning overlooked and discarded items into fanciful creations as a child, when my mother would temper my boredom by offering me random containers, scraps, and other oddities with the directive to “see what you can make with this.” I took the task seriously and always managed to come up with something fun, if of somewhat questionable utility.

Today the proclivity to turn cast-offs into something new lives on in my jewelry designs. I combine coins, discarded paper and bits and pieces from broken or abandoned baubles in my work. I enjoy the alchemy involved in transforming materials that some regard as useless into precious things.”

You can see Ms. Loverme’s work at her Etsy Shop, Wabisabi Brooklyn!  Click Here.  And don’t forget to shop at GremlinsGreenMarket.com for more upcycled and re-usable gift ideas. Etsy is also a great place to visit if you are looking for hand-made, meaningful gifts. 

The short video below (from the UK) covers what Upcycling is, as well as what types of handmade holiday decorations can be updated to help reduce your carbon footprint.

If you’ve collected materials that you think an artist can use, check out the Upcycle Exchange‘s website for ways to share materials directly with crafters.

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