When working with vintage, found object, and unusual materials in my designs, I am never 100% certain what term I should use, up cycled, recycled, redesigned...... While doing a little research I found a few clarifying definitions including synonyms.
Upcycled: to convert found objects into something better - new and useful. To raise the value of a recycled item.
Synonym: refurbish, enhance
Recycled: to convert used (including vintage) materials into something new and useful.
Synonym: salvage, reclaim
Redesigned: to enhance something by changing it from its original state.
Synonym: remake, reassemble, make over
I think it would be entirely possible to use all three to define a newly designed piece.
While my mom is out on her adventures she is always on the lookout for unusual pieces of jewelry, art, and other things. Quite often she finds jewelry that needs a little TLC such as a broken necklace or bracelet, or vintage pieces that need a little help.
Recently, she came across a necklace that looks as though someone had spent some time making it. There are some great beads in it like, semiprecious gemstones, pipestone, shell heishi, clay, glass, and a few metal beads/findings. I think it would be an interesting bracelet but it's too long and it's too short for a necklace. The design doesn't quite flow right either.
In working with this piece I will be recycling it, as it is used and someone was discarding it. I will be upcycling it as, I intend to improve it, and add value to it. I will also be redesigning it so the beads, colors, and textures are more fluid.
I will post a pictue of the newly designed piece in a week or so - or as soon as I am finished. I haven't quite decided which design I want to go with.
Keep warm! Us midwesterners are in for another artic blast - blizzard nonsense for the next few days.
Talk to you later,