Upcycle Inspiration

I struggled with finding an aesthetic that really called to me but finally settled on minimalist industrial chic. I have always been drawn to exposed metal work and industrial machinery. I like the raw unaltered feeling you get from it. I also believe in an uncluttered life style which is why I try to keep…
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Upcycle Inspiration

The inspiration of my upcycle project was from the Japanese anime The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, which was a very funny anime. The main character Saiki has a pretty interesting appearance. The most eye catching feature of him is the two devices on his head. I think it’d be fun to recreate this specific…
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Upcycle Inspiration

The core of the inspiration for my project comes from my own desire to create sculptural objects that serve a utility but are not ideal for that utility. Their sculptural forms are the largest consideration, but they inform the utility as well. Photo Credit: Tyler de Perrot The utility is better served with something similar…
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Upcycle Inspiration

As mentioned in my previous post, a lot of my inspiration is the rough design sketches of the ideation phase of product development. With toothpicks in mind as a material, it seemed like a perfect way to represent the rough line-based style with stray lines and hashmark shading in a 3D object. I then thought…
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Upcycle Inspiration: Bear with Panda

Blur Bear outside the Colorado Convention Center. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) My upcycle project was firstly inspired by Lawrence Argent’s art work–“I See What You Mean”, also known as the “Big Blue Bear”. I first knew it when attending a acadmic conference in Colorado Convention Center in 2017. Spotted leaning its paws against building facade embodies…
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Upcycle Inspiration

When I first began brainstorming ideas for this project, I drew a lot of inspiration from saved posts on my Instagram account. I follow several product design accounts and I am frequently saving posts which I find visually appealing. I stumbled across the works of Associated Architects Beyond Borders work with a very fluid and…
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Upcycle Inspiration: Kintsugi

My first encounter with kintsugi was through a creator’s video on the subject matter. Nerdwriter1 is an amazing Youtube creator and storyteller who’s deep dive makes for ultra-interesting content. The video below gives the background on the origin of the aesthetic along with some great visuals and some deeper thought into the method. Mending the…
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Upcycle Inspiration

The inspiration for my upcycle project was born from necessity and the materials I had available to me. I originally knew that I wanted to turn this assignment into a project that I could use in my daily life. With this thought in mind, I decided I wanted to make a piece of furniture, either…
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UpCycle Inspiration: Bright Board 2.0

My initial thought process for my project started with me looking around my room for something that I could re purpose into a cool design. I definitely wanted to focus on the design over the function for this project so that gave me the liberty to make just about anything. I am currently working on…
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Upcycle Inspo

The inspiration for my project came mostly from the materials I had. It is interesting to think back on the project because I never really had that “ah ha!” moment when searching for ideas. I knew which materials I wanted to use and my inspiration more or less came from there. I then researched industrial…
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Upcycle Inspiration

I was inspired by many kinds of aesthetics that I saw as I was growing up in California. Because of the touristy nature of California in general, I saw many types of “Beachy art”. These types of art pieces often incorporated shells of some type as well as different types of seaglass and driftwood. These…
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Insect Inspirations

With this upcycling project I had no specific inspirations, in terms of what motivated me to chose this sculpture topic and style, other than the constraints of the materials I had available to me, and some discussions with friends about what I could do with said materials. However, as I’ve progressed with the construction of…
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