Retro / Classic to Modern Trends

For my upcycling project I was having some difficulty trying to figure out what I wanted to do for the project. My inspiration for the upcycling project came from the famous picture of Bobby Orr celebrating a goal in the Stanley Cup Finals (featured image) that I have hanging up in my apartment right now. I then began to think how I could combine the aesthetics of old, classic hockey sticks to a more modern trend. It is then that I came to the realization that I wanted to make a desktop polaroid picture frame out of old wooden hockey sticks that I had at my parents’ house. How I am planning on holding multiple pictures in the frame is by stapling chicken wire to the backside of the open frame, and then holding the different pictures with miniature clothespins. Mounting the picture frame upright will be done by hot gluing two hockey pucks to the bottom face of the frame. How this classic aesthetic of old hockey sticks relates to the current fad of taking polaroid pictures was something that interested me, and I am looking forward to seeing what I produce. Below is a visual representation of the sticks I will be using along with a similar example of someone else’s creation.

Image sources: (in order of appearance)

Featured image: Original photographer: Ray Lussier Pulled from the website’s main webpage Creator: K. H. Gunderson

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  • Hey Hunter, as a hockey fan as well I am excited to see what you come up with. It’s always interesting to see what people can do with old sports equipment. I think I saw one time someone use hockey sticks as flooring in their garage. One thing that would be interesting to see you add some type of lacquer to the wood to almost make it shine a bit. You can also do something to the wire or clothespins to make the pictures you put in the frame stand out.

  • I really like your idea of reusing old hockey sticks and I think you will have a really cool product when you are done. It is cool how you used these sticks in games as well, it gives the artwork more meaning. However, I think you could improve the modern style of your project by adding lighting to the frame or painting the sticks with clear coat to make them glossier in the final product. Overall, this is a great idea, and I am excited to see it come to fruition.


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