For my upcycling project, I decided to use something that is plentiful and abundant that is usually thrown away as waste: paper. Paper Mache is an art and craft form that involves using all types of paper, mostly newspapers, in order to recreate something. Most of the time, Paper Mache creations are fragile and usually only useful as art pieces. But, some can serve utilitarian functions if designed and reinforced to be by other materials or massive amounts of paper. For example, the paper mache chair and paper mache bowl are designed to work as an armchair and bowl respectively.
But, for my aesthetic specifically, I’ve decided to explore an aesthetic that uses recycled paper often and would be perfect to mix with. That aesthetic would be collage. This is an aesthetic that stems from an art form from the early 20th Century, whos notable artists include those the like of Kurt Schwitters. Collage is the art of mixing a multitude of random media and taking them apart and mashing the parts together to create a new encompassing whole. The same approach can be applied to Paper Mache crafts if I used more than just newspaper and use other colorful paper types like Magazine ads or posters.
I decided to go through with collage as an aesthetic because I thought it would reflect the assignment of upcycling pretty well. Reusing a tool like paper that is so easily discarded and using a random assortment of them in order to create something useful seems like the epitome of upcycling to me.
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