My upcycle aesthetic is a mixture of Fungi and Academia.  In my mind that means the opposite is something that is both dead or unliving and not academic looking.  I believe this to be embodied by the Brutalist aesthetic.

Brutalist is very rigid with hard lines, industrial kinds of materials, and odd shapes.  Typically, brutalist aesthetics have lots of cement, such as the images posted here.

I wouldn’t use these ideas, shapes, or materials in my final project as I find them too drastically different from what I’m trying to make.  I am using book pages dip dyed in tea to create a fungi shaped shelf-like wall art piece.  If anything, I’ll use some wire to help create the structure and shapes that I need, but these hard lines and use of cement are something that I don’t want to consider using because I feel as though my project will no longer feel true to my aesthetic.  If I were to make a completely different project, this would be something very interesting to try to explore and create something close to, but in general it’s not an aesthetic that pertains to my likes and artwork.


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  • Great work on this Juliette! I think you nailed the opposite aesthetic of your project. I was wondering if you think it would be possible to create a brutalist aesthetic with the materials you have already. It would be very interesting to try and create hard lines with pages dip-dyed in tea. I can’t wait to see how your project turns out!

  • Jadin Zaccagnino
    February 16, 2024 10:17 am

    Juliette, I agree with your thought process on the opposite aesthetic to fungi and academia aesthetics being brutalist. The hardlines and rough geometry really does portray a lack of life. I’m curious to hear your answer to how the brutalist aesthetic would apply to your project if you had to changes aesthetics? I think id be possible to create a fungi-shaped art piece using the brutalist aesthetic, although it would probably not be as visually pleasing as your idea.


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