Aquarium Scuba Tank

For my upcycle project I wanted to do something more out of the ordinary and go for a niche aesthetic. The aesthetic I chose is called oceanpunk., which I also decided to pair with the minimalist aesthetic. Oceanpunk has many defining features and is somewhat of a combination or subset of more popular aesthetics such…

Miyazaki-Inspired Airship

To recap: for my project I wanted to build a model embodying the steampunk aesthetic, specifically drawing from the works of Japanese animator/filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Steampunk media in general is characterized by a retrofuturistic design philosophy that draws primarily from the Victorian era of steam-powered machinery. Steampunk works often incorporate elements of science fiction and…

American Bottlecap Astronaut

[1] Finished Astronaut For my upcycle project, I created a bottle cap astronaut with the aesthetic of vintage American patriotism. My vision for this project was to create an artistic or functional piece out of old bottle caps that embodied my chosen aesthetic, incorporating the colors red, white, and blue. My aesthetic, retro American patriotism,…

Japandi Hook & Ring Game

Abstract For my upcycling project I created a ring and hook game using scrap wood, spare parts from the ITLL, and borrowed wood finishing products. Manufacturing and assembling the game was a multi-day process that took around 15 hours in total. My inspiration for the piece was largely from versions of the game that are…

Picture Frame

My picture frame upcycle project is based on the mid century modern aesthetic. The reason I chose this aesthetic was to explore a new style that I am unfamiliar with, and more importantly, one that I enjoy. I found this style looking through Charlotte and Peter Fiell’s book 1000 Chairs. While skimming through all the…

Graffitied Skateboard Shoe Rack

Introduction My upcycling project was to design and build a shoe rack made from used skateboards and reclaimed wood. I drew aesthetic inspiration from the graffiti I have seen at skateparks, which shows up in the final product as graffiti spray painted onto the wooden frame. I am calling it the “Skatepark Graffiti Aesthetic.” This…

Patchwork Shirt

Part 1: Patchwork Aesthetic and Background My immediate thought for what I wanted to do for the upcycle project was to make a shirt. I’ve wanted to get better at sewing for a long time, and I thought it would be a great idea to make one for this class. The only issue was that…

MX-5 Diorama

For this project, I decided to go with a realism aesthetic. The realism aesthetic originates from 19th century France. Realism as defined by Britannica is “the accurate, detailed, unembellished depiction of nature or of contemporary life.” To achieve this, I wanted to include pieces in my diorama that you would likely see in a real-world setting.…

Alternating Waves

Figure 1 – Alternating Waves For my UpCycling project I created Alternating Waves. Alternating Waves is a metallic wall sculpture designed with a minimalist aesthetic. With my artifact I wanted to evoke a calming rhythmic feeling utilizing repeated waves. My intended emotion pairs well with minimalism as to meet the calming nature of the piece I…

Medieval Cyber Helmet

For this project I was inspired by designers that I enjoy to follow and some things from my childhood. I want to create a helmet that is made of cardboard and resembles the brutalist and cyber aesthetics. My first source of inspiration comes from Japanese manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori. He is the one who created…

Brutalist Pencil Holder

Pencil holder by Alan IV – https://in.pinterest.com/pin/1001769510848484571/ Pencil holder by Иван Прищепа – https://www.pinterest.com/016bkwm1r24nzs3/ Pencil holder by MG3 – https://www.instructables.com/Simple-Industrial-Pencil-Holder/ For my Upcycling project I chose to make a brutalist pencil holder. I was originally going to go with a steampunk aesthetic and while looking for some inspiration I saw this project by Allan IV…

Naturalist Hangboard

Joshua Beijer Naturalist Hangbaord The inspiration for this idea came from my brother Zac. We were sitting around on winter break trying to think of uses for our abundance of time and lumber from the trees we had cut down earlier that break. He suggested that it would be a great idea to make a…

Punk Box

Aesthetic Choice: Steampunk Steampunk is an aesthetic that focuses on industrialization in the early 19th century. It often includes mechanical elements such as gears and engines, and highlights the interest of developing technology in the early 19th century. It aims to combine nostalgia of the past as well as mechanical speculation and fantasy of the…

Miyadaiku Puzzle-like Sculpture

  Final Product of Miyadaiku Puzzle-like Sculpture  Above is a. picture of my final up-cyling product which I named: Miyadaiku Puzzle-like Sculpture. I found the design process and manufacturing of this project to be very fun and finally holding my final product was very rewarding! As a reminder, Miyadaiku is an ancient form of Japanese…

Bolts – A Scrap Metal Art Piece

Introduction: In the process of transforming used and forgotten into new and repurposed, my project  “Bolts” stands as a creative exploration within the realm of Scrap Metal art. This report documents the conception and creation of a sculpture crafted from metal pieces once deemed obsolete or unused, with a commitment to sustainability and artistic expression.…

Industrial Disco Man

Here is the culmination of my upcycle project work! I’m calling it the “Industrial Disco Man”. I love the way the final result came out. I think the little guy is pretty cute and funny looking. Inspiration: I have wanted to create industrial looking sculptures even since I was a kid going to the Swetsville…

Goal For my project, I wanted to create a decorative hanging art piece that I could display on my wall using materials that I upcycled. Project Aesthetic I have always really loved nature which has led to my interest in sustainability and helping our current environment be a cleaner place for future generations to live…

Artificial Wire Bonsai

1. Context Information: The inspiration behind my project arose from my fascination with the meticulous artistry of Japanese Bonsai cultivation, where every tree embodies a harmonious ecosystem within itself. I was intrigued by the idea of replicating this intricate beauty using discarded materials, thus infusing new life into otherwise neglected resources. By delving into the…

Afrofuturism Mask

Afrofuturism Mask   Behold! The final result of my Afrofuturism upcycling design project! I thought about a proper title for the mask for some time but ultimately decided to keep the name simple and straightforward (in my somewhat limited reading on the cultural significance of masks in Africa, I learned that giving a mask a…

Upcycled Bulletin Board

Goal: Build a cork bulletin board in the midcentury modern aesthetic with remnant wood . It will house a large poster of the United States so I can insert pins to the locations I’ve traveled to and then display it as wall art. Context: I’ve owned this 50″ x 32″ poster map of the United…

Levitating Steampunk Globe: An Artistic Confluence of Past and Future

Levitating Steampunk Globe: An Artistic Confluence of Past and Future Introduction This report unveils the journey of crafting a unique upcycled art piece: a levitating globe with steampunk influences. It represents an amalgamation of vintage aesthetics and modern technology, illustrating a creative fusion of different eras. Project Concept The objective is to upcycle an old…

Upcycle Design Report: Egg carton vase

Context Information: Scandinavian design is a design aesthetic that started in the mid-20th century in the Nordic countries, including Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland [1]. It is characterized by its emphasis on simplicity, functionality, and a connection with nature. Scandinavian design reflects a minimalist yet warm and welcoming approach. Clean lines, uncluttered spaces, and…

Post 3: Upcycle Progress

Happy accidents, that’s how the progress on this project has been going for me. My initial plan of a vintage library inspired lamp has changed because of a new find. In order to find inspiration for projects I love going to the various thrift stores all around boulder where you can find the most eclectic…