Whimsigoth Vs Minimalism

Whimsigoth is the aesthetic equivalent of an old cottage in the woods full of bobbles and trinkets. Minimialism, as the name implies is the complete opposite. A minimalist aesthetic generally means neutral colors, clean spaces, few distractions, little to no clutter, and a calm vibe. A minimalist aesthetic can refer to home design, personal style,…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthestic

Since the initial publication of this blog post celebrating the Upcycle project and the creation of Wall-E sculptures through welding and scrap metal, there has been a notable divergence in creative directions among enthusiasts. While the Upcycle project emphasized the repurposing of materials and environmental consciousness, a counter-movement has emerged, advocating for a different aesthetic…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Workwear vs. Fast Fashion and Haute Couture

My aesthetic for the upcycling project is workwear. The workwear aesthetic is defined by functional, rugged items, both clothing and accessories, that were originally designed for people such as carpenters, fishermen and construction workers. These items are designed to be used every day and to withstand the type of abuse that comes with many of…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic

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…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Afrofuturism

As far as I could discern the closest opposite of the Afrofuturism aesthetic would be the Colonial aesthetic. Colonial, referring to the expansion of Europe into other countries dating from approximately the 1500’s – 1800’s. Colonialism typically emulates history, civilization, conquering, and hierarchy, which are at direct odds of Afrofuturism: digital technology, nature, symbiosis, and…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Arid Aesthetic

My upcycling project involves repurposing empty water bottles to create an underwater aesthetic. Conversely, to achieve a desert or arid aesthetic using water bottles, one could explore incorporating warm, earthy tones like sand, terracotta, and rusty reds, along with natural materials such as rough-hewn wood, leather, and woven textiles. Decor elements might include cacti, succulents,…

Upcycle Aesthetic – Opposite

Refresher: The current aesthetic of my project is patchwork, utilizing a chessboard-like design in order to create a hangboard for rock climbing. This involves slightly differently colored wooden pieces arranged in a patchwork like formation. The Opposite: There are many aesthetics which could be argued to be the opposite of patchwork, although, minimalism is the…

Opposite Aesthetic: Postmodern Skate/Graffiti Shoe Rack vs Modern/Minimalist Shoe Rack

My upcycling project is a Shoe rack made out of used skateboard decks with a “Skatepark Graffiti” aesthetic. Fundamentally, I think this aesthetic is both postmodern and maximalist. The graffiti and skateboard elements of the shoe rack are loud and unnecessary, and have no actual function besides looking visually interesting. Graffiti and skateboards are also…

I’ve had to switch my project over again to something more last minute because I wanted to do something that I actually wanted and would keep. I have taken my inspiration from my love  for wine and the ability to display a bottle as a piece of art instead of just drinking it. Whether it’s…

Post 4: Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic

The opposite of my upcycle project aesthetic is maximalism. Since the reupholstery of my sun visor is following a minimalist theme, the direct opposite aesthetic of this is the literal opposite, maximalism.  Maximalist art pieces are those that are overall eclectic, with random arrangements of colors, text, objects and textures in a confined space. In…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Steampunk compared to Scandinavian

For context, the aesthetic that I have chosen for my upcycle project is the Scandinavian aesthetic. Scandinavian designs consist of simple, minimalist, and modern designs often utilizing natural materials and neutral tones. Currently, I am working towards creating a household planter made out of recycled hockey sticks. After removing the paint and logos, the natural…

Opposite Upcycling Aesthetic – Art Deco

https://www.elledecor.com/life-culture/travel/g12242834/art-deco-architecture/ Art Deco and Brutalism: Two architectural giants, stand as a stark opposites in design. Picture the elegance of Art Deco, with its intricate details and luxurious materials, juxtaposed against the raw functionality of Brutalism, characterized by its stark concrete forms and utilitarian approach. These two movements, born in different eras are shaped by distinct…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Abstract Expressionalism

Abstract expressionism is an art aesthetic that often exhibits traits such as non-uniformity, asymmetry, and randomness. It is known for its emphasis on spontaneous, automatic, or subconscious creation, and it marked a shift from representational art to non-representational forms. The movement is characterized by a focus on the act of painting itself, exploring the physical…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Mid-Century Modern vs. Victorian Aesthetic

For my upcycling project, I’ve been working on a Mid-Century Modern lamp that uses an origami lampshade to highlight the clean lines and natural material characteristics of the aesthetic. In my design, I’ve tried to utilize light colors, simple geometric shapes, and prioritize the function of my project in the design. If I were to…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetics: From Handcrafted Upcycling to Mass-Produced Greenery

The opposite of my Upcycle project’s Artificial Japanese Bonsai Aesthetic would be a mass-produced, uniform aesthetic reminiscent of indoor plants commonly found in stores like Walmart or Costco. While my project celebrates the unique combination of craftsmanship and randomness found in nature, this opposite aesthetic focuses on efficiency and standardization, resulting in a more sterile…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Brutalism

My original aesthetic that I am currently working on is the rustic aesthetic. Therefore, I have chosen to write about the brutalism aesthetic as it seems like a perfect opposite. While a rustic aesthetic is all about having a natural wooden feel, brutalism focuses on creating structures that prioritize functionality and materials. Brutalism is often…

Post 4: Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic – Gothic/Dark Academia

INTRODUCTION The Cottagecore aesthetic and the Gothic/Dark Academia aesthetic are two very different principles and philosophies of art. Cottagecore focuses on simplicity and nature in the countryside. I will provide a summary of Cottagecore by restating a blurb from my first blog post on aesthetic exploration: “Cottagecore aesthetic encapsulates the essence of simple living, countryside…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Industrial Minimalism

In the realm of design, opposites often attract, offering contrasting perspectives that challenge our perceptions and inspire creativity. In this blog post, I am going to delve into the world of aesthetics, exploring the stark contrast between industrial minimalism and artisanal upcycling. While one embraces simplicity and utilitarianism, the other celebrates intricate craftsmanship and artistic…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic

Joshua Beijer Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic The opposite of the natural wood aesthetic that I picked for my upcycling project would be industrialism. Industirialsim is characterized by straight lines, right angles, and function over form. An example of this aesthetic can be seen below. Note the straight lines and darker tones. Industrial Aesthetic Example – Photo…

Post 4: Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic

My current upcycle aesthetic is steampunk and I am making a decorative toaster out of cardboard. If I had to find an opposite aesthetic, I think minimalism would be the one. Steampunk is very over the top, taking elements of industrialism from the 19th century Victorian era. https://creator.nightcafe.studio/creation/Bp39AqVc0eaGJ9FIDAgE On the contrast, minimalism is more modern,…

Opposite Aesthetic of my Upcycle Project

For my upcycle project, I am emulating the Cottagecore aesthetic. Before discussing its opposite, I will first provide a summary of Cottagecore itself by restating this blurb from my first blog post: “Cottagecore is an aesthetic that romanticizes simplistic, pretty, and quaint rural life. Individuals who adapt this aesthetic typically expand it to their lifestyles,…

Contrasting Scandinavian Aesthetic: Cluttercore

The Scandinavian simplistic design and Cluttercore are two contrasting approaches to aesthetics, each embodying different principles and visual philosophies. Scandinavian design uses clean lines, minimalism, and a focus on functionality. It is also characterized by a muted color palette, often using neutral tones, to emphasize simplicity and create a sleek look. In contrast, Cluttercore represents…

Opposite Aesthetic: Industrial

My upcycling project has an environmental aesthetic with lots of natural elements and depictions of what the future environment could look like. It includes lots of nature and renewable energy sources. When thinking of an opposite of this aesthetic, I thought of the industrial aesthetic. This is because industrial aesthetics were inspired by factories and…

The Opposite of Skateshop Aesthetic

For my Upcycle project, I am designing an iPad holder that fits in the skateshop aesthetic. I go into detail about this aesthetic in my previous post, but to summarize, the skateshop aesthetic has the following traits: Graffiti style graphics Colorful Equipment focused (decks, trucks, wheels, stickers) Lots of exposed wood Hats and Hoodies Loose…