26 C
New York
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Upcycled

The first thing I upcycled was Spooner: a bottle opener fashioned from Silver plated spoons. I had gone back to University to do a design degree after I called time on my aimless civil service ‘career’. I had intended to use Stainless Steel spoons, only they were next to impossible to cut by hand. Not only were the Silver plated ones easier to cut, I discovered an even better design for the piece just from allowing the material to dictate my process.

We can draw pretty pictures of fanciful notions as designers, straight from our imaginations to the paper, and if we can afford it, get it made. I learned also that used materials/l objects were practically free to acquire. That was then. This is now and rubbish is king. You now have you pay just to take it away. 


Working with found objects does not admit of any prejudices. That’s why I like it. I never know what’s going to happen until just before it happens. Aside from swimming, It’s the closest that I get to ‘living in the moment’.I’m as concerned at the proliferation of the ‘plant based’ phenomenon as I am at the upcycled one. It appears to me that both are a corruption of deeply held ethical beliefs in favour of opportunistic band-wagoneering. I can only hope to be wrong.

Debo Adegoke , dadstudio_ldn

Related Articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest Articles

OUR SUMMER ISSUE IS HERE

Enter your email address to get a copy.

You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

Vegan Melanated will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide regular updates.