Tuesday, May 6, 2008

u got junk mail

In the last few weeks, I've realised that I've turned into a digital rag picker. My cursor has been wading through page after page of hits on junk - I must be the only person in history to go beyond page 5 on google search.

But it's been worth it, here are two of the latest gems I unearthed.
One is the term upcycling - which is the practice of taking something that is disposable, and transforming it into something of greater use of value. Besides describing a useful concept, the word has the additional advantage of adding tact and intellectual quotient to everyday conversations. For example, if you don't want to tell a colleague that his presentation sucks, you could say "Your presentation is a perfect candidate for upcycling!"

The second gem is the picture above - by artist Sandy Schimmel. She puts upcycling into practice by creating art out of junk mail and flyers. Enjoy.


  1. You seem to have "upcycled" my idle curiosity in your blogs to inspiring project ideas that could keep me pleasantly occupied through those slow, sultry afteroons!

  2. I really serves as a great hommage to Andy Warhole who made art out of readymades!

  3. Wrong! You are the second person to go beyond page 5 on google search. I went past page 50 to find myself on the net. And I had to go way beyond that to find my own editing services website. Well, I guess it's time to upcycle both myself and the site. Thanks for the reminder. -- Sarath

  4. the artwork is amazing