We should be more aware that recycling is something kids do naturally. The amount of toilet roll tubes and egg boxes that were upcycled into magnificent artworks when I was younger definitely (maybe) made a dent in our wastage as a society. And while my Art Attack days are behind me, I still marvel at those who are able to create something out of nothing.
Shari Mendelson has achieved this with the humble plastic bottle, cutting it up into pieces to form ornate vessels that even your gran would be happy to have on her windowsill. I particularly like the pieces where the provenance is clear, with the original shape forming part of the sculpture or the print on the bottle remaining as part of the piece. Not only highlighting our wastefulness, this simple idea also alludes to the value we place on objects.
- Photographer Mark Hartman on travelling to Coney Island every day to make his Island series
- Illustrator Lizzy Stewart shares some gems from her bookshelf
- Brooklyn-based Jyan Ku’s naive pastel works are oddly charming
- Jules de Balincourt’s vivid paintings of public spaces play with reality
- Harry Israelson photographs a renaissance fair in sunny California
- Pentagram’s Domenic Lippa designs the inaugural issue of YES & NO Magazine
- Animator and director James Curran’s amusing 30-day Gifathon project in Tokyo
- Photographer Sophie Mayanne’s new personal project celebrates imperfection (NSFW)
- Animator Saiman Chow’s trippy idents for Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty
- The daily grind: Louis Quail’s photographs of fascinatingly mundane offices
- "Before I was a graphic designer I had nearly no idea what one was": meet Austin Redman
- Matthew Raw: the east London artist making clay great again