Recycled Materials in Art

I make lampworked glass beads. This summer, I have been having  fun making beads from recycled glass I find on the street.  I use colbalt blue wine bottles and aqua colored Bombay Sapphire Gin bottles. Trash day is like a shopping spree only I don’t need any money! What could be better?

There is a rich tradition around the world of using recycled materials to make art. Most art from recycled materials comes from so-called Third World Countries. The patchwork quilt is the one we are most familiar with in the United States.   As we become more of a throw away society,  however, the recycled materials movement has found its way to our affluent shores.

Here are three links where you can find more art made from recycled materials. Happy dumpster diving!

Indigo Arts
Oakland Museum of California