Author: lj

Innersprings and ingenuity

The challenge? Create a fence that is beautiful, low-cost and with reclaimed material. The solution? Upcycle the inner springs from discarded mattresses. Friends, Simon (an accomplished industrial designer) and Naomi May, were all for experimenting and loved the idea. Innovation required that we start from scratch. We worked together, combining our knowledge and expertise in

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Mara Chambers (Relovit)

  I see the potential in unwanted fabric, clothing and material, destined for landfill. I look carefully at everything that comes my way: a strip of old ribbon, a pillowcase or a pair of torn, paint splattered overalls. I consider the weight and texture of the material and the features of a particular piece of clothing. I

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UpShop Pops Up for Xmas

On Saturday 3rd December, 2016, UpShop held its inaugural Pop-Up Market from 10:00am to 4:00pm @ UpShop. 298 Barkly Street, Brunswick. An event designed to connect with the community, showcase some of our evolving inventory, and start collaborating with other upcyclers, who work in different ways, using their diverse skills to re-purpose, re-love, and re-imagine

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Planter boxes

Veggies and volvos

Chickens and cars? Up North from Upshop, there is a veggie garden that was given an upcycling makeover. We found a novel way to create planter boxes using ex-Volvo bins – very sturdy and versatile with steel hinged sides that can be stacked, which allows for a variety of heights. We created boxes with two

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