Definition of upcycle:
-to reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.
I have been making art for over 30 years and therefore have a lot of art...some of it good, some of it, not so much. I have these acrylic paintings that I did in college which were okay, not great, but have some interesting areas. About a year ago I decided to cut one of them up and stitch on the pieces, add some collage elements and some drawing. I tried to find a way to display them as a group but the pieces no longer worked together.
While looking for something else in my studio, I came upon them and decided that I might be able to do something with them in this 6x6" format, so I cut the pieces down some more! This one, titled "Ladder", incorporates the acrylic painting on canvas with collage elements, machine and hand stitching, plaster, shellac and encaustic paint. "Ladder" seems to me to fit the definition of upcycle, reusing something discarded in order to elevate it to a better standing than the original.
At least I find it to be upcycled for the better.
Not sure what my art professor's opinion would be!
This piece is 6x6" and priced at $75 including shipping. To purchase please email me.