Friday, December 15

Art Made With Unusual And Weird Materials

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I was amazed by most of the materials used by the artists but the weirdest one, for me, is the insects one! I don’t know if I would ever wear such jewellery!

I think that there are different kinds of art present in this list and I want to clarify what I think about it.

I consider some of them as fine art and other ones as creative use of materials.

Sometimes I question this creativity to be real art and in a different kind of article I would exclude some because I would consider them as unusual craft ideas.

Fine Art Made with REAL Insects!

“Insect Art is made of real insects from around the world. They come to me dried out and all folded up. I re-hydrate them to make them flexible again, and then spread them out on a styrofoam board with sewing pins and glass plates.”

Caviar Monsters

Vik Muniz uses several unusual materials like caviar, chocolate, diamonds and others to make his pictures. You can see more of his artwork on Xippas gallery

Kate MccGwire – chicken wishbones

“Kate made ‘Brood’ for her Royal College of Art degree show and it has since become her most well-known work. Initially it may seem like an innocently patterned spiral of some 23,000 chicken wishbones bearing all the happy optimism this material evokes, but look again and you will see that the symbolism of hope has been subsumed by the sheer quantity of materials used. En masse the bones recall a cull, a killing field, the horrors of genocide and slaughter of innocents.”

Art made with junk, food, candy, beans and other materials

Art by Jason Mecier

Jelly Belly Art

Galleries of art made with Jelly Belly beans

Sugarcubes Sculptures

Brendan Jamison, carved sugar cubes

Art made with old audio cassette tapes

“In this series I showcase a number of portraits of musicians made out of recycled cassette tape with original cassette. Also included are portraits made from old film and reels. The idea comes from a philosopher’s (Ryle) description of how your spirit lives in your body. I imagine we are all, like cassettes, thoughts wrapped up in awkward packaging. : ) ” (Ghost in the Machine)

Piled Cans Art

Sarah Tisdale’s Bacon Broquet, Baked From the Heart

“Broquet, a bacon bouquet, which was cooked up by Portland-based industrial designer Sarah Tisdale. Last fall, Tisdale had just fallen for for her next-door neighbor when something brought his spirits down. Tisdale brainstormed an appropriate way to cheer him up. “I wasn’t going to get him flowers or anything like that,” she remembers, “but I wanted to bring a smile to his face.” The two had bonded recently over their love for a winning combination: whiskey and bacon. So Tisdale realized there was really only one option: A bacon bouquet. Her house swirling with smoke, she presented the neighbor with a dozen juicy pork blossoms.”

Bric-à-brac portraits of celebrities

Bernard Pras, is a contemporary French artist that photographs installations of common objects, in a certain angle, so that the perspective results into a clear portrait of various celebrities.

Used Tea Bags Art

Made by Artist Valeria Burgoa 

More photos on Flickr

Barbie Doll Jewellery Range

“Designer Margaux Lange has turned bits of the plastic princess into a collection of accessories, from breasts to hands.”

Sculptures made of rubish

“This sculptural portrait of a family was commissioned by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, and is made from the family’s recyclables. Their function is to promote the council’s kerbside collection scheme, and they will be taken to roadshows and events around the county.”

more sculptures on Flickr

Scotch Tape Sculptures

Street art project by Polina Ganzina. Sculptures made with adhesive (scotch) tape.

Trash Sculpture

Art made with plastic containers by Carolien Adriaansche

Couture Clothing Right Out of the Bins

Wearable Art made with all sort of things by Robin Barcus

see more at and State of dress blog

Original contemporary art in the form of altered books and collage.

Altered books by Karen Hatzigeorgiou

Bottle Tops

Diana Thorold gallery on Flickr

Bic biros lamps

Stuck at Prom

Duct Tape wearables

Can Art

Environmental Craft Design

The Art of Can Tabistry

“Projects made from recycled materials including soda and beer can pull tabs & bottle caps”

Plastic bag Yarn Art

“A call for USED plastic bags from around the World!!!!

The bags in my neighbourhood are mostly white, grey, blues and greens. Occassionally I find pink, red or orange bags and these are very rare. If any readers of this blog find some interesting coloured bags I would be extremely happy to receive them. They will become part of a future crochet sea creature……. better in my studio than in a whale’s tummy. ”

Tiny Toilet Paper Roll Scenes

“I cut the small paper shapes that I stick inside the toilet paper rolls. I use tweezers to manipulate the paper shapes. I selecte the paper of the same color as the roll. It gives the illusion that the paper figures make part of the roll. I need few hours to make one piece.” (

bottlecap art

“Michelle Stitzlein offers workshops, demonstrations and lectures for children and/or adults about creating sculpture from plastic bottlecaps and other recycled materials.”

Plastic works – Régis Mayot hand made

Life-size bread F1 car delicious

“Today, modern Formula One racing has a new member, ane edible racing car, which was baked by Culinary Executive Chef from the Royal Plaza On Scotts in Singapore with his team consisting of six chefs, two artists, two technicians, two culinary staff members and five young volunteers from Metta Welfare Association.”

Paintings On Leaves

“This is leaf art, a delicate work of art from India. This beautiful art originated in the southern India (Kerala). Its done on dry Peepal (Ficus religiosa) leaves.”

The Eggshell Sculptor

Exquisite Eggshell Art

Pencil sculptures

Artist’s Statement

“To make the pencil sculptures, I take hundreds of pencils, cut them into 1-inch sections, drill a hole in each section (to turn them into beads), sharpen them all and sew them together. The beading technique I rely on most is peyote stitch.”

Chocolate Dress

“All the fashions modeled at the Chocolate Fashion Show feature models wearing original outfits made with chocolate.”

Crazy for Corks

Home Cheap Home, art from Andy Warhol’s cliffside house in Long Island

more cork art on Terramia

Vinyl Record Silhouettes

“Mickey’s silhouette is hand cut using a reclaimed WALT DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS vinyl record”

Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait (2006 – 2009)

“Cans Seurat, 2007     60×92”

Depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.”  

Nail Art

More Vlad Artazov nail art photos on Decent Comedy    

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