In everyday language, the terms we hear more and more often are : recycling, over-cyling, zero waste, recovery, etc. The health of the planet is of great concern. This also affects the field of creation. Many artists are becoming aware of the problems of overconsumption. This leads them to recover objects and materials in order to give them a second life. Find out when artists create with consumer objects.
A simple definition of overcycling
The term was introduced by an artist. He first used the term upscycling and then translated it into overcycling. Subsequently, the term has been used in many places. It refers to the practice of recycling whereby a result obtained is considered to be of higher value, utility or quality. We then recycle upwards. When an artist reuses an object or a material in this way in order to give it a second life, we can speak of over-cylcing. This is what several organisations have done with their project. The idea is generally to recover nylon stockings, for example, in order to make linings for winter coats. This is a brilliant idea to recover tons of textiles that are thrown away every year.
Recycle, recover, reuse and reinvent
These simple precepts are usually found in a zero waste movement. Beyond overcycling, they allow us to find new uses for objects that would otherwise have ended up on the side of the road. This is the perfect opportunity for many artists to make something that is totally new. Some artists have always created with discarded objects and recycled them to create amazing creatures. For them, waste materials are full of potential and also allow them to build a truly impressive and surreal bestiary.
Creating ecologically to consume intelligently
Several designers have decided to use responsible and ecological practices to encourage people to learn about local agricultural production and to buy locally. They decided to raise awareness while using their talents as illustrators. Through their project, they make known all the products to be consumed according to the seasons and also information that is relevant on how to encourage the producers. They have also founded organisations that promote local consumption and offer training.