Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Upcycled Plastic Water Bottles become Incredible Art Bowls


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Upcycled Plastic Water Bottles become Incredible Art Bowls

PET water bottles are everywhere, mostly used only once, but artist Gülnur Özdağlar shows us how to upcycle them into works of art


We’ve seen some outstanding examples of waste-to-resource thinking for plastic soda bottles lately, from stylish shirts to dog bedsmessenger bags, and even whole houses. Well, here’s a new one: Art bowls made from PET bottles.



Architect Gülnur Özdağlar has been creating bowls, cups, jewelry and home decorations from old PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) bottles since 2008. She collects the bottles, then cuts, heats, drills holes and reshapes them into amazing creations.



The object for Gülnur is to “substitute with labour and artistic value the characteristics that the material loses during transformation”, thereby obtaining a product of higher value. She aims to create beautiful new objects from discarded things so that we would want to exhibit or wear them, highlighting the importance of recycling and thus encouraging it.



Her blog and Etsy store are named “Tertium Non Data”, which is Latin for “the third is not given” - a reference to an alchemic term relating to the process of combining two disparate elements to create a new, third element. Gülnur’s work is an amazing example of how everyday objects, in the hands of an artist, become works of art - not only that, but works of art made from one of the worst environmental scourges of our time.



If you’d like to try your hand at creating your own PET bottle bowls, she has a great tutorial on it atInstructables: Make an art bowl from pet bottle.
”After heating process, it becomes more stiff, rigid, durable and glassy. It becomes even stronger and crystallized when perforated. This re-formed and perforated second life as a bowl is longer than the original bottle.”



Be sure to check out Gülnur Özdağlar’s websiteblog, and Etsy store for more information on her work, which also includes jewelry from PET bottles.
via If It's Hip It's Here

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