IND students Elisabeth Morreale and Kimberly Houle were selected as the first prize winners in the recent Upcycle competition in the Little Gallery. Their coffee table design used empty bottles, wood, and an old window to create a unique and useful piece. Other student entries included Robert Brisson’s jewelry made of discarded electronics and wire (shown above).
By definition, upcycling is the act of repurposing discarded materials to create a new product. Upcycling is different than recycling in that the resulting work retains a functional purpose, has an aesthetic appeal, and is usually of higher quality than the original piece. Sage art and design students responded to an open call for entries, creating pieces such as a light fixture and small furniture, as well as jewelry and even clothing.
The works created for Upcycle will remain on display in the Little Gallery through Sunday, February 23rd. The Little Gallery is open Sunday – Friday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.