Upcycled Art Exhibition Finalists – Fairytales, Myths & Legends

An exhibition of Eco Friendly & Upcycled ArtWe are little early with this but we are so excited we thought we couldn’t leave you in suspense any longer! We are absolutely thrilled with the quality and diversity of work submitted and are very pleased to announce that the following have been selected to take part in the ‘Fairtales, Myths & Legends Exhibition January 2016.

The finalists entries have now gone to our panel to help us choose a Gold, Silver & Bronze award which will be presented at the private view 2nd Jan 2016. The panel is made up of Michelle from Remade In Britain, Liv from PreLoved and Jen from Make Do and Mend-able. More details soon!

An exhibition of Eco Friendly & Upcycled Art to highlight the issues surrounding Climate Change & the Environment as a whole.

Fairytales, Myths & Legends Exhibition Submissions

Date: 5th January until 29th January 2016
Private View: 5:30pm–8:30pm Saturday January 2nd 2016
Venue: Bank’s Mill Studios, Bridge Street, Derby
Contact: enquiries@eco-create.co.uk


Amanda Chapman – Nine feet tall
Charlotte Rhoades – Upcycling the Fairy Tales Style over Substance
Claire Davis – The plight of bees
Elizabeth Blades – How does your garden grow
Jacquelyn Cooke – Fairy wood
Janine Booth – The fairie tree
Jenni Devany – Legends of the past
Kate Whiting – Rising Dawn Phoenix Shawl
Kirstie Adamson – Lets Pretend:Red Ridinghood
Paul Adamson – Life Cycle
Rachel Caunce – Home sweet home, Keeper of the water source & Mother earth
Rosalind Pounder – Tidewrack
Ruth Caunce – Magical oceans
Susan Jenkins – And there was so much honey it ran down the trunk


In order for artwork to qualify for this exhibition it either needs to have a fairytale, myth or legend theme or alternatively deal with the issue of climate change. This theme is not required to be literal and is open to interpretation. It must be constructed in an eco friendly/upcycled medium. Eco friendly methods should be used where ever possible.



Upcycled Art Exhibition

Amanda Chapman – Nine feet tall

The piece is stitched, and embroidered by hand using up-cycled vintage linens and other treasures including a little ceramic doll.

The piece was inspired by Thumbelina a fairytale written by Hans Christian Andersen, and the song written by Frank Loesser, and performed by Danny Kaye.



Upcycling the Fairy Tales Style over Substance

Charlotte Rhoades – Upcycling the Fairy Tales Style over Substance
EcoCreate Partner Excluded From Judging Process

These objects have all been upcycled and blinged to reflect society’s obsession with the exterior and how the way something or someone looks often takes priority over how well it works or how someone behaves.

  • Daddy Bears Spoon
  • The Little Mermaids Comb
  • The Pied Pipers Pipe


The plight of bees

Claire Davis – The plight of bees

With the theme of climate change and the environment, I have highlighted the plight of bees. Bees have such a central role in the production of food, and as the climate changes and through actions of humans, the bees are now under threat. This threat is four-fold, from the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, to global warming which is increasing the growth of pathogens such as mites which attack bees.

This, along with the increasingly fluctuating seasons which may be a contributory factor in colony collapse, and finally the navigation of bees being interrupted by cell phone technology. The future of humans is intrinsically linked to the survival of bees, the main pollinators of crops on this planet. We have a duty to protect them.



How does your garden grow

Elizabeth Blades - How does your garden grow’ Collograph print.

“My image was created to illustrate the juxtaposition that can occur between our good intentions for the environment and what we actually do. The perfect garden is emblazoned on the girls clothes, yet her actual garden is dying and in turn also the bees. The image drives us to question are we doing enough for the environment or are we just paying it lip service. Perhaps it makes us think that as much a sentiment is important, action is what will save our bees and our planet. How does your garden grow isn’t just a fanciful question but a direct reality we must all face head on.”



Fairy wood

Jacquelyn Cooke – Fairy wood

“Fairy Wood” was inspired by the wood itself!
All our wood is recycled in some way – rescued from the rubbish tip and given a new lease of life. This piece was spotted on a friend’s log pile and we felt it was far too beautiful to burn. The markings in the wood were extremely unique and reminded me of a gnarly tree and so I have worked with the various grains and marks on the wood to build up this fantasy landscape.

The ethos of our business is to make gifts and furniture from wood that would otherwise be discarded, either on a bonfire or landfill. Therefore this piece has a practical function as a wine-rack, however the addition of ‘pyro-art’ makes it truly unique!



Janine Booth - The fairie tree

Janine Booth – The Fairie tree

If all the trees disappear where will the fairies go?

This is made from Wool oddments that have been rescued from people throwing them little bits that will never be used or from charity shops.

The frame is also knitted and backed with upcycled board.


 Jenni Devaney – Legends of the past

The purpose of the piece is to show that items carry the legends of the past. With each new owner a piece of a new story is added and will continue on for as long as it is used. When items are thrown away legends of the past are erased forever. Instead of discarding pieces use your creativity, embrace the character and add the legend that is yourself ?



Rising Dawn Phoenix ShawlKate Whiting – Rising Dawn Phoenix Shawl

The concept for this piece comes from the phoenix depicting the ever available chance to accept the new day and face the global changes Mother Earth is urging us to take.

The colours of the Dawn rising from the darkness in the Phoenix’s tail bringing joy, hope and passion as the sunrise colours move up through the wings.
The phoenix who in mythology is associated with the sun, is here in this shawl providing the message that we all need to take action now to create a planet that will be here for our children’s children and beyond to fill their souls.

It’s not too late to take action and grasp the new dawn of change and like the phoenix be reborn into taking control of preserving this planet which provides the life force for us all.

The shawl has been handmade and designed by myself using yarn hand dyed with acid free dyes here in the uk.



Kirstie Adamson – Lets Pretend:Red Ridinghood
EcoCreate Partner Excluded From Judging Process

The first in a series of ‘Let’s Pretend’ inspired pieces depicting children using their imagination and enjoying make believe. A3 magazine & Junkmail collage £245.00

It is intentional that when viewing my work that the method used is not instantly obvious. At first glance it is often assumed that I have used paint and only on closer inspection does it become apparent that the piece consists entirely of ripped and cut magazines. The intention is to challenge our perceptions. Highlighting how small changes in our methods and materials can enhance our work while reducing impact.

I purposely depict precious moments in time, capturing in essence my main drive in pursuing environmentally friendly practices. What is precious to us is worth protecting and the greatest motivation is working for the those we love. I hope to inspire others to reassess their practices and look at what small changes they could make to reduce their own impact. Framed by a local artisan using locally sustainably sourced and reclaimed wood.



An exhibition of Eco Friendly & Upcycled Art

Paul Adamson – Life Cycle
EcoCreate Partner’s Relative Excluded From Judging Process

Handcarved handled bowl and spoon, made from cherry using traditional green woodworking techniques.

The embellished Watershipdown inspired design is handcarved using the tip on the carving knife. The chipcarving rabbit design on the bowl has been defined using natural pigments. The details on the spoon handle have been handpainted using milk paint.



Rachel Caunce – Three Submissions


Home sweet home (or Keeper of the rooty bank) 3D

Recycled lampshade and cardigan. Woven, crocheted and felted sheep’s wool and yarn.

Keeper of the water source

Recycled lampshade and fabric. Woven, crocheted sheep’s wool and yarn.


Mother Earth (figure)

Recycled lampshade, cone and natural fabrics, some hand dyed. Crocheted and knitted pure wool yarns, some hand dyed.





Rosalind Pounder – Tidewrack

The piece of work is called “Tidewrack” and consists of seven nest-like vessels each measuring approx 6cm diameter.

“Tidewrack” consists of seven nest-like vessels made from material gathered along the strand line of a North Norfolk beach.

Throughout myth-making and fairy tales there has been a metamorphic tool of creating beauty out of ugliness. “Tidewrack” creates a beautiful endpoint from unprepossessing and unattractive detritus.

The weaving of waste material around found rooty tendrils lends an earthiness denuding, albeit temporarily, the detritus of it’s power to pollute.

The noxious waste is captured and rendered powerless via this metamorphosis.

The nests are constructed from found materials from the strand line of the beach at Mundesley, North Norfolk.



Magical Oceans

Ruth Caunce – Magical Oceans 

Mermaids may be a myth, but there are so many magical and unlikely looking creatures inhabiting in our oceans that may become little more than a myth if we do not take better care of our world.

I enjoy collecting and working with items from the natural world as well as using recycled materials. Bringing a range of different textures together and mixing natural with man made is a reminder of our experiences of, and influence on, the natural world.



Susan Jenkins - And there was so much honey it ran down the trunk

Susan Jenkins – And there was so much honey it ran down the trunk

My submission for the exhibition is titled ‘And There Was So Much Honey It Ran Down the Trunk’ and is based on the Queen Bee by the Grimm Brothers.

My piece is a papier-mache pot made from recycling my local newspaper; the gold pattern represents the honey running down the tree trunk.

The spherical shape is a reminder of our Mother Earth and I left some of the original torn newspaper pieces showing as an indicator of the empty words spoken by this Government on the use of neonicotinoids.

The golden interior of the pot is a bright contrast to the outside, reminding me of the valuable properties of honey. It also has shadows of bees, representing the millions that have died due to sudden colony collapse.



About Kirstie Adamson

Kirstie Adamson is a magazine & junkmail collage artist. Co-Founder of EcoCreate art & craft network and a passionate revamp crafter!


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