Despite some wild Sydney weather, guests joined Retrash author and ReArt curator Nathan Devine and exhibiting artists from around the country to toast the opening the inaugural exhibition celebrating the beauty and art in upcycling.
Work from almost 40 sellers from 10 countries around the world were featured in the exhibition, which opened to the public on Earth Day and ran until Sunday 26 April. More than half those exhibiting were also Etsy sellers here in Australia and as far away as the US, Canada, Europe and the UK.
Brett Martin’s 3.5m great white shark created entirely from found metals took out with the top prize for the exhibition.
In the foreword to Retrash, the book launched as part of this exhibition, Etsy’s Senior Manager Values & Impact Katie Hunt-Morr said: “Each crafted piece has a rich story: the inspiration and care brought by their creator, as well as the history of the materials themselves. Upcycled goods connect us to our environment and to the maker. They are also a means of connecting us to our history as artifacts from another era, revived to take on modern value.”
It was a sentiment echoed at ReArt’s opening night and captured in the pieces featured in the exhibition.
Etsy sellers exhibiting at ReArt included Keast Designs, Red Zebra Designs, Industriana, Narelda Joy, Rugrat Rewind, GHIFY Furniture, Kirralee Robinson, Bow Birdie, Found by Ange, Velo Culture, Rare Beasts, Groovy Green Glass, Dystopian Artworks, Handmade by Holly, Deckstool and Aussie Jules.
To see their work and all the pieces exhibited, head to the ReArt website. Want to pick up a copy of Retrash for yourself? Head to their website and enter the code etsy5 at checkout for a $5 discount.