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Upcycle, Recycle and Create: Entries Open for Reart 2015

Mar 4, 2015

by Sarah Ponthieu

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We’re pleased to be joining the team behind Retrash in celebrating the launch of their book and the art of upcycling at the inaugural Reart exhibition in Sydney this April, and we’re calling to Etsy makers and creators to get involved.

Retrash features the inspirational stories of 82 artists and designers from 20 countries around the world on ways they are reducing landfill through recycling, upcycling, repurposing and rethinking waste. The self-published book, which includes a foreword from Etsy’s Senior Manager, Values & Impact, Katie Hunt-Morr, has received rave reviews since its release late last year including from The New York Times, Mother Nature Network, World Wildlife Fund and Connect for Climate.

Gilles Eichenbaum’s Kettle Lamp featured in Retrash

Gilles Eichenbaum’s Kettle Lamp featured in Retrash

To celebrate the official launch of the book in Australia, Retrash is teaming up with Etsy to showcase the art of upcycling and recycling at Reart, an exhibition aiming to inspire the world to reconsider the idea of waste.

The exhibition will focus on innovation in upcycling. Artists and designers across Australia and around the world (including Etsy makers) are now invited to showcase their upcycling skills and creativity by submitting artworks for the exhibition.

Submissions close on 23 March 2015 with successful entrants to be announced on 1 April 2015. To be considered for the exhibition, artworks must be created from at least 70% second hand or waste material.

Jason Podlaski’s upcycled skateboard bench also featured in Retrash and will appear at the Reart exhibition

Jason Podlaski’s upcycled skateboard bench also featured in Retrash and will appear at the Reart exhibition

Keen to get involved? Find out more about the exhibition requirements and how to submit your work for consideration here.

And if you’re a Sydneysider, make sure you check out the exhibition at the M² Gallery in Sydney’s Surry Hills. The exhibition will open on 22 April (to coincide with the 45th anniversary Earth Day) and will run until 28 April 2015.

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