Nova and Lorsten are featured in The Ecologist Magazine
We’d all like to decorate our walls with Picassos and Warhols but great art comes with even greater price tags. But that doesn’t mean having to settle for trappings from TK Maxx either. Your next work of art might be sitting right in front of you. Whether it’s an old dresser gathering dust in the garage, or a mess of bottle caps collecting at the bottom of your bin, materials that can be turned into something fabulously decorative are everywhere. With each person in the UK generating 264 kg of waste per year that isn’t recycled, according to DEFRA, there should be plenty of ‘junk’ to choose from. And if you don’t feel you’re the artistic type, there’s no need to panic. These simple and sustainable projects don’t require an art degree, but are sure to impress.
From magazines to catalogues, we all battle to get the mail out of our post boxes at times. Once you’ve read your favourite publication, immortalise it forever with some scissors, varnish and creativity. ‘The idea of cutting out bits of paper and sticking it to something else is sort of a simple and beautiful one,’ says Carol Vigurs, co-owner of Nova and Lorsten Decoupage. ‘It doesn’t need special equipment or training. So you can pick it up and have good results really quickly.’ Decoupage has suffered from a twee reputation in the past, she says, bringing to mind cherubs and smiling children. But innovative eco-artists like Vigurs have taken the art form to new levels. ‘Decoupage doesn’t have to be twee, it can be punchy; it can be punk; it can be fun, lively and culturally relevant – it’s up to you.’