Artist's Prayer

Give us Your daily Inspiration
So, we can live a Creative Life.
And lead us away from self-doubt,
For to doubt our creativity
Is to doubt Your Voice within us.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Creative Recycling ~ Interactive Art Installation

t-shirt design prepared for Whole Foods Market
designed by Tatiana Kuzyk
(for ordering information click here)

Here's a new way to challenge, explore and express your creativity ~ Up~Cycling!

It is a bit 'last minute' to make an announcement, but that's all the time I have at this hour.... April 22nd is celebrated as Earth Day and I've been blessed with having an privilege to coordinate and be a part of an interactive art event to be hosted at Whole Foods Market in Wheaton, IL (for details go the link at the top of the post). The idea for this particular event was born back in February when I was working on my recycled altered photo 'Chinatown' which employed as a strata a Whole Foods brown paper bag and a corrugated cardboard as a background. One thing led to another through a synchronistic chain of events which will culminate in a tomorrow's art installation. I will be working alongside Rachel, a brilliant and very creative store artist and designer in assisting and demonstrating numerous techniques of altering recyclable materials such as plastic containers, vitamin bottles, shopping bags, card boards which will be provided by the store and will also be brought in by the participants. There are many outcomes that we've set out for this event, with the two taking the precedence: 1. to teach Creative Recycling ~ UpCycling 2. to conduct a collection of various recyclable materials to be utilized in the store's existing recycling center. Most importantly my personal intention is to inspire and teach a fun and creative ways to recycle.

We will have tables set up with paints and art supplies for the participants to alter a recyclable item which will later become an element of a hanging art installation in the store.

The following is my statement as printed in the promotional materials for the event:

 Up-cycling requires thoughtful, creative planning in order to develop a new product, the rewards of which can be enjoyed for years to come. It’s easy, fun, and practical.

Up-cycling is the process of converting recycleable materials into products of greater value. This process has the ability to instill in its practitioner a sense of environmental responsibility. It can provide a “second life” to products and materials which would otherwise be destined for a landfill. Hybrid creations can result from the process thus combining the physical and functional characteristics of both original items.

On a side note related to Earth Day, my three upCycled artworks are currently on display (see the below photos), until the end of the month, at "UpCycled Art 2010" exhibit at It's Our Earth store in Wheaton, IL (follow the link in a sidebar for more info).

Mixed Media Collage on Canvasboard
step-by-step instructions of this project were published as "Turn Your Shopping Bag into a Collage" (follow the link in the sidebar)

Mixed Media on Canvasboard

Mixed Media on Cardboard


  1. So happy and proud for you. Awesome job on the artwork, too. xoxo

  2. Happy for you, the artwork is just wonderful.......

  3. So positive when so many art materials have been toxic. Happy Earth Day!

  4. Hello Tatiana:) You are a genius. Thank you for keeping me inspired to give back to mother nature thru up-cycling / recycling.

    I just blogged about you in my personal blog.


  5. awesome!!!!Very lovely art fantastic work done.
    Plastic Card

  6. awesome!!!!Very lovely art fantastic work done.
    Plastic Card