Our latest upcycle idol is Florida based artist Austina Woodgate. Her projects are filled with a sense of playful feel-good nostalgia and innocence, primarily focussed on the interplay between human beings, their surroundings and the environment. For her latest project Woodgate created a series of hand-sewn rugs using the recycled skins of stuffed animals. With the history of each stuffed toy’s previous owners intertwined in the collection, Woodgate’s work has deep sociological undertones, as she repurposes and gives each item a new lease of life.
Her previous art includes kaleidoscope images and displays made from discarded product labels, and a series titled ‘poetry bombing’, where she sews short inspirational poems into clothes at local thrift stores.
“Places and Objects are alive, we make them alive, they tell our stories and tales”