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Monday, 10 May 2010

EUROPEAN STREET TEAM CHALLENGE


I am very happy and proud to have won last week's Team Challenge, as proposed by DonauLuft, where the theme was WATTLE--- anything grid-like, braided, wattled,... basket work ...

You can have a look at all the lovely entries by clicking here.

The new theme this week is:
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RECYCLE
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I am interested in seeing "throwaway" elements turn into something beautiful because we make something of them, instead of throwing them out.


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Please send me TWO photos: one of your materials BEFORE you begin crafting, and then AFTER your creation is complete,
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so that we can see the transformation between the potentially reject elements and the magic you have performed! Send me your two photographs in convo, with a very brief description if you wish to explain anything about your idea or process (keep it short, please!).



Deadline: Monday 17th May, 19:00 (GMT+1hour)

Winner will be announced at 22:00 that same evening.

I look forward to seeing your entries and wish you lots of inspiration and fun.

HERE ARE THE CHALLENGE ENTRIES:

1.RETRO ORANGE DAISIES PEASANT DRESS by KajaDesign (Sweden)

Kaja recycled a duvet cover from the DDR, to make this lovely girly summer dress.

2.BOOKMARKS by Nancy van den Boom (Netherlands)

Nancy made bookmarks by recycling an old painting she was no longer fond of, and decorating them with an old earring. (They were sold very shortly after being listed!)

3.STERLING SILVER DANGLE EARRINGS WITH CARNELIAN DISCS by BacaCara (Germany)

BacaCara purchased the broken sterling chain with beads at a flea-market. She used the undamaged sections of the chain to make these earrings.

4.ECO-FRIENDLY NEWS GIFT BAG by CloudberryLand (Finland)

Ioulia made this funky gift bag using an old Norwegian newspaper.

5.POLKA-DOT LOTUS EARRINGS by RelyDesign (Italy)

RelyDesign crafted this pretty pair of flower-shaped earrings by recycling paper. The paper flower is protected and made durable with glue and varnish. Isn't that so clever?

6.LOOSE-MESH CROCHET TUNIC by Joik (Finland)

Joik created this magical blue tunic by re-using old yarn. The main yarn is from a thrift shop, and the lighter blue parts in hem and collar are from her granny's yarn basket.

7.SILVER-BRASS-HOOPS by DonauLuft (Austria)

DonauLuft thought up this very original way of re-purposing the brass-ball endings of worn-out guitar strings. Now that's what I call hoops with a melody to them! Read more about how DonauLuft crafted these astounding hoops on her blog.

8.PINK STAR BROOCH by P8Accessories (Germany)
P8 used a star-shaped, plastic linen-yarn spool and a great amount of fantasy to make this very imaginative decorative brooch. You can find more pictures and a detailed description of the process on her blog.

9.ROW OF HOUSES NECKLACE by FluxPlay (U.K.)
FluxPlay reversed the "recycle at home" concept, recycling into homes reclaimed fragments of tin, thus creating a terrace of exquisite, happy miniature homes.

10.NEW EARRINGS by KirschBits (Germany)
KirschBits crafted these wonderfully delicate new earrings, using the intricate spiral wires of an old pair that was too heavy to wear and that came apart. More detailed information here on her blog.

11.PURPLE FLOWER BROOCH by Alatvian (Latvia)

When the decorative flower on the candle holder that Alatvian received as a gift some time ago came off, she cut some caked glue, sewed on a brooch pin and... voilà! There's a new creation for you. Something with taste, and no waste!

12.SAKURA PENDANT by LucieTales (France)

Lucie started with a piece of aluminum offset sheet which she handformed using 2 techniques: raising and repousse. The sakura flower was then sewn on top of a little cushion made from an antique unbleached linen bed sheet. The center of the flower is part of an old metal snap button. All the other materials are vintage.
You can visit LucieTale's blog here for further information on her crafting.

13.RING-HOLDER CASE by Kosmika (Italy)
Kosmika crafted this jazzy ring holder-case using leftover fabric from the crafting of pot-holder, and the extra tryout antenna she made as part of a ladybird costume for a friend's daughter.

14. PEACOCK BROOCH by KnittingCate (Italy)

KnittingCate crafted this colourful peacock brooch by recycling the pop-tabs from soft drink cans. Would you ever have been able to guess, without the "before" picture?

15.BIB NECKLACE by FlorigamiGirl (France)

Flori used tiny strips of felt that she usually gives to the local playgroup for making collages. The strips were rolled up, sewn to a backing of vintage French linen covered with felt, and finished off with a grosgrain ribbon.

16.SUMMER FLOWER NECKLACE by BijouxDelloStregatto (Italy)
BijouxDelloStregatto recuperated the metal flower from a vintage 70's-80's belt, worked other turquoise beads into the piece and created this totally unique necklace.

17.BLOOM NECKLACE IN IVORY SAGE AND LILAC by FleurFatale (Belgium)
FleurFatale made these exquisite leather flowers by recycling leather from bags found at the thriftmarket. What a transformation! Read more here, on her blog.

18.BOOKMARKS by MatkirschPhotos (Germany)
MatkirschPhotos made these bookmarks by recycling some very old photos he took years ago with his point and shoot camera. Special announcement: he will be giving away these bookmarks for free to the first person who convos him!

19.DRESS by PieceUnique (France)
PieceUnique, who actually specializes in textile creations made from recycled materials, crafted this very hip-trendy woman's dress (size 40) from 5 second hand T-shirts dress using some old clothes.

20.ECOLOGICAL BROOCH PIN by DreamsCorner (Italy)
This wonderfully delicate flower brooch was thus made by DreamsCorner: the bottom of a plastic bottle was cut out and then seared around the edges with a lighter, the edges and petals then painted using old nail varnish, whilst the centre of the flower is decorated with various small elements (buttons, beads, etc.) and the flower then attached to the pin with hot glue.

21.FELTED LETTER "Y" by Viltalakim (Netherlands)
This wondrous letter Y (alas, not for sale!) was created by Viltalakim by patiently piecing tiny bits of cut off felt together. I wonder who will be the lucky recipient of this colorful masterpiece.
Well, if you are curious too, have a look here.

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THE CHALLENGE IS NOW OFFICIALLY CLOSED.

I am very pleased at the abundance and variety of ideas that have come up in this challenge.
A heartfelt THANK YOU to all participants for their entries.

I already know it will be very difficult for me to name the most interesting piece this evening, so I'll be following Nancy's van den Boom's example and calling a Family Council after dinner before announcing the Winner.

And the winner was.... click here.

57 comments:

  1. Great new challenges, let's see what we can do ;)

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  2. Congrats Lab! Beautiful theme, I hope to make something !! *think think..... think think....*

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  3. Congratz Rachel! I am thinking how I can participate with a painting...???? LOL I will find a way! ;-)

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  4. Congrats Rachel for winning the challenge! I love your theme... this is going to make me participate...

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  5. Congrats on winning ! Good theme

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  6. I love the topic!
    And Congrars, of course!

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  7. That is so great, congrats on your winning!!!!

    I love the new Theme!
    As I am having a Fair at the end of the Week,
    I do not think I will find the Time to paticipate:(
    But I think with this fantastic Theme you will have allot of entries:)

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  8. Congrats once more! wonderful new theme ! hope to take part with something thrown away!...

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  9. Thank you everyone! Oh dear Nancy, quite true, I honestly had not thought of that! But I am sure that you will have some brilliant idea!

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  10. P.S. that's why it's called a CHALLENGE ;)))

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  11. Congrats!Great challange! I'll think something out for sure!

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  12. Big congrats on winning and a most excellent new theme!

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  13. Congrats Lab! You chosen an important theme!

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  14. Congratulations on winning the previous challenge! And your new theme is absolutely fantastic! I'm so excited and trying to take this time! :)

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  15. Good good! I want (well, I would like) lots of entries! Then I could also try to find zines to publish our effort on, and get us all some publicity maybe?... As team and as individual crafters...

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  16. wow love this theme!!! ;D
    i will make something ;D
    bye

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  17. Congratulations! Great theme! Very challenging! :)

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  18. Hi Rachel! I sent my entry this morning! I had so much fun making it! (And destroying my painting LOL)

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  19. Thanks for your entry Nancy. That is very bold, to destroy your own previous creation and recycling your very own self as it were. Unexpected, but indeed a fun and witty interpretation of the theme.

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  20. Isn't it great I sold them right away? I think I make some more, Rachel, thanks to your Challenge !

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  21. Nancy that's wonderful, I'm so glad. Yes, make lots of them. I suppose you even still have strips left from that painting you were taking apart? LOL

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  22. I listed 2 new eh recycled paintings Rachel...yes I had some strips over indeed! Will make new combinations, enjoying myself a lot

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  23. I like the entries a lot! It really is a wonderful theme Rachel!

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  24. Nancy I went to see the new ones, really fabulous. But the original paintings were quite nice, too. How come you grew tired of them? Especially the little curly red-head?
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/47060944/set-of-2-bookmarks-from-2-original

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  25. Rachel, I am so glad you like them and I hope to sell them, like the first pair ;-)
    I think it is a nice concept to destroy my own "art" and put into something new, more interesting perhaps. No one ever wanted to buy these paintings, so a new life is better I think...
    I have some more paintings I will cut up soon! LOL
    Perhaps I am a bit devellish to do this?

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  26. LOL Nancy, don't "destroy" your entire collection. It is good though to have the ability to look forward and not be afraid to let go of past episodes. A good approach to life in general.

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  27. It's quite impossible to destroy my entire collection, since I have some LOL....But indeed, I look forward Rachel! Also.....to tomorrow evening when you announce the winner of your great Challenge!!! I am hoping to see lots of entries coming in today and tomorrow. Good luck in choosing!

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  28. Congratulations on winning at the challenge! This subject is great and very intriguing and all the entries look beautiful. I wish to find some time and catch up before the closing...

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  29. Thank you Stephania, and I hope you make it!

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  30. This was such a lovely challenge to look at.
    Everything is so original!
    Congrats everyone! :)

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  31. Congrats! Great theme and wonderful creations!

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  32. Love love love these creations and the idea to show the BEFORE and the AFTER! Great work!!!

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  33. Congrats, all the creations are wonderful :D Great ideas!!!

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  34. great theme and beautiful creations!! I am sorry to have missed this challenge but hope to make the next one.

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  35. beautyfull entries!!
    will be hard picking a winner:) good luck!

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  36. It's just amazing what we all came up with! And now we'll sit and wait for 22.00 hours!!!!! I have an idea of who the winner will be.....;-)

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  37. Yes! I won a give-away from MatKirsch! I will have reclyded bookmarks from a collegue bookmarkmaker!!! LOL

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  38. hehee congratulations Nancy !! :) he will be sending them tomorrow :) I can tell you they look much better live! -- I'm jealous.. I want one! hehe

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  39. What amazing entries! Congrats on winning last week's challenge and setting this wonderful theme! :)

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  40. Rachel, where art thou? The Thread is waiting for you Dear!!

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  41. Nancy, your letter is ready to ship tomorrow. :-) (Exciting, this was my first giveaway!) A lot of great ideas shown here, I'm excited to know who won!

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  42. It's Flux Play Matthias!!! Very much deserved and wonderful entries of all participants! It was an exciting week, thanks for hosting so wonderful Rachel!

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  43. Ah that comes from always refreshing the same post... I didn't notice the new winner being announced in an extra post!

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  45. Thank you very much everyone, for your participation, your support and enthusiasm. Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner, I am usually a very punctual person but it was a very difficult decision for me and the 3 hours I had reckoned were barely enough time to give each entry the consideration it deserved. Each entry had its own amazing qualities and I wish I could have all these creations to call my own.

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  46. Thank you for hosted me in this wonderful challenge with so beautiful theme!

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  47. Hey its great! I love to see the winner is flux Play! well deserved!
    Thank you LabSpace for hosting this challenge! It was really fun to join!

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  48. Congratulations to the winner!

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  49. Yippee! Thankyou everyone and thankyou Rachel. I hope that all you creative folk find my own theme as inspiring as Rachels.

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  50. Such great entries, I guess you will have to have a long 5 course dinner to settle on the winner.

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