REcreator gift guide

Shopping reuse doesn’t restrict you to second hand. There’s a plethora of makers who use reuse resources to make ‘new’ items. We call them REcreators.

Here’s a list of the wonderful REcreators who were a part of our REcreate Market here in April, which was generously supported by Inner West Council. Before you buy new, see what you can find here.

Sovereign Collection
Handmade accessories including includes earrings and belt bags from scrap, offcuts, dead stock leather, including upcycled vinyl and other materials found at Reverse Garbage.
Facebook: @SovereignCollection
Instagram: @sovereigncollection

Vege Bags
Repurposed jute coffee sacks  made into tote bags, storage baskets, coasters. Cutlery carriers made from fabric scraps and including cutlery sourced from op shops. Cup cozies  crocheted from scrap yarn. String bags crocheted from scrap yarn.
Facebook: @jbvegebags
Instagram: @jbvegebags

AK Design
Framed sculptural artworks and jewellery made from used aluminium coffee capsules. The works will be based on natural subjects such as insects and plants.
Instagram: @ak._design

Art by Nature
Items such as baskets/bags/purses/hanging garlands/utilising repurposed plastic bags/plastic bottles/repurposed clothing.
Instagram: @art_by_nature (angela nashaat)

South for the Winter
Dolls, doll clothes and other small toys made from upcycled fabric and reclaimed yarn.
Instagram: @south.forthewinter

Designed by Kate
Beautiful handcrafted bags from repurposed leathers and materials such as paintings, tapestries and vintage fabrics, (mostly from RG!).  Plus a small amount of clothing using banner material.
Facebook: @designedbykatesydney
Instagram: @designedbykatesydney

Outer Island
We are a local sustainable design duo who create products from natural or recyclable materials using the cradle to grave design process to allow our products to become part of the general ecosystem one day. Our work features native plants and animals.
Facebook: @outerislandgoods
Instagram: @outer.island

Amy Mills
Cushions, wall hanging artworks, quilts & soft sculptures all made from reuse textiles.
Instagram: @amy_claire_mills

The Pickards
Miniature glass tile artworks created by sisters Claire and Elinor Pickard. Our miniature artworks are created from picture framer glass discards and off cuts which cannot be recycled by conventional methods – otherwise ending up in landfill, and from chocolate wrapping foil which has been discarded by the manufacturer due to damage. The tiles feature vintage and vintage style illustrations and instructional drawings, as well as original illustrations. They capture quiet thoughts and everyday actions on an intimate scale.
Instagram: @the_pickards

Three different makers, who have a range of remade items:
* teeth ashtrays – teeth moulds purchased from RG, sealed, painted and mounted on wood
* shoe pots – old sneakers, sealed internally, filled with soil and suculents
* ball plant hanger – old basketballs and soocer balls turned into hanging plant holders
* totes – made from old hessian bags from RG
Instagram: @manolo.tha.maker

Make Art Happen
Colourful and light earrings made from used coffee pods and images from old books.
– Australian bird sculptures made from locally found branches with hand painted wooden birds perched on top.   
– Lino prints of local homes, birds and favourite local buildings of the Inner West printed on paper and old pages from books purchased from RG.  
Instagram: @makearthappen62

Necklaces, keychains, bracelets, earrings, phone charms, hair clips, anklets and rings all made from up-cycled materials, many of which came directly from Reverse Garbage, and a range of donated materials which would have gone to landfill. I use materials such a sea shells, wooden beads, pearls, glass, acrylic and much more.
Instagram: @dreamgazee_

Jane Pollard Jewellery
Handmade jewellery and other objects with reuse at its core.
Facebook: @janepollardjewellery
Instagram: @janepollardjewellery

Fibre Advocate
Light wearing, beautiful earrings and accessories created from upcycled bottle security rings and other cicular objects (rescued from Reverse Garbage) and yarn. I use as much second hand resources as I can to create my range.  My signature earring range are my floofed earrings made from recycled yarn found at op shops across NSW.
Facebook: @thefibreadvocate
Instagram: @the_fibre_advocate

Tale of the Black Cat
Kim Davies makes small sculptures and artworks using salvaged timber and found linoleum pieces.
Instagram: @taleoftheblackcat

Felt Wilde
Colourful accessories made by reusing textile scraps and thrifted remnants laminated onto handmade felt.
Facebook: @feltwilde
Instagram: @feltwilde

A handmade life collective

Instagram: @a_handmadelife

Level Hand Woodworking
Wall art, pendant necklaces, tea light candle holders, coat racks, phone stands. All made from recycled timber sourced from Reverse Garbage and The Bower.
Facebook: @LevelHand1
Instagram: @level_hand_woodworking

Kitten Vintage
kit//ten is a range of handmade and upcycled clothing, the concept is to create 10 key basics and re-create these simple and wearable styles in a variety of fabrics. All pieces are constructed from vintage or end-of-line fabrics (such as the rolls at Reverse Garbage). Incorporating pre-loved garments into the construction of some of the pieces is integral to the design process and gives each item a unique character – there may be 10 dresses the same style but all will have a different fabric and personality.
Facebook: @KittenVintage
Instagram: @kitten_vintage

Aydin was here
One of a kind hand constructed clothing and cushions made from and embellished with sustainable reused materials. Fabrics used are reused fabric remnants/roll ends. Some materials have been sourced from Reverse Garbage over the years.
Facebook: @aydinwashere1
Instagram: @aydin_was_here

Rose May Crochets
Crochet garments out of second hand yarn that I source from places like Reverse Garbage and the Sewing Basket. I love working with whatever yarn I can get my hands on, especially good quality wool and cottons, and crafting things like hats, bandanas, bags, beanies, tops, vests, stubby holders and more. I would love to sell a selection of these.
Instagram: @rose.may.crochets

Ruby Raisin
Reusing fabric, lace, thread, buttons, table cloths and bedding produces such unique pieces, rebirthing something potentially forgotten and unloved into a new piece of wearable joy. My customers often site that sense of nostalgia that is evoked by old resources and enjoy participating in a Slow fashion movement that emphasises resource value, longevity over trends and supports the local economy.
Facebook: Ruby-Raisin-189353724443032
Instagram: @ruby_raisin

Eva Michelle Redux
Clothing made from vintage fabrics repurposed from scarves, souvenir tea towels, tablecloths, denim jeans, embroidery and petit point. Also earrings, necklaces and bracelets made from souvenir spoon enamel medallions and repurposed scrap silver and silver tea spoons.
Instagram: @evamichelleredux

Shars Cards
Gift tags from tissue boxes, used cards, bonbon wrappers and even a wedding dress. I hate waste, so also enjoy finding creative ways to use scraps to create beautiful greeting cards.
Instagram: @shars_cards

Penny Marathon
Baskets 100% sustainable using various materials.
Instagram: @basketsbyhand

Wearable Art for Ears
Fabulous, colourful statement earrings made from upcycled and sustainable leathers. Much of the leather us sourced from RG and I paint, cut and layer the leather to create the unique designs.
Facebook: wearableartforears
Instagram: @wearableartforears

Soft sculpture jewellery made with fabric remnants, door snakes made from upholstery fabric samples (from RG), scourers made from re-purposed hessian, cushion covers made from remnant fabrics from RG. I also make reusable cloth sponges, reusable face masks, reusable makeup wipes, key fobs made with remnant fabrics and more.
Facebook: goodcloth-390892708409365/
Instagram: @goodcloth_au

Maraca Club
Earrings, necklaces, brooches, racks, cheese tray, accessories pouch.

High quality jewellery and accessories made from salvaged computer circuit boards and post-consumer recycled sterling silver.

Facebook: Epoch.Sustainable.Jewellery

Sew Bethie
Laptop, iPad and kindle sleeves made from discarded mens neck ties.
Instagram: @sewbethie

Woodshed Guitars
Handmade 3 and 4 string box guitars.  They are based on cigar box guitar designs but I try to use as many second hand, recycled parts as I can. Including timber,  boxes, trashed guitar leftovers, kitchen bits and pieces, cake tins, dog bowls all sorts of old hardware.
Instagram: @WoodshedGuitars

All photos by with thanks to Inner West Council.

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