Repurposing & Recycling


All artists have gotten on this bandwagon at some point. Whether it was your recycled plastic water bottle to hold water for your brushes, reusing bubble wrap or some other interesting material to create texture, or even using newspapers as your canvas.

My art teacher always used to tell me two things: Firstly, always be resourceful with any material. Secondly, get messy. If you don’t want to, don’t call yourself an artist.

Entrance at fume

Entrance at fume

I recently went to eat at fume at Pier 7 Dubai Marina. The restaurant is absolutely charming. It has a construction theme throughout placed in a modern context. There are glass bottles covering suspended lightbulbs, trouser hangers for holding menu pages together and even wooden box crates that house plants.

At the last DIFC Art Night, I was immersed into the work of Abdulnasser Gharem I observed at Ayyam Gallery. I recalled his concrete block piece which had “Don’t trust the concrete” inscribed. The thick red and white stripes in the block are used in certain walls in the restaurant fume as it complements its theme. Abdulnasser Gharem’s intention with his piece was to make a statement with mental barriers. His work stands to promote to think for yourself, and not let an accepted ideology sit in your head.

Table Number Holder at fume restaurant at Pier 7

Table Number Holder at fume restaurant at Pier 7

Back to fume, the table numbers were attached to a flower made out of recycled cans. I thought it was interesting because it repurposed a Schweppes can, which is made from a cold and hard material into an object that is soft and delicate. I particularly loved how the barcode takes up two “petals”.

A few years ago, Red Bull ran a competition for artists to use their cans as a medium. The “art of can” was truly a great move to get inspired recycled works. You can see more here.

So, my artsy readers, get going and find a material to transform into something! Or if you want to step out…

If you want to eat at fumé

If you want to visit Ayyam Gallery

If you want to catch Art Night DIFC


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