Following on from my features of how to upcycle music memorabilia into art, I would like to share some of the wonderful upcycling creations from my friend Suzanne Reddington aka Mother Punk. Suzanne is artistic by nature and comes from a family of musicians and music lovers. She has shared many of her projects with furniture and clothing and has also moved on to musical instruments. I asked her how this art form came along:
“I’m not the best of guitarists by a long shot but have always loved guitars and stringed instruments. They are a thing of beauty with the exception of the flying V. I enjoy most forms of art whatever medium I’m working with…..paint, clay and fabric. I do most things from dressmaking to interior design.”
“My home is a nutty mix of classical, grungy, car boot and charity shop finds. I recently found a battered old wine cabinet in the street. My neighbour who is a strong young man carried it back for me and put it in the garden for me to scrub clean and get to work on. It looks wonderful in the living room.
Luckily my musician friends know how much I love creating and bring their old and beyond repair instruments to me so that I can paint, bash holes in, add lights and decorate to create a new life.”
“To start with it was just a hobby and I would adorn the walls in my house and then other friends would see them and would commission me to make one for them. Another friend uses them in his window display in his Savile Row tailors’ shop. Through him, I have also sold a few.”
“At first this hobby cost nothing as I would raid my toolbox and the toolboxes of family for metal washers..nuts n bolts etc but I’ve now depleted our supplies so I have to go out and buy stuff. I really enjoy being creative and find it so therapeutic but I don’t enjoy clearing up my mess afterwards so I’m going to purchase a huge shed for the garden and leave the mess in there!”
Do you have any projects like this that you would like me to feature? If so please comment below or contact me.