Sunday, December 27, 2009


Today I gave some of my Barbie collection a make-over...from top to bottom: "Tattoo Barbie",
"Buddha Barbie", "Paper Bag Princess", "Breast Cancer Barbie", " Terrorist Barbie - happiness is a warm gun"..

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


For a long time I have been inspired by the art of Andy Goldsworthy & Rosalie Gasgoigne.These artists have helped me find my own way of seeing & of presenting the objects I find.
This "Knitting Needle Mandala" is the first example of my own exploration of the abstract sculptural qualities of forms.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009


The junk collection continues to grow! I have become more selective in my gatherings, bringing home mainly smaller items for future use, otherwise I would soon run out of space.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

NZ Landscape series - Karangahape Road

I have decided to continue my "NZ Landscape" series making the pix into brooches 3x4cm, glued onto rectangles of core-flute from real-estate signs. I took this photo on Monday in Karangahape Road in Auckland. The window of the army surplus store reflects the hoarding for the strip club across the road - a crazy chance juxtaposition!

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Friday, December 04, 2009

First Thursday Event

Last Thursday I was invited to have a stall with my recycled artwork at the inaugural "First Thursday" art event in St Kevin's Arcade in K Rd, AK. With free cider & loud music the crowd had a good time. Sales were slow - hopefully better next time.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009


Yesterday I had a stall at the annual Grey Lynn Festival. I was invited into the new "Eco Space" with other stalls of an environmental nature: Grey Lynn Farmers Market, Grey Lynn Waste Away, Grey Lynn 2030, 350, Oooby, as well as urban gardens.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009


The children [& teachers] from the local Browns Bay Pre School have invited me to assist them construct a sculpture for the playground which the children have designed. Here is the "sculpture group" with their tentative layout for the work - comprised of pieces of pumice from Lake Taupo, & steel rods from an old fence.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I made this nikau palm from plastic drink bottles.
On Saturday 24th September I will have a stall at the 350 environmental event at Mt Eden- where I will be demonstrating craft projects for recycling plastic drink bottles, as well as selling my recycled artworks & trashion pieces.
350 Maunga Action * 3:30-4:50pm
Join in with other Aucklanders on the Real Icons of Auckland to call out for change for 350. Bring your voice and instruments - tell every music group you know! Maungawhau | Mt Eden
3:30pm for karakia, ends 4:50 so you can amble along to:

350 Festival * 5pm-7pm
The key-stone in Auckland's combined action: Gather with the whole 350 community to celebrate the day
Tahaki Reserve, at the base of Mt. Eden
5pm till sun-down around 7pm

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Here is my dumpster-diving buddie Laurie with her daughter Hannah with the bags we made for the Textile Art Show at the Depot Art Gallery

Sunday, October 04, 2009


Here are the two major prize-winners from the Junk2Funk recycled art show held on Waiheke Island last weekend.
Sue Hunter's '50's-style flounced dress, bag & hat made from Vogel's bread wrappers & other plastic bags won Senior "Local Heros" as well as "Best Overall". Kerry Appleton's dress made from old entry tickets to past Junk2Funk shows won Intermediate "Local Heroes" as well as the "Supreme Sustainability" award.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


In my dumpster-diving activities I have begun to notice that some of the dumpsters are artworks in themselves...often far better contemporary artworks than some of the shite we see in the galleries in the city. Here are a couple I spotted recently....

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


The annual inorganic trash collection is underway in my area of Auckland. This year a sub-species of humanity is tagging perfectly good items so as to render them useless - & definitely destined for landfill - see image.
I considered notifying the media of this development, but decided that this would probably encourage other morons to do the same.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


I have been invited to be a judge at this year's "Junk to Funk" :
"After a year’s break, Waiheke’s recycling fashion show is set to capture the imagination of the island’s environmentally aware, as Gill Alcock finds out...All the fun of the island’s very own recycling extravaganza returns in spring after a year off.Waiheke Waste Resource Trust’s Junk to Funk, the fashion show with a difference, captures the imagination of budding fashionistas and adds a green edge, making it one of the most popular events on Waiheke’s calendar. As always, this year’s show, on 2 and 3 October, will be an opportunity for everyone to get creative while showing off their commitment to recycling, sustainability and environmental awareness.And while many enter the event from an altruistic bent, participants will be in to win cash prizes from a pool of $5,000, donated by local businesses.This year there are five entry categories under the titles of Junk to Funktional, Use Your Head, Flights of Fancy, Good Natured and Local Heroes Each of the five categories is broken down into three age groups – Senior (15 years and over), Intermediate (nine-14 years) and Junior (up to eight years). A winner and runner up will be selected by the judges for each age group within each category. Cash prizes are $250 for the winner and $100 for the runner-up. There are also prizes for Supreme Sustainability, People’s Choice and Best Overall Design. Garments, hats and objects need to be made of at least 85% recycled materials, and the Waste Resource Trust will be running after-school construction clubs in which construction materials and advice will be available. The Junk to Funk showcase evenings will be held at Te Huruhi Primary school hall with judging taking place on Friday, 2 October and awards night on Saturday, 3 October.Tickets go on sale on Saturday, 5 September from Shop the Rock, Lazy Lounge and the Waste Resource Trust office opposite the library, at a cost of $5 a seat.For more information phone Dorte on 372 2915 or 021 975 352 or email

About Junk to FunkThe first Junk to Funk event was in 2003. It was a wearable arts’ performance of garments and body sculpture created from recycled, reusable and natural materials, aimed at raising awareness of recycling.Clean Stream, the community contractor which ran Waiheke Transfer Station until 1 July, is a subsidiary of Waiheke Waste Resource Trust, and has worked alongside the trust to create the educational event.Previous judges of Junk to Funk are ex-Green MP Nandor Tanczos and Greens co-leader Russell Norman."

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Where I a dumpster!: expounding Post Modern Trash Theory to people from AK Uni - audio & video of the interview following shortly on mywebsite & Youtube channel...
On Thursday 13th August I will be talking with environmental guru Tim Lynch on GreenPlanet FM 104.6: "How Joe Six-Pack Can Help Save the World"...available later on podcast from

Sunday, July 12, 2009

e-waste collection

I found these guys on the web...

Looks good - I will approach them about an e-collection day here in Browns Bay, & see if they are interested in some artwork to promote their business...

Saturday, July 04, 2009


These gals have dresses made from printed strips of plastic tape about 18in [46cm] wide - what a great idea for recycled wearable art!!

Friday, July 03, 2009


Last week there were high seas & strong winds which washed lots of plastic rubbish onto the beach here at Browns Bay. I took my blue bucket & filled it in less than ten minutes!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Today I finished five robots made from biscuit, sweet, & tea tins. They all have a light as one of their arms.
Four have gone to the Salvation Army Store in Browns Bay - where they are stocking some of my work.
The fifth one will be part of a prize in a promotion for the SPCA Op Shop - watch this space for details.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Today I made contact with the guys from e-waste, & took some pix - here are some motherboards in a bin.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Saturday, May 09, 2009

recycled clock

Today my friend Horace Williams visited & bought this clock. The face is part of an old aluminum spool from a reel-to-reel tape recorder which I found in the trash last month.

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Friday, April 10, 2009


My front room at Glen Road is beginning to fill up with junk I have found. The walls on the south side are shown here. The Barbie Mobile is a work in progress...