Tuesday, March 31, 2009


These toy soldiers came out of a skip on the North Shore, Auckland. I cut the “peace” charm from the lid of a Tupperware container - lets hope it works!!
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I made two small robots at the weekend from hand-held fans The fan blades have LED lights in them & make the most amazing oscillating patterns - as shown! The first robot below has lego-style arms & legs, while the other has milk-bottle caps for feet. They both have a small LED torch strapped to one arm.
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Sunday, March 15, 2009


Yesterday I attended a spontaneous happening in Ponsonby @ "The Soho Hole" - a large derelict building site in the heart of the city. Inner city Auckland residents lack a beach, so they improvised. The graffiti reads "I wish this was a swimming pool" - someone's wish came true!

Thursday, March 12, 2009


My good friends from the local Salvation Army thrift shop just delivered 18 old computer keyboards to my door - they were otherwise destined for landfill!!
I make "leet" earrings from the keys, & necklaces from the cords & inner bits.
See my new website for more trashion & recycled art: www.martinadlington.webs.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

On Sunday March 8 I attended an Eco Day at the Sustainable Living Centre in New Lynn, Auckland with my recycled artworks.
There were 50 other stalls all with an environmental theme. The event was a great success for all concerned & I look forward to attending again next year.
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On Sat March 7 I held a workshop at the Lakehouse Arts Centre in Takapuna: “Using a Jeweller’s Piercing Saw”. Six people attended & after I had demonstrated the technique the class had great fun applying their new skills to cutting shapes from copper & aluminum sheet, LP’s, CD’s, plastic, coins, MDF, & paua shell.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009


Helen & Yudi are kindly stocking my recycled artworks in their eclectic shop [Buanu Satu - "Number One" in Indonesian] in K Rd, Auckland, & they have made a display area for the pieces...as seen below. Thanks guys - its a great showpiece for me.
We see here a cross & a heart of "flowers" cut from egg cartons on real-estate sign, an eco-game, a clock - with more clocks below, 'fridge magnets on crosses cut from waste steel, 3 large robots made from tin cans, several small robots from sweet & mustard tins, a flying saucer from an old lampshade, a truck from an oil can, fish cut from jandals I found on the beach - mounted on more real-estate sign, & more clocks....see blog entries below for close-up pix of most of these works...& remember the 3R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - the most important being REDUCE!
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