BRING ITEMS BACK TO LIFE AUTHOR SHARES UPCYCLING JOY
UPCYCLING, the craft of remaking and discovering new uses for used items, is a popular trend and with good reason, author Sarah Heeringa says.
“We live in a throwaway society,” she says. “Shopping for new trendy items is a popular pastime but we easily get bored with them.”
Heeringa, a journalist with a keen interest in homemaking and interior decor, says reclamation offers an antidote to materialism.
“Through the rediscovery, repurposing and reusing of previously unwanted objects, we can achieve some home furnishing goals and in the process, become more aware of our relationship with material things.’’
Heeringa, who started her upcycling project with a 1940s lounge suite, has written about her experiences in her book, Reclaim That.
“Reclamation is a means of escaping the cycle of buying cheaply made and mass-produced ... instead it can help us to live by the principle of ‘buy once, buy well’,” she says.
“It can be an extremely costeffective way to furnish our homes, and with the money saved, over time we can add to our upcycled pieces with other quality items made with skill by craftspeople and artisans.”
Heeringa says upcycling offers shopping lovers the thrill of the chase – rummaging through markets and hunting online or through second-hand stores for collectibles or unexpected discoveries.
It’s about learning to recognise quality materials and skilled workmanship, she says.
Sarah Heeringa, author of upcycled a 1940s lounge suite and turned it into a stylish piece of furniture.
Everyday objects like old mirrors, run-down cabinets and old headboards (top right) are ideal for upcycling projects, Heeringa says.