Up­cy­cling, a green ini­tia­tive

Both ad­dress­ing his pas­sion for arts and is­sues on solid waste man­age­ment, Der­mie Joey C. Paspie ex­cels in a new art ap­proach called Up­cy­cling.

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - BY ACE JUNE RELL S. PEREZ / Ed­i­tor

When arts and en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives are com­bined, a re­sult is ex­pected to be noth­ing less of a sus­tain­able cre­ation.

Such is the case of the works of up­cy­cling artist Der­mie Joey C. Paspie. He has been trans­form­ing trash into some­thing cool, valu­able, and use­ful.

Up­cy­cling is an artis­tic ap­proach in trans­form­ing waste ma­te­ri­als, by-prod­ucts, use­less or un­wanted prod­ucts and new ma­te­ri­als of bet­ter qual­ity and bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment value.

His works were ex­hib­ited at the Mati City Park and Bay­walk last Septem­ber where he dis­played over five life-size up­cy­cled art­works in sup­port of Mati City’s Solid Waste In­te­grated Man­age­ment (Swim) pro­gram.

“This is to show the youth that we can do good things out of creativ­ity and re­source­ful­ness,” he shared.

While im­proper solid waste man­age­ment still is an is­sue in the so­ci­ety, Paspie wants to es­tab­lish that re­cy­cling through arts is a good ini­tia­tive that the youth can do. Through re­cy­cling, valu­able things can be pro­duced if mixed with creativ­ity.

“Ma­te­ri­als are ev­ery­where, it only takes guts and creativ­ity. But beyond do­ing this for arts, this is also my way of pre­serv­ing our planet through re­cy­cling,” Paspie shared.

Paspie started up­cy­cling in 2009 when he was in Tagum City meet­ing with co-artists. This kind of art cap­tured his in­ter­est the very first time he dis­cov­ered it.

The 32-year old Mati-based artist has al­ready pro­duced over 20 up­cy­cled art­works, both life-size and minia­ture.

“I made all my art­works out of my imag­i­na­tion, I al­ways make it to a point to pro­duce unique art­works, some­thing that the peo­ple would be in­ter­ested and rec­og­nized,” he said.

With his un­usual skills, he was hired by the City Gov­ern­ment of Mati un­der the Barangay In­te­gra­tion for De­vel­op­ment and Ac­tion (Bida) pro­gram as an up­cy­cling artist.

His en­vi­sions to main­tain cre­at­ing im­pres­sive art fig­ures that are three-di­men­sional piece from waste ma­te­ri­als of var­i­ous shapes, sizes, and types.

Apart from arts, Paspie is also into mu­sic. His par­tic­u­lar in­flu­ences are reg­gae, eth­nic, and OPM al­ter­na­tives. He also plays var­i­ous in­stru­ments like tam­bol, mouth harp (Kub­ing), and flute. His band oc­ca­sion­ally per­forms in some city events.

But be­fore his life in arts and mu­sic, he was an out-of-school youth when he was only 16 years old.

He stopped high school as his par­ents got sep­a­rated.

“But arts and mu­sic saved me,” he said. /

Ma­te­ri­als are ev­ery­where, it only takes guts and creativ­ity. But beyond do­ing this for arts, this is also my way of pre­serv­ing our planet through re­cy­cling

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