Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Piping Plover Made of Recycled Sweaters

This week Upcycled by Ash is hosting an auction to benefit the National Wildlife Federation and their efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. Today marks the one year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf. The ecosystems in and surrounding the Gulf of Mexico are still being affected by the disaster and will be for years to come. 

Piping Plover by Wandering Needles.
This adorable handmade Piping Plover is one of my favorite craft donations to the auction. He is so cute!

The Piping Plover was handmade by Michell Fahmy of Wandering Needles. Michelle chose to make a Piping Plover for the auction because it is one of the bird species that was drastically impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

This life size sculpture has a $45 value. It is almost 100% upcycled! Only the thread and a small amount of sculpting wire in the legs and tail were purchased new. The materials used for the bird came from scraps of three different second-hand sweaters and from one men's orange cotton shirt. Michelle created the pattern and assembled the final piece with a combination of machine and hand sewing.

It is so inspiring to see all the amazing eco-friendly and upcycled items that were donated to the auction. If you haven't been to the auction yet, what are you waiting for? You don't even have to leave your house, just follow this link-

In order to bid on an item you have to "like" the Upcycled by Ash facebook page. After you "like" the page you will be able to leave comments on the page. To place a bid, simply leave a comment under the picture of the item you want to bid on stating the dollar amount you are bidding.

1 comment:

  1. Plover bird is my favourite of all, I think he is wonderful


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