Ever felt dispair at throwing away that pretty greeting card, wrapping paper, envelopes or even old books? You’re not alone.
Skye Rogers couldn’t bear to throw away the excess samples and lefover stock from her business Skye’s the Limit, so instead of slamming shut the bin lid, the artist and crafter was inspired to turn those scraps into pieces of art, which in turn, has lead to a whole new career path that spans publishing, illustrating and designing. Now featured as a guest artist at The Stiches & Craft Show from 7th – 10th March in Sydney, we chat to Skye about how the smallest things can provide the biggest inspiration….
How did your passion for turning unloved scrapped paper into art evolve into releasing books on the subject?
I’d been doing so many little impromptu ‘crafternoons’ at my place that I realised I had a bank of stuff that was easily replicated and great fun for me and my friends to make. I thought, ‘Why not share the love!?’ I had published non-fiction books before so approached the publisher of my previous book (totally unrelated to craft/art in fact…a memoir!) who thought it was a great idea!
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
So many places. I am such a bowerbird…a hawk even with my eyes out on sticks all the time. It can be quite hard for anyone accompanying me out and about as I stop and look and drool and take notes and pictures and scribble away all the time! One of my bits of advice in PAPER BLISS is just to be aware, open your eyes, trust your instincts about what you see…that way you will see the art in the everyday…it is everywhere!
Do you consider yourself an ‘upcycler’?
Yes indeedy! I LOVE not having to buy materials for projects. It is so good to see something made use of over and over again…it is a true thrill changing the use of something like say a milk carton into a gorgeous flower vase just by changing its exterior!
Why do you think the trend of upcycling has taken off so much in the last few years?
Because people are skint! No, we are concerned about the degradation of the environment and I think we also love the idea of returning to age old crafts that our Nana’s did. So many of the crafts we do today are adapted from the past. They have history. And if we re-use things that we might just have otherwise discarded, then that gives them an added layer of history.
For more information on the Stitches and Craft Show in your capital city visit www.stitchesandcraft.net.au.
To learn how to make a beautiful Paper Bird Magnet, click HERE