I’ve often thought if upcycling was a part of the Design Technology class at my old school I’d have found my passion much sooner and learnt the skills needed to create all of the projects in my head without the help of YouTube (Ok maybe without as much help from YouTube). I know Jasper isn’t even two yet but I try and involve him in as many projects at home as is safe to do so and if he can’t help he watches, just this morning he took a hessian star made from some grain sack offcuts and had a little look in his bedroom to see where he could hang it – it’s ended up on the antler of a cardboard stags head which looks great…he’s clearly showing signs of potential (or maybe it was just beginners luck! ha).
I’ve long been a fan (and boarderline Instagram stalker) of Lynne Lambourne’s work, she is an upcycling queen and has been involved in some of the most interesting projects I’ve come across. When I discovered Lynne hosted kids upcycling bootcamps in the school holidays I simply had to share this discovery on the blog and find out all of the details. Here’s a little Q & A with Lynne to tell us more:
How did you get into upcycling & When did you realise it was a major passion of yours?
When I left London and moved to my current house I needed to furnish it and had very little money to do it, I soon realised that with a good eye you can find some fantastic things in charity shops and second hand online sites and transform them turning trash to treasure.From then on I was hooked and now find it insane to buy new, I love the challenge of creating something truly unique.
You’ve worked on some pretty exciting projects…what’s been your favourite so far?
Thank you so much for telling us a little more about the workshops Lynne, Can I book Jasper in as soon as he turns 5 please? We will drive down for a little upcycling mini break!