Audrey Ruby is a great artist that turns old books and vinils into unique pieces of art and sell them on RetroGrandma Etsy shop.
I talked to her and she told me how she does it:
Handmade objects always have a story. They
have a real character and charm over mass-produced items.
I've been crafting
for years and loved every minute of it - it's my relaxation time. Some of the
crafting I've done in the past involves sewing, ceramics, crocheting, knitting,
plastic canvas.....and now I love to make unique items out of books and
records: book purses, IPhone docking
stations, hollow book shelves, invisible bookshelves, book lamps, record clocks,
book tablet device covers, record handbags, record bowls and containers, and
My favorite are the
book purses. I have made a large number of
them over the years and never got tired of making them, as each one is
unique. How cool is it to walk down the
street with one of these and see heads turn in amazement!
I love searching for treasures at garage
sales and thrift stores and this is where I pick up all my gently used records
All of my unique items will spark
conversation! I’ve been creating these
items for 8 years now and have had an Etsy store to share my creations since
then. I’ve done many custom orders for
customers as they send me their special books to create one of my items for
them – mainly book purses.
Detroit Motor Show came with a premiere this year: the first car to be printed right in front of the customers. Arizona-based start-up Local Motors brought this invention to the show and people could also ride the car.
The Strati, as it’s called, is a two-seated that can go up to 40
kilometers per hour and is meant for short, urban trips. It can be
manufactured in just over a day. Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors, the car’s manufacturer said that he hopes to be able to build this vehicle closer to 24
hours, by the end of the year.
The car’s frame and panels are printed out of carbon fibre-infused
plastic, on a machine that could fit in a single-car garage. Made up of
more than 200 layers, it weighs some 800 kilos – that’s more than half
the weight of an average car in the US.
The car's expectancy is to be at least half a decade. Jay Rogers explains that "if you left it outside in the harshest of elements, you’d have
probably five to six years of use. If you garage it and you use it like
you would use a normal car, then it will last for much longer".
Also, the car
is recyclable. "If it
gets cracked or hurt or other things like that, you can take the
components off that are not recyclable and recycle the material, get a
credit for the cost of the material, and have a new vehicle,” said Jay
The Strati will be available this year at a cost of between 15.000 and 25.000 euros.
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