Monday, 30 January 2012

{Artist Inspiration} - Tom Fruin and scraps

New York artist Tom Fruin used 1,000 reclaimed scraps of Plexiglas for his Kolonihavehus that takes its name and inspiration from Copenhagen’s ubiquitous kolonihavehus - a modest garden shed intended to provide state workers with refuge from the city’s cramped living conditions.

This really jumped at me - first of all for the use of geometrics - but also the colours and the fact that this is made of scraps. A lot of blogs are looking at how to use scraps ... although I still wonder how to define scraps (I suppose it depends how small or big your scrap project is, and how much patience one has).

For some patchwork inspiration do check Rachel's blog Stitched in Colour for the Scrap Attack project but check out also the Compost Quilt over at Completely Cauchy - one of my favourite quilts! (added later... I just realised there is a scrap attack Flickr Group for much more inspiration)

For some knitting inspiration, check out the scrappy lengthwise scarf by Zona Sherman. There are some beautiful versions of this project.

So what do you define as scrap, and what do you do with them?


  1. Ohhhh I love that!! gorgeous!
    I tend to keep any fabric bigger than 2.5" but all the little bits I get rid of. I'm keeping them to make a postage stamp quilt one day... you know when I've bothered to cut them!!

  2. Oh wow, it looks really striking against everything else in the picture! I love the colours and it's so clever that it waas just made out of scraps. I'm not too sure what I define as scraps as I don't really DIY or do much with waste. Unless it's food, I try to make use of all parts of food. xo

  3. That house is marvelous! Scraps make me think about quilts, but I see that there is an entire DIY world to discover! BTW, I loved your post about vintage racquets and I discovered that we have something else in common as I was a huge tennis fan in the late '90s (Ivanisevic was my hero!)...

  4. I remember the first time I saw a photo of that little stained glass house, it totally took my breath away! easily one of the pretties things I've seen (sadly, not in real life).

  5. Lovely! The colours, the idea... Everything about it. :)

  6. This is amazing!! The stained glass is beautiful! Would love it if you could stop by my blog and tell me what you think of my latest posts! Follow me, I follow you?!


  7. Cool! I've seen a similar one in my previous home town, but all in white and clear glass. Great upcycling projects. :) Thanks for your lovely comment on my Echo flower shawl! Yes, those nupps were a challenge... They were worth the effort though, fortunately. :)

  8. I love that for scraps - I have serious scrap envy of everyones I hardly have I get sewing!


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