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Vampire update, plus trash fashion

A couple of quick things.

Remember the ‘vampire kit’ I mentioned in the previous post, that was up for auction? Sold for £7,500 – a bit over 9,000 euros, a bit under $12,000. The upside is that the purchaser was the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds (UK) and it will be on display there.

Also, today my eye caught another BBC report on a subject that interests me – trash fashion. No, not trashy fashion (well ok that can be entertaining sometimes) but the repurposing of found objects into fashion designs.

It’s a bit like something I played with for my own amusement a couple of years back, taking discarded car hubcaps and using a combination of paint and found items to turn them into masks. They were a little like tribal masks, except I don’t belong to a tribe (maybe I’m ‘untribeable’?) and don’t know any ‘tribe’ that uses such materials.

No, wait, you can see stuff like that around the place – music festivals, for example, where people like the Mutoid Waste Company show off their designs, and locations such as the Abode of Chaos in France.

And no, I don’t have the masks since we moved house though I might possibly make another one sometime if I get to a point where I have that much time on my hands.

It’s also a bit like the dada movement in art, using found objects and re-purposing, tweaking or juxtaposing them to create new effects. But in this case we’re talking about  fashion designers using old plastic bottles, bits of toys and other ‘trash’ and incorporating them into one-off designs. I like the whole re-use/re-cycle ethic and this kind of ‘up-cycling’ of trash into high-value objects via the application of imagination and design certainly appeals. Maybe because it parallels what fiction writers like me try to do – up-cycle words into attractive, interesting, attention-grabbing narratives?

The story, anyway, is on the BBC website as ‘The fashion for turning junk into art‘ (26 June 2012).

  1. Jane Sinson
    June 27, 2012 at 8:14 am

    The Royal Armouries in Leeds will be putting the Vampire kit on display later this year according to their statement on the local news. The kit was shown on the local TV news and it does seem fascinating. I was intrigued by it, but I am not sure that I really want to go the museum. I have just about managed to avoid it over the years it has been in Leeds. I was surprised that the Dracula museum in Whitby did not try to purchase it, maybe it did but was outbid by the Armouries. I would have thought Whitby are more appropriate home for the kit.

  2. June 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I certainly agree the Dracula Museum would be a good place for it. Maybe with museums lending and borrowing exhibits, it will be on show there at some point – that would be cool.

    Breadcrumb for those who are interested: the ‘Dracula Museum’ is formally named Bram Stoker’s Dracula Experience, at 9 Marine Parade, Whitby – http://www.draculaexperience.co.uk.

  3. June 30, 2012 at 6:14 am

    hehe. I’ve been talking about recycling and upcycling on my blog this week too at http://pookledo.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/recycling-and-upcycling.html and http://pookledo.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/thrift-store-blog-hop.html

  4. June 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Hi Sarah – good to see you here! Liked your examples of how to reuse stuff, and how sometimes a ‘defect’ in something can be a useful feature.

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