eco flowers by lauren karnitz

by Kate Pruitt

I’m always trying to come up with interesting new ways of using recycled materials, but honestly, sometimes I have a hard time seeing an old milk jug or bread tag as anything beyond a chunk of plastic. It’s great to encounter an artist who has a vision for these mundane materials, especially one who executes her ideas so successfully. These eco-flower corsages and brooches by artist Lauren Karnitz manage to pull off looking very pretty and very weird at the same time, which I love. It’s fun to peer closer and try to determine which everyday objects she’s manipulated to create each detail — pencil shavings, plastic bottle bases, buttons and more. You can see more of Lauren’s artwork by visiting her site. — Kate

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