End Product’s

Poster series

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A series of 4 posters designed to pormote and create awareness of materials and processes. Includes work by famous artists Nel Linssen, Atelier Ted Noten and Karl Fritsch. Research into materials, processes, uses and my product.



I ended up making a set of 7 butterflys, all different and all from different brands of drink. The two Tango cans were made from steel rather then aluminium and proved harder to work with. The design was based upon a butterfly collection and serves to promote upcycling as a means of reusing waste and discourage littering. It promotes a better enviroment and good practices.

  • Materials:

Aluminium and Steel cans, thread, paper, ink, printer

  • Processes:

embossing, cutting, stitching


I am pleased with my final product made from my chosen material, i think they are of a quite high standard and use the materials in an interesting way and with a different process. I found it difficult to fit all of my information onto the poster, ideally i would have liked to cut more text out and simplified the posters. More white space and better layout.

I think if i was to design the posters again i would go with my earlier ‘3D’ designs for the poster, they looked much better digitally and i think the simpleness and stylish tilt shifted image in the background worked well.

I like the use of colours, i tried to keep it inkeeping with the museum, use of colours, shapes etc. Striking to look at, but i feel far too over crowded for my liking. Unfortunatly i realyl struggled coming up with a design i was happy with and had to sebtle or i would be getting nowhere.


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My Chosen Material and Process

For my chosen material i decided to use Aluminium and Steel cans. My concept for my designs is to follow the idea of UPCYCLING.

The idea of upcyling rather then recycling is to INCREASE the value of the material as well as save resources such as energy, reduce polution, waste etc. During recycling materials often loose quality stage by stage eventually becoming worthles waste material.

Upcycling stops this by reusing materials in a positive and benefical way.


I chose to use cans due to their abundance and the visual impact of using a materials so recognisable in such and new and different way.


The materials was suprisingly easy to work with and i found alot of guide online from several upcycling websites. I found using scissors rather then a knife gave a much cleaner cut. Not only this but it was smooth to the touch stopping any issues of having the end product being too sharp to touch.

Cutting in a continuous curve also helped with this problem.

I found cutting under water also helped reduce the mess and keep track of the spare bits of metal, as well as gving strength to the cans while i was cutting them.

My process also involved EMBOSSING, CUTTING, and STICKING.

In order to get my sheets of metal to stay flat i found that i could run them against their curve on the front of the sink, this countered the curve of the can.

As well as making object i experimented with making the cans into block printers to create printed posters or cards.

Making butterfly to highlight the issues of items such as CANS and other rubbish being left, promoting upcylcing.

I also experimented by making many other objects from a neckalce using old PC parts to a venus fly trap plant out of tin, highlighting the issues of littering.

Food from trash, making sushi out of cans and plastic bags to highlight the issues of sea polution.


Inspired by the amazing pieces of art created out of waste, i decided to make my own objects for this brief. I made objects such as, a penguin (was made too!) dice, flowers and toys.



I liked the idea and Kate seemed like it too.

I researched into real butterfly collections, looking at the types of frames, typography and naming methods. I wanted to try and recreate this using cans. I sew the butterfly shapes i cut out onto card and took photgraphs of them, i stuck on some labels using a similar typegace to that which i found on real butterfly collections.

while i did dearch for an accepted norm for a style convetion, i did not really find a consistant method that worked for me.

I settled on a generic serif font as used on the examples i came accross. I also made up fittign names forthe butterflys based on the type of can used in the process, tango, cola etc using the same latin used for real classification. The meanings o went with pointed out that fact that they were made from abandoned rubbish enthesisign the need for upcycling, or at least some positive enviromental action.

I felt not only was this a good use of waste materials, it also looked good!

I created templates on tracing paper as it is strogner then normal paper and meant i could re emboss several cans using the same pattern. Potentialy this could easily be made into a mass production, or at least sped up with die cutters and made into a commertial project.



Expaning on my Flower idea which i also liked i experimenting in making something a bit more ME, i chose to make a venus flytrap inspired by the flowers in super mario game.

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Pros and Cons of Recycled, Repurposed Materials

Recycling aluminum cans has its advantages and disadvantages. Many communities make it easier and more beneficial to recycle cans than others. The whole aluminum can recycling industry began about 37 years ago. Since then, millions of tons of aluminum cans have been recycled throughout America. Although recycling aluminum cans has many advantages, there are some disadvantages that deter consumers from recycling.


  • You are helping the environment.
  • Respect.
  • Recycling reduces material destined for landfills.
  • Re-introduces a commodity that can be reused instead of being freshly made.
  • Provides a extra source of income,every little bit counts nowadays.


  • People think it is “beneath them to gather cans.
  • Those with limited space will tend not to recycle.
  • Some think its not worth the hassle.
  • Aluminum cans must be kept separate from regular trash.

Environmental Impact

  • Aluminum cans take quite a while to biodegrade, which means they will take up space in landfills. Also, the processes that go into producing aluminum cans have a greater impact on the environment than the processes to recycle aluminum cans. Fewer factories means less pollution.


  • I very much like the idea of turning waste materials into something unexpected, i guess i have been influenced by the exhibit. The idea of creating worth out of nothing, or creating somthing unique and almost strange to people out of an ordinary object or process intrigues me.
  • Plentiful materials, I have been collecting cans for a few weeks now and have a fair few, luckily the material is readily availible. I also started collecting glass bottles and have found a supermarket willing to let me take away corrugated card to use on a project. This is quite important as it means i will have the materials availible to experiment with, furthermore they are safe and easy to handle materials that i can use in my home, without need for specialist equipment.


Looking into this subject I came across the term Upcycling, I decided to look further into this concept as this was closer to the goal I had in mind.


Since 1972, billions of aluminum cans have been recycled. It is estimated that 53 million pounds worth of cans were recycled in that year, a number that is succeeded weekly these days in America. On average, an aluminum can that gets recycled will be sitting back on a store shelf within 60 days.

Fact 2

Napoleon Bonaparte’s military campaign during the turn of the 19th century helped to spark food packaging innovations when he offered a reward for anyone who could find a way to preserve food for his hungry troops. In 1810, French citizen Nicholas Appert won 12,000 francs from Napoleon when he developed a method for storing food in glass jars. The same year, Englishman Peter Durand patented a design for an iron can with tin plating and lead soldering. Fast forward 100 years to 1922: the process of can crimping was introduced to tin can manufacturing and by the mid-1950s, tin cans no longer used lead solder but instead consisted of two or three pieces of tin-plated steel crimped together to form an air-tight seal.