I have always recycled or found other purposes for an already existing item. As I get older the desire to reduce my carbon foot print and to live a sustainable life becomes greater. I love the idea of upcycling. Taking something old or discarded and altering it into something more practical or enjoyable. I recently went to a local thrift store and found a small purse with a silver chain strap with Gucci imprinted on it. I doubted its authenticity but purchased it anyway because it was just the size purse I was looking for.
Curious as whether or not it was authentic I googled the purse but came up with nothing. No worries, I had other plans. The original chain had to go. Every time I put the purse on, the chain(very cool I might add) ripped my hair out. Not thrilled about the prospect of going bald, I swapped out the original chain for a more scalp friendly version. I had painted the rest with gold and silver paints and accented it with leaves(things I have been attracted to and inspired by lately).
I painted both sides. I am pretty pleased with how it turned it.