I’m always on the look out for unique upcycle design pieces. Until now upcycleDZINE has published 514 posts showing original upcycle design made out of so many different kinds of objects and materials. Every time I wonder if designers will come up with new ways to upcycle. Lots of times the design is made by giving an object a new function. And today’s featured design is also about an object given a second life, but in a very interesting way.
Embroidery hangs on to racket strings
In this case the object used for upcycling is a vintage tennis or badminton racket. It keeps its original shape but gets a new function by being used as a frame for the beautiful and time-consuming craft of embroidery. The collection is called ‘What a Racket‘ and is designed by Danielle Clough.
She’s a creative multi-talent [photographer-designer-vj-embroiderer], borne and raised in Cape Town | South Africa who completed her studies in art direction and graphic design at the Red and Yellow School before she started in visual art, digital design and ‘thing-making’.
Seeing the embroidery collection I was immediately intrigued. Not only as a graphic designer liking the colorful threads used to create those vivid flower embroideries. But also as someone who played tennis since I was a kid and having some old rackets stashed away. It’s just stunning to see this embroidery collection in the way those different flowers hang on to the strings of these almost forgotten rackets. And yes, being Dutch, I have a soft spot for the tulips racket.
Photos © Danielle Clough
Looking at these vintage tennis rackets it’s incredible that people could play tennis with them having such a small size. And who would have thought that a vintage racket could be turned into a rich detailed piece of art.
If you want to see much more artful embroidery, you should visit the gallery.
Would be nice to see a tulips version with a vintage tennis racket like the famous Dunlop Maxply.
Design by Danielle Clough | Instagram
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