You know we love upcycled birdhouses around here, so when Brian from Gadget Sponge emailed to tell us about his creations, we were pleased as punch!
Artist Brian Carlisle turns found objects into beautiful, upcycled birdhouses. Each of his birdhouse is a one-of-a-kind work of art. While the metal birdhouses are for decorative use, you can use them as a traditional birdhouse if you keep them out of direct sunlight and cold winds. How lovely would these look on a covered patio or front porch?
Brian took some time to answer a few of our questions about what he does, why he does it, and what inspires him!
gUP: What inspires you to make your birdhouses?
Brian Carlisle: Many things inspire me when making the birdhouses. Knowing that I'm rescuing things from the landfill to hopefully give them a longer lifespan than originally intended. Encouraging the public to think about our birds, wildlife and nature and to keep in mind or daily affect on them. And lastly, just getting excited each time wondering where each item will take the next birdhouse to completion. By trade, I'm a professional graphic design of almost 20 years. So design is always in my mind as far as the composition of the pieces.
gUP: Can you tell me a little bit about how you source your materials?
BC: Most of my materials come from thrift shops, antique shops, friends and family. Most of the time, it's the things that have been sitting on a shelf forever either in a shop or in someone's home with no future.
gUP: What draws you to upcycling?
BC: I find it very satisfying reusing the things that have either met the end of their intended purpose or reusing items in totally new and creative ways.
gUP: Do you have a crafty hero?
BC: My crafty hero is probably made up of a lot of people. Most of the time, it's whoever I've been exposed to recently. When I see someone doing really creative work and exploring new ideas in art, it really pushes me to try even harder to push the envelope within the creative work I do. One of my dear friends, Chris Broussard, has been a professional artists for many, many years. She works in several different mediums. Her work, her enthusiasm and creativity have always been a source of enjoyment for me. If I had to pick one person, it would be her. I can always go to her to bounce ideas off or to get an honest opinion when my creativity is stuck.
gUP: Where can folks find your work?
Photos via Gadget Sponge.