Nadia Belalia Upcycles Kitchen Colanders Into Steampunk Lamp Shades and Fans
Transforming a colander into a funky lamp shade is one of the oldest tricks in the DIY book, but sculptor and designer Nadia Belalia takes upcycling to an entirely new level with her collection of steampunk-style light fixtures. Belalia, who makes it her mission to primarily use recycled and reclaimed materials, cuts and sculpts colanders and scrubbers into elegantly curved light installations that she brought to this year's BKLYN Designs. These upcycled lamps are so skillfully constructed that it's almost impossible to see how these high-end art pieces had a former life as a kitchen colander.
A self-taught artist, Belalia collects all kinds of discarded materials, from bones to driftwood, to incorporate into her sculptural works. "I like to take materials out of their context and explore their endless possibilities," says Belalia, while emphasizing how important it is to see beauty in all objects. She adds that because we live in a society of mass production and consumerism, recycling products is not only made easier, but is a moral necessity.
In keeping with her philosophy of upcycling, the bases for Belalia's table top fan lamps are constructed out of vintage table fans from the 1920s. Since the old fans were no longer functional, Belalia replaced the motor with a socket to plug in a light source instead. She popped on a reflector recycled from burned out spotlights and then arranged curved, cut-out colander pieces like flower petals around the center light. If you're in the DUMBO region this weekend, be sure to check out more of Belalia's upcycled lamps and works at the BKLYN Designs exhibition!
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