Recycling Clothing from Closets for Contemporary Textile Sculptures and Decorative Pillows

art sculptures made with used clothes
Colorful sculptures made with used clothes, recycling textiles and fabrics



There are a lot of useless things in every closet or home wardrobe. Storage spaces, stuffed with old clothing, look small and unkempt. If you decide to get rid of clutter, organize your closet, and start clutter-free life, or if you want to sell your property and need to declutter your house, simple changes bring a fantastic improvement. Old clothing can help others or can be recycled. Cleaning of clutter provides material for contemporary textile sculptures made of used clothes. Artists recycle jeans and old clothing and create impressive textile installations from second-hand clothes. Carefully folded and stacked used clothes and textile look colorful and entertaining.

Contemporary textile artworks take the form of wedges, columns, walls, curves, and exciting enclosures. Creative second-hand textile installations that look like large geometric shapes encourage people to get rid of clutter and recycle jeans and old clothing from their cluttered closet shelves.

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New York artist Derick Melander, explained his way of dealing with used clothes. His approach to the design of old clothing and second-hand textile is a creative and unique way to recycle jeans and old clothing.

Each design, made of second-hand clothes, feels personal. Old clothes show wear, fade, stains, and stretches that say many people who had these old clothing before.

One textile sculpture may require up to two tons of second-hand clothes. Huge contemporary unique designs demonstrate that people continue clearing clutter in their closets regularly. Artists say that used textile sculptures are a unique way to interact with people by old clothing that can tell stories about people’s busy lives, work, and interests.

Contemporary second-hand textile sculptures are a new way of finding the connection between personal life and the world outside. Artists create textile installations that recycle used clothing from closet shelves and give a chance to look at the conflict between the self and society. Old clothing is recording people’s presence in the world. Second-hand textile installations are tracking people’s activities, characters, and preferences.

The artist folds used clothes to exact desired dimensions, slowly building the textile sculpture. Each contemporary design made of clutter has its color scheme and texture. To design with clutter items, the textile sculptor sorts old clothing and textiles by color and gender. Old clothing items connect with shirt sleeves, pant legs, and belts to form secondhand textile sculptures.

Folding used clothes and stacking add layers of particular meaning to each design made of old clothes, says the contemporary artist.  Used clothing items have spots and hand-sewn repairs. Some donated-to-recycle jeans and old clothing have names written inside the collar or belt.

Old clothing and second-hand textile garments feel like a collective portrait of society. Old clothing and second-hand textile garments get compressed to shape the design the community is creating.
Contemporary textile sculptures symbolize the conflict between a person and society. And maybe the inner conflict with the person inside for whom getting rid of clutter from the closet became a problem. Each contemporary textile sculpture is made of used clothes and feels personal. Each textile installation represents people, symbolizes a single life and the society, reflecting intimate, emotional moments and world events.

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Colorful sculptures made with used clothes, recycling textiles

These fantastic, colorful, and impressive textile sculptures and art installations are made of used clothes also. Guerra de la Paz, is the composite name of Cuban born, American artist duo Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz. The artists work in Miami. Their artworks reference the politics of modern conflict and consumerism. The artists often use old clothing to build their sculptures, turning second-hand goods and discarded items into contemporary art installations.

Recycle jeans and jackets for decorative pillows

Another smart idea that helps to declutter homes is to recycle jeans or old clothing with sleeves, making soft cushions or Alphabet Pillows. Old shirts, dresses, jeans, and jackets are perfect materials to decorate a home while getting rid of clutter. Pillows, designed of closet cluttering items, are unique, frugal, and creative decorations. Cute cushions with buttons and pockets make functional, eco-friendly, and original home accents.

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  by Ena Russ   

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