GIPM is back, and it’s as green and independent as before. If you’re new, this series is where I try to curate the coolest work from independent artisans around the web. Great for them and great for you! This month we’ve got creative wildlife illustrations, upcycled iPad cases, and a stylish case for your bicycle tools.
Audubon-Inspired Digital Collages by Jason LaFerrera
Jason LaFerrera is a math and computer science student at Columbia University, but he says his memoir would be titled Should Have Gone to Art School. Inspired by the work of John Audubon, he creates digital wildlife collages. A unique feature is his use of maps; for example, Le Pigeon de Paris is made with historical maps of Paris, and California Grizzly Bear is cut from maps of the Golden State. Prints range from $40 to $250.
Upcycled Seatbelt Bags and Wallets by Interrobang
There are plenty of companies making recycled bags an iPad cases, but Melbourne-based Interrobang combines form and function in a unique way. Part of the fascination comes from taking a completely utilitarian product–a seatbelt–and crafting it into something attractive yet still indestructible. iPad sleeves start at $18, wallets at $20, and handbags at $45.
Mopha Bike Tool Roll by E.H. Works
E.H. Works is a design and development studio specializing in functional, expertly crafted products. Their latest creation is the Mopha Tool Roll, a stylish way to carry your bike gear on the morning commute or the cross-country expedition.
[Founder Erica Hanson] told us the Tool Roll was born out
of a desire by a few members of a cycling group, known as Mopha, who wanted a simple and highly functional way to carry their bike tools…She delivered a straightforward form comprised of rolled canvas, leather trim and vintage toe strap that allows for maximum utility. “No more chaffing velcro, synthetic zippers and fabric, and black-hole searches through something manufactured far from home,” says Erica.
Useful, handsome, and well-crafted… Isn’t it interesting that the revival of an “old” form of transportation can inspire classic creativity? This piece of creativity is priced at $44.
I’m always looking for new green products to feature. If you have any tips, go ahead and hit me up @thegreenlens or here.