Recycled Art as a tool for the recovery process of people with mental illness


Art as a Therapy… 5
The Link between Mental Illness and Creativity… 7

“Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity.”

Herman Melville, “Billy Budd, Sailor”

Recovery Process of People with Mental Illness… 11
Upcycling People and Things… 14

I confess when I founded reestore and started upcycling, I was completely focused on the environmental benefits. Recently, however, I’ve realized that the process of making, tinkering and upcycling is actually very beneficial to many in terms of rehabilitation, mental health issues and, of course, inspiring the next generation of designers and engineers.

Max McMurdo, entrepreneur, founder of reestore upcycling company

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Recycled Art… 18
Showcasing the Power of Art… 21
Mental health and arts celebration… 23

Artcycling, EU


Sustainable and inclusive decorative arts (ReCycled)

The Art Cycling project intends to build a cooperative of decorative art creators, formed by mixed-ability artists, coming from different socio-economic backgrounds, life situations, with and without disabilities, but sharing the critical vision of upcycling and willingness to reduce the environmental impact of manufacture.

Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Apr 30, 2018

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