Paper Bookmarks made by Upcycling – Free Handmade Bookmarks

Upcycling* is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value and the movement was started back in the 1990’s.

A selection of bookmarks hand-crafted over the past six months:

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Purchase of any of our journals, notebooks or sketchbooks and you can choose one free with each book as a thank you for your purchase.** Subject to prior sale because we usually only have one of each available but we will have others to choose from. Because the selection is always changing let us know what color or colors you like and we will choose one to send you with your purchase.

To get what you want let us know what you like by choosing as many of the four choices listed below to help us select one for you:

1. Color

2. Brands such as Cheerios; Kellogg’s; Post; Ritz; Lipton; Bigelow and many others. Or no brand just design.

3. Designs, patterns or shapes like circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, ovals, lines, photographs, drawings, illustrations, etc. Soft design, hard design, traditional design, contemporary or classical layout.

4. Size – overall length range:

  • Small is about 3 to 5 inches long
  • Medium is about 6 to 8 inches long
  • Large is about 9 to 12 inches long

The width of each bookmark varies but most are in the 1 inch to 3 inch wide range. So the overall size of the bookmarks range from about 1 inch wide or more, to less than 12 inches long. The handmade bookmark free offer is subject to change and termination.

** The free bookmark offer applies to any journals, notebooks or sketchbooks we send you from our inventory and not any you purchase through our site from someone else.


Upcycling in art

The tradition of reusing found objects (objet trouvé) in mainstream art came of age sporadically through the 20th century, although it has long been a means of production in folk art. The Amish quilt, for example, came about through reapplication of salvaged fabric. Simon Rodia’s Watts Tower (1921-1954) in Los Angeles exemplifies upcycling of scrape metal, pottery and broken glass on a grand scale; it consists of 17 structures, the tallest reaching over 30 meters into the Watts skyline. Intellectually, upcycling bears some resemblance to the ready-made art of Marcel Duchamp and the Dadaists. Duchamp’s “Bicycle Wheel” (1913), a front wheel and fork attached to a common stool, is among the earliest of these works, while “Fountain” (1917), a common urinal purchased at a hardware store, is arguably his best-known work. Pablo Picasso’s “Bull’s Head” (1942), a sculpture made from a discarded bicycle saddle and handlebars, is the Spanish painter’s sly nod to the Dadists. Throughout the mid-century the artist Joseph Cornell fabricated collages and boxed assemblage works from old books, found objects and ephemera. Robert Rauschenberg collected trash and disused objects, first in Morocco and later on the streets of New York, to incorporate into his art works.

Creative reuse is the process of taking used or recycled materials and turning them into creative pieces of art, home decoration, or other useful items. It is popularly known as upcycling. Although often associated with use of throwaways from commercial offices, creative reuse projects can be big or small and can be made from anything that would otherwise have been thrown away. Creative reuse can be items or artwork that are sold for profit, for non-profit causes, or just for fun.   From Wikipedia


* The first recorded use of the term upcycling was by Reiner Pilz of Pilz GmbH in an article by Thornton Kay of Salvo in 1994.

All measurements are appropriate and all brands and colors are not available all the time. All bookmarks are subject to availability.

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** The free bookmark offer applies to any journals, notebooks or sketchbooks we send you from our inventory and not any you purchase through our site from someone else.