Turning Scraps Into Art

Last spring, when Remodelista editor Alexa was visiting the home of French ceramicist Cécile Daladier, a delicate, decorated loop of wire in the corner of the studio caught her eye. It was a garland Daladier made by adding flecks of tiny fabric scraps to a utilitarian loop of wire from the hardware store.

Much like Daladier’s tree branch decorated in pieces of plastic as a political statement about refuse and trees in Paris, the wire garland is her way of turning scraps into art, which Alexa believes is the sign of a true artist.

Above: Photograph by Natalie Weiss for Remodelista.

Above: Daladier unfurls the garland to display its impressive length. She describes how she’ll use it as everyday decor, for parties and other events, and during the holidays. Photograph by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista.

Do you have a creative means to reuse scraps of fabric?

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Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Remodelista, for Sharing this!

Mac C.
mac C.2 years ago

I think it's very nice--- also her tree... thanks for the link to the article. I always enjoy your articles. Thank you!

Dimitris Dallis
Dimitris Dallis2 years ago


Rose Becke2 years ago

Great stuff

Mary B.
Mary B.2 years ago

I've tied light gauzzy strips onto string that I've strung around my garden beds to deter the deer and rabbits. Works best when combined with shinny or spinning objects. The most fun part is cranking up an Irish broug and telling people I do it for the pleasure of the Fairies.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 years ago


Marija Mohoric
Maria Mohoric2 years ago

tks for sharing

Sonali G.
Sonali G.2 years ago

When I was a student I created a lot of sculpture out of other people's discarded objects. It is amazing what you can do with a bit of imagination and ingenuity. At the end of the day I only sold a couple of pieces as no body was really keen to have chunks of metal or 'ex junk' littering their precious living spaces. It was still fun though and I would recommend it for this purpose only. Trying to earn a living from it sucks big time.

Mary T.
Mary T.2 years ago

interesting , thank you

Helen Krummenacker

I'd rather know how to make a rag rug.