Found objects and recycled materials can be a great inspiration for monster sculptures. This week I facilitated a workshop with high school students who were studying Frankenstein. Their assignment was to make their own monster from recycled materials. I shared examples of monster sculptures made by many artists, and then the students toured five stations where they learned how to manipulate different types of recycled materials.
Five Stations Offered in Trashmagination’s Monster Making Workshop
- Take-apart – stuffed toys & electronics
- Plastic caps – drilling, making spines, sewing on a button
- Braiding and weaving plastic bags
- Ironing plastic bags with parchment paper
- Cutting plastic milk jugs
Artists Who Make Monster Sculptures from Recycled Materials
Lexy Ho-Tai makes monster costumes that are worn in performances and parades. She calls them the Kookers and they are from Kookerville. They are very colorful costumes. She often wraps fibers around long tubes which wrap around the body. She crochets plastic as well.
Callum Donovan Grujicich is 12 years old and his sculptures incorporate metal and other trash objects he finds. He uses a wire armature and clay to make the bodies and he hand-sews all the clothes.
Florencia Salibián makes monster sculptures from plastic bottles which she called Guardadores Monstruosos or Monster Guardians. They look like a two-liter bottle which has a mouth cut out and then the whole thing is covered with papier-mache and painted in bright colors.
Jennifer Strunge is Cotton Monster and she sews her monsters from clothing she gets a thrift stores. She has sea monsters, space monsters and even just eye-balls.
Hiroshi Fuji makes dinosaur-like monsters from thousands of tiny plastic objects – I would guess mostly toys?
Hillary Goodwin has a family tradition where she makes a monster from a recycled stuffed animal or recycled clothing for her kids each birthday and Christmas.
- Script for this podcast episode about making monsters from recycled materials (not a transcript but gives the main ideas)
- The Trashmagination podcast theme music is Kitchen from the Marian Circle Drum Brigade.