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What To Do With Your Old Cassettes? Make Art, Of Course

Ghost in the Machine- Lauryn Hill

As creative as I like to think I am, I’m nowhere near THIS creative. Seriously, whenever I come across old cassettes, the only thoughts that come up are memories of when they were bought or recorded. I distinctly remember shushing people who came in my room when I was trying to record music from my favorite radio station onto cassettes. These days though, we no longer own a cassette player, nor do we know how to recycle the ones we find. And I, like most people, still defer to traditional recycling methods. Ie. The recycling bin. God bless the people who find grander uses for everyday objects. Artist Erika Iris Simmons is one of those people.

The Dance

She is a self-taught artist from right here in Atlanta who creates amazing portraits and images from old cassette tapes and other recycled and repurposed materials. She was inspired to do this one day in 2008 while waiting tables. In her own words:

I love the nostalgia of the archaic and I hope that not everything which has outlived its use goes to waste.

I am in awe of the talent it takes to create recognizable portraits at all, but to do them with these mediums? I genuinely want one of these in my home as an homage both to my and my husband’s love of music, but also to the idea that beautiful things don’t have to come from raw materials. This one is in my sights:

Ghost in the Machine- Bob Marley

My hubby (a.k.a. the reggae artist) would love it.

You can see more of Erika’s work in her Flickr portfolio, and you can email her about which ones are for sale or for custom work.

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I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.

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