Amazing Recycling by Natasha Vanderzwan
I first encountered Natasha Vanderzwan when a woman named Ann shared a recycled creation by Natasha on my Re-Scape Facebook page.
I was astounded at the size of the great big bear as well as what it was composed of…old fencing and recycled junk mail.
Amazing recycling shares would soon follow.
How it All Started
Natasha started making recycled art at the urging of her parents when the Langley Art Council (located near her hometown of Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada) put out a newspaper call for upcycled pieces. This wonderful tugboat was “born”. Natasha expains “It is made from an old tool box, oil can and scrap metal. I used an old license plate for the letters and numbers.”
Natasha won 2nd place in the competition. That was 5 years ago, and so it began.
Here is a clip on the TV Interview with the Langley Times
Natasha’s next creation: A Pirate Ship!
Natasha’s next creation was a Pirate Ship! This big, bold and beautiful piece of recycled materials is fantastic! The creativity in this project is noteworthy. In Natasha’s words “This is a pirate ship made from a rusty old wheel barrow. The flags were made from an old oil drum and strap copper wire. It had a lot of extra detail including copper canons and ball bearings as ammunition. There are stained glass windows and a full treasure chest.”
An Eagle in the Sky? No, Another Natasha Creation!
Natasha created an Eagle from scrap copper and tin cans. The base is an old fence post that still had the barbed wire on it. The recycling talent here is immense. This woman sure knows how to turn trash into treasure.
it’s as if an eagle just landed on a fence post.
About Natasha in her own words.
“I live in Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada. I am 43 years old. I started upcycling because the Langley Art Council in my hometown put out a call for artist to submit up cycle pieces in the newspaper. I have tried many different art forms but I really enjoy the challenges of upcycling. There are so many different materials and endless possibilities. All it takes is your time. I do upcycle projects part time.”
Well I know we’re glad we found you Natasha…or you found us. Re-Scape will enjoy all your future creations!