We all know that music today is almost completely digital, but this doesn’t mean there aren’t some inventive uses for your old record, CD and tape stocks. And is there anything more visually wonderful than music cover art?
Melbourne homewares expert Brianna O’Neil said it doesn’t necessarily mean that your precious collection gets damaged in the process.
"The great thing about the digital print process is that a camera phone or low cost flatbed scanner can take your old vinyl from gathering dust to being a statement homewares piece in no time,” said Ms O'Neil.
"Most craft projects using your music collection only require a limited amount of skill," she said, “but if you are savvy at image manipulation software such as Photoshop, it will allow you to be more creative.”
“The other great news is that many of the projects can be low cost and end up being a great reflection of your individual personality.”
“And what else mirrors your personality like your music collection?”
Ms O’Neil recommended the following projects to bring your music collection out of the dust.
• For the novice – take a scan of your favourite album cover and upload it to digital cushion printer at your local Big W or Harvey Norman.
• For the slightly creative – Flatten a series of cassette tape inserts to reveal the perforation and die cut holes. Frame and hang as a set.
• For the somewhat adventurous – Take an old vinyl you no longer want and insert a clock mechanism (these can be purchased on eBay or in craft stores) through the centre. Add hands and it’s ready to hang.
• For the serious music lover – Construct a simple cube using timber from your local hardware store. Glue digitally printed album covers to fit each face of the cube and cover with clear lacquer. Finish with a cushion on top.
• For the music aficionado – make a mosaic of your music collection in software such as photoshop, indesign or an alternative low cost page layout program to be digitally printed on wallpaper. This makes a serious feature wall for a recording studio or listening room.
“There is no end to what can be achieved using old records, tapes and CDs to create decorative pieces for the home, as their idiosyncrasies are what makes them special. The only limit is your imagination.”
More design and decorating tips are available from www.hibernatedesign.com.au
Brianna O’Neil has 12 years of experience in the design industry in Australia and London having worked as a Graphic Designer, Homewares Designer and Property Stylist. She is the director of online art and homewares store, hibernate.
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Ms. Brianna O’Neil
hibernate is a Melbourne based and art and homewares online store. We specialise on typographic interpretations of iconic artists and musicians.
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