2013 artists and artwork

Brisbane City Council's 2013 Tip Shop Art Competition includes 18 artworks made from recycled items from Brisbane's Tip Shops. Read about the artists and their works:

Bec Peart and Martin Pedder

Bec Peart and Martin Pedder have collaborated creatively for nearly two decades, producing props for gala balls, a retail outlet and costume conventions. Both artists see potential in reclaimed materials. A strong interest in history draws them to old and discarded items that have their own story to bring to their creations. Their style has been likened to ‘Steam punk’ and ‘Neo-Victoriana’, and they work in various mediums including found objects, jewellery, home wares, props and costume. Martin is a graduate of NIDA’s Production Crafts theatre course and Bec has a background in Commercial Art. The combined talents of this dynamic partnership bring together Martin’s use of large scale and theatrical and Bec’s use of design, detail and fashion.

Junkalina and the Clockingbird

How many different objects can you find in this artwork?

The story of Junkalina is how an unwanted pile of objects can be transformed into something beautiful and fascinating. Just as the phoenix rose from ashes, Junkalina emerges from the discarded items at the Tip Shop! As artists we have always seen the aesthetic potential in everyday items, to be recreated and re-purposed. Junkalina is our way of trying to promote this thought of sustainability and recycling to all that see her.

Centre of Creative Arts 

The Centre of Creative Arts (CCA) - Eight Mile Plains group is a group of nine aspiring artists with disabilities, with ages ranging from 18 to 60. The CCA artists work in a range of mediums including painting, drawing, surface decoration, sewing, weaving, textile, sculpture, wearable art, ceramics and recycled mixed media. Artists participate in every level of the art-making process from research, planning, core fundamental skills, studio preparation, designing, production and display. The Centre has a long and colourful exhibition history, including exhibits in fashion, fibre, sculpture, quilting, textile and mural. It was also Winner in the Judges Choice Prize – ART U Wear Competition – Textile Art Festival ‘Woven Rainbow Fairy’.

Plastic Lights

Focussing on creating artwork with recycled materials, the Centre of Creative Arts has created three unique and functional lamps using repurposed plastic containers from Brisbane’s Tip Shop. They have combined weaving, wrapping and beading techniques to create Plastic Lights for your enjoyment.

Deb Magee 

Deb Magee is a 3D assemblage potter and sculptor, working in found and recycled objects. Deb finds inspiration in tactile and functional forms and has a fascination with connected and assembled shapes. As a global traveller, Deb’s experiences with the diversity and assemblage of many different nationalities shows in her 3-dimensional assemblage works where she uses found objects and their attachment to each other, to tell a story. Deb recently returned to Australia after living in Dubai for an extended time, where she engaged in many arts and cultural classes, groups and workshops. She continues studying a Fine Arts Certificate at Brisbane Institute of Art.

Elemental Bar

Steampunk is more than just brass and watch parts. It's finding a way to combine the past and the future in an aesthetically pleasing yet functional way.

This set of bedside tables inspired me to create a Steampunk Bar that shows a life that looks old-fashioned, yet speaks to the future.

It's taking the detritus of our modern society and remaking it into a useful thing combining the old romanticism of the Victorians with our real present and imagined future.

Fatima Schelfisch 

Fatima is inspired by collage sculpture and works with found objects and wood, modified with cut or shaped printed or painted images. She enjoys the challenge of using and modifying ready-made objects to create an object that looks unified and is more than the sum of its parts. An early passion for printmaking and print media gave Fatima an appreciation of the technical side of making art and a love of all the materials, tools and machinery involved. Fatima currently lives in Brisbane, she has also lived and worked Tasmania and South Australia. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and print awards in Brisbane, also nationally and internationally. She also has work in national and international collections.

The Post-Development Prophet Table

Fatima's creative process is to gather together objects and images of interest, cut-up large objects, dismantle complex objects and arrange them on a board, then re-arrange and repeat. This process continues until she is satisfied that all areas of the finished piece have been touched or marked in some way to establish ownership. Some areas may require buffing or some other intense interference to complete the process.

Hiroshi Uchida 

Hiroshi Uchida works in wood, metal and reclaimed materials. He is an industrial designer and landscape architect. He enjoys creating sculptures and unique furniture and creating playful yet meaningful objects. His three key inspirations are materiality, recycling and play. Every material contains different aspects, his aim is to understand how to create the most beautiful and meaningful object, while using the original character of the material. Hiroshi also values recycling and believes in the importance of everyday objects that are readily available and easily used and recycled by everyone. He believes that artworks with interactive elements, vivid colours or forms have a larger impact on any audience. Hiroshi has entered numerous design awards and competitions and won awards in Australia and Japan.


I tried to realise reflections of a life in Brisbane since my arrival in 1995. By transforming recycled materials from the Tip Shop; the golf clubs, baby chair, Venetian blinds and clothes, I tried to convey how life can be unpredictable. Life is not always easy but often quite fun, especially with family.

June Haewon 

June Haewon likes to draw inspirations from human beings, their thoughts, ways of interpreting events surrounding their life and subconscious or intentional behaviour. She likes to communicate with people through art. June usually works in acrylic painting on hardboard and has recently started ceramic painting.
June briefly attended Ecole Superieure Nationale des Beaux Arts in 2003 before starting as a self study artist. She has participated in group exhibitions in Sydney and Seoul.

Same Again

This artwork has been made of a scanner, which supposedly once made the owner happy when properly working. The cover and transparent glass of the scanner gave me the idea of making it into a kind of photo box or memory box. The box was finished with acrylic painting of various colours.

Karl de Waal 

Karl de Waal spent his youth rummaging through council collections and works with found materials, found objects and assemblage. The spirit of Karl’s work is embedded in a Dada mind frame. He likes playing with odd and peculiar materials and utilizing whimsical methods of assemblage construction to build form. He likes to conceptually link his work through the art of 3D collage. Karl has had extensive individual and group exhibitions in Australia and has been a successful finalist in many art competitions. He has works in several Australian collections and has been commissioned to create sculptures for Brisbane clients. Karl studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts and teaches sculpture at the Brisbane Institute of Art.

The Camping Trip

I walked into the tip shop with no particular objects in mind. I discovered what I thought was an old canvas hammock but was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be a double bunk camping bed. I immediately thought of Kienholz’s The State Hospital. Through the process of responding to the found material and playfully looking at different outcomes the final sculpture was realised.

KT Doyle

KT Doyle is an artist and designer specialising in surface design, sustainable solutions for wallpaper and textiles, limited edition original artworks and artwork for the built environment. She works in wood, fabrics and textiles, digital printing, lights and wallpaper.

KT's recent projects refer to the stories found in some of Brisbane’s historical sites, such as the City Gardens and Tank Street precinct. She aims to bring a wider awareness to lesser known people and places in our city, believing that by learning about our predecessors we can develop a stronger connection to our city now.

In 2009, KT received a SignatureBrisbane Seed Grant, was a finalist in Queensland Design on Show, and in 2010 was granted a Janet Holmes a Court Artists’ Grant, and named a finalist in the Desktop Create Awards. KT was one of Design Quarterly’s Top Ten Faces and Forces of Design for 2011.


Everyone has a story and almost everyone has a pair of jeans. I wanted to create something inspired by people interacting with the library environment, a place where people can relax, learn or explore. I decided to make a product from one simple material. A product that could live on well after the competition with the potential to build a whole initiative around recycling. JEANBAG. The coolest beanbag made from denim jeans.

Marge Coogan and Laurel Glegg

Marge Coogan is a Visual Arts graduate specialising in painting, drawing and sculpture. Laurel Glegg has taught handcraft classes and has worked in the fashion industry. Together they create wearable art from found objects and recycled materials. Their inspiration comes from damage to the environment. They work in various mediums and materials including painting, soft sculpture, 3D,writing, acrylic paints, ring pulls, plastic cans, cardboard, mesh and whatever is relevant to the piece they are producing. They won the Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards People’s Choice 2011 and 2012. They were also winners of the Alice Springs Wearable Arts Award Master Class 2012 and twice winners of the Peoples’ Choice Awards. Their latest work is a wall hanging depicting the effect of acid rain and pollution on our rainforests that has been selected to hang in Parliament House Queensland.

Tip Shop Couture

We chose from the Tip Shops; one full length overcoat (circa 1960), one camisole and one small satin bag, one table cloth, three tea towels, one rice steamer and junk jewellery.

The overcoat was unpicked and remade into a very smart two piece suit and matching beret.

The handbag was re-embellished with old lace and jewellery.

The camisole is glamorised with alfoil ironed between 2 pieces of plastic and inserted into the panels under the lace and trimmed with leftover leather from the overcoat.

The white tablecloth was cut and made into a full length resort dress with matching jacket and bag.

The tea towels were used to cut out the flowers which were then completely hand painted, wired and attached to the dress and bag. The rice steamer is put together with a silver place mat and some paw paw covers to make a cocktail hat.

Matthew Powell

Matthew Powell designs and manufacture bespoke furniture for the home using sustainable, recycled materials. The idea came while travelling in Agnes Waters Queensland where he found two pieces of driftwood that he made into a floor lamp. Matthew is passionate about the environment he lives in and how he can play his part in preserving Brisbane’s natural beauty. He tries to incorporate a unique style to his design. The materials he finds dictate his imagination to what he will produce. His work is made by imagination with sustainable innovation. Matthew enjoys writing poetry and drawing and recently published his own book.

Doorning Table And Chairs

All materials to make the table and chairs are 100% recycled. I have used a door, ensemble head-board, chrome plated steel, ceramic tiles, chairs, hessian, shower heads. This item extends Shoreward Designs portfolio of manufacturing Australian made furniture with sustainable innovation.

Narelle Carter and Kate Markey

Narelle Carter works in assemblage, painting, drawing, ceramics, digital photography, linocut, screen printing and stencilling. She likes juxtaposing a variety of elements and forms into unexpected combinations to create a unique and aesthetic piece. She enjoys emphasising the hidden beauty in everyday objects and life, and the challenge of finding creative and decorative ways of using recycled materials to encourage a sustainable and environmentally friendly art practice to help keep our city green. Narelle studied Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft, painting and art and design. Commissioned work has included portraits and paintings and she currently co-facilitates a weekly art class for the Voyager Centre in Kedron, Brisbane.

Inner New Light

This series of lamps created from plastic and metal CD racks and home wares have been illuminated with LED lighting, which is simple to install, energy efficient, and generates minimal heat. Strong magnets and glue have been used to assemble the pieces together.   
Through the creative process our intention is to give new life to these pre-loved, discarded objects.  Seen ‘in a new light’, the intrinsic beauty of these forms can be revealed, which belies their former function.  
We hope the ideas that evolved through the process of making this artwork inspire you to experience the joy of creating your own unique piece. 

Peter Fegan

Peter Fegan’s artwork is a departure from his design practice - it celebrates the idiosyncratic, colloquial humour that typifies the unique cultural perspective that is unmistakeably Queenslander. He works in recycled and pre-loved furniture and objects, teddy bears, foam, feather knit fabric, leather.

His preoccupation is with injecting humour into his preferred mediums of furniture, Peter asks ‘when was the last time a chair made you laugh?’. He is particularly concerned with recycled and pre-loved furniture, he believes some items have a spiritual presence from the previous owner that beckons the artist to reincarnate it for the next generation to enjoy. A chair is a narrative of many generations past and a portal of discovery for the next generation.

Peter has completed a Master of Visual Arts (Hons) and had many solo and group exhibitions in Brisbane and nationally. He has been a finalist in many design and innovation awards as well as published works in many notable journals.

Don’t go out in the woods today 

Constructed entirely of recycled and up-cycled soft toys from the Brisbane Tip Shops, and sheep skin off cuts from local car seat manufacturer.

Sally McRae

Sally Mc Rae works across a variety of mediums. Her current body of two dimensional works takes its influence from our iconic Brisbane bay-side suburbs. Quaint fibro beach shacks in a landscape littered with tyre swans, petrified chain letter boxes, and overgrown mother-in-law’s tongue.

As a strong advocate for sustainable practice both in her life and work, she is also passionate about creating found object assemblages. Sally works in mixed media, assemblage, found objects, junk mail, aluminium, and pre-loved prosthetics, old trophies.

After graduating from QUT with a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) Sally was awarded the Richard Randall Artist’s studio residency through Brisbane City Council. She moved to Melbourne to further her artistic career and spent 15 years working and exhibiting in Melbourne. Sally returned to Brisbane in 2007 eager to add to the colour and vibrancy of the city.

Her 2004 exhibition title ‘Discount City’ featured a collection of works executed on construction site hoardings and broken or discarded items from $2 shops in and around Melbourne. Her most recent found object exhibition took place at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of The Spareparts exhibition 2011. These works were created with the use of pre-loved prosthetic limbs.

Greetings from Geebung Tipshop

Greetings from Geebung Tipshop evolved from a vision to create an artwork out of items that were less likely to be sold at Geebung Tip Shop.

Incomplete jigsaws and board games with missing pieces were the materials used for this giant postcard.

Creating a supersize retro postcard also fulfilled my lifelong passion for the kitsch and gave me a new found respect for 1000 piece jigsaw enthusiasts.

Sandra Robertson 

Sandra Robertson is a professional mosaic artist and educator, working from her studio and workshop Ozmosaics. Sandra creates one-of-a-kind, contemporary, fine art mosaics for gallery, architectural, community, public art, events, tourism/residential/garden settings. Her love of creating new from old is evident in the hand-hewn tessera including recycled/reused wine bottles, china, tiles, beads, shells, mirror and more. She works in tiles, china, wine bottles, ceramic, found objects, stone, slate, utensils, wire, beads, shells, mirror and more.

Sandra is passionate about working with community, elderly, disabled, teenagers, schools, hospitals, fundraising, Sandra believes in art from the heart. Her extensive knowledge/special mosaic techniques bring the joy and skills of mosaics to everyone.

Creating with a broad range of materials, Sandra’s mosaics are intricate, whimsical or invite the viewer on a visual journey of discovery. Sandra is inspired by river, bay, cityscape, flora/fauna.

Decorating anything from huge walls, garden seats, floors, bed-heads, seating arenas, pools and birdbaths, doors, furniture, pots, bathtubs, torsos, fridge/car doors to walls, windows, wheelbarrows, nothing escapes her mosaic eye and Sandra happily warns ‘mosaic art is addictive’.

Large-scale projects include Australia Zoo, Park Road station, Queen’s Park, Karalee State School, Wesley Hospital, Loreto College. Holy Spirit Home, Hong Kong, Norfolk Island/Christmas Island and numerous artist-in-residence projects.

She has been artist in residence and presenter at conferences and symposiums nationally and internationally and  a juror at mosaic exhibitions. She has also exhibited her own mosaic artworks and participated in extensive community mosaic projects.

Here comes the Bride!

The old dressing table at the Acacia Ridge Tip Shop brought Sandra’s 1974 wedding day preparations flooding back!  Even though the flood waters were high, the wedding dress was kept high and dry!

Using old furniture, china, vases, glass plates, mirror, wood, ornaments, clothing, doilies, jewellery, tiles, glass, silk flowers and more, Sandra created mosaic fantasy accessories including bridal bouquet, dressing table/chair, glass cake tier, cupcakes, wishing well, miniature wedding chapel and floral headpiece.

Sharon Lee 

While living in Papua New Guinea Sharon developed a passion for painting and sculpture. The connection with the country and landscape gave her an appreciation for nature, colour, design and place that has continuously influenced her work and subject matter. Returning to Australia, Sharon owned an art supply shop for 10 years where she learned many valuable techniques and art related information.

Sharon loves technique. She enjoys using materials and methods to create something, while also finding discovering new methods stimulating. She enjoys the challenge of finding an item that has been discarded and making something worthwhile and unique. She works in up-cycling, decoupage on timber, acrylic on canvas, mixed media, Perspex and paint.

She feels that the competition helps bring up-cycling into the awareness of many individuals who would never have considered trying to redesign items they were/are thinking of discarding.
Sharon has exhibited her artworks in Brisbane and internationally.

Placing light on waste 

Parents endeavour to bestow plenitude on children knowing that youth is fleeting. All too swiftly toys are discarded – to be replaced by new games and technology. 

My assemblage uses these redundant toys, combined with day to day discarded paraphernalia – giving them a new life as a candelabra.

I hope this work helps illuminate the problem modern day society has with over consumerism and waste.

Skubi Testa

Skubi is a self taught painter and sculptor.

She has a penchant for electrical insulators, galvanised pipe, Cupie dolls, old timber furniture, colanders, mirrors, clocks, lamps, found objects and reclaimed materials. She sees something special about items that no-one wants.

‘Many years ago, a creative energy burned brightly in my soul. An urge to hoard junk, collect other people’s junk and somehow re-invent said junk into new, creative useful and beautiful things.’

Skubi was a child of The Great Depression and it was impressed upon her to repair, reuse and recycle long before it was a catch phrase. To throw away something that could still be used, albeit not for its original purpose, was considered wasteful; a sin of great proportions. Adaptation was the key.

Skubi also had operated a studio/gallery creating and selling recycled home wares, furniture and original collages. In 2005 she as the winner of Artforce for her painted  box ‘Maggies on a Monday’.

Colander lamp #3 

Revisiting the ‘standard lamp’, the recycled stool provides a place to rest a cuppa, and the old colander distributes light in a pretty way. I enjoy the functional yet ironic combination of water pipe and electricity, the red valve adding to the sense of fun.

Materials: reclaimed timber stool, galvanised water pipe, gate valve, Bakelite gallery, reclaimed aluminium colander, reclaimed light fittings, electrical components, paint, glue.

Stephanie Morris 

Stephanie Morris is a painter, craftsperson and educator with almost 40 years experience. In the past 5 years she has become actively involved in recycling/repurposing to create functional art and other art pieces. She works in recycled fabric scraps, textiles, buttons, beads, felted wool, recycling/repurposing to create functional art.

Her works include soft sculptures using second-hand toys, re-styled second-hand clothing, collaged pouches and bags using vintage and modern fabric scraps, and re-styled furnishings. She exhibits work at the Reverse Garbage Emporium and other venues, provide workshops in reuse, and has been closely involved in consecutive annual BrisStyle indie Eco markets in Brisbane.

She exhibited widely in Brisbane and participated widely in commissions and art prizes.

Art Gorilla

This work is a fabric collage with an eco message of celebration, embracing our rich and colour-laden world. I have used mainly recycled resources, from the Tip Shop, from other local charity shops, from Reverse Garbage, de-stash sales, fire sales and other sources of second-hand goods, collaging these together with a combination of hand-stitching and adhesive on a base of patched table linen.

Tiana Pebre 

Tiana Pebre’s passion for art is strongly influenced by both her mother (an artist) and having lived in several different communities in Africa and South America. In these countries, reusing and recycling is a common part of everyday life.

When Tiana arrived in Australia she discovered kerbside collection and was astonished to see so many treasures going to waste.

Her philosophy has always been restore, revamp, recycle, stop the landfill and slow down the consumer society, so it’s natural that she decided to transform old and non-desirable furniture into art.

She sources her material locally and works from her studio where she builds restores, designs, and exhibits retro-boutique and contemporary furniture. She gives a surname to all her creations as offering them a new life is also giving them a new identity.

While studying philosophy and foreign languages at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Tiana undertook painting, sculpture and pottery workshops with local artists to broaden her technical skills.

Since moving to Brisbane in 2012 and opening Madame Zaza, Tiana has exhibited 20 original works in a solo show at Paddington Antique Fair Gallery, as well as creating a commission piece for Jumbo Interactive Company based in Toowong and restored and saved almost 50 pieces from being dumped.


Furniture is, probably, what takes the most space in landfill and for this reason it has always been my favourite medium.

I love working with timber and when I went to the Tip Shop in Geebung, this big and old wardrobe attracted me instantly.

It was crying for some TLC and so, after removing the much damaged veneer, I spent hours of sanding, preparing, painting and having fun!

20 May 2014