It's true. You never forget your first love. But then again, few things are sweeter than love the second time around. And it's the second principle that Reverse Garbage is taking to heart as it launches its new exhibition, Love Up-cycled, just in time for Valentine's Day.
Handmade objects from the heart will feature at this one-of-a-kind exhibition, making it the perfect first port of call when it comes to shopping for that special someone.
More than 25 local artists, craft workers and designers who work with salvaged and second-hand materials will be represented at Love Up-cycled, which opens on Saturday 8 February, from 6.30-9.00pm. If the opportunity to have first pick of the gifts isn't enough to draw you to opening night, consider there will also be free finger food, live music, a cash bar and late night warehouse shopping ... but more on that later.
Artworks, paper goods, jewellery, lanterns, garlands, sculptural items, fashion accessories, cards, decorations, soft furnishings, homewares and a host of other items will all be on display and for sale.
Featured works will include vintage button necklaces by Under the Stairs Studio, says exhibition coordinator Brooke Nelson. 'Hand cut and illustrated timber jewellery by Jettas Nest will also be a big drawcard,' she adds.
For that special man in your life, salvaged fabric bow ties by Fergus and the Cat, which will transform any outfit from ordinary to devilishly debonaire, will also feature.
Participating artists were briefed to explore themes of love and romance while exploring 'up-cycling', the process of giving discarded or waste items a new lease on life.
Sustainable romance is also set to be celebrated on opening night courtesy of a life set from Brisbane pop-indie duo, The Phoncurves, says Reverse Garbage's PR Co-ordinator Rozina Suliman. 'This gorgeous duo are getting quite a name for themselves as they charm and mesmerise audiences with their delicious harmonies and songs from the heart,' she adds.
Appropriately, the first single from their new EP, Heartstrings, is expected to be top of the playlist.