Over the last several years, New York–based artist Carlton Scott Sturgill has built an unusual collection of discarded Ralph Lauren shirts. But rather than dropping them at the nearest thrift store, he turned the haul into an eco-friendly project, creating realistic rose bushes at the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.

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Designed in collaboration with Arts Gowanus and the NY Department of Transportation, Carlton’s “faux garden” features pinstriped and brightly colored roses. The floral sculpture is a bit of a contrast with its surroundings at the canalwhich is famously known as an illegal garbage dumping ground. 

Now, I thought I was crafty when I turned a pair of old jeans into “jorts” last summer. After seeing this talented artist turn castoffs into works of art, I found some serious inspiration for my next DIY project. Watch out, Pinterest.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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October 20, 2014

Here at Rue, we pride ourselves on our creativity – and that doesn’t end at our love for great writing, design, and killer fashion. Take, for instance, the newest addition to the after-hours lineup: the How-To Half Hour, designed to help each of us embrace our inner crafty kid.

Yesterday, we tried out this week’s Rue How-To and upcycled old T-shirts into Nantucket-inspired bracelets. How’s that for Earth Day spirit?


By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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April 24, 2013

Remember when you were a kid and you spent summers making friendship bracelets and reading Judy Blume? Well, this week, we have a slightly elevated version of that. Slightly. You know that pile of T-shirts you’ve been hoping to donate for the last year or so? Now’s your chance to wear them in a whole new way.

Say hello to summer’s most versatile accessory. These upcycled bracelets can be stacked with colorful enamel bangles for work and cocktails, or worn on their own for beach weekends. You could even weave in chains, studs, or charms for an of-the-moment look.


Once you get a rhythm down, the process will speed up. For the details on this braid, visit New York City blogger Lana Red – she’s broken down the steps in a helpful diagram. Not in a particularly crafty mood? Try a (super easy) traditional braid with multiple colors woven in.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

Would you add these T-shirt bracelets to your stack? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us at @ruelala, then check out our Rue How-To column every Wednesday.

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April 24, 2013