Featuring UPCYCLED SHACK from Sabah in Malaysia. Let us learn more about upcycling.

Repurposed Art Studio believes in the thrill of upcycling. It is our utmost desire to take it to the next level. Thus, we love connecting with the like-minded. Every interaction brings us joy and an assurance that we are on the right path. Upcycling is not only about painting, decorating, repurposing but it is also a very important stepping stone for a future that thrives on circular economy. A community which believes in saving the environment and the community that wishes to, together will help to achieve it.

Recently, we came across Tressie Yap from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, through instagram and we hit it off instantly. It was great to interact and learn about 'Upcycled Shack'. With various inititiatives, it is sure to become a bigger movement. The best takeaway is that one person must step up and eventually people will join in. Upcycling is a better future for sure.

What is upcycling? Why do we need to upcycle?

Upcycling is an art to manifest the true beauty & value of the materials, especially those that have been completely transformed. Every type of material should be taken to sustain its life span from each natural resource. Upcycling comes into place because we have too much to throw away. We don’t need upcycling if we have less to throw away.

Where are you based? How did you begin with Upcycling?

I am based in Kota Kinabalu, state of Sabah, Malaysia. I am an architect by profession & also an artist. My profession leads me to observe huge wastage of materials as part of my work, I started to question myself about what is sustainable architecture? If architecture is a destroyer, then what is green architecture? If you want to practise green architecture, shouldn’t you understand green lifestyle first? As such, I started with zero-waste home management. With every single item that I would normally toss away, i crack my head to think how I could make better use of it. I realised with my art & craft skills as well as design skills, I can contribute better in upcycling.