Upcycling with Jessica Leonard

I started my career with an education in Graphic Design, way back in the late 90’s, graduating in 2001. “How time flies” you’ll hear me often comment. It’s true though! All the time that’s gone by can never be brought back. I suppose this is why I’m always focused on constructing ‘my self’ in ways that constructs my space and being positively. I love calm and quiet, and treasure my time to reinvent and reinvent and reinvent. I observe that as we do unto others does find it’s way back around. As a designer, I extend design beyond paper and the internet, and sometimes into fixing broken things or upcycling stuff. I know I cannot save the planet from the waste pile and toxins we’re contributing to for decades, not alone at least, but I’d love to share the little I’ve done and may be inspire at least one person out there. I see refurbishing, upcycling and fixing things as a major business avenue to  alleviate the burden of waste on the planet and to inspire more conscious and ethical living….  and add some creativity to it… Voila! Something Amazing!


“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together … all things connect.”
—Chief Seattle

UpCyling, one way to lighten our burden on the planet…

Owl Lampshade

Made from: broken lampshade, empty milk bottle (2L), dried tree stems, and fancy paper.

Cushions from off-cuts and overruns


Made from: offcuts of upholstery and curtaining fabric sourced from Uksasa.

Broken Chair, refurbished!


One of a few broken chairs from an antique dining set.

Sand down varnish, white wood primer, acrylics / wood paint,  and varnish.


Reupholstered Office Chair


A new look to a pre-loved chair!

This is type chair turned out to be quite easy to reupholster. Unscrew seat from metal legs. Recover seat, and reattach to the legs. You will need to hand sew and use a staple gun. Other than the upholstery fabric, you would also need a backing fibre.

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