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Thrift Design

web me17I explore and develop unwanted materials to create art from salvaged resources, giving them new and beautiful forms.

The concept of Thrift Design was born from a passion for upcycling, giving objects and materials a new life. In a world with finite resources I see the value in re animating waste and used materials.

Lucy Ann Wray, BA hons Designer Maker


What is upcycling?

Upcycling also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless and/or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

Where do the materials come from?

Sourcing materials is a fundamental part of my creative practice. I’m always on the look out for new things to work with.

I hate to say that I make my pieces from rubbish because I feel it devalues the materials and suggests there is something wrong with them. It’s quite often the case that the materials are just over orders, the wrong size or they are in the wrong place and it would cost too much to move them.

Over the years I have developed relationships with local businesses and this is where the majority of my materials come from. My wood pieces are sourced from a local wood workshop and my paper and fabric come from a variety of interior design shops. As well as visiting my local Recycling Resource centres for interesting stuff I also occasionally scour car boots and charity shops.



Who am I?

Artist, Sculptor, Crafter, Creative Facilitator, Project Manager, Wife, Mother, Friend – I don’t fit neatly into one category or stereotype. I’m a happy Creative living and working in Lancashire, England.

I’m inspired by the philosophy of Sustainable design which works to design physical objects, the built environment, and services to comply with the principles of social, economic, and ecological sustainability.

I love to create environmentally conscious art pieces, craft items and deliver arts & craft classes.

In my spare time I enjoy exploring the outdoors, camping and spending time with my family.