4 July 2012
Last updated at 07:43
An exhibition of arts and crafts created from what its curator called "rubbish, litter and unused items" has gone on display on Merseyside.
De-junk, Re-junk! features the work of more than 30 Merseyside-based artists and craftspeople who have worked with each other and members of the local community to create their works.
Exhibition curator Alison Bailey Smith said the artists had "used social media to ask for items such as milk bottles and plastic to transform, as well as exchanging our own unwanted and hoarded, redundant gems".
Among the items on show are a desk made from reclaimed wooden floorboards, candlesticks made from cogs and other industrial items, butterflies made from discarded drinks cans and a landscape sculpture created from barbed wire, keys and a cheese grater.
Ms Bailey Smith said the artists had visited Bidston recycling plant to see the recycling process first hand, "after which many reconsidered the items they were using to shift to items not currently being recycled through local recycling facilities".
"The exhibitors have taken rubbish, litter and unused items to recreate into artwork and craftwork showing how, with a bit of creativity and skill, things that would inevitably end up in landfill can be transformed and be saved," she said.
Ms Bailey Smith has included some of her own textiles work in the exhibition. She said "parts of my old kitchen and other rubbish from my house" had provided other artists with materials to work with.
De-junk, Re-junk! is at Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre in Birkenhead until 22 July.