Upcycling is a creative process used to bring added value (aesthetic, artistic and/or usefulness) to existing or discarded products. Specifically with upcycling, an item is no longer used for its intended purpose. It becomes repurposed and along with this new purpose, the item increases in value. The opposite notion is downcycling whereby the item is also repurposed but ends up losing in value.
This quote does a good job of summarising the concept behind upcycling:
"Upcycling is designed to work in opposition to consumer culture, encouraging people to think of new and innovative ways to use things, instead of simply buying new consumer goods. It also benefits the environment, by promoting reuse over discarding whenever possible."
If you specialise in art using recycled or reclaimed materials and consider your work to be both complementary and creatively on par with our other world class artists, we'd love to hear from you. Our online gallery area is an impactful display environment to showcase your work to a highly targeted audience.
To apply, all you need to do is complete our application form and upload three images of your work.
There are no fees whatsover to be a NDI Gallery artist. Please note that the space in our online gallery is limited therefore we have to be selective and are unable to accept all applicants at this time.
Key benefits of becoming a NDI Gallery Artist:
- Generate high impact exposure for your artwork by joining our other World Class Artists
- We'll set you up a NDI Gallery Showcase with your artist profile image and statement
- You can list up to 24 artwork listings with descriptions and zoomable photos (display up to 5 views per artwork)
- You can easily revise existing descriptions/upload photos and create new artwork listings yourself
- Each artwork can be displayed in 3 categories (By Artist, By Genre, By Medium)
- Personal messaging system so interested parties can contact you directly
Nothing. We don't charge any fees to feature in our Artist gallery.
If your application is successful, you can display as many as 24 different artworks, divided into up to 3 separate collections if you wish. You can easily create and revise each artworks' title, description and other key details yourself. You can also batch upload up to 5 separate photos per artwork.
If your application is successful, we will set up your community profile (if you dont have one), artist area and showcase. You'll receive full instructions on how you can create your own listings and upload your own photos. We've tried to make our system easy to use and include many tutorials to help our Artists get the most out of their showcase gallery.
We simply ask that our Gallery artists respond in a timely manner to any messages they receive from potential customers or community members.
When accepting a new artist into the Gallery, one of the key selection criteria is whether their artwork photos are good enough.
We need to ensure that all photography shown on the website is of consistent and highly professional quality.
You can get a good sense for what we are after if you check out some of our current artists.
Here's some other suggestions:
- We prefer all imagery to be sized as 800px X 800px or at least 800px on one side.
- Please make sure your photos are in focus, clearly show the item and avoid cluttered backgrounds.
- Using an angled shot can often be more pleasing to the eye than a flat, straight on shot.
- Show any intricate details at least in one of the photos you add to your listing
- Use natural daylight lighting whenever possible instead of a flash.
You can upload up to 5 photos per artwork listing. Please ensure all are uploaded as compressed jpgs (ideally no more than 200kb each). The other photos can be different sizes as long as again, the width is limited to 800 pixels. If you encounter any issues uploading your images, please raise a help ticket and we'll check it out. It'll be useful to also let us know which operating system (Mac OS/PC Windows) and browser version you are using (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari...).
Our Art Gallery section is designed to promote public awareness of our Artists and their extraordinary work with reclaimed materials.
If a potential customer is interested in purchasing artwork, they can contact the artist directly through our private community messaging system.
If you really want to know, NDI was originally an acronym for New Design Inspiration Gallery which doesn't exactly trip off the tongue. We do like the initials so we just prefer to say NDI and keep things simple.
NDI Gallery is an online space only. We do not have a permanent physical location that you can visit. We do however at times try to facilitate or participate in artist gatherings, craft fairs and exhibitions where our artist upcyclers can showcase their artwork to the general public.
These events will be announced in our Community area and are visible on the Interactive community map.
The latest up to date news, updates or anouncements about NDI Gallery can often be found on our forums.
Simply sign in to your account and access the various forums through the community toolbar.
We also maintain active Twitter and Facebook accounts where key news like site announcements, job or other offers and new gallery artists are often posted in real time.
We suggest you also sign up for our newsletter for regular news of exciting events, exhibitions, new upcyclers and marketplace products.
If you're already registered on our website, you can request help from our team through our support ticket system.
Simply click on your name on top right of screen and select support ticket in the drop down menu.
Here you can create a new ticket by choosing the appropriate category and filling in the description fields.
We'll be sure to answer you as soon as possible.