Repurposing of Junk: From Household Metal Waste into Utilitarian Assemblages


  • Richard Andrew Owusu Addo Asanka College of Design and Technology, Ghana
  • Rolland Wemegah Bolgatanga Technical University, Ghana



Assemblage Art, Junk Art, Junk Aesthetics, Utilitarian Objects, Metal Art, Recycle, Repurposing, Art-based Research


This study aims at explicating the design and production processes involved in repurposing a variety of household metallic wastes into useful assemblages. The study used an art-based research approach. An assortment of household metallic wastes such as; scrap knives, spoons, forks, cooking utensils, door hinges, empty food and beverage cans as well as pieces of steel plates were used in producing the various assemblages depicted. The works were produced using various techniques including; soldering, welding, brazing, riveting cutting, drilling, bending and hammering. The research yielded a total of 34 utilitarian assemblages. These comprised; phone holders, egg holders, a food warmer, a hot pot stand, tissue paper holders, as well as napkin holders and rings. Others include; a fruit bowl, coasters, side bowls, a cruet set holder, a flower vase and candy bowls. This study aims to guide, encourage and inspire many creative people to embark on similar artistic projects.




How to Cite

Addo, Richard Andrew Owusu, and Rolland Wemegah. 2021. “Repurposing of Junk: From Household Metal Waste into Utilitarian Assemblages”. Journal of Urban Culture Research 22 (June):130-44.