Last we checked, the better part of our old gear was stashed, crushed, mashed and pancaked into boxes beneath the basement stairs. The pads and mouth guards might very well be the breeding grounds for the next penicillin. The old sticks — the braided Christian, the naked Sherwood, the orange Easton —have all long gone to that big ice box in the sky.
And really, that’s all just a long-winded way of saying that the majority of that old gear has gradually made the shift from “equipment” to “junk,” (and in some cases, “toxic”). But it doesn’t have to be that way. We took a few minutes over the past few days to look for alternate uses for that discarded equipment and found a few you might expect:
We found some DIY sites for modifying sticks into chairs and curtain rods and picture frames:
And there were some different and less expected variations: Dresses from hockey jerseys. “Snowflakes” and canes from sticks
And then we came across …Well, just look for yourself:
This is just about as creative a use for gear as we’ve ever seen — though the word "creative" hardly comes even close to giving it justice. It's the work of Toronto artist Liz Pead, and if you've got a minute or ten to spare, it's definitely something worth your time. Here's a link to her website. And here's an interview she did with World of Threads Festival with a lot more photos of her work. Check it out.