Carlingford's Lyndsey Hatchwell, a mother of re-invention

CHEST armour made from recycled coffee pods, decorative mesh from a garage sale and left-over wire from a craft project are among the entries in Hornsby Council's annual recycled art competition.

Their maker, found-object-artist Lyndsey Hatchwell of Carlingford, has a good chance at a prize, too, if her past results are any guide.

"Last year council's waste management department purchased my 2D wall art [entry], made from an old frame, a backing board, old map book, coffee pods, a fit ball and plastic strapping from a box," she said.

"It was used in some of their advertising for workshops about making art from waste."

The full-time artist and part-time art tutor is entering two artworks in the council's 2014 Returned to Glory competition.

"This one is sort of like chain mail, but different," Ms Hatchwell said.

Her second is a meshy-looking wall light made of recycled ricotta containers, milk bottles and an old fit ball.

"I can't throw things out," she laughed.

The daughter of a woodworker father, she decided eight years ago after her children grew up it was time to finally "get stuck in".

Entries for Hornsby Council's 2014 Returned to Glory art recycling competition close on April 24.

Entry is open to everyone but Hornsby Council residents get a discount.

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