Most only think of vinyl records as the best music format that ever existed. However for Greg Frederick, they are pure art, well at least the design pieces he creates. Time and time again I’ve shown you different ways to use old records and turn them into something amazing.
If you enjoyed those posts or relish the idea of taking old worn out materials and turning them into works of art, then you’ll enjoy what Frederick does for a living. Before I start to explain what he exactly does, here’s one of his pieces posted on Instagram. I’m not sure who the person in the photo is, but I wouldn’t mind owning it.
Frederick is the owner of Vinyl Pop Art; he’s full-time business where he takes old vinyl records, breaks them up and creates one of a kind portraits of mostly past and present iconic figures. Before you get mad at me telling you that he breaks the LP’s up, don’t worry, according to Frederick he only uses recyclable LP’s. When referring to recyclable, I’m talking about LP’s that aren’t playable anymore and full of scratches.
He is based out of his Brooklyn New York studio and has been following this process ever since 2011. Frederick has grown quite a following online through being featured in multiple publications, with a full-blown video interview on DigitalTrends.com and currently has more than 7000 Instagram followers. I believe his audience and fame will only grow as the need and love for vinyl records increase over time.
Here’s a video from Frederick showcasing a portrait a Micheal Jackson he created in 2011.
Greg was a photographer before he started using vinyl to create pictures. His first art piece was formed one day when he found a bunch of old 45 LP’s lying in the street. The records were chipped, and in bad shape, so he decided to play with them by adding them on top of photographs. He later realized that he could create truly unique murals by only using the broken LP’s.
Not only does he create portraits out of his creativity, but he can also be commissioned to create custom forms. You can find all the information you need on his website Vinyl Pop Art. If you’d like to try this project yourself, it’s doable. Frederick uses a set of old records that he breaks up into smaller pieces. However, when breaking them up, you need to remember to wear gloves since pieces of vinyl can get very sharp.
He then uses a portrait in different shapes and sizes and starts gluing the broken LP’s pieces to it in the form of a face. He says that you need a lot of patience for the glue to dry so this is not a ten-minute project. Again, most artworks aren’t created overnight and take a lot of patience to perfect.
So if art and DIY interests you, this could be an excellent project to give a try. Think of a famous person or even family member you want to depict on your artwork and give a go!
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