Life is what you make of it.

Toronto, Canada | 16 Sales


Life is what you make of it.

Toronto, Canada 16 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Ilona Valcov

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Ilona Valcov


This cardboard art hanging invites you to step into a sunny spring day inside a birch tree forest. It is a little reminder of the great beauty of the outdoors for any interior space.


Life is what you make of it.

Hello! My name is Ilona, and upmade is my hobby. I collect different waste materials and try to figure out how they can be transformed into something useful again. Some of the things I make make the cut for my Etsy shop, some ideas become tutorials that I post on Instructables (see link below) and some become projects for upcycling* workshops. My husband, Renier, is a regular contributor to the items upmade offers for sale. He reuses old comic books, magazines and catalogs to create unique collage art hangings and fun greeting cards.


* What is "up-cycling"?
To up-cycle is to take a material that has reached the end of its life (such as packaging or an old piece of furniture) and re-designing it to serve a new purpose, giving it another life. When we creatively reuse waste to turn it into something useful and long lasting, or purchase up-cycled goods rather than ones made from raw resources, we are reducing our ecological footprint and helping to clean up our environment by diverting waste from land-fills.

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  • Ilona Valcov

    Owner, Designer, Creator

  • Renier Torres Calvo

    Creator, Photographer

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