DIY Inspiration: Turn Old Controllers and Cassettes into Art

Sometimes a great DIY project is hiding in a drawer just waiting to be discovered. In the case of New Jersey artist, Erika Iris Simmons, an old Nintendo controller and cassette tapes are her replacements for more traditional artistic tools. And the results are awesome.

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Simmons uses forgotten technology to create art inspired by its original stories. For example, Mario and Pac-Man come to life via old Nintendo Controllers. Musicians are embodied with old tape.

Admittedly, Simmons likely adds some cording to her Nintendo Controller creations to get the desired effect, but this is a great example of a weekend project that even a novice DIYer can try.

Have a ton of old cassette tapes sitting around? Check out these incredible portraits made entirely from the recycled tape. Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix never looked so chic.

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Not ready to take on the cassette tape version? Those pieces truly blow me away, and I'll readily admit that this isn't a DIY for just anyone. If you aren't ready, you can buy prints from Simmons for $350 or $200 a piece on her website. Some originals are also available.

Via Geekologie

(Images: Erika Iris Simmons)

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Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.