Oddities in UpPsychling LLC

Oddities in UpPsychling LLC I create odd/funky/unique art pieces using salvaged & recycled materials. Contact me about making a custom,personalized piece for you or your loved ones.
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My "day-job" as a mental health professional involves helping PEOPLE make changes. After-hours, I work with OBJECTS like bicycles and pallets, and transform them into cool and funky pieces of art. Most are one-of-a-kind pieces. This is a creative outlet...a therapy. I hope these pieces bring you some joy as well.

Hmmm...what might this be?   Guesses?
04/29/2020

Hmmm...what might this be? Guesses?

Arts Expo postponed til 2021.  Understand the necessity....yet still so disappointed.  One of our favorite shows!
04/28/2020

Arts Expo postponed til 2021. Understand the necessity....yet still so disappointed. One of our favorite shows!

Added details to the UpPsychled chair.  Also draped the leather over it too, just to check it out.
04/27/2020

Added details to the UpPsychled chair. Also draped the leather over it too, just to check it out.

Different times...different measures, right?  Trying my hand at UpPsychling a chair.  Working on painting it with fun de...
04/25/2020

Different times...different measures, right? Trying my hand at UpPsychling a chair. Working on painting it with fun designs and will add a seat, reupholstered in red leather. Will this unique piece find it’s home with you?

REALITY CHECK:  At times, I’ve been frustrated by my inability to devote more of my time to creating for Oddities becaus...
04/11/2020

REALITY CHECK: At times, I’ve been frustrated by my inability to devote more of my time to creating for Oddities because of my “day job.” With COVID-19, the Stay At Home Order, and the closure of most venues that artists use to display and sell their art, I’m increasing grateful for that day job. Well, lemme clarify that....right now I’m extremely grateful for the income my day job affords me. Other stuff, not so much. Let me explain.

When not dreaming up or creating funky Oddities pieces, I am a licensed mental health professional. (Is the “Psych” in our business name making more sense now?) Anyway, I work in a hospital setting, which means I am a front line worker. When people come to me, they are at their worst...maybe their lives don’t feel enough to live for or their emotional pain feels unbearable. Working with people in this much pain can be very stressful and yet it’s so incredibly rewarding as well.

COVID-19 has become an added stressor for patients and for me as well as other front line workers. Every day I go into work, my reality is that I could be exposed to this virus, get sick and even die. Worse yet, I could come home from work, infect my loved ones and they get sick and die. Sick enough to need medical services, we could die in the hospital, alone, because of current hospital policies banning visitors.

Simply said... my day job is just downright terrifying right now. And that says lot when I work with folks who are suicidal and homicidal. Honestly, I’d rather stay home, be safe, protect those I love, and use my time to create, but that’s not possible because I’m an “Essential Worker.”
It is also not financially feasible.

COVID-19 is a public health and safety issue. Some people are behaving in ways that will spread this virus and kill people. Fortunately, there are also people trying to help minimize the spread of the virus and keep the death toll as low as possible.

Karrie Parmley Zenz, a member of my Wildroots artist family, and owner of Spellbound Engravings, is one of these people. She crafted some awesome masks and donated them so staff at my hospital could have some protection against COVID-19. During this pandemic, Karrie’s kind gesture is actually helping us as Ohio’s front line workers!

Our hospital, like others, still needs more protective equipment though. If anyone can or would like to help out - we need masks (home made or N95), eye protection, face shields, gowns, scrubs, head and foot coverings, gloves, hand sanitizer, etc. We would truly appreciate anything you could offer.

Again, thank you to Karrie for her generosity! The picture below is one of my grateful coworkers sporting the masks Karrie made!

Please STAY HOME to prevent the spread!

Warmly,
Tracy - Owner / Artist
Oddities in UpPsychling LLC

Great news!!! Mark your calendar!!
04/01/2020

Great news!!! Mark your calendar!!

Hand-stamped bracelets sporting Oddities advice on coping with COVID-19.
03/21/2020

Hand-stamped bracelets sporting Oddities advice on coping with COVID-19.

#odditiesinuppsychling
03/18/2020

#odditiesinuppsychling

Yeah....we made it into “The Made In Ohio Festival” again this year! Details to come.
03/15/2020

Yeah....we made it into “The Made In Ohio Festival” again this year! Details to come.

So cool to see our creations once they find their homes.  Thanks to JannaLe for this update and shout out!
03/07/2020

So cool to see our creations once they find their homes. Thanks to JannaLe for this update and shout out!

🐲💜🐾🐶Our amazing friends @odditiesinuppsychling made this awesome shelf and leash hanger. Check out their creations...really cool creations out of repurposed items 🐲🥰

So...back in Feb, we posed a question...what are this guy’s “eyebrows” made from? Congratulations  to Paula Longshore fo...
03/01/2020

So...back in Feb, we posed a question...what are this guy’s “eyebrows” made from? Congratulations to Paula Longshore for getting the answer and a $5 gift certificate from Oddities!!

Think spring, summer & YARD ART.  Yeah!!
03/01/2020

Think spring, summer & YARD ART. Yeah!!

Oddities in UpPsychling LLC's cover photo
02/13/2020

Oddities in UpPsychling LLC's cover photo

Oddities work in progress....can anyoneguess where the “eyebrows” came from?
02/07/2020

Oddities work in progress....can anyone
guess where the “eyebrows” came from?

Oddities in UpPsychling LLC's cover photo
02/02/2020

Oddities in UpPsychling LLC's cover photo

WINE RACK. Holds up to 4 bottles of wine and 4 wine glasses.  Made of pallet wood and metal piping.
01/26/2020

WINE RACK. Holds up to 4 bottles of wine and 4 wine glasses. Made of pallet wood and metal piping.

01/25/2020
Canvas art with a ‘tude!
01/23/2020

Canvas art with a ‘tude!

Been creating, but doing it indoors because of the frigid weather.  3x3 canvas.
01/23/2020

Been creating, but doing it indoors because of the frigid weather. 3x3 canvas.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner.... I LOVE YOU - welded misc. metals mounted on granite.
01/18/2020

Valentine's Day is just around the corner.... I LOVE YOU - welded misc. metals mounted on granite.

Oddities in UpPsychling LLC's cover photo
01/12/2020

Oddities in UpPsychling LLC's cover photo

Wine Cork Wreath.  Great on a front door or as a design element.  Salut!!
01/12/2020

Wine Cork Wreath. Great on a front door or as a design element. Salut!!

01/01/2020
Hmmm.... Interesting.... connecting the dots in a different way!  What a great conceptualization!
01/01/2020

Hmmm.... Interesting.... connecting the dots in a different way! What a great conceptualization!

This Christmas Tree piece is in progress... toys being UpPsychled into wall art.
12/28/2019

This Christmas Tree piece is in progress... toys being UpPsychled into wall art.

A little something for the beer drinker with discriminating tastes!
12/26/2019

A little something for the beer drinker with discriminating tastes!

This little threesome of Oddities items made its way to a San Francisco neighborhood holiday party. “Home Sweet Home” CA...
12/26/2019

This little threesome of Oddities items made its way to a San Francisco neighborhood holiday party. “Home Sweet Home” CA ornament, wine cork reindeer, Fat Tire bottle opener.

No need to go out and spend a lot of money on gifts...these are the best gifts one can receive.....
12/24/2019

No need to go out and spend a lot of money on gifts...these are the best gifts one can receive.....

So very appreciative of repeat customers like Darlene. She has told us how much she’s enjoyed Oddities pieces, but has a...
12/24/2019

So very appreciative of repeat customers like Darlene. She has told us how much she’s enjoyed Oddities pieces, but has also honored us by purchasing our work then sent us pix like this one that has allowed us to see what she has done with it. Thank you, Darlene.

Akron MakerSpace
12/22/2019

Akron MakerSpace

Give the gift of making. Check out our new 10,000 sqft community workshop located in downtown Akron. Work on your hobby, art, passion project or business. Our spacious shop with tools, equipment, and other makers to help turn your idea into a reality. Attend one of our weekly open house events, take a class, or become part of our community. Open house events resume January 3rd. Meet other local makers, tour the facility, and ask or talk about your projects.
AkronMakerSpace.org

Hand plasma-cut holiday tree mounted on wood, with stones.  Light it up for Christmas or enjoy all year long.
12/20/2019

Hand plasma-cut holiday tree mounted on wood, with stones. Light it up for Christmas or enjoy all year long.

Cat and Dog Speak Ornaments.
12/15/2019

Cat and Dog Speak Ornaments.

The Oddities Booth at EJ Thomas.  Thanks again to all who supported us - a locally owned small business - this year!
12/15/2019

The Oddities Booth at EJ Thomas. Thanks again to all who supported us - a locally owned small business - this year!

Wine cork wreath.
12/15/2019

Wine cork wreath.

Home Sweet Home.  Ohio State cutout embellished with computer keyboard keys, misc. metals n mesh. Red leather used for h...
12/15/2019

Home Sweet Home. Ohio State cutout embellished with computer keyboard keys, misc. metals n mesh. Red leather used for hanging. (Picture taken during process of creation).

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Akron, OH

General information

UpPsychled materials are transformed into pieces of art. Wood, metal, cement, or cloth, bicycle chain or downhill ski...I'll find a way to use it. Most things are one-of-a-kind, so please feel free to contact me about making something just for you. Find me at local art shows as well. Check the "events" section to see where I'll be next.

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(330) 697-3463

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My "day-job" as a mental health professional involves helping PEOPLE make changes. After-hours, I work with OBJECTS like bicycles and pallets, and transform them into cool and funky pieces of art. Most are one-of-a-kind pieces. This is a creative outlet...a therapy. I hope these pieces bring you some joy as well. Look for me at art shows or contact me directly.

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