CONSUMER culture in the 20th/21st centuries has embraced the plastic bag as a disposable object – our environment is sadly compromised. Our local community is part of a sophisticated first world country, and yet still we seem to ignore this indiscriminate use and disposal of the bags I have been exploring ways in which they can be recycled using a wearable vernacular – in exhibitions including Greensmith ( Brisbane and California ), String Fundamentals ( Hong Kong ), and conducting workshops ( in FNQ ) on the making of wearable objects using plastic bags. I also use recycled fishing line in my work, another potentially environmentally dangerous material that is found in abundance along the coastline and on the reef. Reusing a few plastic bags will not solve the problem, but hopefully alert people to think before they take their groceries home in another contribution to an environmental disaster.
Image courtesy Henrik Kerstens
Neckpiece - recycled supermarket plastic bags, found and dyed fishing line
Big brooch - plastic checkout bags, found and dyed fishing line, wax thread
Armpiece - recycled supermarket plastic bags, found and dyed fishing line, recycled 18 ct. rose gold