from beach garbage ......
.... to rope baskets
Materials: Marine rope and fishing line
Process: My foray into making baskets was accidental. I pick up of rope and plastic off the beaches on Hornby Island. Every year over 9 million metric tons of plastic wash up on beaches, most of it connected to the fishing and aquaculture industries. Rope and plastic in the ocean is a threat to marine wildlife.
Instead of throwing it into the landfill, it could be upcycled to create something. The rope is washed, stripped into pieces, stretched and then stitched together. A twisted piece of marine waste is transformed into a beautiful basket.
My work represents my concern about the profusion of plastic in our world, a way of sharing my love for the ocean and our need to care for the environment. I am hoping to inspire people to the possibility of renewal and to care for the ocean.