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After spending much time in Brooklyn, I realized the global capacity that my conversation needs to reach out. My California-centric thinking should go beyond my city and state and needs to expand in a bigger scale. At the same time it needs to be approachable, fun, and easily recognizable to all. I created #Plarncloud because I envisioned it traveling and meeting folks while bringing awareness regarding plastic pollution. It will travel to areas who may need some plastic pollution intervention or exotic areas that have been spared by
I will be at the Riverside Art Museum on the month of July to create a site specific installation entitled "Pergola."
June 14-29, 2015
I was really drawn to the discarded Apple products and the colors of the wire of the ethernet cables. While playing with these materials, it started to remind me of the traditional basket woven rugs from the Philippines called banig. Banig are handmade rugs used traditionally as sleeping mats but nowadays are more for decorative wall hangings. The colors of the stripped ethernet cable are dull and more subdued, almost taking on a more organic material. The Apple products became part of the pattern in creating these crocheted wall hangings. I chose Apple products in particular because they are so prevalent. Because of the company's goal of constant innovation, there is a plethora of ewaste around. Combining this contemporary ewaste with traditional handicraft techniques provides a dialogue in ecology, wastefulness, and mass production.
The SDAI Museum Store will now be carrying up cycled handmade products created by me! In the store is a 4 bottle wine carrier, plarn coin purse, plarn cosmetic bag, and cassette tape wallets. I was a big fan of B52's and found it hard to part with that one!
I was invited by 1Bag1World for a live plarn event during their fundraiser at the Grotto. 1Bag1World is an organization who helps out women who have been victims of trafficking by helping them learn a new skill while using recycled materials. It was great meeting new like-minded folks and looking forward to another event in several weeks. During the event I created a small 14" tote that was raffled off at the end. With me is my mild-mannered, patient, and sweet 4 year old daughter Hazel. Most people have asked me how I get things done..I must mention once again, my daughter is PATIENT.
Grow is a community collaborative project where the installation grows from the donated plastic bags by the public collected from an attached receptacle. It is an onsite installation project...very exciting as most people often stop and talk because they are very curious of what is going on. This is the second installation of the project and will post more for more upcoming installation events.
The first Plarn Party I was really focus on creating as much plarn possible! I had several upcoming projects and I wanted to make sure I had plenty of materials to work with. Recruiting my husband to cut the bags, he was a non-stop beast cutting straight for 2 hours (no breaks)! I really liked the drop-in concept because it allowed visitors to not feel obligated and become plarn making machines.
I had a discussion with a colleague on how San Diego has really been very supportive of their artists. We both decided it must be the blue skies and sun! Another organization that has been instrumental to my work (especially with plarn) is San Diego Art Institute. After a brief conversation with the director, Ginger was thrilled in conducting several plarn parties. It was a great community outreach workshop and really pushed my concept of social art practice and community collaborative projects.
Installation day at SD Airport. It was great to see my vision come together. It was even better that the installation was handled by some great folks contracted by the airport...thank you!