#PlarnCloud

 #Plarncloud at San Francisco Airport

 #Plarncloud at San Francisco Airport

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

LES Residency Gowanus #1

  June 14-29, 2015

Inspired by traditional handicrafts made from contemporary rubbish

Inspired by traditional handicrafts made from contemporary rubbish

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  Around the neighborhood

  Around the neighborhood

  Lower Eastside Ecology Center in Gowanus, Brooklyn

  Lower Eastside Ecology Center in Gowanus, Brooklyn

Ethernet cable and iPhones

Ethernet cable and iPhones

  What to do will all these broken trashed phones...

  What to do will all these broken trashed phones...

  The prop shop, archiving the obsolete..

  The prop shop, archiving the obsolete..

LES Residency Gowanus #2

6/2015

Plarn Party 6/27/2015

Plarn Party 6/27/2015

  Cassette Tape Wallet Workshop 6/27/2015

  Cassette Tape Wallet Workshop 6/27/2015

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.

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Space 1439 at SDAI Plarn Goodies

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!

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1Bag1World Fundraiser 5/30/15

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.

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Grow Installation 2- Westfield Horton Plaza

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.

SDAI Plarn Party 3/28/2015

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.  

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Plarn Party @ SDAI 3/28/15

Plarn Party @ SDAI 3/28/15

SDAI Dare to Reuse: Plarn Party Workshops

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.

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