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Project Grant at crafthaus

I’m excited to announce that a project that I’m working on, Flotsam and Jetsam, is up for a project grant award over at crafthaus.

But, I need your help! The grant is going to go to the project with the most votes… and anyone can vote!  If you click here, you can learn about my project and vote for it at the bottom of the page.

Flotsam & Jetsam Project Description:

With funding provided by the Crafhaus Project Grant I propose to create a series of laser cut neckpieces that will blur the identity between two disparate materials found in the ocean environment: seaweed and trash. This series, titled Flotsam & Jetsam, will explore the aesthetic dichotomy between these artificial and natural materials.

According to statistics compiled by Save the Bay, (a Rhode Island based organization aimed at protecting the local ocean and coastlines) Rhode Islands five beaches yielding the highest amount of trash produced upwards of 10,000lbs of detritus in 2011 alone. This shocking amount of litter seems comparable to the amount of seaweed and other plant life found on the beach.

In response to this overwhelming amount of trash, Flotsam & Jetsam will put a focus on this litter while presenting the concept in a material that visually references the oceans organic elements.

I will gather debris from each of the five beaches that Save the Bay has identified as the highest grossing, and will then arrange the collected trash into compositions reminiscent of bouquets of plant materials such as seaweed. I will then laser cut the silhouettes of these arrangements into translucent latex sheeting that emulates seaweed commonly found in local waters. These neckpieces will be the same dimensions as the original refuse; yet will be embellished with beads to imitate polyps and air bladders typically found on seaweed.

Click here to vote.

Flotsam & Jetsam, again

I’m currently working on a project proposal, that would allow me to focus on making a series of neckpieces that would highlight the flotsam and jetsam washed up on Rhode Islands beaches. I’ll be focusing on Rhode Islands top five beaches that gross the most amount of trash, rearranging the detritus and making laser-cut neckpieces of the silhouettes.

Here’s a work in progress:

Flotsam & Jetsam

I’m beginning to work on a new project, which I’m calling Flotsam & Jetsam. This project will focus on trash collected from the five most polluted beaches in Rhode Island. This cache is from the South Kingstown town beach, and has some particularly colorful bits of detritus. I found a shoe, sunglasses, lobster pot bits, ropes, bottle caps, shell cartridges, wire, and a glove.
I’ll be using these materials to create adornment from. Although the finished product won’t incorporate this source material, I really love the saturated colors and patterns created by teh trash. Consider this an appetizer, as I’ll be posting more images of the project as it develops.