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This recent sculpture was completed in the last two weeks to be displayed together with the snail and caterpillar at a exhibition in West Malling in Kent. I hope to provide further information about the Exhibition shortly.

The two sculptures are now completed. They represent two species that are under threat in the UK -the whirlpool ramshorn snail and the caterpillar of the Large Blue Butterfly -constructed from a material that is not environmentally – friendly – plastic carrier bags.

Since my last update the sculpture has started to take shape. The entire body is now constructed of individual carrier bags – hand knitted over a wire framework. The horns of the snail were knitted with smaller needles and the shell was attached with wire. I am now considering the underbelly of the snail and to use tied carrier bags to create further texture. It  would be interesting to photograph the sculpture outside together with the caterpillar sculpture I  made last year. All of these sculptures have been made from our household waste and I am beginning to collect clear plastic milk cartons to use in further art works. Your comments would be welcome.

This is the photo of the recent development of the recycled snail sculpture. I have started to use a wire frame work to construct the head of the snail and have used smaller knitting needles to construct the horns of the snail from a variety of recycled carrier bags. By cutting the bags into a thread the plastic is transformed into a colourful organic material.

This is a close up of the spiral form I have trying to create with hundreds of hand knitted carrier bags – I have been using wire to create a structure underneath and I am continually changing the form – as the sculpture develops. I have started to use smaller needles to hand knit the horns and body of the snail and hope to keep you updated with this shortly. I am also beginning to collect further domestic waste materials such as plastic containers , bottles and cartons to use a potential sculpture materials – please comment.

This is part of a series of sculpture pieces that I am currently working on – looking at using domestic waste as material to make sculpture. In this case plastic bags – that threaten our delicate environment. Since plastic takes thousands of years to break down and decompose they really do threaten life  forms -and with more and more ending up in land fill sites the problem is set to get worse. Instead of throwing they away – I have started to use they to create a series of natural forms that they threaten to destroy. Cutting the bags to create a thread – I have cut, weaved and in this case hand knitted a fabric to create a living form. I have choosen fundemental  life forms such as the spiral snail and caterpiller form to base many of my pieces . I hope to create life enhancing sculpture from a highly destructive material. Your comments would be gratefully received!


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