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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.

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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!

This is a sculpture displayed at the Recycled Sculpture  London in London 2009 at the Wetlands Centre. The sculture is based on a series of drawings and studies I made of bees. The piece is made from hundreds of recycled carrier bags that threaten the very existance of bees in the UK. This hit the headlines in 2009 – with reports of the number of bees greatly declining in the British Isles. Since they form a very importance role in pollination within our evironment – I decided to highlight this point with the creation of a giant bee at the Wetland Centre Love London – Recycled Sculpture Show.

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