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10 June 2019Creative opportunities from waste: new project starts

We’re delighted to announce that Going Nova has been awarded funding for a new upcycling project that will deliver workshops to various community groups across Moray.

The funding comes from the Moray LEADER programme, which channels funding for innovative projects from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

The workshops will demonstrate techniques of upcycling – creatively turning waste plastic, discarded fabric and used bicycle tyre tubes into items of beauty and value, and in particular upcycling discarded fabric into fashionable items of clothing.

The project is designed to give a longlasting boost to upcycling waste plastic and discarded fabric in Moray.

Upcycling differs from recycling in that it turns material into something of a higher value that is thereby preserved and taken out of the waste stream.

In parallel with the workshops, awareness of the project and ideas from it will be spread online through a new website, and highlighted through the creation of an art installation using waste material transformed into something new and beautiful.

The aim of the project is to keep the technology simple, so that various techniques of upcycling can be accessed by people with no technical background. One of the key skills highlighted will be the traditional one of sewing. Another is simply the way to think differently about waste plastic and discarded fabric – to see it as a potential resource and an opportunity, to be transformed by a creative approach.

There is more information at the project website https://fashionthefuturenow.org/

01 June 2019Chandeliers from waste plastic: like glass



"By snipping, twisting, and heating the drinking vessels, she forms long-lasting sculptures that visually mirror the qualities of glass. This similarity inspired her series of PET luminaries, a project composed of fully functioning light systems in the form of chandeliers and lamps.

"The included works are decorated with tulip-shaped light bulb covers, scalloped edges, and long, twisted segments of recycled bottles that imitate electrical cords. In order to protect these heat-sensitive sculptures, Richterová installs her works with bulbs and cables that produce minimal heat."

25 May 2019Weaving lampshades from traditional fibres and PET

weaving from waste - traditional fibres and pet

"Spanish designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón started the PET Lamp Project in 2011, collaborating with communities from all over the globe to transform plastic waste into unique and functional works, and most recently working with eight Yolngu weavers from Arnhem Land in Australia’s Northern Territory.

"The collaboration was prompted by the National Gallery of Victoria Triennial who commissioned the designer to create woven lamps that express the craft traditions and visual languages of weavers from the Australian community. The works combine PET plastic bottles with naturally dyed pandanus fibers, and are inspired by patterns seen in traditional Yolngu mats."

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