Brooke E. Demos, New York, NY
Make Art With Oil, 2008
Post-consumer plastic shopping bags and plastic packaging material. Collaged using heat method to melt cut pieces together. *Plastic can be hand sewn, or on a machine, with a little extra patience.
I am motivated to weave with discarded plastic bags because of the transformation that occurs when I process this modern waste product, produced in vast quantities on a global scale, into a sensual fabric or textile construction. The material speaks to me about where it comes from and what it is made of, directing me to themes of universal shopping culture, sustaining the environment, and turning blight to beauty. I work with the inherent colors of the bags in my formal concerns when designing appropriate patterns and textures for individual pieces.