Art experiments with versatile plastic bags

A Feilding woman is trying to do her bit for the environment by giving unwanted plastic bags a makeover.

Amba Wright, who is studying for a Diploma in Art through the Learning Connexion, said she had been driven throughout her study to turn rubbish and recycled goods into art.

She is now sourcing unwanted plastic bags and experimenting with them.

"I saw the opportunity to make a difference in the community with art."

Wright, a self-confessed "greenie", said with more councils not accepting plastic bags among recycling, she did not want to see them end up in the landfill.

Sourcing plastic bags proved to be a challenge, she said.

"I went to the refuse centre - I thought I could just come and scoop up an armful of plastic bags. But the pile . . . was disgusting . . . people put dirty diapers in the recycling."

Wright said she was hoping to collect as many plastic bags from the community as possible.

She said it was amazing what could be done with plastic bags. They could be heated and manipulated, or knotted into yarn to knit or crochet with.

Her ambition was to create an entry in next year's World of Wearable Arts competition.

"No matter what happens, it's better than them hitting the dump."

Plastic bags can be left at the Feilding Art Centre.

Manawatu Standard