Archive for September, 2010

Beached Trash Given New Residence
September 22, 2010

I have loved wandering and exploring beaches since I was a little girl in Seattle.  My family would take day outings to various locations around Puget Sound, and I anticipated the endless discovery that turning over rocks and examining tide pools produced.

Many stories have brought to awareness the damaging effects of the surplus of trash that we people continue to spew, and this fact would not be disputed by anyone who takes a trip to the local beach.  You cannot escape the plastic bags, styrofoam, soda bottles, cigarette buts, and endless varieties of trash lodged between rocks and sticking out from the sand.  Come back again at low tide to see how thick it really is. Much of the polystyrene becomes broken down so it mixes evenly in with the rocks and pebbles, purporting to be a part of the natural landscape.

Oddly, the multicolored plastic can at times appear beautiful, if one forgets the difficult ecological implications of our garbage working its way into the food chain.  I was inspired to clean up beaches in Alameda and incorporate the trash I found into some of my designs.

trim: plastic fishing ball with plastic packing strips

trim : tin lid with tab

trim: plastic bag

To learn more about the effects of our trash on the ecosystem visit the beautiful and disturbing work of photographer Chris Jordan who chronicles the death of pelicans in the most remote places in the Pacific.