coiled wrappings – packaging wrapped over wire and stitched wth linen thread.
10.5cm diameter to heights ranging from 21cm to 38cm
In the Canada Council Art Bank collection.
Our constant consuming has created a massive plastics problem. So much of the plastic that we think is recyclable actually ends up in landfills somewhere on our planet.
Traditionally, basketmakers use the materials found around them. If you have enough of something, all you have to do is figure out how to weave, wrap, or stitch it together to make a basket.
During 2021, I created cylindrical vessels from the single-use wrappings that I collected each month in my single-person household. The wrappings were recorded in a journal as they were ‘discarded’ and coiled into a vessel in that same order. The outcome is a ‘bar graph’ of my household usage, which has been greatly impacted by the fact that, due to COVID-19, I am still doing curbside and online shopping, resulting in more plastic wrappings than if I was shopping in-person.
January (dia 10.5cm x 36.5cm)
February (dia 10.5cm x 32cm)
March (dia 10.5cm x 21cm)
April (dia 10.5cm x 37cm)
May (dia 10.5cm x 23cm)
June (dia 10.5cm x 22cm)
July (dia 10.5cm x 35.5)
August (dia 10.5cm x 35cm)
September (dia 10.5cm x 38cm)
October (dia 10.5cm x 35.5cm)
November (dia 10.5cm x 28cm)
December (dia 10.5cm x 28cm)