Re­cy­cling art walks on

Southern Telegraph - - News - Hay­ley God­dard

Re­cy­cling is set to reach new heights in next year’s Stretch Arts Fes­ti­val Wear­able Art Com­pe­ti­tion, with the ad­di­tion of the new Cre­ative Re­use Award.

Sin­gle­ton tex­tile artist and reg­u­lar Stretch en­trant Rosy Chalklen wel­comed the new cat­e­gory, believ­ing it would en­cour­age en­trants to ex­pand their no­tion of what it meant to re­cy­cle.

In this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, Chalklen took in­spi­ra­tion from de­sali­na­tion mem­branes and a wash­ing ma­chine, a dryer and dish­washer, all of which would typ­i­cally go to land­fill, for her two de­signs.

“There are so many pos­si­bil­i­ties and it’s def­i­nitely re­ward­ing,” she said.

“I’m big on mak­ing ab­so­lutely every­thing from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

"My hus­band hates it but it stops things go­ing to land­fill and can save money.”

Chalklen said she was first in­tro­duced to the idea of us­ing de­sali­na­tion mem­branes at a City of Man­durah-pre­sented work­shop show­ing how the ny­lon ma­te­rial could be re­cy­cled for art.

“It’s re­ally strong and cool to work with,” she said. “Some are quite clean, but oth­ers are yel­low and as you sew it you end up with lay­ers of salt dust every­where.”

Chalklen said it took about six weeks to cre­ate one of the pieces and about two months to make the other.

En­tries for next year’s com­pe­ti­tion are now open, with more than $5000 in prizes up for grabs.

Early bird en­tries close on Satur­day and fi­nal sub­mis­sions end on Novem­ber 30.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit http://www.man­durah.wa.gov. au/wear­ableart.htm.

Jaz Chalklen, 16, mod­els her mother Rosy’s wash­ing ma­chine and dish­washer re­cy­cled art­work.

Pic­tures: Tristan Jud

Poppy Chalklen, 14, mod­els her mother Rosy’s re­cy­cled de­sali­na­tion mem­brane de­sign.

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