WEAVE THE SEA CLEAN
FIBRE ARTIST CAROLINE BOND, AKA KITTIEKIPPER, REPURPOSES GHOST NETS AND MARINE DEBRIS IN ORDER TO WEAVE THE SEA CLEAN.
I’ve been working with ghost nets since 2014. I’ve always been involved in cleaning the beach, but that winter it seemed like the shore was pretty much covered with plastic in all forms. I’d head out just as the tide was dropping and collect as much as I could carry from the beach before the sea rose again to take it back under water. I used fishing crates as sledges and weighted down the top of the sledges with heavy, wet ghost nets.
I’d been planning to use plastic bags to weave with, but as soon as the bag charge was implemented they thankfully became more elusive to find on my beach cleans, so I opted to weave with the ghost nets – and so it began.
Ghost nets are the fishing nets, ropes and floats that get lost at sea by commercial fisheries. They are found all over the planet and can be colossal in size, catching dolphins, sharks, turtles, whales and other marine life as they glide. They are a very real and man-made problem, and I believe we need to take the responsibility to get them out of the water.
I started making bowls from my collected nets, and then I started to make kits to teach other people to do the same thing. My dream was to have craft people weaving the seas clean with our artwork, seeing the potential in our waste rather than sending it to an underground or underwater trash can. After all, what is the point of cleaning the beach, then sending that litter to land fill? Unfortunately, ghost nets will be around as long as the seas are fished, so I’m pretty sure they will always be a problem. However I try to focus on the changes I can put in place by creating a better world with my own actions.
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“SINGLE USE PLASTICS NEED TO BE OFF OF OUR SHOPPING LISTS