WEAVE THE SEA CLEAN

FI­BRE ARTIST CARO­LINE BOND, AKA KITTIEKIPPER, REPURPOSES GHOST NETS AND MA­RINE DE­BRIS IN OR­DER TO WEAVE THE SEA CLEAN.

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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.

Sin­gle use plas­tics need to be off of our shop­ping lists start­ing NOW. Fol­low Caro­line on In­sta­gram

“SIN­GLE USE PLAS­TICS NEED TO BE OFF OF OUR SHOP­PING LISTS

START­ING NOW”

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