In a break from weaving, I have been taking my creative practice in new directions. To work with ocean plastics, ghost nets or marine debris is inescapably connected to our relationship with the environment and the increasing conversations around the Anthropocene; the epoch we are currently in, so defined by the ways in which the geology and processes on the planet are forever changed.
The imprint we are leaving on our environment is the starting point for this new body of work. This global imprint led me to physically print with the plastic objects I have collected on the UK coastline. The collection of shapes and fragments are strangely familiar but altogether alien out of context.
They have a resemblance to plankton and diatoms, the microscopic creatures living in water that now share their realm with ubiquitous fragments of plastic. Interestingly, in the Jurassic epoch, it was these tiny creatures that formed layers on the seabed that over time, slowly transformed into oil, the very material that plastic is created from.
I am working on a series of prints that reflect both the distribution of typical objects found on the tideline and their similarity to plankton, some might say their material forebears.