Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

Thanja has triggered her very own costume design Workshop. While the Allen Centre fabric collection was inspiring, a problem arises if a student can't access similar fabrics at home.
This resulted in our experimentation with easily available plastic bags - turning them into a range of surprisingly beautiful motifs and textures - which captured Thanja's interest.
Using only recycled plastic bags, a needle and thread and a few lengths of tying wire, she has created an emotive and stunning example of wearable art.
Follow the photographs below to see her work unfold....
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In the eye of the beholder..

plastic bag wind

A plastic bag, a windy day,

she's darting, dancing high and low,

coquettish in her flight of fancy,

all in all, a one-bag show;

a street performer with a twist,

I wish you could have seen her,

a holder meant for groceries,

a no-name ballerina...


- Keith Bickerstaffe


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Thanja's draft for Katniss from The Hunger Games.

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Fluorescent orange spray paint on red plastic - test sample...

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Cutting and pinning the flames...

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Shoulder feature...

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The bow and arrow...

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Painting red plastic strips with brown tempera for the braid...

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Constructing the bamboo framework for the wing... easier

than using wire - ourwire was too light to hold its shape.

Thicker wire would be too heavy and difficult to attach....

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The pin symbol.... using a photocopy of the symbol and

tingeing it with yellow plastic to suggest a metal finish.

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Bracing the wings...

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The braid of plaited painted plastic...
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The two wing frames ready for covering...

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The wings covered with black plastic and realigned in keeping

with a sideways stance. The hair has been completed.