We started our practicum with a long train ride into the inner city where we met up with Janell Wysock and traveled to her amazing little studio. Once there, we immediately picked up work by creating ‘plarn’ or plastic yarn using plastic bags. Then we used the plarn on handheld looms and made weavings with other discard textiles (cords, wires, shoelaces, scrap clothing, and other miscellaneous goods). Lastly, we wove small baskets using those same items and left the studio exhausted for another train ride home.
DAY 2- Wednesday
We started learning to crochet and make examples for textile classes. Then, we used a large frame loom and started weaving scarves. We also ‘attempted’ wet felting alpaca hair. Lastly we watched a documentary on plastics and our world’s oceans ‘inside the garbage of the world’.
DAY 3- Thursday
We started off by traveling to cafes around the area and hanging up flyers for textile classes. Then we worked on our scarves and learned coiling. Lastly we finished the documentary, wrote key points of the documentary, and changed we could make. –
•All plastic eventually finds its way into our oceans, polluting them, and killing animals. Animals either ingest plastics that clog up their digestive system killing them or are smothered by large amounts of plastic
•Plastics make up the majority of waste
•Most plastics sink to the ocean floor, so most of what we see is only a small fraction of what there actually is.
•It gets into our own food chain. Studies show that toxins found in plastic are increasing in our supply of oceanic food.
•’The Garbage Patch’ a vast region in the Pacific Ocean that naturally collects waste due to the currents. Most people idealize this as a ‘plastic island’ of sorts but in reality is many small particles spread out over a vast span of water.
•Everybody can help by doing little things such as using a reusable glass water bottle instead of a single use throwaway bottle.
•reduce, reuse, recycle, refuse. Reduce the amount of single use plastics, reuse plastics such as grocery bags, recycle as much plastic as possible, and refuse plastics such as grocery store bags and bring your own reusable bag(s)
•Pick up plastic you see lying around, picking up 1 piece of plastic can save an animal’s life.
•Educate yourself and others on the increasing dangers of plastic.
We finished up our scarves, finished up our twisting, made new scrap yarn, made a new coil, upcycled experimentation of telephone wire and plarn, wove a third scarf, and started large upcycled basket weaving.
We finished up our third scarf and finished up our basket. Then we made more scrap yarn and took some photos of everything. It was a very educational and enjoyable experience.
Thank you for everything Janell!