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A stunning art installation for the UPCYCLE initiative saw six women crochet cassette tapes into kelp and stuff it with 47kgs of plastic waste.


Cape Town, South Africa (22 April 2024) – This past weekend, the ladies from Re.Bag.Re.Use celebrated their hard work being displayed as part of the UPCYCLE initiative, where artists repurposed office furniture into beautiful functional art pieces.

The team crocheted seven fronds using a staggering 580 audio cassette tapes to complete the project as part of Ananta Design Studio’s creative vision. The piece is designed to look like kelp.

Each frond was filled with clean plastic materials that the Re.Bag.Re.Use team can’t crochet with, such as six-pack wrappers, and torn plastic bags. The combined weight of the seven fronds totals a remarkable 47 kilograms! That is a massive amount of plastic that was repurposed for art! To put this into perspective, this is roughly equivalent to a bag of cement! A significant amount of plastic was saved from ending up in landfills.

“A massive thank you to the remarkable Rucita and Viveka Vassen, Founders and Designers of Ananta Design Studio for including Re.Bag.Re.Use in their incredible vision for their piece that formed part of the UPCYCLE initiative, where artists have repurposed office furniture into beautiful functional art pieces.” – Regine, Re.Bag.Re.Us

Viveka Vassen, co-founder and designer of Ananta Design Studio shares the following about their design,

“The Ananta installation invites you to join us in imagining the future of the workspace as we see it: playful nature immersed spaces. A magical, sensory space that connects us back to nature, ignites creativity and sparks joy and curiosity. Creating an engaging and stimulating environment with the freedom to play, explore and experiment, we open a world of possibilities!”

Rucita Vassen, co-founder and designer adds,

“Our installation is a glimpse of this imaginative magical world with colour, texture and different craft techniques creating a whimsical nature inspired landscape, from the starting point of a mundane office bin. We’ve included soft tactile surfaces appealing to our inner child’s need for a nurturing and comfortable space.”

Each frond has been decorated with beautifully designed upcycling, bead and felt work, and represent different elements of reconnecting with nature and finding inner balance.

The six ladies who worked on the fronds project include Joanna Mnisi, Sakile Ndlovu, Dameris Makovere, Tapiwa Likona, Betty Masamba and Patience Liyema.

Sources: Re.Bag.Re.Use
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