Guest Contributor: Janet Wootton
In this edition of Waste and Recycling News we welcome guest contributor - Janet Wootton - who creates upcycled jewellery made from recycled data cabling and then sells it to
benefit local charities.
"Another Change seems to fit the bill as the title for my latest foray into
recycling and upcycling- reusing and transforming materials into new art and
people might consider me a hoarder! But I believe the wide variety of materials
in my home studio which have been given to me, or are remaining after earlier
art projects, are a veritable treasure trove and a great inspiration.
for “leftovers” started during my Masters studies at Nottingham Trent
University . I graduated with an MA in Fine Art three years ago after two years
part-time study. Climate change, waste issues and discovering ways to reuse
materials, became central to creating a sustainable art practice.
project idea incorporating data cabling led me to acquiring heaps of recycled multi-coloured cable from a friend
with an IT business. On completion of the art work I took a second look at the
remaining supplies of rainbow stranded cable and considered the next step:
waste recycling or upcycling.
"And so Another Change was
born - a range of retro-style jewellery, designed and made by me from recycled
data cabling. I have created bangles with magnetic clasps, pendants, brooches
has been well received by a range of people of all ages. At first I gave the
jewellery as gifts then I decided the way forward was to change it into a bit
of a social enterprise to give back into the community and now sell the range to
benefit local charities."
Janet's Top Tip: "Let your creative spirit wander as you contemplate whether to throw away materials and products. You will be surprised at the choices and opportunities and the sense of a good job done when potential waste becomes some reusable and decorative.”
You can see
more about Janet's art at www.janetwootton.com and a link to www.perfectlyperfectpresents.com where she sells the work of artists,
including a range of upcycled goods.
Many thanks to Janet for sharing her story! Does anyone else have any top tips they want to share? Please get in touch and you could be our next guest contributor!