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Artist recreates the ocean using recycled textiles

Portuguese artist Vanessa Barragão makes sculptures out of textiles on an exquisite theme: her incredible pieces pay homage to the extraordinary, colourful creatures of the oceans. She uses industrial textile waste to create woollen carpets, tapestries and wall ornaments that imitate the structure of coral.

Her most recent works, Coral Garden and Ocean Tapestry are about the massive damage that the highly polluting textile industry is doing to the natural environment.

“The textile industry is one of the most polluting in the world,” Barragão explained to My Modern Met magazine. “All the machinery used requires tons of energy while producing a lot of waste and disposable trash. It is extremely harmful for our planet and it affects all of its different natural environments, particularly the ocean which absorbs 90% of the atmosphere pollution.”

Barragão tries to use environment-friendly solutions while creating her work, so she only uses recycled materials and produces everything by hand, without using any machinery to assist her. The artist uses ancient techniques such as embroidery, felting, knitting and crochet. The resulting textile structures comprise a vast range of colours and textures.

She used left-over supplies from an artisanal rug factory to create her immersive installation Coral Garden. The stunning work explores the harmful impact of global warming on coral reefs. One part of the large wall hanging depicts a richly coloured coral reef, but in another part, the vivid colours are muted, faded, just as living corals are bleached by warming seas.

Barragão hopes that her work raise awareness of environmental problems, and that her art will inspire people to do more for the health of our planet.

Photos: vanessabarragao.com
Further information: My Modern Met

Waves caught on camera

Australian photographer Matt Burgess spends hours in the salty sea to capture the diverse forms and textures of waves and to grasp the capricious moods of the ocean. He documents the hypnotic moments when waves reach their crests, or when they curl around as they hit the shallow seabed by the shore.

The ocean explored on a single breath of air

World champion freediver Guillaume Néry has produced a short film entitled One Breath Around the World, in which he presents the astonishing world hidden deep in the oceans on a single breath.

The Hungarian Post greets the Budapest Water Summit 2019 with stamp-release

The unique stamp issued on the occasion of the Budapest Water Summit 2019, have been released by Mr János Áder, President of Hungary and Mr György Schamschula, CEO of Magyar Posta Zrt. (Hungarian Post) on Monday, October 7th, at the Sándor Palace in Budapest.

Underwater dance to protect the oceans

It is no accident that Christine Ren decided to call herself The Underwater Woman: she combines her passion for dancing with ocean conservation, so she poses her dance moves under the surface for breathtaking photos such as the pieces in the series Protect What’s Precious, which protests trawling.

Spectacular works of art made of thousands of sea shells

British multimedia artist Rowan Mersh finds inspiration in nature. He uses thousands of shells to create his mesmerizing contemporary sculptures. His experimental approach inspires him to turn everyday objects into works of art, with particular attention to the harmony of shape, colour and geometry.

The calm beauty of the infinite ocean in paintings

The ethereal paintings of Bree Brooks celebrate the calm, peaceful aspect, the unearthly beauty of the ocean. The canvas paintings show large bodies of water from a bird’s eye perspective, interrupted by the coastline or boats swaying in the ocean.

The world through the eyes of a sea captain

Zay Yar Lin, a sea captain from Myanmar, doesn’t only capture the everyday life of seafarers – their struggle with the seas and the excitement of reaching shore – but also fishermen, sailors and the busy world of harbours, as well. In his photos, he places the emphasis on lighting, composition, the interplay of colours and unusual perspectives. His shots are abstract, still they also communicate stories about everyday people.

Water magic hidden in rings

The spellbinding rings produced by a Vancouver-based studio, Secret Wood, showcase Canada’s natural wonders. In addition to the country’s rugged mountains, luxurious emerald forests and wonderful northern lights, the design studio has also been inspired by majestic waterfalls.

An ice cavern under a melting glacier

The Aletsch Glacier, whose source is at an elevation over 4000 metres in the Bernese Alps, is Europe’s longest and largest volume glacier, which is visible from space. At present, its area covered with ice all year is 28.6 square kilometres, but it is getting smaller.

On the trail of turquoise ice

In her series entitled Blue Ice, photographer Julieanna Kost has captured the strikingly beautiful blue and turquoise colours and gradations of the glaciers and icebergs of Antarctica. She embarked on her Antarctic expedition on a small motor boat to record the ice landscapes using digital technology.

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