How easy would it be if we pulled jewelry, wall hangings, baskets, bowls, or key rings out of the waste we produce? Scientific methods may have limitations, but creativity is limitless. Ghost nets, as we know, are one of the biggest issues responsible for deteriorating marine life. But under an upcycle art initiative, a clique of artists named Selkie Knots at Port Campbell are producing art pieces that can decorate your art side of life with intricately weaved trash art. Under the Selkie Knots initiative, ghost net artists at Port Campbell are upcycling the ocean debris found at the shore and creating high-potential artworks out of it. Discarded fishing nets, driftwood, washed-up metal, plastic, and cloth are upcycled by these conscious artists to give them a new life.
Often, it happens in our daily lives that we discard things that are no longer in use. Having a population of approximately 7880 million leads to a huge pile of discarded waste from various sources. Waste management systems around the world are struggling to manage the proportion of waste produced, which is greater than the efforts put in to manage it. But upcycled art is a creative solution by the fresher thinkers, where recycling can reduce the burden put on landfills and dumping grounds by a huge pile of discarded waste from various sources. Waste management systems around the world are struggling to manage the proportion of waste produced, which is greater than the efforts put in to manage it. But upcycled art is a creative solution by the fresher thinkers, where recycling can reduce the burden put on landfills and dumping grounds. In support of the same, Selkie Knots have initiated the upcycling of the waste they stumble upon at shores and beaches.
Selki Knots, produces handmade stuff from sea waste or the waste washed up on the beaches. They have opened a shop in Port Campbell where they sell upcycled art pieces. The majority of them are made from upcycled ghost nets. On their Instagram page, “Selkie Knots,” they have posted adorable artworks they offer to customers.
If you are bored with casual fashion, try on a headdress and mandala made of ghost net. Tired of losing your keys? Gift yourself keyrings made of ocean plastic. Also, for your messy tables, they make baskets and bowls to organize your stuff. They also produce trivets, jewelry, and dog collars for your pets.
These artists work with the Tangarao Blue Foundation, which is an Australia-wide foundation working for a solution for marine debris, one of the major environmental issues worldwide. Selkie Knots donates 20% of each purchase to the Tangarao Blue foundation. They also put on exhibitions of the art they manufacture. On their Instagram page, Selkie Knots, they keep posting updates about their exhibitions. There are also volunteers from all age groups taking part in this initiative. Moreover, they facilitate workshops to spread their creativity by providing training to all the amazing people interested.