San Diego-based artist Cat Chiu Phillips used a variety of sewing and weaving techniques, including the use of plarn (yarn made from discarded plastic bags) to crochet large, abstract patterns to draw attention to the pollution created by plastic. Join Cat in this series of free, hands-on artmaking workshops, culminating in a community exhibition and installation at Westfield Horton Plaza.
I. Fundamentals of Sewing Machine with Retro Objects
- VHS Tapes Clutch: October 8 (10-12 pm)
Introduction to basic sewing machine usage then transform a VHS tape to a clutch handbag.
- Cassette Tape Wallets: November 12 (10-12 pm)
Learn the basics of how to use a sewing machine then upcycle a cassette tape for daily use. Transform an old cassette tape to a wallet, coin purse, or business card holder.
II. Basic Crochet Techniques with Plastic Waste
- Plarn Wreaths: December 10 (10-12pm)
Use plastic bag discards to create an easy-to-make holiday wreath.
- Plarn Wide Cuff Bracelets: January 7 (10-12 pm)
Learn basic crochet techniques and use recycled plastic bags to create wearable accessories.