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Sonja Carmichael Recycles Marine Waste/Making Turtles workshop

A Ngugi woman form Stradbroke Island, Sonja gathers Un-gaire (swamp reeds) and grass fibres as well as nets, ropes, plastics and other materials such as marine debris that have been discarded into the ocean and found washed up on the beautiful shores of Minjerribah.

With these materials, she utilises traditional weaving techniques, creating hand woven baskets and showing kids how to make turtles. Collecting the debris, her works directly respond to current environmental concerns regarding the preservation of the natural environment by transforming the discarded materials into functional and contemporary artworks.

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