Jeannette Weiss

Department: Man and Well being

Foreign Foraging

What: An environmental (hi)story of the sea told by a character attuned to the materials available in his/her surroundings: the forager.

Why: ‘Foreign Foraging’ is based on the factual prediction that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. The sea slowly transforms from a food source towards a source of materials.

How: Handwoven tapestries made of recycled fishing nets and collected pieces of sea plastic, accompanied by a spoken and visualised poem address the complex environmental issue of scarcity (fish) and abundance (plastic) in our oceans on an emotional level.

“Like fish swimming in water, now it’s plastic that swims”

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Copyright: Design Academy Eindhoven
Photographs: Ronald Smits