Artist Rose Orelup

October 1, 2019
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October 1, 2019 Duc Tinh

Rose Orelup
Plastic Revolution – A study on the use/misuse of plastic

Exhibit: October 1 – October 30
FH Gallery, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Artist Statement

My Work is inspired by the history of plastic and how I embrace a sustainable lifestyle through Fashion. Though the usage of many plastics is temporary, the lifespan of plastic can extend well over 100 years. The first plastic was based on a synthetic polymer was made from phenol and formaldehyde, with the first viable and cheap synthesis methods invented in 1907. Plastic became a mainstream commodity during WWII due to the need to preserve natural resources, such as metal. Plastic has since dominated the market making it one of the most common manmade products on Earth; and is one of the most common forms of pollution.

The relatively recent shift in environmental protection and sustainability has led to villainizing plastic-use. Leading to a promotion of plastic bans, such as the recent decrease, and in some cases the elimination of plastic grocery bags, straws and other common products in society. This sustainability movement is what inspires me as a designer. My work reinforces and promotes the awareness for sustainability and also encourages a strong sense of empowerment. I source my materials ethically and resourcefully, including recycling and re-purposing plastic waste, up-cycled fabrics and other repurposed/recycled materials. Each design is the product of countless hours of work and is a reflection of contemporary fashion.