kathy bagioni

Color outside the lines . . .

the Gyre is juried into UPCYCLE

Written By: kathybagioni - May• 02•19

So thrilled to be included in this prestigious group of 35 artists from around the globe.


Premieres at the International Quilt Festival, Houston Texas – October 31 to November 3, 2019

Repurposing used materials is one of the most effective solutions there is to deal with today’s environmentally devastating waste issues. Fiber art also has a rich tradition of incorporating elements that would otherwise be discarded by turning them into compelling compositions.    from the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates website, www.SAQA.com)

My piece is called “the Gyre”, a “quilt” made of recycled paper, fiber, plastic, and paint.   A gyre is a place where convection currents rotate and converge. It is where all that plastic and other garbage we toss accumulates in the oceans.   In the Pacific there are currently five large gyres and in the Atlantic three.   This piece is 99.999% repurposed/recycled paper, fiber, and plastic.  Only the red binding and the backing fabrics, and the paint and gel mediums are new.


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