Louise Green

Master of Surface Pattern and Textiles

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About me

‘Trashlamp’ is a concept that I visualized a number of years ago and I have been slowly developing it since. It all started from my deep-rooted passion in all things sustainable and the growing need to highlight the hazards of plastic pollution and the recycling industry. Waste has valuable potential that should not be carelessly discarded. It is an abundant commodity that urgently needs controlling. Working with waste materials, I construct geometric light sculptures for use in both domestic and commercial settings. During my master’s degree I have explored three-dimensional shape, colour, pattern and illumination. Investigating geometry has enabled me to devise numerous methods of construction. I am currently constructing a website to showcase and sell my light forms. If you would like to keep up with my progress, please follow me on Instagram where I will post updates about my exciting mission.

The recycling industry is not the functional system that people are led to believe and due to this I have based my project on highlighting the need to address this. Upcycling waste materials into lighting sculptures is a small but significant demonstration of how its valuable properties can be utilized. I mainly use plastic bottles due to the translucency of the material but I also use other products that are being discarded. Plastic has a long life and has the ability to be made into beautiful artefacts that can be cherished for a lifetime.

Dahlia - emulating the delicate curls, curves and colours of this graceful flower.

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Fire - creating a warming atmosphere when lit.

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Beano - a fun and colourful feature to brighten up a room.

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Jungle - combining the contrast of natural shades of green with a synthetic material.

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Minnie - incorporating various scrap materials to create theme based on cartoon characters.

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Fading Bloom - the cycle of nature displaying the beauty of its transformation.

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120 Shades of Sapphire-Grey - exploring the depths and tones of a mono-chrome colour.

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Pura Vida - nature portrayed via a man-made material.

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Weave - basketry techniques are used to create a colourful feature light.

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Tropicana - palm trees and coconuts are the theme to this light sculpture.

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