Meliors Simms hand makes art with textiles on environmental issues.
One of the more recent exhibitions she has been a part of is called ‘Imagining Antarctica.’ Again, like many of the other posts on here so far… She is confronting issues about peoples effects on the earth, climate change, & the politics that surrounds these issues.
An online article said this:
A hand-stitched Big Berg is one of many interpretations of polar ice in Imagining Antarctica. Meliors Simms, a New Zealand artist, has used a range of textile techniques to explore the history of Antarctica, as well as its present environment and the threats to its future.
“New Zealand’s proximity to Antarctica and significant activities there mean that Antarctica is a common theme for New Zealand artists,” says Simms. With a background in Environmental Policy, Simms confesses that she turned to art as a result of “frustration with trying to effect change through policy channels.”
Narani Henson uses marine plastic or plastic detritus, also known as ‘beach booty’ to draw attention to issues around waste and pollution.
She was born in New Zealand in 1976 where a love for the ocean was instilled in her at an early age. A keen surfer, avid collector and environmental artist she sees herself as a ‘custodian of the sea’. With the help of local marine conservation organisation Positive Change For Marine Life she collects marine plastic and turns it into evocative artworks. (Read more – sourced from here)
“Do you know that 2.4 million pounds of plastic is estimated to enter the worlds ocean every hour? Which is 1089 tons of plastic! When I first learnt of the huge volume of plastic pouring into the Worlds ocean’s I have to admit I became very emotional. Our global environment is facing significant risks from pollution which has been created through over-consumption and thoughtless waste disposal by us.
I am working on the process of recycling marine plastic by transforming it into ‘something else’. Through the presentation of my work I hope to highlight the amount of plastic in our ocean in an attempt to comment on the effects resulting from the by-products of our consumer society, I hope to draw people’s attention to the deeper meaning it conveys. I think like any global issue it can feel over whelming and too big to make a difference. But I made the conscience decision to do my part… think local act global, every little bit counts, just like organisations like “Positive change for marine life”, “My Two hands” and “Take three”, I started to take responsibility for my beach by picking up marine plastic and rubbish”. – Narani Henson