Focused exhibition events
These can help to develop and explore issues raised by artworks. LOST had two very different and successful events:
At this event Plastic @ Bay and Greenhive community enterprises shared their knowledge about Recycling Plastic (both marine and terrestrial); single use plastic litter/waste and their vision of a circular Highland economy using recycled materials and resources . We also shared our story about working together to make skipping equipment (handles) from fishing ropes collected in the Highlands. Two years on, after adjusting our mould and casting methods several times, we have concluded that recycling fishing ropes is a very difficult and an extremely energy hungry process. I am keen to share this story about how recycling isn’t always the most sustainable answer to dealing with plastic waste/litter.
Instead we have decided to make our Ocean Jump Rope handles by using plastic tubes commonly found on the beaches. These can be cut to size by hand with a hacksaw, the tube handles can then have hemp rope threaded and knotted through them. This whole process only requires energy through the food we eat!
Many people attending RECYCLE tried out our recycled and repurposed skipping equipment. Engagement was also increased by employing a BSL interpreter, which attracted members of the local deaf community, who told us they are often left out of Climate Change and sustainability conversations.