Portuguese artist Vanessa Barragão upcycles textile disposal waste and creates beautiful tapestry. Environmentally conscious Barragão is inspired by the ocean. She grew up in the beach town Albufera where her love for the ocean grew. At the same time she is devastated by the amount of trash that ends up in the ocean.
“It is extremely harmful for our world and it affects all of its different natural environments, particularly the ocean which absorbs 90% of the atmospheric pollution, warming up itself to the point that so many species get threatened, being the corals, who sustain so many other creatures, one of the most endangered ones.”
Barragão is aware that the textile industry in particular brings tons of waste, the equipment used consumes a lot of undurable energy. “The textile industry is one of the most polluting ones in the world,” says Barragão. “In almost everything process chemicals are used, especially when it comes to the fibers treatment and dyeing.”
The tapestry artists intents to lower the waste by making it into beautiful coral reefs and underwater plants and animals. Barragão uses the dead stock of local factories for her work and combines a cleaned selection of materials into magical patterns. She uses old-fashioned techniques that are rarely seen these days like knitting, latch hooking, crocheting, felting and macreming. Make sure to check out her work on the photos below and on her own website.