As it's now 2022 (I still haven't quite fathomed how that happened) I thought I should finally show you a few experiments I was working on last year!
These will all be undergoing further development in a couple of months time, and I CANNOT WAIT to get stuck in and share their progress with you.
These are a few Initial test pieces I made at the very beginning 2021 as part of my ongoing work following the London Alternative Photography Collective's Sustainable residency in April 2020.
Resin coated photographic paper cannot be recycled due to this plastic coating, so I’ve been investigating many different ways of reusing it within my practice.
In this experiment I was interested in creating 'gemstones' and material from failed/waste chemigrams that still featured the structural and ephemeral characteristics of the paper and the images printed onto them.
Wearable memories, stories, moments, captured fragments in time.
There's plenty more to follow including some exciting fusion of techniques!
As many of you are aware, circular economy principles are integral to my work and it is my hope to ultimately not only create a closed-loop waste recycling system within my practice but also a means to collaborate with other artists to share and manage resources.
Head to my other blog posts to see more experiments including intaglio prints using RC paper as a printing plate and electroformed RC paper pieces silver-plated from exhausted photographic fixer, a process developed as part of my work on the residency.
Experimental setting with alternative discarded materials
Charlotte E Padgham is an experimental and sustainable artist and jewellery design/maker using the imperfect, discarded and intervention of the self as inspiration, tool, and material. Circular economy principles are an integral part of her process. Materials and waste are reused, reworked and recycled within and across her art and jewellery practices.
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