Turning rubbish into works of art

Chris Eddowes with her Fairtrade creation
Chris Eddowes with her Fairtrade creation

A FAIRTRADE group is after a load of rubbish – to transform into works of art.

Hartlepool Fairtrade Town Steering Group want to make a mark on Fairtrade Fortnight by enticing arty people to turn packaging – which carries the Fairtrade logo – into some weird and wonderful pieces of art.

Every year the national Fairtrade Foundation sets a challenge, usually for schools to come up with artistic ideas, but this year, the remit is wider and includes everybody.

The aim is to produce a work of art, collage, sculpture, or anything bearing the title “art” made up of Fairtrade labels.

Chris Eddowes, secretary of the Hartlepool group, is appealing for supporters in town to save their packaging which can then be transformed.

Chris had a go at seeing what she could create with a few packets and a spare half hour and produced a plant, which she has titled with a Latin name “Fatsia Fairtradii”.

She said: “This is just an example but I’m sure groups or individuals in town can come up with much better ideas.

“But you can’t make them without Fairtrade packaging.”

The group also needs people to hand over their Fairtrade rubbish at drop off points at the information desk in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, or in the Cornerstone Fairtrade shop in St George’s buildings, in Park Road.

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from February 25 until March 10 and the group are hoping to have enough art work for an exhibition during the two weeks.

In previous years the group have won two awards in the category for imaginative ideas, so are hoping for a good showing this year.

Chris added: “The town gained Fairtrade Town Status quite a while ago and was granted renewed status last year. It’s good that the people of Hartlepool support the whole idea of fairness towards the people who produce much of our food.

“This gives everybody chance to show their support.”

For further information, contact Chris on (01429) 269412.