Beyond. Various materials were selected to go beyond their original purpose, to convey a message to look beyond and be creative!
Puakenikeni flowers undergo color transformations - ivory white into a mature golden hue. Individually cut and melted plastic end stubs from office paper towel rolls, destined for landfills, were created into beautiful puakenikeni flowers; these black puakenikeni serve as a reminder post-consumer waste can be transformed and rediscovered!
‘Ilima, O‘ahu’s official flower, is tediously strung using hundreds of ‘ilima leaves. Similarly, over a hundred strands of individual pompom streamers, chosen for the bright golden color to contrast the black puakenikeni, were sewn together using baseball strings to represent ‘ilima leaves. May the effort and heart to string each strand encourage consumers to have a tenacious spirit and commitment to reuse post-consumer materials.
As Champaca captivates with sweet fragrance, the shimmery metallic champaca, made of reused potato chip bags and assembled with scrap CD labels and baseball string, capture the attention of onlookers. Known beyond beauty, Champaca and ‘ilima are also prized for medicinal uses.
Using special lenses to go beyond shelf-life of materials, learning to discover more than meets the eye, reusing and recycling multiplies value and gives life.
Beyond the baseball surface, the interior treasure, composite recycled yarn was used to crochet valueless Magic cards into Maile leaves. Crocheting, a trash art technique, incorporates unique texture to the overall presentation.
All components were strung on a recycled bicycle innertube symbolizing their motion and resilience beyond original use.