I started to weave baskets from washed up rope and that took me on a journey to understand the issues that fishing nets and gear create to marine life.
Ghost fishing gear refers to any fishing equipment or fishing-related litter that has been abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded and it is a danger to marine life. The baskets I make hopefully create awareness of the danger of this discarded fishing gear.
At the moment the vessels I create are somewhat functional, I could develop the design to be more of an ethical art statement than a functional item. I am also considering loom weaving using the materials that I use for the baskets.
I hope to make a display of the baskets alongside other fishing debris at the Lundy Marine Festival this Summer 2022