By Simon Hradecky, created October 15, 2019 13:02:33A pair of tiny beads made from a mixture of recycled polyester and recycled plastic has been unveiled at the Australian Crafts Expo in Melbourne.
The beads are the brainchild of Australian artist James Tait, who was inspired to make the creations after his own bead collection was stolen and destroyed by thieves in the US.
“I was inspired by the story of my grandmother, who died at the age of 92 and her art collection, which had a lot of handmade things,” Tait told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“So I started looking into it and the idea was that I wanted to do something similar to that.”
The beads were made from recycled polypropylene and recycled polystyrene and were handcrafted by Tait’s friend and colleague, artist and entrepreneur Paul Fenton.
“It’s very simple, and it’s a really, really good idea,” Fenton told ABC radio.
“If you’re a young artist, you want to be able to make your own stuff.”
You can make a piece of paper, you can make an image on paper and you can use it for any purpose you like.
“We are hoping that people will see the potential in this and the potential of making things that are more sustainable and more environmentally friendly.”
Fenton says he believes the idea will become even more popular with more people taking part in the craft.
“There are so many people who are interested in bead craft,” he said.
“People are so inspired by these designs and so I think this could really make the world a better place.”