Nicole Dextras’ pomegranate shoot

Can you believe I got to wear this?

Nicole Dextras' pomegranate shoot

Persephone gazes at an effigy of herself running through the fields.

concept, design, construction & photography by Nicole Dextras
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Jacket made from pomegranate peels, thorns, white mushrooms, fish mah and pomelo peel. The skirt is made from chinese dates strung with wool.
Pomegranate Fruit Leather Boots!

Read more about Nicole’s work in this Ignite article:
Botanical Fashion: Nicole Dextras’ Amazing Weedrobes

make-up: Keith Murray
lights: Jordi Sancho
shoot assistant: Evgenia Pankeeva
model: Nita Bowerman

Behind the scenes:
pomegranate behind the scenes 1
pomegranate behind the scenes 2

Refuse Refuse

Second Life: Runner Up
Port Moody Wearable Art Awards 2013
Exhibiting at Port Moody Arts Centre February 23 – March 14


Photo above by Darla Furlani
Link to the original image on the Port Moody Wearable Art Website.

View images of the 2013 Port Moody Wearable Art Awards, including Refuse Refuse, on the Pedersson Storyteller Photograpy blog collage.

Refuse: verb. Indicate or show that one is not willing to do something.

refuse refuse 2
Refuse: noun. Matter thrown away or rejected as worthless; trash.

refuse refuse 3

Materials: polythene sheeting, plastic bags, plastic bottles, other found plastics

Artist Statement:
Plastic has been called the lubricant of globalization because it’s a vapor and moisture barrier that enables the safe shipment of products around the globe. It is these very same qualities that make it virtually indestructible. Plastic doesn’t biodegrade, it photodegrades. Ultraviolet rays from the sun brittle it, cracking it and breaking it into little chips, these individual polymers, or micro plastics, are then ingested by marine life from the smallest feeder up the food chain. Some scientists upon analysis have found more plastic than plankton in some oceanic areas, some say a ratio of 6:1 and others have claimed 40:1 and ever increasing. In and around the garbage gyres, the most publicized being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, there are exceptionally high concentrations of plastics, chemical sludge, and other debris that have been trapped by ocean currents. It doesn’t present as the mythical island dump floating on the ocean, rather there are tiny pieces of polymer everywhere, thinly distributed, and extremely impractical to clean up. There are high concentrations of toxins in plastics. It is not hard to believe with the ubiquitousness of plastic, that every currently living creature inhabiting this earth has plastic chemicals in their bodies. We have all heard the reports of plastic toxins leaching from containers into food and affecting human hormone levels and animals dissected after death revealing stomachs clogged with plastic parts.

I am not a plastics expert, but I am aware that practically every product I buy comes wrapped in plastic. Making these garments has not only become a method of recycling plastic waste, but it is aalso a medium through which to draw attention to the issue of a land and waterscape that is becoming increasingly choked with non-biodegradable consumer wastes. This act of creation is a resistance to globally based industries of waste and a consumer lifestyle that is threatening natural ecosystems and people’s ability to live in harmony with their environment. The inspiration is simultaneously drawn from nature itself and is influenced by the appearance of organic matter, such as the movement qualities of a jellyfish. The polyethylene plastics have been ripped and pulled to float through the air as if through water. Simultaneously, I looked to the nature of the material itself for inspiration, incorporating the longevity and durability of plastic by enhancing it with construction techniques such as weaving and tying. Aesthetically I am drawn to juxtapositions and opposing tensions. When Michael J.P. Hall approached me with the concept of working with plastics, which upon first appearance presents as organic, I was intrigued. There is an inherent ugliness in the plastic problem. With human adaptability and the drive to survive and thrive, might we find solutions to a disposable synthetic culture through a creative envisioning of our future? A look at a culture wrapped in plastic is a call to reconnect with the natural ecosystem of which we are a part.

note: photos edited by Nita Bowerman

note: photos edited by Nita Bowerman

These garments have been commissioned by Michael J.P. Hall of FRAMWERK PHOTOGRAPHY + DESIGN for a photo series entitled Entanglement. The Entanglement is a series of large-format photographs that speak to the intertwined relationship between human life and waste. Link to my Entanglement webpage here.

There are deadly consequences that result from a disposable culture dependent on plastic.

Midway – a film by Chris Jordan

I have no affiliation with this film, which is scheduled to premier late 2013. I do, however, believe it is an important work that deserves to be deeply considered and shared.

Capt. Charles Moore on the seas of plastic: Ted Talks

Nicole Dextras’ Little Green Dress Projekt

I went to visit environmental artist Nicole Dextras at VanDusen Botanical Garden yesterday. She has been working throughout the summer on The Little Green Dress Projekt, commissioned for the Earth Art exhibition.

Check out the official blog for the project that details the construction and display of 21 all natural plant dresses made to measure for 21 women.

photo by Nicole Dextras

This is a dress I made out of seaweed. Many thanks to Nicole for bringing me into the early stage of the process to help make armatures for some of the other dresses. What a pleasure, having worn many of Nicole’s previous weedrobes, to have an opportunity to make one.

Click on this link to see Nicole’s photo documentation of each dress.

Nicole Dextras Weedrobes video

Short documentary on artist Nicole Dextras and her project Weedrobes, where she makes clothing out of natural materials. Dextras is an environmental artist from Canada who works with ephemeral materials to accentuate the cycles of nature and also to comment on consumer culture.

“I work with things that are ephemeral, that are not going to last, and it’s teaching me how to let go.” Nicole Dextras

another Nicole Dextras original

A wonderful and wild photo and video shoot was had on Friday 13th.

The creative concept, construction and styling was by Nicole Dextras, who always amazes me with her ability to out perform herself every time I work with her.

The entire outfit is made from natural materials. Cranberry dress, boots made from Birch bark, headpiece has wasp’s nest and honeycombs and collar made from Chinese Lanterns. Wear it and compost it! — ND –

makeup by April Beer
photo shoot collaboration by Jordi Sancho
videography by Michael Sider

photo by Nicole Dextras
modeling by Nita Bowerman

More photos here.