Transforming Trash into Treasure: Beach Clean-Up in St. Croix

Every week, I hit the shores of St. Croix armed not just with bags for trash, but with a vision. Ghost nets, marline line, and rope—once marine debris—are prized materials for my artwork. These discarded remnants not only mar our beautiful beaches but also tell a story of environmental neglect.

Through meticulous collection during beach clean-ups, I breathe new life into these discarded items. By repurposing them in my artwork, I not only create striking pieces but also raise awareness about ocean conservation and the impact of human activity on marine ecosystems.

I am turning the tide on pollution—one ghost net at a time.

Work in Progress

As an artist deeply passionate about sustainability and the beauty of the unexpected, I’ve always been drawn to the idea of giving new purpose to discarded objects. There’s something incredibly satisfying about taking something that might otherwise end up in a landfill and transforming it into a work of art that sparks wonder and curiosity.

I am still sourcing the materials to embellish the braids so I expect to be working and completing this piece, while I am in residency at Touchstone Center for Crafts this Spring and Fall.

more to come…

Today is JC Friday

There is opportunity to shift structural language when a person plays with unexpected materials without any expectations. My Emotional Baggage Carts are designed to draw you in and spark your curiosity. Not only to discover what materials are used to create these sculptures, but to look within, recognize and release the emotional baggage you may be carrying. 

You are invited to work with me on an Emotional Baggage Cart in progress at Art 150, 150 Bay Street, Studio #231 on Friday September 9th from 6-9pm.

Enter Art150 at 1st Street and Provost St and ride the elevator to the second floor. Sudio #231.

Feel free to bring any recycled fibers or textiles to weave onto the cart. No experience necessary.