“This project showed us how much plastic our family actually uses,” said Christy Miller-Kuziensky, a parent-volunteer at Sunstone Montessori and part of the Center for Earth Leaderships Eco-schools Network. “It serves as a great reminder to get creative with solutions, including swapping recipes for packaged items with other parents, to reduce the plastic in the landfill.” Christy’s school submitted 48 squares to the project.
Other exhibition items include “Plastic wRap” a video created by Create Plenty director Cheryl Lohrmann and sixth-graders at King Elementary School in addition to ponchos ironed out of plastic bags. Morgan Lange, a board member of Create Plenty living in Mexico brought the project to a group of women artists, who learned about the environmental impact of plastic and contributed pieces to the Quilt. These pieces will be displayed as part of a slide show, along with their extension of the Quilt project: a skillful mix of single-use plastics and acrylic paints on canvas to produce thought provoking fine art.
The full list of participating schools include:
The Emerson School
The Opal School (Portland Children’s Museum)
Pacific Crest Community School
Portland State University’s Art Education and Reuse Capstone Class
Southwest Charter School
Sunstone Montessori School
St. Andrew Nativity School
This is the ninth in a series of twice-yearly single-use plastic awareness events since 2007. The International Plastic Quilt Project is led by Cheryl Lohrmann and is sponsored by a small grant from the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhood. For more information, visit http://www.createplenty.org/.