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5 minutes with... Sustainable artist, Michelle McCosker

G Magazine

Guilt-free eco-works of art, made with reclaimed or unwanted materials.

Eco art

McCosker was creative director of the group that transformed this Hills Hoist using recycled materials.

Credit: Matthew Venables

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A day out for Michelle McCosker’s family isn’t your average picnic – it might include rummaging through junkyards, visiting secondhand stores and going to the ‘burbs on council clean-up day to look for materials for her artworks. G had a quick chat with her about some of her favourite things.

"I am fascinated by… the relationship between art, the everyday and the ordinary person.

I use recycled materials because… I wonder when I pick up a discarded object what life it has had up until now. What stories does it have to tell? I have come to realise that nothing is ever expired or dead or useless, just changed or different and beautifully imperfect.

With my work I like to… reconnect people with ideas of transformation and the beauty of the everyday; such as how a squashed bottle-top can become a beautiful jewel.

Recently I was inspired by… a Peruvian baby rattle a friend gave me for my baby made from old bottle tops found on the streets. I am now making a series where the whole rattle is made from reused parts. I have collected ribbon from wrapped gifts along with plastic bag yarn to weave and crotchet the shapes of the rattles."

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Michelle’s work was on display at the 2011 Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival, where she was commissioned to do a sculptural piece.