Audrey Hepburn Dress

During her 1993 residency at Recology, fiber artist Estelle Akamine worked with a range of unexpected materials that she reconfigured into elegant garments. She wove and hand knotted computer printer ribbon into capes that resembled feather boas, and used a price tag gun to stitch together the clear plastic that holds six-packs of soda, making luminous dresses which she paired with bird’s nest-like hats fashioned from white mini-blinds. This dress is made from foam packing material.

Estelle Akamine

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The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a one-of-a-kind program established in 1990 to encourage the conservation of natural resources and instill a greater appreciation for the environment and art in children and adults. Artists work for four months in studio space on site, use materials recovered from the Public Disposal and Recycling Area, and speak to students and the general public. Over the last twenty-five years, more than 100 professional artists and twenty student artists have ...

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