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Hand Embroidery graduate to highlight impact of plastic pollution

UCA graduate Nina Brabbins will showcase the impact of plastic pollution with her innovative craft installation at the In:Site Festival in Birmingham this week.

Nina, who studied BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors and Textile Art – taught at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace – was chosen to feature at the festival, which invites recent graduates to transform the outdoor space surrounding St Philip’s Cathedral with unusual craft ‘interventions'.

“I’m really looking forward to exhibiting at In:Site Festival,” Nina said. “I work with beach rubbish and ghost nets to address the environmental issues of plastic waste and I chose to use it for this project to look at the juxtaposition of old and new in the Cathedral Square. The pieces will be hung up in the trees where the man-made material will sit within the nature of the site, imitating the natural growth of moss and lichen."

Nina’s installation will feature large-scale sculptures made from plastic waste collected from the city and the sea. Nina is inviting the audience to contribute to her art by stringing together pieces of plastic to create garlands that will hang from the trees.

“I am interested in following community art in the future so this is a great experience to see how I like it and what people think of my concepts,” Nina added. “It’s exciting that I will be making work which isn’t just for university any more, but for a real exhibition where my message for creating awareness of plastic waste and the wider issue of climate change will be further reaching.”

In:Site Festival is returning to Birmingham City Centre for its eighth year. Throughout the week, each graduate has a day to make their creative intervention on-site, turning the making process into a performance. Nina’s installation will feature at the In:Site Festival on Wednesday (5 September).