I love Susie Vickery's work but I really dislike stitching with plastic.
Firstly, I do not keep or use any plastic If I can help it, so I had to go out and buy onions and other fruit to get the bags. That wasn't a good start. Then, I didn't have any hession fabric and I was not going to make a special trip to the mainland. And the main reason I don't like plastic is because I see first hand what it does to the turtles and birds that wash up on our beach. Not every day, but on a regular basis.
But this is about learning so I steeled myself and did it.
The plastic was horrible to stitch with. It hurt my hands to pull the needle through the fabric. It made a mess and it made me feel terrible. I wondered about this, why?
I found I couldn't sit to stitch it. It made me uncomfortable and I had to keep standing and moving around whilst I was stitching. I realised that I kept thinking about those poor animals and birds, I couldn't separate my emotions about their pain from the stitching.
Will I do any more of this kind of stitching? I don't know. I may look at something that highlights the plight of the wildlife and our beaches. On our island our beaches are always pristine. This is because everyday as we walk everyone picks up any kind of litter all the time. We all hate to see any animal wash up on the beach. But it happens.