About Liana

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My studio is located in Brisbane, Australia. For the past 10 years I’ve been enjoying creating jewellery designs from an array of mundane materials. Tupperware and knitting needles have remained a firm favourite. My designs have been published numerous times, graced the shelves of many wonderful galleries and stores and been worn by those whose aren’t afraid of colour and attention. All of which I am very grateful for. For several years I’ve also been fortunate enough to work with many businesses as a coach and workshop facilitator.

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Free The Pink Bottles

Free plastic - I like the sound of that! In fact very little of the plastics I use have been obtained without cost, although much is recycled. Yesterday I did get some for free and realised just how many opportunities for this there actually were.

After months of eyeing off the pink plastic bottles at the local ice cream parlor I decided to ask them if I could collect them once empty. The manager saying 'yes' wasn't terribly surprising although I was surprised at just how enthusiastic his 'yes' was. He carefully explained how he always put the bottles in the recycled bin but he was pleased to know that by giving them to me he knew they would definitely be recycled. He has promised to put them aside for me from now on.

The hairdressers were super busy last night but next time I'll pop in and ask for their bottles. Hair products come in such pretty coloured plastics. I hope that they will be just as happy to help. Well, there is no harm in asking!


Tupperware has a lifetime guarantee. In Australia this means that if a piece is damaged through normal use you can take it back to your friendly Tupperware Lady for a brand new replacement. The damaged piece is apparently sent off for recycling and gets turned into flower pots and the like. In the US I've heard (from the lips of a US Tupperware Lady) the same deal applies, except the piece doesn't get recycled. Instead a black marker gets run across it before it gets tossed in the bin. The thought of all those lovely coloured lids being turned into landfill, when I could be making jewellery out of them, is just too sad!!!

Tupperware users of the world feel free to send your damaged goods directly to me. I promise I will put every last bit of it to good use!


laura mitchell. said...

how awful....save it liana save it!

shula said...

Exactly what sort of plastic (apart from tupperware) is useful to you, Liana?

Happy to keep an eye out.

I'm collecting strange things for all sorts of people at the moment.

Liana said...

Hi Laura - I'll do my very best!!

Liana said...

Shula - all thoughts of plastic things, such as vintage buttons, knitting needles, nice plastics lids, small toys, baby coathangers, colourful shampoo bottles........

Thanks so much for thinking of me with the t.s knitting needles.