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Telford student makes warrior costume from recycled rubbish

18 June 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Catherine captures fairy tale magic through textile creation

A Telford textiles student has captured the magic of fairy tale through armoury created from recycled fabric, disused tin cans and plastic bottles.

Catherine Buckle, a textiles student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston, was inspired by a book called by The Kingdom Under the Sea to create a Viking style armour plate and a crown made entirely from recycled materials for her final year University project.

The book by Joan Aiken shares 11 traditional Eastern European folk tales in a dark and slightly sinister way and Catherine based her textile art on a character named the Sea King.

“I wanted to show the decay of a warrior living under the sea and make an environmental statement at the same time.”

Through the costume she wanted to show the damage pollution can cause in the sea; the chinks of her armour are made from dissolvable fabric, its jewels are cut out from tin cans and the crown is crafted from recycled bottle fibre.

The 22-year-old from Madeley said: “The costume is made from rubbish, most of which can be found in the ocean. I wanted to show the decay of a warrior living under the sea and make an environmental statement at the same time.”

Catherine, a former at Madeley Academy and New College Telford Sixth Form pupil, has now landed a job as a pyro-technician with Manchester-based arts company Walk The Plank. Catherine worked for the company on placement during her studies assisting with costumes for performances including the Preston Guild parade.

“The stream of creative talent flowing from our University is truly astounding and I’m delighted that we celebrate, highlight and share this work with the local community at the public view of our annual degree show.”

Her costume is on display at UCLan as part of the University’s Creative Focus Festival which showcases final year degree work of students from architecture, design, fashion, fine art, media practice and performance courses.

UCLan Vice-Chancellor Malcolm McVicar said: “The stream of creative talent flowing from our University is truly astounding and I’m delighted that we celebrate, highlight and share this work with the local community at the public view of our annual degree show.”

For more information about UCLan’s Creative Focus Festival visit www.uclan.ac.uk/cf or follow @UCLanCF on Twitter.