This month we return to a design feature which puts the spotlight on Eco designer Sarah Turner. We first met Sarah at Nottingham Lightnight, whereby she had created an installation at Nottingham Trent University. As more businesses and government organisations encourage the general population to recycle, it was refreshing to meet a designer who embraced this drive and turned it into a successful business plan. Sarah specialises in using recycled bottles and cans to create various decorative products including pendants, lamps, flowers as well as canvas art. Her work is exquisite, unique and truly func.tastic!
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Coca-Cola first noticed Sarah's work over a year before the Olympics. They decided that Sarah was the right person for the job to design and make the Lighting and Sculpture for their Hospitality Centre at the London 2012 Olympic Park.
The lights really make a statement being 2 metres wide and are made using 190 plastic Coca-Cola bottles each. There are 5 of the large lights in total, each is made up of rings of the plastic bottles and a globe in the middle.
Sarah says: "I wanted the lights to have an Olympic look to them which is why I chose the circular disks with rings of the plastic bottles, reminiscent of the Olympic rings. I also liked the classic looking light bulbs, it reminded me of the infamous Coca-Cola Christmas truck."
The globe is Sarah's Cola 30 design which are made from of course 30 Coca-Cola bottles hand cut and sculpted into decorative forms. This was the design Coca-Cola first noticed and expressed interest in, after all it is made using their bottles and is named after them!
Sarah says: " I really wanted to include my Cola 30 light, I thought the contrast between the whole plastic bottles and the transformation they go through with the Cola 30 was a fantastic thing to show".
Sarah makes an upcycled dragon with the help of the young people from Newstead.
CDs, plastic bottles, drinks lids, soda cans and phone top up cards were some of the many recycled materials which were used to create the dragon. The young people of Newstead helped to cut out and decorate the pieces at the Newstead Youth Centre. Beautiful patterns were created on each recycled piece by nail polish and marker pens.
Sarah made the dragon structure in her city centre studio from plastic plumbing pipes, chicken wire and plastic bottles. She then cable tied each of the recycled pieces onto the structure.
The dragon was then displayed at the Newstead Bonfire Night. The illuminated dragon looked great with the spectacular fireworks.
The dragon is now going on a tour so look out for him in the future!
Ecobuild commissioned Sarah to create a giant plastic bottle chandelier.
The piece lit up the Cafe at the annual show at the ExCel London. Sarah decided to create a brand new design using a completely different technique to any of her other pieces.
Sarah says, "I have been experimenting with melting plastic bottles for a while and was very pleased with being able to showcase the technique at the show"
The large blue chandelier uses 250 of the melted bottles in total and is a whopping 1.5 metres wide. A smaller 1 metre wide, white, free standing piece was also made from 120 plastic bottles
Sarah was asked by the Ideal Home Show to create a large ceiling pendant from waste plastic bottles.
She made the light using the bases of different sized plastic bottles. Named 'Ella', the piece reuses 310 of the bottle bases and is over 1 metre wide.
The piece was displayed in their Open Plan Living House, one of three full sized model show homes. The interior design was planned by Linda Barker, collaborating with stylist Maggie Colvin. 'Ella' was a main feature of the house and amazed and fascinated visitors.
Sarah's work was also chosen to be a design feature of the Gregg Wallace Master Chef restaurant. The Cola lighting range lit up the bar of the restaurant.
Ella can now be made in different sizes and is available to purchase from the online shop.