Contours of the Century Paula perrins 2019

Responding to aircraft, drone and satellite images of the intriguing patterns created by man’s exploitation of the planet’s surface, I have used collected fabrics and plastics to create a composite landscape as seen from above. Using distressing techniques such as burning and bleaching, I have pieced together a patchwork of the deforestation, pollution and exhaustion of resources that threaten the future of the Earth.

“…there’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate.” Barack Obama 2014

Centre Pivot Irrigation, Saudi Arabia.
Centre Pivot Irrigation SA and Bolivian Deforestation.
Deforestation, Bolivia.
Cattle Feedlots, Texas, USA
Shipping Containers
Shipping Containers
Blue Salt Field
Oil Field.
Oil Field.
Deforestation and Palm Oil, Indonesia.
Fish Farms and Marine Plastic
Marine Plastic

Embroiderer’s Guild UK 2018/19 Members’ Challenge “Life’s Rich Pattern” Source Material and inspiration Credits : Mishka Henner, Berhard Lang, Google Earth. Technique inspiration and instruction on plastic embellishments, Jessica Grady.


Paula Perrins

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