Suendrini Goonesekera
Helen Frances Gregor Award for $1,000

Suendrini Goonesekera spent seven years in corporate interior design, contributing to projects such as the Elmwood Spa, and environmentally considerate LEED-certified projects, such as Bell Head Office, and MARS. These projects lead her to explore her passions at the intersection of materiality, and conscious design through creativity for our environment. During this time, she was taken with the volume of resource-rich textile sample books that were disposed of “once out of trend”.

Suendrini’s current art practice reclaims and up-cycles these samples into art with a humble message; environmental consciousness for the Earth. She attempts to mirror her values on sustainability in her work. Glues, dyes, interfacing or inks are not used to secure the meticulously hand-cut and resource-rich textile pieces. This self-imposed limitation in her method, slows down the process to an almost meditative state and requires her to become more intimately involved; in turn amplifying her creativity. The result of slower pace of making has given her a different sense of the world.

In creating her ongoing body of work, Artful Waste, Suendrini looks to the hopes and fears of caring global citizens in order to attempt to bridge our common humanity, and amplify awareness through a visual narrative.

http://suendrini.com

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Endangered Cerulean Warbler, Prince Edward County
All reclaimed hand-cut pieces on front and sewn down (both machine and hand sewing); reclaimed textiles for backing. No glues, inks, paints, dyes used.

Endangered Blanding’s Turtle, Prince Edward County
All reclaimed hand-cut pieces on front and sewn down (both machine and hand sewing); reclaimed textiles for backing. No glues, inks, paints, dyes used.

Endangered Golden Eagle, Prince Edward County
All reclaimed hand-cut pieces on front and sewn down (both machine and hand sewing); reclaimed textiles for backing. No glues, inks, paints, dyes used.

County Rd. 12, Prince Edward County
Almost entirely reclaimed hand-cut pieces on front and sewn down (both machine and hand sewing); reclaimed textile for inner batting; new muslin for backing. No glues, inks, paints, dyes used.

Detail - County Rd. 12, Prince Edward County
Almost entirely reclaimed hand-cut pieces on front and sewn down (both machine and hand sewing); reclaimed textile for inner batting; new muslin for backing. No glues, inks, paints, dyes used.

Image 06 Detail - County Rd. 12, Prince Edward County
Almost entirely reclaimed hand-cut pieces on front and sewn down (both machine and hand sewing); reclaimed textile for inner batting; new muslin for backing. No glues, inks, paints, dyes used.

Detail - County Rd. 12, Prince Edward County
Almost entirely reclaimed hand-cut pieces on front and sewn down (both machine and hand sewing); reclaimed textile for inner batting; new muslin for backing. No glues, inks, paints, dyes used.

Great Volume of Love - Your Nature, Your Nurture
All reclaimed textile used to create all three layers, fish lures

Detail - Secret Beach, Prince Edward County
All reclaimed hand-cut pieces on front and sewn down (both machine and hand sewing); all reclaimed textile inner batting; new muslin backing. No glues, inks, paints, dyes used.

Secret Beach, Prince Edward County
All reclaimed hand-cut pieces on front and sewn down (both machine and hand sewing); all reclaimed textile inner batting; new muslin backing. No glues, inks, paints, dyes used.

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