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The European Week for Waste Reduction 2017

Tuesday - Flora

Part 1 – Making use of recycling papers and other materials

Since, I love nature and the environment, I wanted to create something which included the beauty of nature, mainly flowers.  I chose this beautiful woman, which represents the inner beauty of peace and tranquillity.  The picture chosen is taken from a very old magazine, circa 50 years ago.  The name flora was chosen, from the Roman mythology Flora who was a Sabine-derived goddess of flowers and representing the season of spring – a symbol of nature and flowers, especially the may-flower.
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I started the project by first creating a rectangular cardboard made from cardboard boxes and other recycled paper material, in order to place the art on it.  As a spatula I used a small piece of cardboard itself in order to be able to spread the glue evenly and placed a rough paper on them to trim the edges.
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Since this needs to be hanged on a wall I prepared the hole in order to put a string.  As a string I used a shoe-lace in order to make use of all wasted material.  I made use of pegs so that the card boards would stay in place and also heavy jugs as weights so that the glue does not inflate but stay flat and let the cardboard dry.
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To create the painting, I used tracing paper, which in Maltese we call ‘karta saħħara’ and I traced the woman from the magazine in order to be able to place it on the material.  I did some changes to the drawing of the woman in order to create an effect according to my liking.  I turned her straight hair into curly and bouncy hair for a better effect with the plastic and added more to her body showing a side of her hip and her leg.
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For the painting of the face and the body, I had to make use of acrylics for the painting using a mix of yellow and white and a small amount of red and brown mixed together to make the skin colour.  I used yellow, darker browns and red for the hair.
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Jane Agius

The European Week for Waste Reduction 2017

Participation of the Department of Contracts in this year's initiative