Archive: Ghostnet Chandelier – glass and light at LDF 2018.

Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been dumped or lost in the ocean. Fishermen sometimes abandon worn-out nets because it is often the easiest way to get rid of them. These nets, often nearly invisible in the dim light, can be left tangled on a rocky reef or drifting in the open sea. They can entangle fish, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, dugongs, crocodiles, seabirds, crabs, and other creatures. 

They are one of the big problems of ocean plastic pollution and there are many active campaigns to stop the dumping. The Italian company, Aquafil is pioneering a new method which recycles recovered ghost nets into a synthetic material which can be used to create clothing.

Following the success of our glass bottles, The Seven Stages of Degradation (shown at the Royal Academy Summer show and other exhibitions), this collaboration continued developing the theme of ocean plastic, using glass medium as a communication tool for the issue. 

Fishing rope pieces collected from beaches across the world. These pieces are cut out from nets when they get repaired.
One of the sketchbooks for the project.

Using hand blown glass and LEDs this chandelier recreates the chaotic beauty of an entangles ghost net being pulled out from the deep ocean. The chandelier uses some of the traditional techniques used by the Murano glass chandelier makers. 

Glass ghost net pieces made by using the Italian Murano chandelier technique.
The ghost net chandelier sketch that looks remarkably like the final piece.
A bowl of glass fishing net pieces next to the real thing.
Fishing buoys study inspired the two colour glass buoys.
Threading each buoy and rope for the chandelier (and eating mini cheddars).
Don’t know how but the sketch got in the Evening Standard and we became a trend!
Smaller pieces hanging in LDF.
Setting up in the hotshop.
Looking through the glass chandelier.
Lit and in situ at Brompton Design District, LDF 2018.
Ghostnet Chandelier in situ at Brompton Design District, London Design Festival, 2018.

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