The Tapestries of the Sea project, a Call to Action on Marine Sustainability, was created by Creative Cooperative in Cannes in the south of France, with the idea of detecting and recovering discarded fishing nets from the Mediterranean. The salvaged material is reprocessed into nylon yarn, which is then designed and woven into high-quality fabric art. Both the salvaging and creative design processes are supported by AI technology.
The project was adapted to the Indonesian context during participation in the Bali-based UID HDX-course, while the original aims and values of the concept were maintained: the innovative use of art, design and technology to raise awareness and call to action on marine environmental sustainability, and specifically to create and promote a circular economy, incorporating local recycling, the rejuvenation of local traditional weaving and craft skills, the promotion of local design and entrepreneurial development, including educational and technology transfer.
The first ‘proof of concept’ of the project, in the form of a beautiful shawl designed by young Malaysian fabric artist Marcos Kueh, was presented at the Indonesian pavilion during the COP 26 conference in Glasgow in November 2021.
New fabric, again designed by Marcos Kueh, has now been woven and delivered into the hands of dress-maker Isaac Raine, who created the magnificent dress worn by Cherie Nursalim at the G20 in Bali in November 2022.