Blight to Beauty

Plastic shopping bags may be a blight on the landscape, but Jessica Lee, a student at Parsons The New School of Design, has found that these puffs of polyethylene also contain a certain hidden grace. For her thesis project, Lee wanted to explore ways to upcycle used bags. Her experiments transformed utilitarian products designed for the briefest uses into objects of surprising delicacy and beauty that you might be happy to have around for a good long while. Lee hopes that “by showing people the latent beauty these materials contain it is possible to change people’s point of view toward them.” Here are some examples of her work:



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