Lesley Frew is a designer-maker based in Belfast. She graduated from the University of Ulster in 2007 with a BA (hons) in Fine and Applied Art, specialising in Textiles. She was selected to take part on the Craft NI’s making it Programme 09, and her studio was located in the Ulster Museum.
Lesley creates contemporary jewellery using discarded plastic bags.
Her interest is in ethical and sustainable making, selecting raw materials that would be destined for landfill and transforming them, giving these materials a second life. She enjoys confronting people's expectations by taking a discarded material, giving it a new value and showing that it can be beautiful.
The plastic goes through a number of processes that include layering, heat bonding, cutting, folding and hand stitching.
The bags are transformed into a versatile material that is colourful, soft, lightweight and durable.
Space Craft, Belfast
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Ards Crafts, Newtownards
Leadlines, Co. Antrim
Giants Causeway Gift Shop
Republic of Ireland
Ardmore Pottery and Craft Shop, Co. Waterford
The Cat and the Moon, Sligo
An Clachan, Donegal
Purple Gallery, Birmingham