4R - Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Reinvent in Art and Life - PHmuseum

4R - Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Reinvent in Art and Life

Natalia L Rudychev

2019 - Ongoing

My documentary project Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Reinvent in Art and Life was created during Covid-19 lockdown in New York City at the Westbeth Artists Housing. The project is a meditation on how debris of everyday life can get a new lease on life through sustainable practices Advanced Style fashion icon Debra Rapoport uses in her work.

Debra Rapoport both lives and teaches her sustainable lifestyle. I have worked with Debra making videos and photographs for her online workshops with Neue Galerie and New York Textile Month. Debra turns used toilet paper rolls into colorful bracelets, discarded expresso cups, dryer lint, mail packaging, spent paper towels and party paper plates into hats; creates garments out of clothing swaps finds and weaves neck pieces from left over scraps of cloth.

The photographs also feature several of my neck pieces made out of the found natural objects.

Debra makes me think about aging in style, being proud of who you are and creativity we can all practice without spending a lot of money.

Several photographs from this project were featured in the exhibitions by the Council on Aging. At 75 Debra Rapoport is the youngest person I know. This project was inspired by Pablo Picasso's quote: "It takes a long time to become young".

Our planet needs help. We can do our part and we can do it in style.

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  • Debra Rapoport modeling her hat created out of the dryer lint.

  • Artists hands. Turning left over pieces of fabric into high fashion gauntlets.

  • Debra Rapoport modeling her hat created out of three recycled airplane gift bags, broken brush necklace and oyster shell neck piece created by me.

  • Debra Rapoport modeling vintage garment, toilet paper roll bracelet and airplane giftbag hat.

  • Artists hands featuring toilet paper roll bracelet created by Debra Rapoport.

  • Debra Rapoport at work creating her famous paper towel hats.

  • Debra Rapoport modeling her paper towel hat, toilet paper bracelets, recycled hand knitted neck piece and repurposed garment by Martina Dietrich.

  • Debra Rapoport dancing in her famous Garbage Bag Little Black Dress.

  • Meditation. Garbage Bag Little Black Dress, repurposed dish
    washing wire bracelet ,recycled head piece by Debra Rapoport.

  • Debra Rapoport modeling her hat made from 5 palm leaf plates with cloth and plastic embellishments.

  • Corona Crown made from packing materials, toilet paper rolls and Nespresso pods by Debra Rapoport. Cloths swap, thrift and gifted cloths outfit.

  • Debra Rapoport modeling her paper towel hat, toilet paper bracelets and cloths swap, thrift and gifted cloths outfit.

  • Corona Crown made from packaging in which Sara Jane Adams book Life in the Box arrived.

  • Debra Rapoport modeling her toilet paper bracelets, Horseshoe crab neck piece created by me and Martina Dietrich's zero-waste crocheted hat.

  • Vulnerable moment. Debra Rapoport wearing her toilet paper bracelets and recycled materials hat.

  • No Master Lock Can Hold the Creativity In. Artists hands featuring toilet paper roll bracelet.

  • Wings. Debra Rapoport modeling her handwoven head piece. Coral jewelry set by me.

  • Good Day. Debra Rapoport modeling her handwoven head piece. Coral jewelry set by me.

  • Debra Rapoport with her recycled fashion accessory embellished by used tea bags.

  • Ageless Beauty. Debra Rapoport in her Westbeth Artists Housing apartment.

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