Enlightened Waste

Enlightened Waste with Rachel Develin

Enlightened Waste
With Rachel Develin

Tuesday 10am-12:30pm

22 October – 26 November 2019

This workshop is designed to make you look at your own waste in a whole new light. We will be reincarnating our waste into ‘flash’ new objects that are not only useful and appreciated but will also brighten up the home and garden. You will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of projects that reinvigorate waste and incorporate solar/LED lights. An example of projects to choose from include chandeliers, wearable art, wreaths, Christmas decorations, garden walls, and relief or freestanding sculptures. You will be enlightened with what can be produced from your recycle bin!

About Rachel Develin

Rachel Develin studied at the ANU School of Art & Design and also majored in Art History at the ANU. Her career pursuits have encompassed a variety of creative activities including floristry, commercial display art, video production, sculpture and jewellery. Her artwork is mainly created from waste materials and comments on excessive consumerism and the resultant waste of a society obsessed with commodities. Rachel has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and has entered numerous art prizes, winning multiple awards. She has also exhibited her work at large public events including Floriade and the National Folk Festival. Rachel has recently been engaged by ACT Waste as curator to facilitate the 2019 Design Out Waste art installation for National Recycling Week in mid-November, and they are also supporting her delivery of this workshop through the provision of recycled materials.

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Week 1 (22 October)
Introduction to sourcing, identifying and processing materials that will be upcycled and redesigned into creative objects and works of art. We take a look at examples of the projects that we will be working on throughout the course, and look at the processes and techniques to manipulate materials.

Week 2 and 3 (29 October and 5 November)
Making the components to be assembled into a final project including flowers, leaves and other shapes that can then be combined in the creation of a finished product. We will be using wire and packaging containers as well as discarded materials such as DVDs, filmstrip, bottle tops, ring pulls, building and packing materials.

Week 4 and 5 (12 and 19 November)
Working with wire and combining the recycled components into a finished work of art.

Week 6 (26 November)
As participants should be able to create two to three projects throughout the course, in week 6 we will revisit and bring the finishing touches to all the enlightened projects. We look at all the techniques used and how they can be applied to other projects in the future.



Some materials will be provided.

What to bring

Bring your own waste to work with: soft drink bottles, milk bottles, butter and yoghurt containers, soft metal tins and disposable cutlery. Lighting will be supplied for the first project however participants may want to purchase solar or LED lights for subsequent projects.


Please note, enrolment closes one week prior to the first workshop.

Terms and conditions

  • Refunds are available if requested at least one week (7 days) prior to the commencement of the workshop(s).
  • Refunds requested within one week (7 days) of the commencement of the workshop(s) are only available in exceptional circumstances and must be supported by documentation (i.e. medical certificate).
  • No refunds will be given after the commencement of the workshop(s).
  • Partial refunds are not available if you are unable to attend individual workshops that are part of a workshop series.

More info

Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.

Image in header: works by Rachel Develin.