L.D.P.E Quilt, 2022
Artscape Girbaltar Point

L.D.P.E. (Lovely, Dreamy, Plastic Experience) Quilt is an exploration in slow-making an inflated space. The installation is a plastic assemblage pieced together from reclaimed plastic sheeting and 152 plastic bags from the Toronto Island community.

Studio Rat was awarded a spot in Artscape Gibraltar Point’s 2022 Winter Island Artist in Residency Program.

Photography by Nik Arthur.
Wards Island
Toronto, ON

By quilting with plastic scraps and an industrial heat sealer in place of fabric the artists translate historic practices of “making-do” to our current place and time - with climate collapse looming on the horizon. L.D.P.E Quilt is a soft-space sculpted from plastic and air that playfully holds community whilst opposing the typical organisation of our built environment. Similar to a quilt, this work showcases the imprint of those whose hands these bags have passed through. This is amplified through the time and attention spent to saving, storing, crafting, seaming, and patching this material together, emerging as an unexpectedly intimate portrait of consumer habits and domestic life.

Made with 152 low density polyethylene plastic bags (LDPE) and reclaimed LDPE plastic sheeting, tape, air. 20’ x 20’

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