Heather Hasenstein

Artist Statement

I enjoy working with my hands and letting my creativity run wild. I'm also very passionate about the environment. So I've looked for ways to reuse items that may normally go to the landfill and create permanent pollution. I own horses and was constantly throwing out the plastic feedbags that their grain came in. The bags are brightly colored and begged to be reused in some way. The hay I purchase is also bound with plastic twine. Again it was something that would just get thrown away. So I took the two and combined them into bright and extremely sturdy baskets. Sadly there is an endless supply of these materials, so I'm driven to use as much as I can and repurpose it into something attractive and useful. I love trying new techniques to create different looks and seeing how different colors combine to create patterns and shading.