One person’s trash is another one’s treasure

Saturday November 30, 2019 Written by Published in Weekend
Sabine Janneck and Sasha Schmitt at her waste art exhibition opening at Bergman Pearl Market gallery this week. 19112941 Sabine Janneck and Sasha Schmitt at her waste art exhibition opening at Bergman Pearl Market gallery this week. 19112941

Sabine Janneck and Sasha Schmitt arrived on Rarotonga in 2006 and set up The Dive Centre opposite The Rarotongan.

 

Sabine first appeared in my life when she joined the executive of Te Ipukarea Society because of her interest in waste management in our tiny piece of the world.   As many of you know, Te Ipukarea Society has five focus areas, and waste management is one of them.  Sabine is the chair of the Solid Waste Management thematic area. 

Sabine has demonstrated that rubbish can be beautiful. Just look at the Wearable Arts Events which is something that could be reinstated here on the island. It used to be an annual event. 

Rubbish can be recycled and Sabine would like fashionistas such as Gucci to use recycled resources in their creations. 

Can you imagine the power of changing consumerism if the “wearable arts” concepts were adopted by the fashion houses?

I asked Sabine if she was interested in art before coming to the Cook Islands.  

At first she responded ‘no’ but then said her father, a surgeon, was also an illustrator of children’s books. He liked to copy work of the Masters as a hobby and his work was so good, it was hard to tell from the original. 

Her mother, also a doctor, was a woman of nature. Sabine says sick animals found her mother. She healed them.

Sabine was introduced to the concept of repurposing waste during a visit from a friend in 2014. Every item Sabine creates is unique.   And a wee secret is that inside every bag is a hidden coin – a family custom.

It is refreshing to meet someone so passionate about a topic many choose to ignore. This passion is both an inspiration for creating art and an effective way to reuse something that is usually considered waste.

Sabine, I acknowledge your purposefulness and your passion for creativity by introducing positive changes in the way we can look at our tita.    

Meitaki ma’ata for your commitment to the environment of Te Kuki Airani.

 

Jolene Bosanquet
TE IPUKAREA
SOCIETY OPINION

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