A word on sustainability...

Sustainable practice is a shared responsibility.  In recent years, my focus has been directed towards how the arts and performance, and in particular theatre design, views and acts upon the topics of environment and wellbeing.

 

Whether working on large-scale theatre pieces or more intimate site-specific projects, I am committed to realising a more sustainable practice as an artist and designer, a process I continue to evolve with each new piece. When embarking on a new design project, sustainability is a foremost concern: Are there old pieces of a set that I can upcycle? Will the materials I buy have a further use once a production finishes? Do I have to buy set items from new or can I find them second hand? Can found materials be employed? Can I use a local supplier or will an item be transported from miles away? Can I find costume items in charity shops, or by cutting up and repurposing scrap fabric? These questions shape my design ideas as much as a text or director's brief. 

I'm not always successful. When time and budgetary constraints arise, the quickest solution often prevails. Sometimes I do not realise the environmental cost of an idea. But with each new project I learn a little more about how to do it better next time, and how to modify my ideas to fit with the most sustainable choice, whilst still upholding my artistic integrity and creating an aesthetically beautiful piece. I have documented some of my achievements in sustainability on specfic projects throughout this website.

Sustainable practice is an important choice to make, and a conversation that I am willing to continue. If you would like to get in contact about sustainability within the arts and how to find our more, please don't hesitate to get in contact at ruth_stringer@yahoo.co.uk - I would love to hear from you!

Dream Jar installation for City of the Unexpected. The 3,000 jars were recycleable PET 1 plastic. Where possible, materials in the jar were recycled, second hand, or made from recycleable materials.
Diorama prop made for The Legendary Adventures of Litla the Brave. Made from a cardboard box, old cereal packets and second hand book pages.
Costumes from National Theatre Wales' Green Man Red Woman. The Red Woman's dress, shown here, was made and adapted from t-shirts and dresses souced from local charity shops. The set design was also made with sustainable considerations - more information can be found on the Green Man Red Woman page.
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