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el barrio bodega no1 Embroidered Bodega Bags

el barrio bodega no3 Embroidered Bodega Bags

el barrio bodega no6 Embroidered Bodega Bags

These exquisitely embroidered plastic bags from a series of works called El Bar­rio Bodega by artist Nicoletta de la Brown seem to make a poignant statement about the impact that disposable materials, like plastic bags, have on our lives.

Res­cued from the gut­ter; blow­ing down the street like city tum­ble­weed. I reclaim and ele­vate what once was dis­carded by cre­at­ing embell­ished art objects. Grow­ing up in Brooklyn and Harlem I’d visit my block’s bodega daily, with pen­nies in hand, and leave with price­less trea­sures. More than just bags, they reflect a sense of pride for my neigh­bor­hood and are a sym­bol of my cul­tural identity.

[via Brown Paper Bag]

Andrew Salomone

Artist, writer, and teacher who makes work about popular culture, technology, and traditional craft processes.

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