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]