the LANDandthe SEA

Costumes : Selena Kuzman
Headpieces: Caroline Bury

In celebration of nature and its textures, these costume designs were born,
inspired by the nature of the sea and the nature of the land. The materials come from various forms of waste – from plastic bottles to preloved textiles and jewellery pieces.


Her artistic garments are inspired by the organic shapes found in land by animating pre-loved and discarded textiles and transforming them from a two-dimensional flat surface into a three-dimensional object.

Various stages involved dyeing, needle felting, destruction and reconstruction of waste materials in order to construct a new kind of garment.

The cape collar is made from plastic bottles shaped as small circles, assembled together with seed beads.

The headpiece is made from reclaimed wool fibres, assembled together with needle felting to create a 3D sculptural concept piece combined with contorted hazel branches.


He wears a makeover tailcoat with patchworks of greens and blues with the material developed by the method of 3D shibori (steam heating with small items enclosed to develop 3D texture). and assembling pieces together with sashiko – a technique of little stitches.

The pattern on the trousers come from the cyanotype (sun print) process – making a photographic imprint with natural sunlight.

His cape collar is made from plastic bottles shaped as small circles assembled together with seed beads.

His headpiece is made from reclaimed wool fibres and textile scraps, assembled together with needle felting and wire and stitching, along with a recycled gas mask.


These costumes were developed as part of the project Creative Opportunities from Waste, funded by Moray LEADER. They will be on display in the window of Moray Reach Out in Church Street, Buckie, until 2 March, and then at the end of March at Moray Art Centre at Findhorn.

From Cycle Tubes to Statement Necklace

We round off the series of workshops by looking at how to turn cycle tubes into a simple statement necklace.

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Moving on to plastic

After a successful start transforming T-shirts, our online classes moved on to plastic, to turn them into jewellery pieces.

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The Land and the Sea: costumes in a transformation process

With a physical exhibition now delayed by lockdown to December, we are bringing you a preview online.

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T-shirts Transformed

It was quite a change of plans for the project as we had got up to full speed on practical workshops, with excellent feedback from the various sessions and further venues and groups all ready to go.

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Online upcycling classes – welcome!

A brief welcome to set the scene for online classes on the way.

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Moray Reach Out workshops with trainees

We had two sessions with trainees, to introduce some of the techniques in making use of pre-loved items and everyday materials.

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Open Day with drop-in workshops at Moray Reach Out

We prepared a range of activities, with a number of displays as well for inspiration, from upcycled jewellery pieces to items created from yarn from pre-loved T-shirts. We also had one of the specially created costumes with us, with its bright spring green colour.

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window display at moray reach out

Upcycled costumes on display

Our costumes made from waste materials are now ready for display. They will appear tomorrow (Monday 17th) late morning in one of the large windows of Moray Reach Out in Church Street, Buckie.

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plastic from bottles sewn into the fabric

Busy working on upcycled costumes

When constructing an art-wearable piece of garment from pre-loved and discarded materials, the process itself flows and grows organically.

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Buckie Christmas Kracker

The annual Christmas Kracker is an event to look forward to, and we were delighted to be there for a creative collaboration with Moray Reach Out at their Yarns and Crafts Centre. There was a keen interest from young people, and sometimes very young, along with their parents, to see what could be done with upcycling t-shirts.

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Doodling in 3D with Moray Wellbeing Hub

We tried out 3D-printing pens, using filament recycled from used plastic (from old food packaging and old bottles), to draw the hot thin plastic by hand into simple shapes from nature - feathers, butterflies and dragonflies.

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Workshops in the Phoenix Centre, Buckie

We rounded off this series of workshops in the Phoenix Centre with fabric flowers sewn together with the help of scrap fabric, leftover ribbons, old beads and buttons and re-used laces, matching favourite colours for a special day out.

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