"Bag Lady" Reuses and Recycles

Plastics bags at a premium for green artist

By Annie Potasznik
|  Thursday, Apr 12, 2012  |  Updated 3:33 PM CDT
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A gas mask, one hot iron and plastic bags are all this artist needs to get to work.

Annie Potasznik, NBCDFW

A gas mask, one hot iron and plastic bags are all this artist needs to get to work.

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All it takes is a gas mask, iron and some plastic bags for artist Sue Anne Rische to get to work.

Her mixed-media works of art are colorful, durable and made entirely of single-use plastic bags.

She doesn’t use glue, staples or any other material to fuse the bags together.

"You can crochet them. You can weave them, and you can melt them,” said Rische of her work.

She is process artist by choice who says she loves the process of making enough to do the same thing thousands of times over.

“All you do is put the cut up pieces of plastic bags between a couple of sheets of parchment paper and then you iron it at a certain temperature -- it’s really that easy,” said Rische.

See Rische's creations made from plastic bags during Earth Day festivities on the Preston Ridge Campus of Collin College -- where she teaches -- on May 1-3.

Online: Ro2Art or sueannerische.com

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