Series: Merri Creek Dresses
Photographer: Daisy Noyes
In the last year, I’ve been gathering rubbish, litter and invasive weeds from the Merri Creek in Melbourne and making dresses from these materials. Then I photograph the dresses being worn in the same area of the creek the materials were found. So far I have made dresses from plastic bags (polyethylene), plastic bottles (HDPE), cans (aluminium), invasive reeds, and non-native prickly pear.
This creek is one of the few slivers of remnant bushland in the inner city of Melbourne, and has borne the title of the city’s most polluted waterway for decades now.
This project is an attempt to intervene in a local site of coloniser-induced ecological destruction. It’s also a way to wrestle with my own eco-anxiety around the catastrophes we are leaving for my kids’ generation.
All the images were made on Wurundjeri country.