Artists Uses Recycled Packing Materials in Making Renaissance Costumes

Image by Suzanne Jongmans - artist / Facebook

In 2007, sculptor and costume designer Suzanne Jongmans discovered the artistic value of packing foam and found materials.

“The idea of making something out of nothing changes the way we look at reality,” she wrote on Facebook. “A piece of plastic with printed text commonly used for packing a coffee machine or a television, can resemble a piece of silk. And the lid of a tin of tomato puree can look like a ring.”

She makes recycled clothing from packing materials – foam, plastic sheets, and bubble wrap –  transformed into elaborate Renaissance costumes, which are then photographed on models in poses similar to the portrait styles from the 15th-17th centuries.