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Wise Waste: Collection Of Natural Dyes Made From Kitchen Waste

Updated: Jun 9, 2022

This project was created in response to Covid 19 and supported by CENDANA Malaysia.

In March 2020, the world faced an unprecedented situation where we are being forced to stop and give a break to what we were working on. It was best to stay home to break the virus chain. A lot of businesses have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and many are likely facing a sudden drop in revenue. Certainly, this period of uncertainties has raised many questions in a lot of the craft practices and what is their role and relevance as a maker during this time and how do they move forward in this ‘new normal’ paradigm. With the question in the back of my mind, I realise the pandemic's heavy impact on questioning myself about how can i sustain my art development?

The frantic buying and shopping has resulted in a lot of trash, especially in the home. The concept of sustaining was misunderstood, and we were told that we needed to stock up in order to survive. I began to see how much garbage I had generated and how I could, as a maker, make the most of my circumstances.

The Wise Waste Project

I investigated waste and the amount of it produced on a daily basis because I had the opportunity to seek ideas within my own compound. It has convinced me that every kitchen waste has the potential to be converted into waste dyes. The Wise Waste project is a compilation of my kitchen waste colors extracted from my own kitchen during the pandemic phase between March 2020 till April 2021

Images of the work / exploration:

Pots of brown onion skins collected over 3 weeks

Black Tea, Dried Hibiscus, Butterfly Pea Flower (collected from mum's garden)

Excess of tea dye used for bioplastic made from tapioca pearl (sago)

Patchworks of Kitchen Waste Dye by Ummi Junid

I've extended this project to also create a downloadable zine for you to read and learn on how can you extract colours from your own kitchen.

Download PDF • 579KB

This zine is produced by DuniaMotif and supporetd by CENDANA MALAYSIA #CENDANAMalaysia #CENDANACreateNow

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