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🌊 Upcycle Artvironmentalist: Agnes Pang
LoTW: Artist/Lawyer/Parenting Columnist/Environmental Activist - your asian mom is still still disappointed
My name is Agnes Pang, local multi-media artist and educator author of “Agnes Recycles - arts & crafts”. I hold two bachelors and two masters in arts and law (BA, LLB, MBA and MAJSP).
I’m an advocate of recycled art and have been sharing my creative ideas on different channels while also engaging in various commercial and charity projects.
My artwork is innovative, authentic, colourful, and always delivers positive and encouraging messages.
Aside from art, I am also a column writer for the Hong Kong Economic Times’s parenting session.
To find out more about my work, go to www.agnesrecycles.com and feel free to reach me at Agnes@agnesrecycles.com
The news according to Agnes:
What matters to me most are sustainability, environment/heritage protection and education in Hong Kong. Here’s some related news:
Tablewear plastic monster: Regulation needed for waste
Last month, a few green activist groups built a giant monster made out of common plastic packaging to show how much we use. Although the government has a robust plan for plastic packaging reduction by 2025, it is still a major issue!
According to Green Sense, over 780 million pieces of plastic packaging was used in 2020 for online shopping.
A good sign for local cultural heritage is the re-opening of Central Market, after extensive refurbishment and revitalisation. The market is one of the oldest continuous running wet markets in Hong Kong.
I am particularly interested in Shui Ha Wan, which has in recent years become a hot-spot for foodies due to the naturally high amount of clams, especially during summer months. Besides, the area has lots of stunning natural views as well!
However, clam digging can also be environmentally damaging, especially if not regulated. Earlier in the year, CUHK held a talk on the matter. I sincerely hope that there will be more education in the future so that we can support our ecosystem for future generations.
I’ve been showing my upcycling artwork at various places in Hong Kong these few months.
The most latest one is located at Tamar Park for mid-autumn festival. Foam nets are one of the common household wastes but they are also my favourite materials for making artwork. The floral patterns on the lanterns represent luck and joy that I hope people can enjoy the Mid Autumn Festival while also caring about the environment and loving nature.
I also recently held some workshops on how to make recycled art. Please make sure to keep in touch so you can find out when my next one is.
Support local recycling businesses
Did you know that you can play your own part in recycling? Baguio is the government’s official glass managing contractor and has lots of outreach programs to try and get the public to have more chance of engagement with recycling.
You can download the iRecycle app to get rewards for recycling glass or plastic bottles or join in their frequent public collaboration events.
You might be surprised, but most of my art material does not come from my own household! This is a Facebook group for giving away unwanted materials that I sometimes collect for my artwork. I hope more people can have this habit of sharing or exchanging unwanted things instead of throwing them away.
What’s Agnes’ favourite place to spend an afternoon (it’s full of trash to recycle and full of ‘busy little crabs’. Also (two secrets) what’s her next big project?
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