Wire Hangers

I began collecting dry cleaning hangers and the unwanted plastic bags that accumulated in my closet before returning to the dry cleaner.  One day I asked the cleaners what they did with the hangers, and if they reused them. They said they could not, but would be happy to dispose of them. That’s when I realized this could all be woven.

Process: Separate paper or cardboard from hangers. Cut the hangers. Cut plastic in strips. Work up supply. Prepare warp the size of hangers’ width, and/or end use, and begin weaving.

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Counterbalance, 2011, 2,555 recycled dry cleaning wires discarded from Refuse DC piece, sheath core vinyl, weaving 7 strips 92” x 66” 233.68 cm x 167.64 cm Available
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Detail: Counterbalance, 2011, 2,555 recycled dry cleaning wires discarded from Refuse DC piece, sheath core vinyl, weaving 92” x 66” 233.68 cm x 167.64 cm Available
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Hooked Up, 2011, 5,040 recycled dry cleaning hanger hooks, sheath core vinyl, weaving 39” x 39” 99.06 cm x 99.06 cm Private Collection
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Detail: Hooked Up, 2011, 5,040 recycled dry cleaning hanger hooks, sheath core vinyl, weaving
ST Refuse DC Large
Refuse DC, Gates Foundation Collection, 2011, 3,470 recycled dry cleaning hangers, sheath core vinyl, weaving 93” x 158” 236.22 cm x 401.32 cm Private Collector
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Detail: Refuse DC, Gates Foundation Collection, 2011, 3,470 recycled dry cleaning hangers, sheath core vinyl, weaving 93” x 158”/236.22 cm x 401.32 cm
Wire_Hanger DC LARGE
Matter, 2008, plastic, tissue paper, wire, cardboard tubes, sheath core vinyl, weaving 90” x 64” 228.6 cm x 162.6 cm Available
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Detail: Matter, 2008, plastic, tissue paper, wire, cardboard tubes, sheath core vinyl, weaving 90” x 64” 228.6 cm x 162.6 cm Available
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Hooked Up White, 2011, 5,040 recycled dry cleaning hanger hooks, sheath core vinyl, weaving 39” x 39” 99.06 cm x 99.06 cm Private Collection