Artist: Billie Williams

a woman sits at a homemade spinning wheel made from upcycled materials.

Spinning Wheel

BA 3D Design & Craft
University of Brighton

Billie is a 3D Artist.

For her project A Woven Connection, Billie explored the process of spinning as a form of waste management, creating weave from waste materials. Out of the discarded items and litter that she found in her local, natural environment, Billie has created new, functional objects: a series of 3D maps of local green spaces. Using traditional craft techniques to draw attention to a current environmental concern, Billie’s work provides a positive solution to the problem of carelessly discarded waste and highlights a change in attitude that is needed in order to protect the nature that inhabits our local areas.

scrap plastic and reels of woven plastic thread woven on twigs.
three wooden frames with absract woven pieces made from waste plastic.
foraged items woven on a small frame.
foraged materials woven on a small frame.

In:Site 2022

Billie is one of 20 artists who were selected to show their work at In:Site 2022. The event took place in spring 2022.
Find out more about the other artists.

Working collaboratively, Billie Williams & Lily Hardy used traditional craft techniques to shift the way we use and value raw natural materials and modern waste materials. They see making as an important tool for empowerment and improving mental health, supporting communities to make positive changes for themselves, others, and the environments they live in. Access to rural land is an important focus for both artists, and their project raised awareness of how privately owned land and new laws will significantly limit access to green spaces, disconnecting people from nature and a sense of responsibility for the environmental damage that affects everyone.

3 circular brooches made of felted wool and natural materials on a white background
A circular brooch made of brown felted wool with a green ivy leaf embedded in the centre, on a white background
A circular brooch made of white felted wool with two brown stripes with green decoration, on a white background
A circular brooch made of a mixture of brown and natural coloured wool with two red stripes, on a white background

Where Next?

Artist: Francisca Onumah

Francisca was part of In:Site 2014

The artists uses a hammer to stamp metal.

Artist: Jessica Hargreaves

Jessica was part of In:Site 2015

The artist crouches over a memorial stone as she takes a casting.

Artist: Ryan Dilkes

Ry was part of In:Site 2019

The artist sits on a bench surrounded by furniture made from discarded wood.

Artist: Stefanie Cheong

Stefanie was part of In:Site 2013.

A pine cone with gold decoration on a string.


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