Tel Aviv based designer, Limor Matityahoo, has been involved with crafts for as long as she can remember. Among her many skills, Limor is a textile designer, a makeup artist, a cake decorator, and an interactive product manager. Most recently her curiosity, playfulness and skill have brought her to upcycled and recycled crafts made from plastic bags. And we’re very glad that they did.
Limor taught herself how to use this versatile and (too) omnipresent material a few months ago, explaining that when a workshop that she was supposed to attend on how to make a bag from fused grocery bags got cancelled she took matters into her own hands. She taught herself how to make plarn (plastic yarn) and also began experimenting with fused plastic sheets.
In Limor’s own words, “I believe recycled products must be both innovative and well designed. I am absolutely in love with recycling plastic, knitting it, fusing it, and I cannot even express how happy I am to start from scratch in each project – I feel the sky is the (ECOby) Limitz when it comes to creating designer-recycling products from plastic bags! I hope to be involved in designing eco-friendly projects and products, all from grocery bags and plarn. The technique is amazing, the possibilities are endless.”
Limor’s upcycled plastic bag creations are all part of her Eco by LIMITZ line, which she sells on Etsy. The Eco by LIMITZ line includes the upcycled plastic bag clutch purse above (made out of the plastic bags used during delivery of the Haaretz newspaper), the upcycled plastic bag fish mobile to the right, and the little owl finger puppet below.
Limor also manages the Hebrew forum of Israeli Etsy sellers, having built an online index for Israeli artists to present their works locally. The forum makes it easier for Israeli consumers to shop handmade and shop local, both of which are better for the environment.
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