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Brilliant Recycle Solutions for Creating Privacy Curtains
Submitted by Pam on Sat, 09/29/2012 - 06:43
It is my happy opportunity to introduce you to Jet Hammes, an amazing woman living in the Haarlem section of Amsterdam, Netherlands and the creator of this beautiful "curtain" and many others I am sharing below - every one of them created from recycled materials.
With a masters degree in art from the Art Academy and an insatiable need to create, Jet is constantly busy with projects, and you can see more of where her creativity leads her here on Cut Out and Keep.
Despite numerous health issues and confinement to a wheel chair, she has managed to make curtains for the massive windows in her new apartment in a living assisted complex in downtown Haarlem. The apartment is filled with light - huge windows in every room - some floor to ceiling and 8 feet wide. People walking by and living in apartments across the street have a clear view into her dwelling; so, faced with limited funds and blessed with a creative mind, she set about to find ways to create curtains using recycled bottle caps, juice wrappers, old bills, letters, tickets, calendar sheets, and goat cheese cups!
She admits that after having had to drink the same kind of juice and eat the same goat cheese for months and months she is questioning her sanity at beginning this project; but at the same time making and creating makes her happy and helps her forget her problems and challenges and the adjustments that accompany moving from a beloved home to a new, unfamiliar place.
So now - drum roll please - Jet's amazing solutions to her need for privacy in her living space!
When I first saw Jet's snowflake window coverings, I was blown away! These are all hand cut from paper and hung like a curtain - not stuck on the windows!
I love this silhouette shot from the inside and it gives you a good idea of her skill with scissors and paper!
Beautiful way to camouflage storage behind glass doors! Apparently Jet has a way of treating the paper so that it is no longer like paper and is moisture resistant. Once she finally gets settled into her new home, she is thinking of sharing the technique.
And BTW - she made all those very cool birds you see lined up across the top of the cabinet!
"Remembering Curtains". Made from all the old bills, calendar sheets, dairy sheets, tickets, phone book pages and old letters that accompanied her on her move from her home of many, many years in Ultrecht.
A closer view - as Jet says, you can read addresses and notes and names. And it is a comfort to her to have them remain a part of her life in this way.
Curtain made from goat cheese cups!
I can see why she says she is getting weary of eating it!
Juice box wrappers! A whole curtain of juice box wrappers! She is covering the very large windows with these curtains as they provide complete privacy and block a good deal of the light.
I apologize - I did not ask her exactly how these are stitched together and right now as I write this, she is sound asleep! But perhaps she will share in comments.
And last but not least - Jet covered the little window in her entry door with this curtain made of bottle caps. She loves the warm glow of the light entering her apartment as it passes through the orange caps.
Like I said! Jet is amazing! And I am certain that all of my readers who are into recycling and re-use appreciate the amount of time and skill and commitment that went into creating these unique solutions for creating privacy.
Thank you Jet, for sharing your story and your pictures.