Designer Highlights: Marina DeBris of Washed Up

Designer and artist Marina Debris

Another designer we love: Here we highlight Marina DeBris, the mastermind behind Washed Up.

Marina DebRis was so frustrated with finding piles of trash on our beaches, that she felt she had to do something with it, and that’s just what she did. After 13 years of collecting trash found on California’s coasts, she has put the collection to use. About 3 years ago, Marina started making pieces of art from the found objects of trash she’s collected over the years and calls the collection Washed Up. DeBris says she uses “creativity, a little humor and irony to show that the waste we create, keeps on coming back to haunt us.”

Her designs include pieces made from the trash collected, as well as trash couture, fashion assembled from the found beach garbage. Marinas art “encourages the viewer to question the use of single use items and consider ways to reduce waste so it does not end up in our oceans and our landfills.”

Photo by Kelly Fajack, Nana Ghana modeling "Cuidado"

 

Another commendable action on behalf of Marina was when she appeared in front of a DWP Environmental hearing questioning their use of single use coffee cups and plastic bottles.

DeBris studied at Indiana University and the Rhode Island School of Design. She’s lived all over the world including New York City, London, and Sydney. DeBris is originally from Detroit, MI and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Photo by Marina Debris, design: "Bag Lady"

 

Marina’s work has been featured on KTLA and she currently has a kickstarter project you can help with by clicking here.

 

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