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Michael Gah: Ghana-Based Artist Is Turning Clothing Waste Into Beautiful Artworks (Photos)

  • Michael Gah is a Ghana-based artist who is converting discarded clothing waste into beautiful artworks
  • Some of his designs include children playing with toy trucks, women singing, men wearing matching trousers, and many more
  • In an interview, he disclosed that besides designing his art pieces with cheap materials, he is also addressing Ghana’s textile waste problem

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Ghana-based artist Michael Gah is expertly turning colourful clothing waste from tailoring shops and Kantamanto in the Greater Accra Region into beautiful artworks.

From children playing with toy trucks to women singing to men wearing matching trousers, he’s addressing environmental problems caused by waste products such as fashion off-cuts or fabrics.

Michael Gah’s newest art piece

The Accra-resident artist designed his newest textile art piece, the large piece of five men wearing coordinating trousers, from clothing waste.

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Photos of Michael Gah and his work.
Ghana-based artist Michael Gah is converting clothing waste into beautiful artwork.
Photo credit: Africanews.
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”I got them from Kantamanto, and from a buddy who sews, and Woodin,” he said, Africanews reports.

For Gah, using textile waste is not just about finding cheap materials; he also has environmental reasons.

“I don’t want them to end up in the seas, in the gutters, to choke them,” the talented creative said.

Textile waste problem

Accra is a second-hand apparel hotspot in West Africa. Clothing from Western countries is delivered to Kantamanto Market. However, Ghana requires assistance in dealing with textile waste.

According to Yaw Akwaa Lartey, an environmental health expert, two million pieces of second-hand garments are brought into the country weekly.

Per investigations, 40 per cent of these things become rubbish and are dumped at landfill sites and other crude or unofficial refuse dumps across the country.

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Gah collects several large bags of textiles every week and transforms them into magnificent showpieces. The creative’s works have been exhibited and sold in local and foreign markets.

Talented student turns pure water sachets into umbrella and raincoat

Not long ago, YEN.com.gh reported that a Sunyani Technical University learner in Ghana reportedly turned discarded pure water sachets into a beautiful umbrella and raincoat in photos that emerged online.

The gifted student’s work gained widespread notice after social media user Set Wilson shared the photographs in the popular Facebook group, Tell It All.

The photos included a young girl and a man modelling the umbrella and raincoat.

Ghanaians who turn waste plastics into usable products

Also, YEN.com.gh reported that Ghanaian entrepreneurs of environmental social enterprises or firms are assisting in the fight against plastic pollution by converting discarded plastics into usable items.

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In addition to building houses, others recycle waste plastics into clothing, fuel, furniture, and prosthetic arms.

Source: YEN.com.gh

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