I have taught plastic bag crochet at several local and international locations. In addition to the more formal workshops and events listed below, I have also taught (and continue to teach) one on one lessons. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in scheduling an event or meeting up and learning how to crochet with plastic bags.
Samsung’s Fall Festival, Eco-Equinox (October 27, 2012) - Miguel and I will have informational booth from 2pm-7pm, where we display our work and teach others who want to learn the technique of crocheting with plastic bags.
Educational Testing Services (ETS), Princeton, NJ (July 30, 2012) - Gave a plastic bag crochet demonstration for a departmental lunch and learn meeting.
Día del Niño Verde at the Magellan International School, Austin, Texas (April 28, 2012) - Miguel and I displayed our work at an environmental fair held by the Magellan International School, which won the Green Ribbon School Award in 2011 and integrates green initiatives throughout its multi-cultural, multi-lingual curricula.
Texas State University’s International Studies Club, San Marcos, Texas (April 5th, 2011) – Miguel and I will talk about our India trip at Texas State University’s International Studies Club. We will discuss our plastic bag crochet project, speak more generally about traveling in India, and show pictures of some of the highlights. We will also have a short plastic bag crochet workshop for those who want to learn how to make their own recycled creations.
HI-USA Travel Workshop, Austin, Texas (November 19th, 2010) – Miguel and I had a booth at the HI-USA Travel Workshop on Nov 19th at the Radisson Hotel in Austin, Texas. We talked about our plastic bag crochet projects, the work we did in India, and visitors had a chance to learn how to make their own plastic bag crochet creations. More details about the event here: http://www.hiusa.org/travelforum
Hosteling International, Austin, Texas (October 6, 2010) – Miguel and I presented our trip on October 6th at the Hosteling International Hostel in Austin. We discussed our plastic bag crochet project, spoke more generally about traveling in India, and showed pictures of some of the highlights.For those of you who didn’t get to attend, here’s a pdf file of the slideshow I made: HI Presentation. It’s more like a compilation of photos that we used as talking points, so while it doesn’t give you the whole story, it gives you a good overview of our trip and goals.
Help Age India and AWARE, Delhi, India (September 2, 2010) - Taught plastic bag crochet to 25 students and 25 seniors at an elderly retreat center. This workshop was hosted by AWARE Foundation, in partnership with Help Age India. AWARE Foundation works on a wide scope of issues, but its immediate focus is educational rehabilitation – particularly for the most disadvantaged children (street children, children of sex workers, of HIV-positive parents, and of families who are compelled to migrate for work). Help Age India is an NGO dedicated to empowering senior citizens and ensuring that they receive the rights, services, and respect they deserve. These two organizations have working together on projects aimed at connecting younger and older generations. My plastic bag crochet workshop was a continuation of these efforts. More photos can be found here.
Food for Life, Vrindavan, India (August 27, 2010) - Taught plastic bag crochet at Food for Life, a humanitarian organization dedicated to providing opportunities to the poorest villages in Vrindavan. I worked with a small group of women in FFLV’s tailoring and embroidery center. During the workshop, each woman crocheted a small sample bag out of plastic bags. One woman even made another bag as soon as she got home, found me walking down the street later, and stopped her bike to show me her newest creation. You can read more about the event here on Food For Life’s enews letter. More photos can be found here.
Sambhali Trust, Jodhpur, India (August 17, 2010) - Taught plastic bag crochet to women at Sambhali Trust, a grassroots organization dedicated to the empowerment of marginalized women in Rajasthan. Sambhali Trust provides educational and economic opportunities through language training, vocational skills, craft design, and other practical workshops. More photos can be found here.
Gramshree, Ahmedabad, India (August 2, 2010) - Taught plastic bag crochet to artisans in Gramshree, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families. Gramshree works with residents of slum and lower-income areas – empowering them through home-based handicraft work and fair wages. More photos can be found here.
Tamasha, Fatehpura, India (July 31, 2010) – Taught plastic bag crochet to women in Fatehpura, a village near Ahmedabad. These women already weave discarded plastic into beautiful, reusable items. But they were excited to learn another creative way to recycle plastic – one that doesn’t require the use of expensive machines. More photos can be found here.
PureCotz, Umbergaon, India (July 27, 2010) – Taught plastic bag crochet to factory workers at PureCotz, an organic textile manufacturing center. More photos can be found here.
Clean Air Island, Pune, India (July 19, 2010) - Taught plastic bag crochet at the home of Shanta Chatterji, founder of Clean Air Island (an environmental NGO).
Interview on Jago Mumbai (Sabishi Shankar’s Live Alive Program), Mumbai, India (July 17, 2010) - BagsBeGone.com was featured in an interview on Bandra’s community radio station.
TheMumbaiBags.com, Juhu Gandhigram B.M.C. School Complex, Mumbai, India (July 15, 2010) – Taught plastic bag crochet to about 30-40 teachers at a Juhu school complex. Many of them already knew crochet and were excited to learn how to apply the concept to plastic bags. Some of them may now pass the idea along to their students and use it as a fun lesson on recycling. The workshop was organized by TheMumbaiBags.com, a campaign to discourage plastic bags and promote cloth bags. More photos can be found here.
RUR, Mumbai, India (July 13, 2010) – Taught plastic bag crochet at the home of Monisha Narke, founder of RUR (a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable living). More photos can be found here.
YMCA Vocational Guidance Center, Mumbai, India (July 12, 2010) – Worked with Clean Air Island to introduce the concept of plastic bag crochet to several classes at a vocational center. These women already learned crochet as part of their vocational training and were interested in seeing how to do it with plastic.More photos can be found here.
St. Paul Convent High School, Mumbai, India (July 12, 2010) – Taught plastic bag crochet to more than 100 school children and their grandparents. This workshop was part of Clean Air Island’s Link Ages for Climate project, aimed at connecting younger and older generations to work together on environmental activities (such as vermiculture, composting, natural home remedies, and recycling). More photos can be found here.
Dharavi Project, Mumbai, India (July 11, 2010) – Taught plastic bag crochet to a small group of women living in the Dharavi slum. Also provided them with bamboo crochet hooks, which they said can be replicated for future projects. More photos here. Blog post about the event can be found here.
MET Rishikul Vidyalaya School, Mumbai, India (July 10, 2010) – Taught plastic bag crochet workshop to 10-12 year old children as part of their Saturday Eco Club. More photos can be found here. Blog post about the event here.
Reykjavik, Iceland (September 2009) – Taught plastic bag crochet workshop to the Iceland chapter of Green Drinks.
Perth, Australia (November 2008) – Taught plastic bag crochet at King’s Park & Botanic Gardens.
MakerFaire in Austin, Texas (October 2007) – Featured “Maker” as part of the MakerFaire. The editors of MAKE and CRAFT magazines selected some of their favorite projects and I was awarded a blue ribbon. More MakerFaire pics here.