French lessons on turning waste items into pieces of art

French lessons on turning waste items into pieces of art
Veronica Fillette sees art in every object and often picks up items, which we consider waste, from the streets to indulge in her hobby.
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Kochi: Creating art from discarded items is a passion for Veronica Fillette from France, a visitor at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. She passed on her knowledge to youngsters at the Art by Children (ABC) programme held as part of the biennale at Cabral Yard.

Veronica sees art in every object and often picks up items, which we consider waste, from the streets. She turns these apparently useless items into pieces of art. The children who took part in the programme were amazed by the transformation of these materials.

Among the interesting creations were earrings and handicraft items made out of cola tins.

Veronica felt that Kochi Biennale provided a platform for cultures of various continents to come together.

“I don’t create fancy jewellery from waste items to sell it, but to come closer to people. If people have their own ideas, they can create other pieces of art and make money from it. But the profit so earned has to be used for the good of society,” she said.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, various other programmes were held at the Biennale. They included a calligraphy workshop from 10 am to 5 pm at Cabral Yard, Fort Kochi; a sister library symposium at the Pepper House and screening of the film ‘The Garden of Forgotten Show’ directed by Avijith Mukul Kishore at the Fort Kochi pavilion in the evening.

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