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NY artist Debra Rapoport turns garbage into high-end fashion

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By ITN News Editor April 13, 2019 15:45

NY artist Debra Rapoport turns garbage into high-end fashion

Donning a hat she made out of beach chair fabric and a necklace from disposable Chinese soup spoons, artist Debra Rapoport struts down a West Village sidewalk with purpose, in search of treasure, hidden in a dumpster and piles of garbage.She grabs a piece of metal off bags of trash, flicks off an old bit of tape stuck to her find and exclaims, “Oh, this is gorgeous. I love it. It’s going to make a breastplate, of the real sort.”Rapoport, 73, turns other people’s trash and simple materials like paper towels and toilet paper rolls into high-end fashion. She calls herself “Debra Debris” or “Residue Rapoport.”Rapoport has been known since the late ’60s for her wearable art pieces. Her work has been exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum and more. After receiving her master’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley, she’s taught at various universities and given workshops on how to turn recycled materials into creative and beautiful hats, handbags and necklaces.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor April 13, 2019 15:45
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