Bright Future for Sarah's lights

We recently caught up with Sarah Turner at the CQ Pop-Up Centre in the Lace Market, Nottingham, where she has been selling her unique products in the run up to Christmas.

We recently caught up with Sarah Turner (BA Hons Furniture and Product Design, 2008) at the CQ Pop-Up Centre in the Lace Market, Nottingham, where she was selling her unique products in the run up to Christmas.

Sarah Turner Eco Art & Design specialises in creating beautifully hand-crafted lights and decorative products from sandblasted waste bottles and cans. Sarah started making the lights as part of her dissertation while studying at NTU, and with the help of The Hive, NTU's purpose-built centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise, she has seen her company blossom from its humble beginnings of collecting empty Coke and Oasis bottles from NTU cafes into a successful business.

Sarah appeared at Grand Designs Live as a 'Green Hero' as well as on Channel 4's Four Rooms. In 2011, Sarah's work was used alongside supermodel Erin O'Connor in an advert for SodaStream, promoting the idea of a world without plastic bottles. In 2012, Sarah was commissioned by the Coca-Cola company to create lighting and a sculpture for their hospitality lounge at the London 2012 Olympics. Sarah produced five, two-metre wide chandeliers, each made from almost 200 Coke bottles, while her nine-metre tall sculpture was made up of over 1,000 pieces of hand-cut cola bottles and cans.

Sarah is still based in Nottingham selling lights at local craft fairs as well as doing some teaching here at NTU. You can see Sarah's work for yourself on 28 February at Nottingham Castle during Light Night, for which she is creating a life-size World War I tank from waste plastic. Sarah will also be exhibiting as part of NTU's Magic Light, an exhibition celebrating 170 years of the School of Art & Design.

Bright Future for Sarah's lights

Published on 28 January 2014
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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