Design for a Sea Change

This innovative heat-pressed ghost net fruit bowl was made by Damien Azzopardi in 2008 as part of an industrial design class at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Design for a Sea Change

Mountains of ghost nets do nothing for the view and burning them does nothing for our atmosphere.

With indigenous community rangers retrieving tonnes of net from along Australia’s northern coastline GhostNets Australia Coordinator Riki Gunn began to ponder if there might be something that it could be used for.

In 2006 GhostNets Australia sponsored the Design for a Sea Change Competition where entrants were challenged to design products that could be made of ghost net and that would be capable of being manufactured in the indigenous communities where nets were collected.

Entries, which ranged from bags and furniture, to hammocks and kitchen ware, were judged at the 2006 Garma Festival, with the winner being a guitar strap made by Chantal Cordey. As part of her prize Chantal went on to present ghost net workshops in Yirrkala, NT and Hammond Island, Torres Straits.