an attempt to make something beautiful and true from shreds of discarded paper
Poems Made from Words Found in the Bin is an ongoing writing practice and a creative writing workshop.
This project began as a creative writing workshop using shredded business documents as source material. It was first held in 2014 as part of a year-long residency as Creative Project Consultant at SHM Productions.
Workers used portions of shredded documents from the business’s own recycling bin as the stimulus for a love poem. The poems were recited as an anonymous collection at the end of the working day.
In summer 2019, supported by the PONToon project, Rhiannon brought this process to libraries in Portsmouth as part of Aspex Gallery’s ‘Exchange‘ season, making poems with members of the public and animating them for large scale screens in the city, including at Victorious Festival (attended by 150 000 people).
Autumn 2019 presentations: Brighton Digital Festival, Frequency International Festival of Digital Culture in Lincoln, Wellcome Collection London as part of ‘Being Human’.
The collection of poems continues to grow and some of them can be seen in The Slow GIF Movement collection on Giphy.