Foil wrapped in a crisp blazer

A North-East artist is having her work launched on the world stage with an exhibition in New York tomorrow featuring a blazer she made from crisp packets.

A North-East artist is having her work launched on the world stage with an exhibition in New York tomorrow featuring a blazer she made from crisp packets.

Mother-of-two Angela Sandwith, 50, from Seaham, County Durham, teaches Design and Technology Secondary Education at Sunderland University and specialises in textiles.

Her blazer will be on display in New York's Affordable Art Fair from tomorrow until Sunday as part of an exhibition of international contemporary art.

The inspiration for the blazer came from her childhood growing up on a farm in Murton, near Seaham, County Durham.

"As a child I lived on a farm and I wasn't allowed to go out of the farm on my own. So when I started secondary school at Peterlee I used to get dropped off for the bus in the morning, and I'd go straight into a shop to buy crisps. My mam had no idea how many crisps I was eating.

"So crisps have a strong association with growing up and freedom for me, and of course crisps are important to the history of Peterlee as they're produced there.

"The crazy patchwork of the blazer is a traditional Victorian technique, and the Victorians were very into recycling, using old garments to cut up to make into quilts and other products."

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