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Photographs of coloured bag crocheted by Marjorie Bligh from plastic bags.

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Bligh, Marjorie Alfreda Willis (1976) Photographs of coloured bag crocheted by Marjorie Bligh from plastic bags. [Image] (Unpublished)

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Photographs of coloured bag crocheted by Marjorie Bligh from plastic bags. Marjorie’s instructions for making shopping bags from recycled plastic carrier bags are: “Crochet one long piece sufficient for the two sides, cutting the … plastic at least ½ inch in width, spirally. Make gussets of 4 inch strips and sew into the sides for added width. Make a hem on tops and insert a coathanger bended to fit.” (Danielle Wood). “Marjorie Bligh is Tasmania’s queen of the household scene. Often referred to as “Australia’s Mrs Beeton” or “Tasmania’s Mrs Beeton”, she was born Marjorie Pearsall, in 1917, in the Tasmanian midlands township of Ross. In her self-styled career as a housewife superstar, she married three times and produced six books on cooking, home economics, craft, history and gardening. She published her signature household manual under all three of her married names: Marjorie Blackwell, Marjorie Cooper and Marjorie Bligh. A pioneer recycler, Marjorie has for several decades been renowned for her spirited campaign against useful resources being poured into landfill. Famous for never wasting a thing, she has converted thousands of used pantyhose and plastic shopping bags into reusable items. It has long been rumoured that Marjorie was an inspiration for Barry Humphries’ Dame Edna Everage. Marjorie lives in Devonport in a house that incorporates a small museum where she displays her handcrafts, scrapbooks and other treasures. She is 94 years old.” [Danielle Wood 2011]

Item Type: Image
Keywords: marjorie, bligh, tasmania, housewife, superstar, Devonport, Campbell Town, Ross, domestic, cook, crafts, handicrafts, home, hints, handy, home-made, recycled, re-used, knitting, crochet, sewing, gardening, helpful,plastic bags, handbag
Additional Information: Photographs taken by Gillian Ward from exhibition 'Housewife Superstar', Morris Miller Library, November - December 2011.
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2012 03:41
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:28
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/12673
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