A Little Introduction to my project page. 

Recycled Plastics

 Many of the projects are created using recycled plastics bags, I’ve been recycling plastics for over 15 years and set up bags2riches in 2001 with the aim of creating desirable objects from everyday waste. If you’re interested in doing a recycled plastics workshop, we do one day courses here at The Making House; you’ll get to learn the basics of plastics fusion and create a variety of pieces from book covers to lightshades. Visit our workshops page for details

Jewellery Making

As I developed Bags2riches, I began to realise I needed to learn to silversmith, i’m always learning! I now teach various jewellery making courses here at The Making House and deliver jewellery based projects and workshops.

Participatory Practise

I’m passionate about participatory art practice and have been working as a teacher/arts facilitator for nearly 20 years (Yikes is it really that long, where did time go?!) A great deal of the projects are only made possible (and enjoyable) because of the people involved. Over the years I’ve worked with a huge variety of groups in all sorts of settings; from nursery age children to people in residential homes; from adults with profound and multiple disabilities, to young people excluded from schools, to A level students to WI groups. i often go in to schools for a day or 2 to create something different and fun, but i also have delivered residencies, pop up shop projects, drop in workshops, random pop up happenings, apprentice and business

Below is a selection  of projects

Please click on each image to give you more details about each project. (Links are currently being uploaded)

On Route To The Ocean

Fish Created for Nottingham Light Night 2016.

On Route To The Ocean, Nottingham Light Night 2016

Fragile Peace

Created for and with Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy, where each student in the school created a wire poppy to become part of the installation

Fragile Piece Wire

Exploring new techniques

                    Giants Foot Willow and TissueBaubles Willow and Tissue Paper

Peacock Passion

Created with Tracey Parr and visitors to Larmer Tree festival

Peacocks, Larmer Tree Festival Willow and Recycled Plastics

Recycled Plastic Garden

Spiral Garden Installation                 Garden installation Recycled plastics


Carnival Phoenix

Carnival Phoenix Willow and Recycled Plastic

Recycled Tyre Garden

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Winter Solstice 2014

Winter Solstice piece, Erewash Festival of Light 2014

 Christmas Lights

Created for Ilkeston Light Switch on for Erewash festival of Lights

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Bird Sanctuary

Created with and for Attenborough Nature Reserve.

Bird sanctuary for attenborough Nature Reserve Willow and Recycled Plastic

Metal Age

This was a jewellery residency for ‘Excite, Inspire, Engage Erewash’, celebrating the hidden industrial landscape through the frivolity of jewellery. A heritage project based on the metal industries around Ilkeston, in particular Stanton ironworks, which was a huge foundry employing 12,000 people at it’s peak.

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Cuffs Inspired by Stanton Ironworks 2014

Future Field Poppies

Created for Rufford Craft Centre’s World War 1 exhibition



Desert Island

The Desert Island was created with Tracey Parr. The installation uses all sorts of other recycled materials and objects as well as recycled plastics, such as old umbrellas and a parasol for the Palm tree structures. The idea was originally conceived for Towersey Folk Festival and it then went on a mini tour arond Burton and to Holmsfirth Arts Trail.


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Winter solstice 2013



Banners and Panels

Many of my 1 or 2 day workshops in schools lead to the creation of a banner or panels for the school to display. As it’s recycled plastic it’s very resilient and can also be displayed outdoors.

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Insects and Flowers

Another alternative for schools is that each child creates their own individual piece that becomes part of an installation. Insects and flowers are popular, but any theme can be chosen; these are to go in the garden, but could be hung, created in to a mobile or you could even make themed bunting.

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A Right Royal Extravaganza

The crown and garden party were created with year 2 students for an exhibition at Rufford Craft Centre celebrating The Queens Jubilee. They then returned to the school and formed a garden installation.

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Costumes With NRSB

I worked with Nottingham Royal Society For the Blind using recycled plastic techniques to create costumes inspired by their visit to Nottingham Contemporary.


Reform 4 Revive

reform 1  reform 2

Re:form was an alternative shopping event developed for ‘Revive’ Empty Shops Project in Long Eaton; it’s was an alternative shop where people brought in their junk and recreated it with my help in to something new.

In fact this is how The Making House has accidently evolved, we get all sorts of people dropping off allsorts of stuff, it’s always greatfully received and we endeavour to turn it in to something new!


Gallery 37 was a project that I delivered in Newark, Oldham and Eastwood working with different groups of young people on a jewellery and empty shop projects.

Electrical Ball Earrings, Gallery 37, Oldham             G37 Bead-It

Fabric and Button Bracelets, Gallery37, Oldham                 Jewellery project, Gallery 37 Eastwood


Plastic Plantations

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Aberystwyth Way Markers

My first full sized residency back in 2006. I worked for a month with a day centre for adults with learning difficulties in Aberystwyth to create these large scale panels and the sea wave. I loved it! The centre was so welcoming, they even let me live in my van in the car park!

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Sea Creatures

Still in Aberytwyth! After a fishing trip, we created a variety of sea animals bringing a wave of colour to the garden

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I’ve loved doing all my projects, they’re always different, always fun, always hardwork and looking at the photo’s here, each one brings back really happy memories. I hope you like them!

There are still lots and lots more smaller projects and workshops not featured here and hopefully lots more to come in the future. If you’re interested in me working with your school, community group, etc please do drop me an e.mail at

Anna Roebuck

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