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Artist’s used coffee pods a wake-up call
By Melissa Keogh
Macclesfield artist Sally
Werner has combined her
environmental conscience with
a love for coffee to spread an
important message in this
year’s SA Living Artists (SALA)
The glass artist’s exhibition Fish
in a Dish is made from hundreds of
used Nespresso coffee pods and is
inspired by coral bleaching issues
in the Great Barrier Reef.
Coffee pods are small capsules
containing a single or double shot
of coffee and are placed into a
machine for extraction at the touch
of a button.
Nespresso pods are made from
aluminium and can’t be recycled,
but used capsules can be dropped
off at specific collection points, such
as the Nespresso shop in the city.
Consumer advocacy group Choice
reported that Nespresso had sold
more than 28 billion capsules
Ms Werner was given a Nespresso
coffee machine by her children but
after realising that each single
cup of coffee created unnecessary
rubbish, she decided to turn her
morning caffeine hit into artwork.
“I noticed too many of the empty
capsules were ending up in the
bin,” she said.
“So I started to collect the pods
in my studio and asked pod-using
friends to save them for me.”
Over 18 months, Ms Werner
collected hundreds of used capsules
and turned them into works of art.
Fish in a Dish, on show at the
old Johnston Brewery in Oakbank,
comprises wall hangings, jar and
vase coverings and decorative
works, made from the coffee pods
which are crushed and soldered
together with copper foil.
Some of the pieces feature bright
and vibrant shades, while others
are duller and represent the
gradual loss of color in the Great
According to the Bureau of
Meteorology, the bleaching of coral
in the reef is caused when ocean
The corals then expel an algae
living in their tissues, turning the
“I went to see a David
Attenborough 3D Great Barrier
Reef documentary in Sydney and
it blew me away,” Ms Werner said.
“It’s tragic what’s happened there
with the bleaching of the coral.
“People think it’s only one coffee
pod in the bin, but all those pods
add up and end up in landfill and
the planet can’t handle it.”
Ms Werner, who has specialised
in leadlight and mosaic art for 30
years, will exhibit Fish in a Dish at
the old Johnston Brewery (O’Leary
Wines) in Oakbank during August.
Used Nespresso pods can also be
dropped off at the Adelaide Hills
Flower Studio in Mt Barker.
Macclesfield artist Sally Werner’s SALA art exhibition ‘Fish in a Dish’ is made from used Nespresso
coffee pods which, unless dropped at specific collection points after use, end up in landfill.
By Genevieve Cooper
Nearly 60 young Harry Potter fans made their
way to Platform 93⁄4 (aka the Stirling library) on
Sunday to celebrate the launch of the latest “script
book” from J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally popular
series of fantasy novels.
Some of them clutched copies of Harry Potter and the
Cursed Child after lining up outside Matilda’s Bookshop
at 8.31am to collect the eighth instalment in the story
of the young wizard Harry Potter, his friends Hermione
Granger and Ron Weasley, and their adventures at
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The script book is a two-part West End play written by
Jack Thorne, based on a story created with series author
Rowling and John Tiffany.
The storyline is set 19 years after the events of the last
book with Harry Potter now working for the Ministry of
Magic and the father of three children.
One of the organisers of the Stirling library event,
Caroline Sullivan, said the morning celebration
was booked out and decked out with Harry Potter
paraphernalia with children dressed as their favorite
characters from the series.
After pushing their way through the magically concealed
Platform 93⁄4 at King’s Cross Station in London, the fans
were quickly sorted into the four Houses of Hogwarts
to enjoy a Harry Potter quiz, a reading of Harry Potter
and the Cursed Child and a live animal display where
they could meet some of the creatures that made an
appearance in the series – an owl, snake, spider, ferret
The children also did craft activities, making their own
wands and golden snitches for Quidditch, before doing a
The winners of the best costumes were Harriet Wolff,
who dressed as Bellatrix Lestrange, and Tintin Morin,
who dressed as Voldemort.
“We had such a great time,” said Ms Sullivan, the
program team leader at the Adelaide Hills Council
“The kids who came were so into the books so it was
“One mum baked a birthday cake because the date of
course is Harry Potter’s birthday, and J. K. Rowling’s.”
Every child who attended was offered a lucky dip
of Bertie Bott’s jelly beans, with every flavor from
candyfloss and cherry to dirt and earwax.
Muggles beware: New platform for Harry Potter fans
Aldgate and Eliza
Hogben from Mt
Barker prepare to
enter the Stirling
library through its
Wolff took out
the prize for best
dressed with her
Wright, 11, dressed
as the hairy half-
giant Hagrid with
Jack McKenzie, 11,
Adam Gleadle, 9, from Stirling shows off his new wand
made at the library’s crafting table.
Tintin Morin, 9, left, from Bridgewater, who won
a prize for his Voldemort costume, gets up close to
a snake with Toby Cawson, 11, of Heathfield.
Demelza Metha, 12, from
Stirling, tries to out stare
a barn owl.
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