TOKYO-2020 Editorial / Personality

Debra Rapoport

  • Prize
    Bronze in Editorial/Personality
  • Photographer
    Natalia Rudychev

4R - Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Reinvent in Art and Life project was created during Covid-19 lockdown at the Westbeth Artists Community in New York. This is a project devoted to Debra Rapoport. Sustainability-focused artist is a role model for generations to come. Debra turns used toilet paper rolls into colorful bracelets; discarded expresso cups, dryer lint, mail packaging, spent paper towels and party paper plates into hats; creates garments out of clothing swaps finds and weaves neck pieces from left over scraps of fabric. Debra teachers environmentally friendly design worldwide.

Natalia L Rudychev is an award-winning photographer, Fulbright scholar and Touchstone Distinguished Book Award Shortlisted author. Through her work, Natalia seeks to bring her formal education in literature studies, dance and philosophy to the multidisciplinary projects revealing the histories, myths and storylines deeply embedded within ordinary objects. Inspired by the Japanese aesthetics of wabi-sabi, Natalia creates surreal narratives in which social constructions regarding nature, gender differences and diasporic conditions overlap.