Rochdale student's sticky-tape sculptures to go on show

A student from Greater Manchester is to have her unusual sculptures displayed at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Abbie-Lee Hollister, 17, a sixth form student at Wardle High School, in Rochdale, has been creating sculptures and dresses from Sellotape.

She used 80 rolls of the tape, given to her by the manufacturer, to make the designs for her art A-level.

Her designs are based on work by Mark Jenkins, an American artist who creates street installations using parcel tape.

She said: "I also kind of like Antony Gormley's work and I thought I could make something... that was interesting and eyecatching.

'Pushing the boundaries'

"The first time I tried it, I wrapped my dad in cling film and Sellotape then cut it down the back. He didn't really enjoy it so I bought a mannequin and used that instead.

"When you see the sculptures, they're quite eyecatching. I like it because you know when people look at them, they are thinking - how do you do that?"

Ms Hollister is studying art, maths and textiles A-levels and hopes to study fashion design at Manchester Metropolitan University when she leaves school.

She said it was "brilliant" that her work was to be exhibited in the summer, adding that the museum had also asked her to hold some textile workshops.

Adam Daber, industry curator at the museum, said: "Abbie-Lee's sculptures are a really interesting concept.

"She is pushing the boundaries of fashion and textiles in a new direction and we hope to showcase her work at a future event here."

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