Cheap and chic.
Mission of a Mixed-media artist is to hunt, gather, and hoard…and humming Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
How does one reconcile that work with a yearning to live a more simple life and honor the environment?
While the effects of pollution, overcrowded landfills, global warming, and greenhouse gases have on the environment must be taught by schools, parents also have a duty to educate their children by example. The first step for me is to return to a smaller home with a self-sustaining (almost) landscape.
I do not have to have a grass lawn but envision a vegetable garden. Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle did get me thinking…
Remember when green was just another chip in the color wheel? The color of money and a healthy salad? Now, green mixes with red and blue states to color politics. Upcycle artists take something of little value–such as empty bottles, Lids, old clothes, fabrics, broken beads, newspaper, Chocolate wrappers etc. etc.–and increase its value exponentially through artistic expression.
My friend Terri Cumbie–owner of Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe–magically turned dryer sheets, diaper wipes (new and not used in this case,) old lace tablecloth, worn bed sheet, buttons, wires, acrylic paint, yarn and paper scraps…into a fantastic piece of wall art. ♥
What’s your GREEN idea?
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)