Say no to advertising and go digital

Today I am very proud of myself for phoning up different commercial companies who send me their directories and paper adverts and cancel all this junk mail. Even thou we have a note on our door saying “no advertising” we still receive everything which carries our name and address, so thanks to Bea Johnson’s book ‘Zero Waste Home’ where she cleverly explains that the best way to reduce waste is by stopping it from entering your home I had the idea of stopping this junk mail from entering our home by contacting the ones who send it. Believe it or not,  everyone I spoke with was very friendly and happy to help with this idea of decreasing waste and paper consumption.  Also there are a lot of companies who now-a-days send you advertising digitally and even thou that can be annoying too at least it does not physically use resources.

That leads me on to my second topic; digital work. I have spent the last week or so creating art work on the computer, well its not all done on the computer, I have used paintings and drawings which I had laying around and collaged them together in to new pieces.I am now going to reproduce them in a certified environmentally friendly printing company, and compare the material used that way versus using paint and glue. The question to be explored: is digital reproduction better for the environment then physically using art material and making things new 1st hand?well I think so but am not sure yet, but I have just spoken to the printers and we have decided to do a test run first and then work out the impact, so I can compare the use of ink versus the use of paint per piece…These are the pieces to be tested, what do you think?

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an eco-doll for Freja and cheesecakes

pssst! I will now let  you have a peek at a little present we have made for my niece, however she mustn’t know about it yet as her  birthday is coming up on Friday…but the past week our focus has been on the kids, we have made autumn picnics in the woods with fire and hot chocolate, been to the adventure playground with friends and allowed the girls to attack the kitchen by making desserts (fantastic fun and hours of cleaning) but they enjoyed it sooooo much, -especially the eating part! so to start off this post have a look at the eco-cheesecakes and my kids stuffing their face! -yum!

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so back to Freja’s present which is a soft cuddly doll made by broken garments from the whole family; thereby she will get something from all of us, and we avoid throwing away all these meters of fabric (I mean we all know how bad the garment industry is!!!) and I personally have decided to reduce consumption of new products; especially the once from China! -climate criminal No.1, –we simply can’t support them (but its not easy as soooo many things are made there) anyhow, back to Freja’s doll and this upcycle project:

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to start off I cut up my old leggings (which had a hole on right knee) and made the body, legs and hair, then my older daughter allowed me to use her leggings which were also broken on both knees to make arms and daddy donated an old T-shirt for hands and feet and our youngest one unknowingly gave up a stained and outgrown body and socks to make a head and hairbands, and all the remaining bits of fabric became stuffing. To finish we made a dress out of an old curtain and Freja now has a little present waiting for her!

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The nice thing with this project, apart from being able to re-use old garments; was that the girls could help and push the stuffing in to arms & legs; -know the difficult part is that they want to keep the doll and they have already asked me to make something else for Freja…(well I am working on an elephant at the moment so lets see how we can solve the situation in a diplomatic manner), will let you know the outcome. -Have a good week!2014-10-11 22.56.31

 

burning wooden plates and illustrations

Apologies for the lengthy silence, been busy with an interior design project, working with wood and old details has given me some ideas. So after purchasing some ecological plates in bamboo (which is a very popular eco-material at the moment) for an event I thought it would be nice to personalize the item with customers name, -by burning it! well not literally burning the plate, no of course not (then it would be nothing left hihihi) but burning in to it, like engraving it through heat!! well it is not easy I have to say and in order to perfect it you need lots of practice, but here are my first sample and I promise it will get better…

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so lets hope Jane will like it… she was also given some simple eco-wall decoration made with pen and ink, nothing fancy but sometimes we forget the power of pen and paper! the colour I used was  left-over paint from the walls and thereby was able to recycle a material which otherwise would have been thrown away. I sourced local flee-markets for frames and its amazing how many there are and to a very good price! The illustration were then given a final touch with a little eco-message…’can we be green’

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so lets keep working, as I said before, and I will say it again: you can’t change the world but you can change what you do…