Eco design have been busy..

too long and no see, well that is because there has been a lot going on. Here I present one project I have been working on and until now I have not been able to share it. This is a restaurant who appointed me for the a remake of their interior, which had to follow the environmental line, not everything is though but as far as possible we have installed conscious products, and here is the result:

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This certainly was an interesting and challenging project, where the remake had to take place without painting the walls or changing the floor, and the place was very dark and with many mirrored sections on the walls. So to give it a more warm feeling I designed a solution by systematically covering all the mirrors with wooden profile list so it looks like windows instead.

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The centre piece was this 4-seater wooden sofa with matching wooden armchairs. Beautiful and ecological all the way through, produced by the great Norrgavel.
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Then we kept a coherence with all materials that were added and aimed to use natural material like wood, stone, brass and glas, which can be recycled.
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The key to transform this dark place without painting the walls or changing the floor was to add a lot of lighting, so once finished 39 new light sources were installed!
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After that was completed artwork, plants and decoration were the last touches.

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A play corner with ecological toys and a cosy tent was dedicated to all children who goes there.

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This corner could then be transformed into a seating area for customers when needed.

However the biggest challenge was that only a small part of the restaurant were given attention and a new style and to make that sit well with the old style was a bit tricky. But so much fun to have a creative challenge and met fantastic people along the way!

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Old window becomes menu board

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Two days to go and we are almost ready for the big day! These old windows will serve as menu board and seating plan.

After searching through my fathers farm house we found three nice old windows which we cleaned up and then used a white pen to write with. The windows will be placed next to each other and around the edges we have written the guests names and in the two central panels we have presented the menu.

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I started off by choosing a font I liked and adapted the size to fit the given space of the window, it took a bit of calculation but once that was done I just had to print it out and tape it to the back of the window with magic tape (which is easier to peal off and does not leave any glue marks on the glass.) Then with a steady hand work your way down, starting at the top so not to smudge the text as you go on. Then simply remove the printed sheet of paper and you are left with neatly presented text.

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Eco-deco making in mint & silver; -with flu in the house.

Yes my little ones are not well, so have been busy with runny noses, feverish nights and killing toss, therefore time has been divided between that and making eco-deco for the wedding. In fact I love making things so am a bit sad that the actual date is approaching as I wish to go on making things for another 6 months…hihi I suppose I just need an excuse for making..

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First out is a detail of an arrow made of recycled materials like chopsticks, string and scraps of paper, were thinking to incorporate  them with the elk horns, instead of the white moss idea…lets see what you think?

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Secondly I made a feather garland with silver tips and mint ribbon, which will be used in the reception area, as there they have two double doors which opens up in the middle of the room so I thought it could be nice to mark that with a dreamy garland before you enter into the ceremony area…(once positioned on location I will post some images.)

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Then for the kids play area I have made several multi-coloured mint garlands that will act as a curtain and invite the kids into a ‘secret’ corner with toys and other activities, at the same time as it blends with the other decor.

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However our most tedious task are painting twigs and branches, phww it takes forever!!!…and yes I know you could spray them, but my heart goes out to the environment and I have resorted to using an environmental friendly paint and a old fashion brush. The idea is to make them look wintery and bring some of that crispy, white feeling indoors. I mean they do look great once painted but it takes ages to do!!!

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The twigs will then be part of the table decor together with the horns, arrows and some candles, well lets look a bit closer at the arrows:   I started by clearing our kitchen drawers from all old chopsticks (we love sushi so I feel a certain satisfaction about being able to re-use these chopsticks) Then I cut arrow shapes from different scraps of paper and glued them to the sticks. After that silver thread was wrapped around the top part and decorated with glitter.

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It’s nice seeing it all come together and I still have other objects on the way, but this is a little preview of work-in-progress and I promise to post some photos once its set up on location on the 20th of March, so more will come!

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Getting closer…100 prints ready!

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‘Public transport’

 

Not far to go, am almost ready to open up EcoDesignUmea’s own webshop! -feels exciting and scary at the same time…

So how did this happen?!? …  ok  here is my story:   Last year;  – well in fact on the 8th of December it will be exactly 365 days since I had a bad accident and broke my sacrum bone completely (lower part of the spine)

Yup, believe it or not but I slipped so badly on the northern ice that I fell backwards and broke my back, well to be honest I could not believe it and its taken me some time to grasp.  At first the doctors were not very positive and said they could not operate because it was to risky, that I was over-optimistic and they explained that the injury needed to self-heal,  (which I am now in the process of)  and apparently that will take a few years.

However, after 6 months of being nicely drugged up I started making little things at home and working on the computer whilst healing my back  (by then my whole being were itching to create)  and that is when I started this blog. So I have used this time to set up an on-line life related to my passion of ecological art & design (am a great believer of creativity and sustainable existence), which feels weird and interesting at the same time… lets see how it will go. My back is still in bad shape and am still taking the same amount of painkillers but every 2-3 months I can notice a slight improvement, like being able to stand longer and walk a bit further.

Anyhow, I don’t want this to sound like a sob-story! – and at first I did not want to share anything personal here but as time is passing EcoDesignUmea is becoming a part of my life and giving me a lot of joy and satisfaction,  in fact I am a very positive person (most of the time) who just wish to create and change a few things in this world, so that is what I am going for.

Now I have just received my first bit of eco-stock, the above prints are part of that, and then spent the whole day researching environmentally friendly ways to support this concept, learning about branding, marketing and all this other stuff which I feel is a bit of drag and out of my field but it keeps me occupied.  So lets see but hopefully I will find a way which stays in line with the whole eco idea, from materials (re-) used in initial stages to the final product & packaging, -so if you have any tips please share them!

Good night and thanks for sticking around!! x

P.S. all above designs are created with recycled materials

 

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…

metallic hunting and leftover craft

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Could not resist any longer, -I suddenly fell victim for the bronze coloured trend, and in accordance with the hunting season (which has just started here in the north) I made a metallic wooden elk. You see, I really can’t kill any animals, not even a worm! so the thought of hunting is simply out of the question, however, around here it is a big thing. People belong to a certain hunting area and work in teams; and each year the government allocate them a number of animals which they are allowed to kill, and some people eagerly awaits for the hunt to begin as it is their biggest passion in life. But I will happily make do with my little metallic elk sitting on the mantelpiece…

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So what happened with the leftovers?!? well after painting the elk with metallic colour I was left with a whole sheet of bronze coloured newspaper; – hmmm what can I do with that (did not want to throw it away as it had paint on it and with my recent emotional attachment to this colour I knew I had to use it in some way) oh yes, I can make 3D placement cards for a party! By carefully stenciling out circles and butterflies and folding the wings outwards I quickly had some decent placement cards, then it was just the names; -done and dusted! cheers x

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to order any of these products please visit my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/203119314/bronze-coloured-3d-placement-cards?ref=shop_home_active_1

blueberry paint & paper lace garland

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Apart from making delicious smoothies and blueberry pies, I have been making some true ecological paint using only berries and salt; -and boy did I feel happy when I came to clean out the brushes knowing that what went down the sink did not harm the nature in any way!2014-08-26 12.20.052014-08-26 12.43.34

just could not resist making a picture of the sink and my washed out paint, it just felt so good! to make the paint I simple blended some berries and mixed it with a bit of salt to help it set in the fibers of the paper and then used a normal flat brush to paint with. The consistence was quite thick but I am sure you can dilute it with a bit of water if you wish it to be more runny. Then I also experimented with the colour itself by tinting it with white chalk paint and here is an example of all the shades I made:

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Then I have also been working on making some paper lace garlands in order to offer more ecological decoration for wedding and parties, because it makes me see green when people buy all this decoration made in plastic from China -the largest polluting country in the world! so why on earth do we carry on to encourage that by consuming and ordering products from there?!? well partly because its cheap and quick but also because we are lacking alternatives which are economically viable, I said it before and I will say it again: WE CAN’T CHANGE THE WORLD -BUT WE CAN CHANGE WHAT WE DO!

however I do know that its not easy when there aren’t that many alternatives around…

having said that though I do think that there is an upward trend for ecological consciousness, at least that is what commercial statistics are showing here in Sweden, only in 6 months the sale for eco food has increased with 56 %  -that is great, no its fantastic!! However in other areas things are moving more slowly, and because we were planning to get married I have been looking a lot at the wedding sector (crinch!!!) and o’my god; -people are desperately buying mass-produced plastic stuff from China -for just one day and then they don’t want the stuff anymore….well could go on for a long time, but don’t want to bore anyone with my rant, instead this is my little contribution for now on alternative decoration, more will come!

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