circular consumerism

As you may know we need to work harder at consuming less and choosing materials that can be reused or broken down without to much damage to the environment.

On the 14th of April there is the national clothes-swaping day in Sweden, Denmark and Norway which means that numerous events are being staged around the country that day where people can swap their garments with other people.

Last year, in Sweden alone, nearly 41 000 garments changed owner in one single day.

If we consider that these garment swaps replaced buying we saved the planet from 30 tons of chemicals, 280 tons of carbon dioxide and 40 000 cubic meters of water -in one single day! 

The power is in our hands..

source: https://www.naturskyddsforeningen.se/nyheter/sveriges-storsta-kladbytardag

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Recycling design on a global and commercial level

 

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Soon the Stockholm Furniture fair is happening and am very much looking forward to go to listen to Piet Hein Eek who is bringing his creative skills to use by designing for the giant Ikea. He is invited to hold a lecture at the fair and I certainly do not want to miss that: check him out!

http://www.stockholmfurniturelightfair.se/program/6-februari/a-lecture-about-my-career?sc_lang=sv-se

 

Mood boards

Spring is around the corner and so is this project: a  collaboration with local designers and crafts makers and a new found photographer who is interested in shooting interior design. So we have teamed up and I will style the pictures with inspiration from the north, so the colors are based on some natural but typical traits of northern nature.

This first mood board, the green one, is representing all the greens: the trees, northern light, minerals and foggy morning mist.

 

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The pink mood board stands for the midnight sun and misty summer nights..

 

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The blue mood board represents the darkness and water which we have a lot of here in the north.

 

blå

 

 

I would like to show you the products but that will have to wait, am still awaiting confirmation from one or two, plus got a keep something for later…

 

10,000 Bottle Caps from North Cape Beaches

So why should we care about the environment and take any responsibility in trying to change consumer habits and production processes? well the reasons are many and at this point we are all aware that this planet has environmental problems due to human behavior but last week this video came past my eyes and made my heart stop! I literally could not breathe for a long while…HOW COULD YOU NOT CARE?!?

On your bikes and get to know the area

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This is my latest creation, which I have dedicated to the town where we live: Umea, and now all eco-prints are available in a local pop-up shop for northern designers, which feels pretty awesome!  This piece is created as an homage to Umea, (which is a university town where people cycle a lot), and the buildings have been covered with letters and numbers to symbolize the academic spirit and learning going on here. Furthermore, the green shadows are there to support this environmentally friendly form of transport and encourage people to be even greener, because believe it or not here they ride it in the winter (despite -20 degrees) by putting winter tires on the bikes which helps you to avoid accidents on icy road conditions. So there is no excuse; -get on your bikes!!!

So what else has been going on? well, I have just stumbled upon a shared studio space! which for me is the best Christmas present!

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Take a look at this! it’s basically an old dairy factory, which now has been converted in to various artist studios, and there one  can apply for a membership with a compound that specializes in the same area as one has their skills, so I am applying for the art & textile compound. Last week I went for a visit and the space is like a massive eye candy!!! yum yum. There you can do screen printing, sculptures, sewing, painting and other creative stuff.  I also spoke with the president and explained a bit what I do and she has now sent me an application form to fill out and then hopefully after Christmas I can started using the space!

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So yes, went home and put my head to some serious research (as I have been abroad for 20 years I haven’t got a clue about anything around here, like where to get materials etc), and who doesn’t know that the textile industry is a very toxic business, so this will be a challenge but I am determined to carry on the ideology of eco-design, and have already found some environmentally friendly screen printing products through Screentec, who has devoted themselves to develop eco-friendly printing products which are water based and free from phthalate and PVC; and I am about to become another customers of theirs. Moreover, apart from ensuring you use good products you can also make an effort when it comes to cleaning by trying to collect residues to the last drop and wipe tools with paper before washing them with water.

In fact I read a profound study conducted by the city of Stockholm and the cultural administration where they highlight that all waste classified as dangerous for humans and the nature should NEVER be placed in the bin or poured down the sink. As dangerous you would include solvents, chemical photo products, paint residues, even packages that are empty but has contained dangerous products should not be disposed this way but collected separately and brought to an environmental station.

s7ss14sOne big NO-NO in the art world are colours with cadmium, like cadmium red or yellow, and a lot of people do not know this but cadmium can’t be filtered away, and its highly toxic for humans, animals and plants. Recently the Swedish national water company examined the level of cadmium in water around the country and in areas close to art schools they found  a massive increase of cadmium in the water; something I find very scary because it’s mainly due to the fact that people do not know this. So on your bikes and find the nearest environmental station! we need to know where they are…while we wait for the system to become more convenient for eco-living.

-have a good Christmas!!!

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