Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Green/Greener

Green art warms my heart. As you know, I am celebrating things that are greener so I want to mention some green artists whose art and lifestyles I admire before we head back to the hospital again tomorrow. Yes, you read that right.  My son's still unwell and going in to hospital for the 3rd time in 9 weeks. To say we're 'over this' would be a complete understatement but this time I am determined not to let it dampen my creativitiy! My family is my priority of course but I will be taking my sewing with me:)
No surprise to see another nest here! This one was spotted at the Muse Me event I went to last year. I love the eggs! This was part of a land art sculpture about life and death.


On with the celebrating! My first tribute is to Te Willans of Sowen Earth. I am loving what this artist does! Te Willans is an eco dyer, button maker, mixed media artist just across the ditch from me in Australia. Check out the cool studio shot below....

You can also see some other very cool buttons here as well as dfelteyed works and encaustic pieces.  It's awesome to see an artist making and selling so many lovely, nature friendly pieces so please go and check Sowen Earth out! You won't be dissapointed.

The other blogger I want to celebrate is Jasmine of Natures Whispers. Jasmine also uses natural dyes to create fantastic felted pieces. I had no idea you could actually use felt to depict an image let alone convey a message. I can only imagine how wonderful her dyed wools would be to actually feel and hold in my hands. I didn't ask for permission to use a photo so don't rely on your imagination to find out what Jasmine's work is like:) Please go and pay her a visit!

Last but not least is a NZ project I found today which is a happy coincidence! I listed some old foam on freecycle and the person whose just become the new owner wants to use it for this great project. Sew it Forward is a project that involves using recycled clothing and sewing goodies to make clothing for womans refuge. Great idea! There are collection points in Tauranga and Auckland for any one wishing to make a donation of buttons, zippers, fabric, cotton, gift basket goodies, ribbons....etc!
This is actually my first freecycle deal so it's a pretty good result to move on a piece of foam to a good home and not the rubbish pile AND support a project like this. That's a very cool shade of 'greener' if you ask me!

18 comments:

alteredbits said...

what a fantastic post! and i love that nest!! i so wanted to send you some real bird eggs i'd found some time ago in my last parcel to you but NZ would slap or bomb me if i did. i was sad (thus the fabric nest). i can't wait to check these wonderful links out! thank you so much for all of the great links!!

love to you, your sweet boy and girls! i hope this round is better and they fix him right up.

SOEWNEARTH said...

aw gee shucks thanks Lisa. I suppose this means I now need to go update my blog. Hope all goes well with the chidlun.

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Mick said...

Once again, Lisa, my prayers will be with you and your family in the trying days ahead.

La Dolce Vita said...

good for you to take your sewing with you... and my best to you and your family during this difficult time. I am hoping for a breakthrough. love Jasmines work and I will check out the other links! xx's cat

Jasmine said...

Hi Lisa, Thank you so much for the mention. Sowen Earth makes wonderful art. Your freecycle venture sounds inspiring. A very worthy project.

So sorry to hear your son is still so poorly. He must be very brave, as are you. I wish him healing thoughts and send you all hugs.

Take care xxJ

Sarah said...

Was so lovely meeting you today, even if for such a breef moment in time. All out love to you and your family and hope your lil man's better soon. Keep an eye on the blog part of my Sew It Forward website for pics and updates. As soon as I can get a decent sewing machine I'll be churning out the soft toys.
xo

淑娟淑娟淑娟 said...

i trust everything will be fine. bless you!............................................................

bad penny said...

I hope this will be the last visit to hospital & your son's health improves. It must be draining for you all.

Deborah said...

Lovely post. Best wishes for your son. Hope he is well soon. I know how hard it is.

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ArtPropelled said...

Oh dear Lisa, I hope your son is better soon. The whole hospital routine is so exhausting for the whole family. Sewing will help I'm sure.
The little nest filled with acorns is a lovely sight!

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Lisa said...

i hope by now your baby boy in a better way...exhausting is right..

lovely post featuring some great artists. love the acorns in the little nest

deb said...

O I hope your son is getting better. Sending prayers and blessings your way

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Debrina said...

Hi Lisa - so glad you guys are back from hospital, again...I've been thinking about you and yours and wondering how you've all been getting on. I'm sorry I didn't get round to catching up on your buried treasure btw. I love what you dug up! Fantastic! I The green art warms my heart is an exciting post too (I do remember that one...but can't remember if I left a comment or not!). My brain is a bit slow at the moment. I think it's called kids.

annell said...

I love your green sculpture.