Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Sustainable Souls Project - May 2017


Happy May!

Today, we go live with Month Five of The Sustainable Souls project.

 The Sustainable Souls Project evolved from my yearly discovery of a single word.  Each year, I choose a word to define my hopes, focus, and desires for the next 365 days.  Past words have included: home, explore, be, and others.  

This year, I chose the word, 'Sustainability'.  Because the earth is in dire need of help and I want to leave a legacy for my children and their children to inherit, I thought it was time to focus on issues of Sustainability.

But I wanted to make 2017 different.  I wanted to include others in my word, since Sustainability cannot be done alone.  Yes, every small action helps, but it's the combination of hundreds of small acts that make a difference.  Hence, The Sustainable Souls Project.

Each month, we will pick a sustainability topic and create awareness through art.  Projects may include art journaling, mixed media, assemblage, and more.  We are hoping to educate, entertain, and create awareness, one paint stroke at a time.

May's theme is 'Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle'.  

The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place.  Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy - raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated than transported to wherever it will be sold.  As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.  (Source EPA)

 Excerpts from this article demonstrate 25 ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, starting today!

We currently live in a society where there is over consumption and this comes with increased garbage which is a great problem. Each and every year we recycle more, however, as we do this we create more garbage. As we create this problem, few people are on board to help develop solutions. The three R’s which include reduce, reuse and recycle all function by helping to cut down on the amount of waste that people throw away.

That said, they help conserve landfill space, conserve natural resources, and energy among others. These three R’s also help save on money and the land used to dispose waste in landfills. Acquiring and setting up a new landfill usually comes with great difficulty as it comes with great public opposition and it’s expensive because of environmental regulations.

Reduce functions by ensuring that the waste is not produced at all. Reuse involves making use of once used products so that limited waste is thrown away. It helps as it reduces environmental and economic waste in the process. Recycling on the other hand is a complex process which involves taking used materials and re-manufacturing them through some set processes then selling them as new.

Recycling can be done both at work and at home. If people are to achieve the goal of reducing the amount of waste that goes into our landfills, then they must follow the three R’s.

The inspiration for my project this month came from an item that I use almost on a daily basis and if you are an artist, I  would bet you have these in your trash bin as well - BABY WIPES!  

I often use baby wipes to wipe down my work space and for cleaning my fingers and tools during the creative process.  When I got started on my Sustainability journey in January, I started keeping many of my baby wipes with the hopes of using them in a future creative project.  I figured that with the theme this month, they would be the perfect solution.  

The base for my weaving is a reused coffee bag.  I punched holes in the bag for my warp yarns.  Here's a peek at the back of my bag.  (don't mind the artist tape :)  )

Using the baby-wipes as my weft yarn, I first gave them a spritz of coffee, then ripped them into long pieces.  Using one piece per layer, I weaved the baby-wipes through the warp yarn letting the ends hang over the side.

 I embellished my weaving with handmade clay beads, handmade resin cast, and wood pieces.

I really love how it turned out.

In addition to my main art piece each month, I am creating a smaller piece that will be combined with 11 others to create ONE large piece.  Here's a peek at my May contribution.

Want to do more?  Want to be a Sustainable Soul?  Want to create with us each month?  Send me a message and I'll provide more details.Here's a peek at what the other Sustainable Souls created this month.

Here's a peek at what the other Sustainable Souls created this month.

Interested in my past Sustainable Souls projects?  Here's link to each.

 January 2017
February 2017
 If you can't create with us each month but would like to support and participate in our quest for a Sustainable future, please feel free to grab our badge and share it on your social media sites.  We truly appreciate your support and understanding that our future must change for many generations to come. 
Looking for ways to reuse plastic bottles?  Here's two video's you might enjoy.