The wild weather we have been experiencing around the world has me thinking about climate change and ways we can do something about it. I've come across some very interesting articles recently that illustrate possibilities.
The following is from Meg Niederhofer: Celebrating Gainesville's passion for trees:
Most urban trees grow yards; they belong to individuals, but we all benefit from them. Rain falling onto branches and leaves is dispersed, meaning gradual absorption into the soil as opposed to sheeting over the ground that causes erosion and flooding.
Likewise the sun’s rays are intercepted (shade), foliage absorbs air pollutants, and beneficial root fungi take up phosphorus and heavy metals that would otherwise pollute ground water. During major storm events Gainesville’s abundant tree canopy intercepts the winds, deflecting damaging force away from homes.
Home Sweet Home by Carolyn Pearce - this has sparked some ideas for pieces focusing on places and peoples that have not received a lot of attention in the artistic community nor the media.
Making Do . . . - reminded me of the times I sat with my grandmother while she darned socks or sewed on buttons.
And then, there was this from a book I've been reading:
[O]ld quilts made from recycled fabrics reminded Japanese needlewomen of the past, of the days when their mothers patched clothing or made household items from scraps. It didn't matter that these quilts had tears or worn patches in them, this was part of their charm. We Japanese have traditionally cherished old fabrics, and the idea of creating something artistic and useful from scraps appealed to our ideal of beauty. (Japanese Quilts by Jill Liddell & Yuko Watanabe (c) 1988, p ix)
It ties in, of course, to using recycled, found, and vintage materials in my work.
What do you think? Is there something you would like to suggest to others?
Until next time, I wish you peace.
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