Sustainable Souls-September & October

I’m a little behind once again on my posts for our year long Sustainable Souls project, but I wanted to share with you my journal spreads for September and October.

September’s theme was all about Fossil Fuels, how they are used and how they can be disruptive to the environment. Fossil energy sources, including oil, coal and natural gas, are non-renewable resources that formed when prehistoric plants and animals died and were gradually buried by layers of rock.

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When I thought about fossil fuels, I immediately thought about those working in coal mines. Since my art tends toward a more vintage flair, I wanted to incorporate that into the theme. Here is my take on the month’s theme:

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October’s theme was Deforestation and environmental degradation. Deforestation affects all of us. The forests produce vital oxygen and provide homes for people and wildlife. Many of the world’s most threatened and endangered animals live in forests, and 1.6 billion people rely on benefits forests offer, including food, fresh water, clothing, traditional medicine and shelter. My journal spread for this theme incorporates children, who will be affected by our actions today.

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Thanks for stopping by. If you would like to learn more about our year long project, and see some more amazing art inspired by these themes visit http://thesustainablesoulsproject.blogspot.com/

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Sustainable Souls-June and July 2017

Hi everyone! I am doing a quick catch up post on my year long Sustainable Souls collaboration. June’s theme was “Carbon Footprint”.

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A carbon footprint is defined as: The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). My immediate thought when reading about this was of an old abandoned factory. Very smoggy, dirty, and polluted. I am documenting each monthly theme in a recycled journal that I made, and carrying out the themes using children and how our actions are impacting the future generations. This is the journal spread that I made to represent this particular theme:

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July’s theme was a fun one for me! It was all about saving the bees.

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Honey bees are very important, as they perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day. How incredible! I wanted this journal spread to reflect the beauty as well as function of these hard little workers, so this is how I chose to express this theme:

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Please check out my fellow artists and their interpretations of each monthly theme at https://thesustainablesoulsproject.blogspot.com.

Sustainable Souls Project-January: Planet Earth, We are all Connected, Ecosystems

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Good morning! This is my first project for the year long Sustainable Souls Project hosted by my good friend Tina Walker. If you are interested in learning more about this project, please click HERE. Every month we are exploring different themes through art. This month’s theme is Planet Earth, We Are All Connected, and Ecosystems. I chose to express this theme with the creation of an art journal made from recycled materials and eco dyed papers.

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For the cover, vintage silk ties were quilted together and backed with muslin and then machine stitched. In my mind, the different styles and types of ties represented the diversity of humankind. Stitching them together is a way of “connecting” us. Binding the book with the string is what holds us all together.

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The inside signatures were created using the eco dying process on heavy weight paper, a technique that I learned from Tina last summer. The pages were created using only items found in nature to create color and texture.

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I am looking forward to creating more pages in this book as they year moves along, using the different themes that we have planned!