Category Archives: Art

Corporate sustainability messaging isn’t working – it’s time to look to the arts

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Interest in art as a tool for environmental engagement is growing at pace, as groups such as Tipping Point, Cape Farewell and the Case for Optimism testify. But are the arts really the best way to connect everyday people with the big environmental challenges of the day?

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Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Art, Green business


Take Some Trash Pictures For This Instagram-Based Litter Location Platform

Read the full story in Fast Company.

The Litterati project encourages people to take pictures of stray trash, hashtag it, and then toss it in the trash. Now, it’s the biggest trash database in the world.

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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Art, Behavior change, Garbage


The MIchigandered Marimba

A short documentary in sustainable Michigan Marimba Craftsmanship, featuring the music of Michigan artists and the work of Michigan luthier and marimba craftsman Matt Kazmierski. Watch the video on Vimeo.

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Posted by on December 10, 2013 in Music


Turning Can Collectors Into Designers, One Melted Beer Can At A Time

Read the full story at FastCoDesign.

As a supplement to recycling, Studio Swine has created a mobile foundry that makes art of aluminum cans.

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Posted by on November 12, 2013 in Art, Upcycling


Awesome Art Made From Recycled Skateboards

Read the full story at Atlantic Cities.

Here’s a skating trick that’s neater than a dolphin flip: recycling hundreds of old boards into wild, candy-colored sculptures that get you exhibited all over the world.

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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Art, Upcycling


Altered book art and halloween costume in one

Presenting…the diction-fairy. Picture from the Children’s Reading Foundation’s Facebook page. A quick Google search yielded instructions for an adult-sized version at Lilliedale. Happy crafting!


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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Books, Crafts, Holidays, K-12, Libraries


10 Awesome Instagram Accounts That Science Geeks Should Follow

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Instagram is many things to many people—but if cat pics and selfie-fests are clogging up your feed, it might be time to refresh your following list. Instagram is an amazing way to stay connected to friends and family, but it’s also a great way to learn something entirely unexpected while you’re killing time at the bus stop. Happily, plenty of awesome scientific research teams, agencies and organizations have mastered the art of Instagram to do just that.

Sprinkle a few of these awesome Instagram accounts into your feed and you’ll probably even learn something while you’re at it.

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Posted by on September 27, 2013 in Photography


The role of green marketing in inspiring behaviour change – in pictures

View the pictures at The Guardian.

This gallery showcases an eclectic mix of posters that aim to provoke and persuade people to change their behaviour for a more sustainable future. In a recent blog, Adam Corner argues that real change comes from moral conviction, not clever advertising.

Can green marketing campaigns prove the catalyst for behaviour change or do they simply tinker around the edges? Is tinkering perhaps better than nothing at all? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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Posted by on August 2, 2013 in Art, Behavior change, Green marketing


Stuff gets new life in artwork

Read the full story in the San Antonio Express-News.

She’s surrounded by a maze of cardboard boxes stuffed with a dizzying array of items. There are faded Christmas ornaments, old paint brushes, tarnished trophies, baggies of beads, upholstery swatches, wads of tulle, cookie tins, Formica samples, toilet paper rolls and empty glass jars. Then there are the random objects that defy immediate classification.

But where some might see an emergency trip to the city dump, Cantú sees the makings of art. About two years ago, the petite 34-year-old who teaches at the International Academy of Design & Technology launched spare parts (Cantú doesn’t capitalize the name), an organization that combines her dual passions for arts education and creative reuse. With the help of a network of volunteers, Cantú collects donations of recyclable materials throughout the year, then distributes them free to public school teachers around the city.

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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in Art, K-12, Local initiatives, Reuse


Call For Entries: Up-cycle Art and Designs

Get your upcycled and repurposed art and design published in Art Without Waste: 500 Upcycled and Earth-Friendly Designs by Patty K. Wongpakdee.

Art Without Waste is announcing a call for entries for all forward thinking visual communicators from around the world who are working with non-traditional materials and surfaces to create unique upcycled, recycled and green art and designs.

They are looking for designers, illustrators, artists, DIY enthusiasts who have harnessed their creative passion into the materials they manipulate, resulting in dynamic forms that encourage the viewer to perceive discarded items in an entirely new light. Winners will be published in a new showcase series on the Rockport Publisher’s list, which will feature 500 projects—similar to the 1000 series.

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Posted by on July 17, 2013 in Art, Sustainable design, Upcycling


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