Category Archives: Green Art

Origami Whales: A Gentle Way to Teach Conservation

Thanks TED Talks for this lovely broadcast!  Watch the video, link below

Allow things to unfold and you will find your Purpose in Life. | Peggy Oki | TEDxQueenstown   (time 16.34)

Image result for Origami WhalesThis insightful artist folds paper whales using origami and thousands of volunteers to fold the whales & dophins and give a clear call to action and visual reference point.  Children, Adults, Students, Seniors – all join in and FOLD then STITCH these whales into curtains to be displayed in galleries, schools, civic centers.

HINT: There are YouTubes and Pinterest on origami

Peggy Oki leads with passion. She gives advice to a beginning environmental activist: “Follow your heart with vision and actions, create your fold and you will find your porpoise in life.”

ART THAT HAS PURPOSE:

Published on Apr 28, 2016

With an appreciation of flow and motion Peggy’s life has been always been driven by passion. From surfing and skateboarding to the intimate appreciation what she calls the ‘Cetacean Nation’. Discovering the transformative force of participation artwork through her Origami Whales project was the first step to realising that passion could be harnessed, amplified and ultimately inspire for a deeper purpose.

Surfer, Skateboarder, Artist and Activist.
Once the only female member of the famous Zephyr Skateboard team from documentary ‘Dogtown and Z-Boys’: Peggy’s love of the outdoors inspires her to travel worldwide in search of good surf. In 2004, she founded the Origami Whales Project to raise awareness about commercial whaling. She has also developed the Whales and Dolphins Ambassador Program and led campaigns such as ‘Let’s Face It’, which petitions to save New Zealand’s critically endangered Maui’s dolphins and Hector’s dolphins.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

 

A Garden of Inspiration – a lovely book

Contemplating beauty or hearing an inspiring thought as you read aloud, is part of what makes this book of quotes and thoughts so grand!  There are so many quotes in five chapters focusing on Joy in the Garden, Gifts, Beauty, Garden Wit and the changing seasons. You’ll love it and it is perfect for EARTH DAY, or if you are a one of the people (like me) that insists on EARTH YEAR… you will love it.  I have found a favorite quote or a new quote on every page.  Here are a few of the hundreds of quotes  (88 pages)  in this book:

There is peace in the garden. Peace and results.  — Ruth Stout

The earth is absolutely honest; it gives back what is put into it plus interest on the time, money and effort invested. Treat soil handsomely and it will give you a rich return.  — Patience Strong

Anything which grows is always more beautiful to look at than anything which is built. — Lin Yu Tang.


Museums – Enter a New World

There are so many museum late nights and weekend activities it may be hard to keep track of the details. Here is a little help on finding the artistic, low cost, fun that is at your doorstep:

My favorites first: 

3rd Thursday in Yerba Buena – Downtown SF museums are open late and free or low cost. Special events are often scheduled. The list includes, MOAD The African Diaspora, SF MOMA, The Contemporary Jewish Heritage Museum, CA Historical Society and the Yerba Buena museum. Often Printers, galleries and local shops often join in.

San Jose Museum of Art – just right size, one of the best museums, their late nights are Wednesdays and have a rotating exhibits and  variety.

Asian Art Museum – spectacular space, many weekend family events, The cultural variety between Asia, India, cultures, countries, art, textiles, prints and expressions is inspiring and thought-provoking. Late nights on Thursday until 9pm (from Feb – September – make sure to check exact late dates!)

links to many museums:

International Museum Day:  On May 8  many museums open their doors in the world! It’s the acknowledgement of the importance of museums, with events all over the globe.

San Francisco Bay Area Museums and free days!   (some links are old but most work, just haven’t had time to clean it up.)

Not part of museums, but the variety and location of San Francisco Public Open Spaces is growing and such a relief from the hustle-bustle. These spaces are nice for lunch, or people watching. The sites are dotted all over the city and contain, benches, art, plants and spots to relax and re-energize.

Data Mapping: Looking at France

From Josh at Sharp Sight Labs:  A few days ago, I was inspired by a set of photographs of Earth from space, at night.  The images are amazing, so I decided to try to replicate them using R.

For more information, go to Sharp Sight Labs ; this innovative company is based in Aurora, Illinois.  Make sure to subscribe to their blog. It’s full of information, “how-tos” and can open a new world of high-end data analysis to you !

To be a little more specific, I found a single dataset – a data set with French population data – and I’m using it to replicate the images for a single country: France.

With many people learning visually, this is a fantastic way to communicate data, don’t you think? Imagine! This would be like making your very own Google maps. Wow!!!    — the editor

 

 

Recycle your CRAYONS!

I didn’t know that you could do this! The Crayon Initiative recycles unwanted crayons and remanufactures them into new ones!  These new crayons are donated to children’s hospitals, art programs and other organizations that are invested in our children.

Art projects for kids and their families can be so therapeutic and relaxing. It takes the stress of a new room or hospital bed and puts the emphasis on fun, coloring, pictures, art. It is really a blessing for a family that is working through health issues with their kids. A small distraction, a way to forget about the pain or fear. I’ve seen many pediatric units covered with crayon art,  it helps.

This is really a cool idea.

How can you be a part of the Initiative?

  • Collect crayons
  • Volunteer
  • Donate Funds
  • Share Your Colors. Recycling unwanted crayons into unwanted possibilities.

Power Up with Corlita Kent

I love this: POWER UP it’s a message from a creative, feminist, progressive graphic artist and teacher named Corlita Kent from Los Angeles. Sister Corlita has a quote for all of us, she tried it out on all of her art students first, by the way:

The only rule is work. If you do work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things. – Sister Corlita Kent, a Catholic Nun, at Immaculate Heart,  who inspires her students 

Check out the Article: The Movement by Grace Dobush.

    

Falling in Love with Ceramics – Tactile Matter

Having the DREAM JOB …. then getting another dream. Isn’t it fantastic to be able to keep dreaming. But I bet it’s scary too.  Kenisha Sneed has created Tactile Matter . You can see her artistic eye in these object d’art, they are compelling. I want to touch the bowl of lemons, but of course its just a picture, and the internet has NOT come that far.  I’ll share her quote with you, it’s for her younger self: “Surrounding yourself with the people who inspire and encourage you is one of the best ways to learn and be a better you.” There is something the we all need in handmade cups and saucers and hand loomed textiles; its as if they are alive.  I’ll let you find out more about her…. I have to get back to my 9-5 job.

The works are from local designer and illustrator Kenesha Sneed, who takes pride in her creations featuring quirky shapes and bright colors. She makes everything from cups to bowls to pots and planters each of which appear to be dipped in a transition of color that represent the gradation of ground to setting sun to blank sky (which in this case is a speckled black and white). Some ceramics appear to remind of staring at the Pacific while others could be views of endless desert. Her mugs are particularly special as she offers atypical handles making them certainly standout from your cupboard. Issue 09, page 17 of Maker –Quarterly.

 

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Blue Orange Quality Games

 

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With Earth Day approaching, we are all thinking about ways to minimize our environmental impact. Opting for durable and eco-friendly playthings that don’t require energy is a simple way to reduce waste and help raise a generation of environmentally-conscious individuals.  Isn’t it nice to have a toy that doesn’t fall into shreds after an hour of play!?

If you have played with Blue Orange games …. you know how well-made and innovative they are! They have suggested ages, however, I have enjoyed every single one! They are fun fun fun! -Editor

Blue Orange2This Earth Day, Blue Orange Games encourages families to turn off the TV, power down devices, and bring everyone together to make their own electricity–FUN! Their collection of sustainably made wooden games has something for everyone. Learn about the 2013 new release, Keekee the Rocking Monkey and Dr. Toy’s Best Green Product award winners below.

The first recipient of Dr. Toy’s Green Toy Company award, Blue Orange Games respects the environment and is committed to their eco-friendly initiatives. Since 2007, the company has been planting two trees for every tree used in the creation of their wooden games and playing cards, planting over 125,000 trees to date. Blue Orange partners with Pur Projet to offset their carbon footprint. This organization provides native trees for the reforestation of small producers’ cocoa plantations in the Amazon, helping thousands of farmers cultivating Fair Trade and Organic certified cocoa to increase and diversify their earnings, while protecting lands and biodiversity.

BLUE ORANGE never stops…. there is a huge group of games and quality toys that are developed each year.  Take a look!   Here is a Catalog for retailers.

SCRAP – a clearinghouse for Materials

Get Creative! Be an ARTIST. Donate materials.

Scrap accepts Dolllars! and they also accept materials that may be reused!

Imagine….not in the landfill, not thrown out… but put to a GREAT CREATIVE use.

You can also donate in person or come by and see this great organization in action!

SCRAP

801 Toland St., enter on Newcomb

San Francisco, CA 94124

SCRAP: What Treasure Will You find?

Donations of quality re-usable materials such as textiles, buttons, paper, craft and office supplies, plastics, and wood are collected from businesses, institutions, and individuals then sorted and made available to teachers, parents, artists, and organizations.

The community depends on SCRAP as the place to find all manner of materials for educational programs, creative projects, and their classrooms. By offering low cost supplies, creative reuse workshops, volunteer opportunities, educational field trips, art exhibitions, and more SCRAP gives students of all ages the opportunity to learn and pass on the value of creative reuse. Scrap is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization.

 

LOOK on Flickr to see some amazing and creative SCRAP projects. They help artists create their vision, they help businesses and residents recycle. Check out SCRAP!!

Make Garbage Great – a Cool New Book

Did You Know?? 200 billion pounds of plastic are manufactured every year, almost the same number of stars that there are in the Milky Way.

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A great new book, that walks the talk — yes woodfree paper. Crafts and projects that will engage and excite kids.  Great information, hints, tips and FUN.  — the editor

 

Make Garbage Great is the title of this engaging book. It is printed on woodfree paper in a fresh design with DYI projects for all ages, Make Garbage Great has broad appeal—it’s smart and instructive, playful and crafty, environmentally contentious and inspiring. With craft projects ranging from a simple, folded coin purse from a CapriSun pouch to a beautiful pallet coffee table, the colloquial voices of Tom Szaky and Albe Zakes make the engaging information, little known facts, compelling graphics, and sustainable suggestions accessible for teachers, parents, DIY artists, and even young readers. As the new upcycling Bible, Make Garbage Great will help readers live better, greener lives.

To learn more please visit www.terracycle.com.