Sunday, October 28, 2007

I'm All Wired Up

Part of it is coffee, and part of it started when I was chatting with some folks about Jeff Dever's wire work. We were discussing what kind of wire he might be using in his sculptures, and someone mentioned that they thought it might be phone wire. I'm leaning towards spray painted wire, myself. But that started me thinking about wire and how one might use it. A little Googling (yes, that's a verb) led me to this site that showcases baskets from"Wezandla Crafts" of South Africa - they are all made with telephone wire.


And then, I stumbled upon Hapaculture.com, which features a terrific African Recycled Bottle Cap Purse....
This started me thinking about making art from found objects, so I pulled out my copy of Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects....


And then, last night, I watched the CNN Special, "Planet in Peril"... and all this got me thinking about how unsustainable polymer clay is, and.... well.... I got a little depressed.

But then I remembered that the world is not black & white, and that bit-by-bit I have been working towards making a smaller footprint on this fine planet of ours, and I felt a little better. We are only human, and baby steps may be all we can do. Perhaps, some day, I shall shed this addiction to polymer clay, but until then I shall make efforts in other areas to help heal this world. We do the best we can.

4 comments:

Kim Cavender said...

That's some beautiful art, Melanie! I love the book you mentioned, one of my favorites. And Planet in Peril, let's pretend it's all okay. I would just go to pieces if I let myself think about the state our world is in. Excellent post, my friend!

Raven's Clay said...

Thanks, Kim!

Yeah... when I think about the planet we are leaving our kids, I can only hope that space aliens will arrive soon with clean technology and a way to clean our planet up. Oh, yeah, and they force us all to play nice in the sand box. Lol!

Stonehouse Studio said...

I rationalize my love of polymer by pointing out that almost all paints and artist materials are toxic. And where would the world be without art? I think we need to concentrate on other ways to save the planet, and you certainly do much more than most!

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