A few Green artisans and their craft. These were spotted in this week's Time: Style & Design issue.
Karen Ryan's designs
Chris Haughton's illustrations
Anya Hindmarch's contribution
Piet Hein Eek's reclaimed materials (Shout out to our Dutch readers!)
I first heard about Fair Trade during my 9 month stay in Central England. Again, it came up during a trip to a monastery in Taize, France. It seemed so simple for me to make a few changes in the way I spent my money in order to support people who don't have the freedoms and opportunities I live with. I got on a few anti-this and that wagons and developed a cynicism for capitalism and went to the extreme of judging those that shopped at Wal-Mart (even though I snuck in to get a few things myself). Then I just dropped it and got caught up in being pregnant and moving to Seattle.
I felt a little more at home among other Fair Trade friendly Northwesterners and talking about the Green way of doing things became normal. I think I relaxed a lot. I decided that I can't worry about how any fabric I buy is probably from China because there is little I can do about that. I don't think I'm supposed to become an activist or a judger of others. I think I'm supposed to make good choices when those choices are available and spread a little awareness of those choices to others. No forcing, no finger pointing. Reuse what I can. Recycle when its available. Reduce my carbon footprint.
So here is my contribution today. Check out a few websites and see what a lot of artists are doing to make a difference. I think there are changes to be made but we have to want to do it ourselves.