“I committed to a more sustainable art practice with a specific focus on materials in Autumn of 2021. I have collected, catalogued and created my own materials in the Cleveland area for six months. Materials include acorn ink, walnut ink, mineral pigments, beeswax crayons, and charcoal. The shift in my attention enabled me discover treasures like beautiful ochre rocks on my walk or receive black walnuts from friends. I’m grateful to Mother Earth for placing them in my path. Making these materials has deepened my studio practice.”
Casein paint and discarded threads on wood panel.
“During the Covid quarantine I became conscious of the harmful impact I was making with my art on the environment. I switched from acrylic paints and cheaply mass-produced canvases to all natural paints on natural substrates. I am currently experimenting with different natural paints and eco-friendly substrates. I am making my own paper from my kids daily-discarded math worksheets and I use raw organic cotton canvas hung and sticks I find in the forest. I paint on these with casein paints (a milk product based paint), tempera paints (egg yolk plus natural pigment) and walnut oil with natural pigments."
Nicole organized a community art making event in a small village in Goiás, Brazil. The goal was to bring the community together and embrace their local knowledge of art, food and medicine making processes, learning from and engaging with the local cerrado.
As an aspiring art educator, Karla created her own curriculum and facilitated her own class around topics discussed in the course relating to sustainability, interconnectedness, and community resilience. Inspired by traditional approaches to art-making using found objects, Karla embraced her Mexican heritage, creating folk art from discarded materials.