Sustainability is a crucial factor in what I do. I have become more and more restrictive and selective in what I buy. I try to keep my consumption to a minimum, in my daily life, when creating the cloth maché creatures and when working with textiles.
The major part of the material used in my artwork is what usually become garbage, such as newspaper, paper flour bags, cardboard, wire scraps and used clothing, bed sheets and other used textiles.
What would at first seem as a very limiting way to work – not buying material – proved to be be very rewarding.
Used stuff and garbage usually contain sweet memories. What were the things used for? Do they make me associate to something or to anyone in particular? Could a piece of garbage become something else than what is was originally intended for?
Garbage and used stuff is easy to get a hold of. Check your basement, the closets, ask family, friends and neighbors. Tap in to your creativity and see what you can do for almost free. Less costs and more satisfaction.
The Craft Lab is a meeting place, in Stockholm and online, for those who wish to live a more creative lifestyle. Here’s what they say about environmental crafting: