By Julie Thibodeaux
Green art can mean alot of different things we learned at the eco-art show held at the Addison Gallery and Artisan Center Sept 12. The show entitled Art with RePurpose, hosted by Women in the Environment, featured a wide range of artists all working with sustainability in mind.
While some made their art from industrial waste found in salvage yards and e-waste centers, others used organic materials like seeds and other renewable crops. Here are a few of the green exhibitors:
Above, Carolina Locker of Colombian Girl Jewelry sells accessories made from fruit and seeds from South America.
Left, John Freid, aka Dr. Windslow, combines the old and new into 'steampunk' novelty items. One if his creations: a vintage-style computer flash drive case.
Left, Juliette Edgerton, the Resourceress, displays one-of-kind jewelry made from scrap metal, machine parts and found objects. The search is half the fun, said Edgerton, who combs salvage yards with her boyfriend, also a scrap metal artist.
Right, Michele Langenberg represents kikaPaprika, which offers an eco-friendly clothing line featuring organic cotton and Tencel, a fabric made from eucalyptus trees
WE member Melanie Brown aims to revive a 1970s decorating fad by selling leftover letters from her sign making business for wall hangings.
Left, artist and biking enthusiast Rachel Spire of Re-Geared has garnered a national following making accessories and furniture out of scrap material, namely bicycle parts. She collects the cast-offs from nearly 30 bike shops in the Dallas area.
“I come up with my designs while I’m cleaning bike parts,” she said.
Then there's Tres Rockwell of Frame-O-Holic, right, who rescues old frames from thrift stores and resale shops.
"My addiction started while I was living in Paris, France," admitted Rockwell.
Diana Prickett, left, turns old jewelry, antiques, glass, wire, wood and metals into functional and decorative art.
Meanwhile recycling guru Marilyn May, director of the Environmental Co-op in Kaufman County, operates a side-business making green awards and plaques out of scrap material.
"It's supposed to be my retirement plan," she joked.