Upcoming events

    • Thursday, October 19, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • ZOOM - Mountain Time

    EcoFashion, DeFashion, Sustainable Fashion

    Thursday, October 19

    United States: 10am PDT, 11am MDT, 12pm CDT, 1pm EDT

    Europe: 18:00 BST

    For this Zoom event we will hear from five members who have or are making work that includes upcycling, repurposing, plant-based materials, and handmaking of textiles and products (and potential products) as an art form including Johanna Törnqvist, Heather L. Johnson, Nicole Dextras, Alyce Santoro and Barbara Cooper. We will discuss the potential for artists to play a role in the movements of ecofashion, defashion or sustainable fashion. What are the real environmental costs of fast fashion? Join us to find out more.

    Member presenters

    With one foot rooted in craft and the other firmly in the criticism of consumption, Johanna Törnqvist raises questions about how we value today's material and today's human. In her work there is a consumer criticism that discusses how we look at our assets as an infinite resource, while we continuously produce large amounts of trash. She finds the specks of gold in the superfluous material and creates her jewellery and garments in the borderland between art, craft and fashion. A provocative contrast between the transience of the trash and the precision of the craft. Törnqvist graduated from Studio Berçot in Paris in 1990 and is also educated in New York, Japan and Stockholm and has been working with fashion, textile handicraft and ceramics, as well as education. www.johannatornqvist.com

    Heather L. Johnson is a Houston, Texas-based artist who makes drawings, embroideries and installations that blend landscape topography, maps and diagrams to explore intersections between nature, mechanical systems, human emotion and climate change. During the pandemic she established “Artificial Heart”, a wearable art business for which she hand-makes bags and other items from salvaged materials. The bags are embroidered with imagery and references that appear in her non-commercial work, enabling her ideas and experiences to travel beyond gallery and collector walls. Johnson’s work has been seen in galleries, museums and in the public realm internationally. She has been awarded artist residencies at Grand Canyon National Park; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; Villa Bergerie (Spain); McColl Center for Visual Art, and other sites. She is best known for her project “In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful”, for which she traveled solo by motorcycle, giving artworks to strangers throughout the Americas. www.heatherljohnson.com

    Canadian Vancouver based artist Nicole Dextras creates environmental art that roots nature into our everyday urban experience. She works across diverse mediums, blending textile arts, natural materials, performance, photography, and film, to create ephemeral installations and social interventions. Her art practice fuses notions of contemporary materiality with eco-fiction, that is immersed in research in alternative materials and methodologies such as working with plants in summer and ice in winter. Dextras has exhibited her work in Canada, the USA and in Asia. In May 2022, she exhibited A Dressing the Future, the eco-fiction of Nicole Dextras at the Huston Center for Contemporary Craft, curated by Kathryn Hall. In 2023 she launched her short film Chronos, time of sand, which centers around a resourceful character who survives a catastrophic drought by using desert plants for his sustenance and to weave his climate adapted clothing.  https://nicoledextras.com

    Alyce Santoro is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in biology and the environmental humanities. Her practice highlights connections between the sonic and visual, art and science, the observer and the observed. Over the past 25 years Santoro’s works have been featured in over 50 solo and group exhibitions related to innovative textiles, experimental musical scores and frameworks for improvisation, sound/listening, and the intersection of art, science, and ecology. Santoro holds a BS in Biology from Southampton College of Long Island University (1990), and both a Certificate in Scientific and Technical Illustration (1994) and a MA in Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies (2019) from RI School of Design. Her thesis—An Intricate Ensemble: The Art-Science of an Ecological Imaginary—compares the shared desire of some 18th/19th century Romantic Naturalists, 20th century Surrealists, and 21st century thinkers to defy destructive conceptions of "progress" by “re-enchanting the world.” She suggests this spirit is urgently needed now in light of the Anthropocene epoch. www.alycesantoro.com

    Barbara Cooper works in sculpture, drawing, and public art.  Her work is biomorphic in style and process driven, growing from the inside out.  Imagery evolves from paring down forms in nature to their essentials, eliciting references that blend genres.  Utilizing repurposed materials whenever possible, issues of sustainability and an ecology of wholeness are embedded in her work. Cooper is focused on transforming ordinary materials into something no longer recognizable. In the case of Waste Coat, Cooper wove with a material that is normally extruded and of one piece so as to create an elegant form from the detritus of our current packaging dilemma. Believing that a labor intensive process can transcend base materials, Cooper hopes to draw attention to the world wide problem of single use plastic production. Beauty can be a means to bring attention to what is painful to look at and what we do not want to see. www.barbaracooperartist.com

    This event is free for members + one guest. $10 for non-members. All participants MUST REGISTER.

Past events

Thursday, September 14, 2023 Artist Residencies Engaging Art & Ecology
Thursday, June 15, 2023 Edge Of Chaos with Chris Drury
Sunday, May 21, 2023 Bay Ridge Through An Ecological Lens
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 Sound Dialogues
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 Sound Dialogues
Thursday, April 20, 2023 Going With the Flow + Repositories Book Signing
Thursday, April 13, 2023 The Art of Shamanic Plants
Thursday, March 23, 2023 John Sabraw: Turning Mining Pollution into Pigments
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 Sound Dialogues
Sunday, March 12, 2023 Sustain(ability) & the Art Studio: Course Participant Presentations
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 Sound Dialogues
Thursday, February 16, 2023 Philip Ross: from artist to entrepreneur
Thursday, February 09, 2023 Ekos: The Path to Resilience
Thursday, January 19, 2023 NYFA AWA Environmental Art Grant Recipients
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 Sound Dialogues
Thursday, December 15, 2022 New Polar Aesthetics with Lisa Bloom
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 Spirit of the Land with Kim Garrison Means
Thursday, October 20, 2022 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Wednesday, October 05, 2022 Plastic Dialogues
Thursday, September 22, 2022 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Wednesday, September 07, 2022 Plastic Dialogues
Thursday, July 21, 2022 Venice Biennale Eco-Art Review 2022
Thursday, June 23, 2022 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, June 16, 2022 Art ON Fire
Thursday, May 26, 2022 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Sunday, May 22, 2022 Sustain(Ability) & the Art Studio: Presentations of Class Projects
Thursday, May 19, 2022 What’s Next for Earth + Think Resilience
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Plastic Dialogues
Thursday, May 05, 2022 Fragile Rainbow at The WAH Center: Members Reception
Thursday, April 21, 2022 Earth Day for Trees: Fungi
Wednesday, April 06, 2022 Plastic Dialogues
Thursday, March 24, 2022 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 Conversations on Ecological Abstraction
Wednesday, March 09, 2022 Plastic Dialogues
Thursday, February 24, 2022 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Saturday, February 19, 2022 DIY Website Platform Webinar
Thursday, February 17, 2022 Changing the Paradigm: Ecoart in Action
Wednesday, February 09, 2022 Plastic Dialogues
Thursday, January 27, 2022 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Saturday, January 22, 2022 How to Write An Artist's Statement
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 Plastic Dialogues
Thursday, December 16, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, December 09, 2021 Water Dialogues
Wednesday, December 08, 2021 Plastic Dialogues
Tuesday, December 07, 2021 Soil Dialogues
Thursday, November 18, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, November 11, 2021 Water Dialogues
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Plastic Dialogues
Tuesday, November 09, 2021 Soil Dialogues
Thursday, November 04, 2021 EXTRACTION
Thursday, October 28, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Some Kind of Nature - Plastics
Thursday, October 14, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, September 30, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, September 16, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, September 09, 2021 EARTH SIGNS: September Birthday Celebration
Thursday, August 26, 2021 Forest Guardians Debrief
Thursday, August 26, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, August 19, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, August 12, 2021 Art and Climate Publications
Thursday, July 22, 2021 I AM WATER Assembly
Thursday, July 15, 2021 Water Dialogues
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 Fiber Dialogues
Thursday, June 24, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, June 17, 2021 Climate and Fiber/Textiles
Thursday, May 20, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, May 13, 2021 Getting Off the Planet
Thursday, April 22, 2021 EARTH DAY for Trees
Thursday, March 25, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, March 11, 2021 The Human Animal Connection
Thursday, February 25, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, February 11, 2021 Art and Agriculture
Thursday, January 28, 2021 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Wednesday, January 06, 2021 Memorial for Amy Lipton (1956-2020)
Thursday, December 17, 2020 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, December 10, 2020 Art and Earth Justice
Thursday, November 19, 2020 TREE TALK: Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, November 12, 2020 ecoart TECH
Thursday, October 29, 2020 TREE TALK : Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, October 15, 2020 ecofeminism
Thursday, September 24, 2020 TREE TALK l Artists Speak For Trees
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Performative Dialogues - Part Two
Thursday, September 10, 2020 Performative Dialogues - Part One
Monday, August 31, 2020 Artists Supporting Indigenous Communities
Thursday, August 27, 2020 TREE TALK l Joshua Trees
Sunday, August 09, 2020 Atomic Dialogues
Thursday, July 30, 2020 TREE TALK
Sunday, June 28, 2020 My Life in Art: Bonnie Ora Sherk with Patricia Lea Watts
Friday, June 12, 2020 Performative Ecologies
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 THE GREAT PAUSE 2020 l Earth Day Dialogues

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