Eco-Art

"YWASTE" Sculpture Reveals Amount of Textiles Entering Landfills

WASTE NOT Consumption begets waste, which ushers in problems of its own, Dean adds. “When we consume so much, we tend to dispose of more,” she says. “this unpalatable…

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Christophe Guinet Recreates Batman Suit...Out of Tree Bark

BARK KNIGHT Guinet’s Sous le masque et la cape was…

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Portland Farmer Jacinda Martinez Turns Vegetables Into Edible Fashion

Artist and designer Jacinda Martinez began playing with her food to make bold and beautiful statements about slow fashion, in a beautiful series she calls Fashion in the Raw. Based on…

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Susanna Bauer's Hand-Stitched Leaves Are Breathtakingly Surreal

The beautiful crocheted sculptures of Susanna Bauer appear to be intricate leather work, but the detailed geometric pieces are expertly made from dried leaves! The artist defies the…

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Birce Özkan's Biomimetic Dress Sheds "Leaves" With Seasons

In the fall, less light and cooler temperatures signals trees its time to shed leaves to prepare for winter. Inspired by the annual defoliation, Birce Özkan designed a brilliant dress…

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Sophie Carnell Creates Haunting Jewelry From Salvaged Ocean Trash

MATERIAL HAZARDS Several of the pieces mimic silhouettes found in nature—Carnell’s way of echoing the plight of marine animals, from seabirds to bivalves, who mistake plastic…

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"Star Wars Epic Yarns" Recreates Original Trilogy With Needle-Felting

USE THE FELT, LUKE The brothers were adamant about not relying on computer-assisted imagery. Striving to accomplish as many scenes as possible “in camera,” Jack and Holman…

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"Soundweaving" Turns Traditional Folk Embroidery Into Playable Music

Soundweaving comes from design student Zsanett Szirmay, of the Moholy-nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, who created this mysterious sound artwork by transforming embroidery…

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"Fair Trade" Clothing Labels Expose Truth About Sweatshops

AWFUL TRUTH A yellow cabled sweater, for instance, outlines a day in the life of a Cambodian child laborer. The label reads: “100% cotton. Made in Cambodia by Behnly, nine years…

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Rebecca Minkoff, Nanette Lepore Turn Crayons Into Couture

OUTSIDE THE LINES The crayon creations are currently on display at Bloomingdale’s Manhattan locations, where shoppers will soon be able to buy ready-to-wear fabric versions.…

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Tilda Swinton Caresses Strangers' Clothing to Protest Fast Fashion

UNCLOAKED Swinton said she realized the importance of garment longevity after going through her late mother’s wardrobe. “Clothes outlive us very, very often,” she told…

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David Catá Turns His Palm Into a Foliage-Containing Planter

Most people can’t stand the idea of pain. Then again, David Catá isn’t like most people. The Spanish artist, who once embroidered portraits of his loved ones into the palm…

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Christophe Guinet "Grows" Nike Sneakers From Flowers, Seeds

Christophe Guinet isn’t, in the words of Nike, just doing it; he’s growing it. Living up to his nom de guerre, the French artist known as “Monsieur Plant” has…

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German Artist Tino Seubert Dyes Clothing With Airborne Pollution

SMOG COUTURE Seubert’s goal was two-fold: to imbue something harmful with a useful purpose, as well as generate awareness about our growing pollution problem. “Despite the…

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London Artist Opens a "Cornershop" Made Entirely of Felt

FELT UP Sparrow, whose efforts began as a Kickstarter campaign, before culminating in a monthlong pop-up installation in London’s Bethnal Green, admits that she is “very…

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Olek's Underwater "Yarn Bomb" May Have Killed Marine Life in Mexico

BOMBS AWAY “Believe it or not, there is a lot of marine life growing, incrusted in the sculpture, and we gather that this has killed it,” he told the Associated Press. The…

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These Sneakers are 100 Percent Rubbish—And It's All Our Fault

COMPLETE GARBAGE “We made these shoes out of 100 percent rubbish found on U.K. shoes,” one poster proclaims. “And we could make a whole lot more.” Another…

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"Bignik," the World's Largest Picnic Blanket, Engulfs Swiss Town

BIG DAY OUT But “art has to have a clear function,” the Riklins believe. To that end, the duo has invited locals and tourists to picnic on the checkered spread. PHOTOS |…

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