Red, Pink and Blue

Red was found at a local free market the 13th of October 2019. At a free market, ‘marché gratuit’ here in France, you can bring the stuff you don’t need anymore and you can take whatever you like ! Pink was adopted one month later the 23th of November. Also for free ! The ladies of the local « Secours Catholique » said that she wasn’t worth enough to be sold. When Pink went for a walk with us in the woods just afterwards she lost her tongue. She hasn’t spoken a word ever since. Red fell in love with her. Blue was found at a Church’ fleamarket that same Winter.

Red, Pink and Blue are in charge of everything second hand or vintage in my home. They are ringing the bell when too much stuff in the art studio is just hanging around and telling me that some vintage items should become happy in another home. They also insist on making art with old frames and things instead of new canvases and paint.

Since today they are officially my Etsy Shop Members and Curators. I’m grateful for the job they’re doing!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyrtheCiancia

Princess Trash 2

Yesterday I took Princess Trash to the place where we found her plastic castle! She doesn’t talk much so I really don’t know her story (yet) but when I asked her to help me raise awereness of plastic waste she said yes! We did a little ‘mise en scène’ at the riverside and today the local library is sharing the photos on Facebook and via email to library members so everybody can see them.

Princess Trash, found at the riverside in Champsanglard. Looking for her plastic castle at the beach of Anzême. She says: »My castle fell in the water »
The Lost Castle found at the beach of Anzême. It says: »I lost my Princess »
and they lived happely ever after for at least 500 years (« I love you – Me too »)

Princess Trash

It was a beautiful day in May. We cleaned up part of the riverside with some local people. When I found this little plastic creature in between all the plastic trash it gave me a big smile on my face. I put it in my little bag and told everybody that I found a garden gnome. Some might have think it was strange that this little find could make me so extremely happy but I saw it as a sign. A sign of life in the middle of all this plastic waste. A sign of hope for our planet. A step in the right direction to change the world. I kept it in my bag for a couple of weeks and then put it on the old fireplace mantel in my home. Waiting for a story …

The day before yesterday we went for a walk at the riverside and we found a plastic castle. « A lost castle » I called it. I didn’t link it immediately to the little plastic creature but when I woke up this morning I just knew it. It’s not a garden gnome ! She’s a princess ! It’s Princess Trash ! We found her Lost Castle !!! Oh My Goodness ! I’m not sure how the rest of story goes but I’ll let you know when I found out ! To be continued…

Plastic Free July – the Winners

The 2 goals for this Plastic Free July were:

1.See if we can drink more tap water (maybe by using a filter?)

2.Create with Plastic Bottles, recycle them, make Art!

Well I can tell you that I drank tapwater and I will be drinking more!

The first tapwater I tasted was purified with Ceramic Rings and the taste was ok!

While I’m writing this there’s a piece of Active Charcoa in a bottle of tapwater doing its job!

Testing, testing and now wondering how I’am going to collect plastic bottles to create as I will buy not that many of them anymore. Yes I will be creating with plastic bottles in the Wonder Garden! As you can see at the picture I now have an old suitcase full of Plastic Bottle Pieces and that’s only a start 😉

The most Simple and Fun idea I found to recycle a little plastic bottle is THE SHAKER or MARACA! Easy to make and so much fun to play with! No need to cut the bottle. Just put some rice (or something else to make the noise) in the bottle and decorate it. I made a collage from supermarket promotions using Varnish Glue!

If you make one HAVE FUN!

Plastic Free July

Today I found out that it’s « Plastic Free July ». It’s about choosing to refuse single use plastic. Or at least try it!

I will be using this « plastic free » theme to become aware of how many single plastic I still use even though we do alot of our grocery shopping at local markets with our own bags. In our case, the biggest single use plastic item we use is a waterbottle! As the tapwater in the village is often not good we drink bottled mineral water.

Very recently I started to keep the empty bottles with the plan to create something with them. I’m impressed by the number. In no time I could fill the appartment with empty water bottles. At the pictures you only see some blue ones.

I’m setting myself 2 goals for this Plastic Free July.

1.See if we can drink more tap water (maybe by using a filter?)

2.Create with Plastic Bottles, recycle them, make Art!

To start I created a Pinterest Board with Plastic Bottle Art Ideas. Feel free to follow me or to create with me. When I start creating I’ll share with you how I do it!

To be continued …

Waste for the Wonder Garden

Ok so I started to talk about my Wonder Garden project to people around me. I told them that there would be « Waste and Wonders » in the garden of our local « third place » and that I now am looking for colorful waste like plastic bottle caps, soda cans and coffee capsules … Look what my sweet neighbour came up with today. It gives me a big smile on my face! What a great and colorful start! I want more !!! 😉 Waste and ideas are SOo WelCome!

‘Au Jardin des Merveilles’. C’est mon nouveau Art Challenge. Je vais créer de l’Art autour de ma question clé : « Comment je peux, réellement, avec mon travaille artistique, sensibiliser les gens sur l’état de notre planète« , tout en créant de la biodiversité dans le jardin du tiers lieux dans ma rue. Vu que j’habite dans un appartement je suis contente d’avoir un terrain de jeu. Je vais apprendre plein de belles choses, je le sens! Pendant ce nouveau projet je vais compter sur vous les amis-artistes-jardiniers et autres pour m’inspirer et conseiller et moi je ferai de mon mieux de partager mes inspirations et toutes les belles choses que j’apprends!

‘The Wonder Garden’ is my new Art Challenge. I’ll be making Art and asking myself and you the question : « How can I really, with my Art, raise awareness about the state of our planet ?« , while creating biodiversity in the garden of the ‘third place’ in my street. As I live in an apartment I’m very happy with my new playground. I will learn lots of beautiful things, I can feel it! . During my new project I’ll count on you friends-artists-gardeners and others to inspire me and give me advice. I’ll do my best to inspire you and to share the great things I learn!

6×6 is Back! Rochester Contemporary Art Center

… and of course I sent something special this year. To celebrate the come back of Art and Culture!

My latest Art Theme is « Trash » and while I was mostly ‘just’ making pictures I decided to keep some of my finds to create! I picked some flowers that very same day, dried them and used it all together to make these 2 (6″x6″) (15x15cm) Mixed Media Art Collages. My First 2 Trash Collages : « ALMOST NATURAL ».

6x6x2021 – The International Small Art Phenomenon

Rochester Contemporary Art Center

JUNE 5, 2021 – JULY 18, 2021 – Rochester NY USA

Open Happiness Trash

« Change the world, start with myself » I said! So yesterday, instead of ‘just’ making pictures of trash (one of the things I’ve been up to lately), we joined some local people to clean up the riverside. Showing you some photos of what I saw while I keep looking for artistic ways to raise awareness of threats to nature. To be continued …