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…

The Wonder Garden Online

It was kind of a heartbreaking but right decision. The only way to go on creating Art from the Heart and keep on looking myself and others straight in the eyes.

The local third place where the Spirit of Openness and Sharing was key is now closed to part of the public. No more Culture for people who do not wish to show a valid QR code to be Accepted.

As I want my Art to be for Everybody who Choose to see it, my Wonder Garden Project will be moved from the local garden to this place online. Let it be your Free Choice to follow me here!

I adjusted the description a bit … before writing a new one

‘The Wonder Garden’ is still 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 stories about biodiversity in the garden of the ‘third place’ in my street. As I live in an apartment I will imagine a garden ’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!

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!

Plastique Fointastique – Happy Hay Bales

It gives me a big smile on my face when I see them popping up in the fields. These huge happy colored marshmallows. Colored hay bales to support cancer research ! Beautiful isn’t it ?

Is it ?

Or is it just a huge amount of single use plastic hay wrapping to feed the cows for our meat consumption ?

A fact is that they are part of the country side view and I love to photograph them. Even the black ones often have an artistic side.

I can’t help it ! I am attracted by kitsch and plastic ! It’s confusing for me ! How on earth can I try to safe the planet while loving plastic colours ?

Maybe I should use it as a strenght …

Did I just found my own answer ?

Thank you for reading my perfectly imperfect research to find a way to change the world.

Have a wonderful evening or day !

The Wonder Garden – Lesson N°1 – Pl@ntnet

Première chose nouvelle que j’ai appris et que je veux partager avec vous est qu’il existe un moyen simple de trouver le nom d’un plant ou d’une fleur. Pl@ntNet est l’outil numérique qui nous permet d’identifier des milliers d’espèces de plantes grâce à nos photos! J’ai essayé et c’est formidable!

First new thing I learned and want to share with you is that there’s an easy way to find the name of a plant or flower. Pl@ntNet is the digital tool that allows you to identify thousands of species of plants thanks to your pictures. I tried it and it’s amazing!

Je ne me rappelait plus du nom de cette fleur que je veux planter dans le Jardin des Merveilles …

I didn’t remember the name of this flower I want to plant in the Wondergarden …

Silene coronaria – Coquelourde des jardins – Rose campion (mullein pink – bloody William)

‘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!