Eco Friendly Art

Posted on 22 January 2015

Think the only people “going green” are tree huggers and vegetarians? Well, think again. As sustainable design becomes more and more popular, I’m frequently asked by friends and clients, “How can the art I choose be environmentally friendly?

Although it may seem an overly simple notion, original artwork rarely gets thrown away. Instead, it gets passed down from generation to generation as a prized family heirloom. You can’t get any more eco-friendly than that! Recycling artwork—even if only for nostalgia’s sake—is still thinking ‘green.’

 

Art Goes Natural 

When designing green, don’t just design ‘eco’— design ‘eco chic!” There is no need to compromise quality artwork for sustainable artwork. Get the best of both worlds! One of my favorite artists, Ursula Brenner, uses “green” materials such as beeswax and recycled birch or maple wood panels to create her encaustics. The outcome is not only beautiful, richly textured artwork, but you can feel good knowing her choice of materials have been chosen carefully and are environmentally friendly.

Art by Ursula Brenner I Art Design Consultants
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The Richness of Copper

As a kid, it was always so exciting to discover a shiny copper penny lying in the street. (“Find a penny pick it up, then all day you’ll have good luck!”) Lately, I have been completely infatuated with copper artwork, just like a kid with a penny. Copper artwork works gorgeously in both indoor and outdoor spaces (and in my personal opinion will bring you much more than just a day’s worth of luck). Imagine my excitement when I learn that copper is one of earth’s most sustainable materials—100% recyclable!

Eco-Friendly Copper works by Ken Rasuch I Art Design Consultants
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Eco-Friendly Copper by Ken Rausch I Art Design Consultants
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Copper work by this artist, Ken Rausch, has an “earthy” appeal, yet is rich in color.

 

Eco-friendly Copper Artworks by Ken Rausch I Art Design Consultants
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Outdoor Copper artwork by Ken Rausch I Art Design Consultants
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Eco Friendly Frames

Fotiou Frames, one of our favorite manufacturers, creates beautiful and classic frames made in Italy and Spain. Beyond being incredibly rich in color and quality, they are also (drum roll please) eco friendly! Their factory works with wood such as bamboo, exotic limber veneer, cherry, olive and maple.

 Black and White Eco-friendly Fotiou Frames I Art Design Consultants
Black and White Fotiou Frame

 

Gold Eco-Friendly Fotiou Frame I Art Design Consultants
Gold Fotiuo Frame

 

Painting by Karen Sheer with Silver Eco-Friendly Fotiou Frame I Art Design Consultants
Painting by Karen Sheer with Silver Eco-Friendly Fotiou Frame. Click image to see more of Karen Sheer's work.

 

So, Go Green!

Above all, what I will never fail to express to friends and clients determined to go green is that you do not (I repeat, you do not) have to compromise style to be kind to the environment. So go—be green. Be chic. Lastly, after your design is complete and you’re head over heels in love with the final look, if you feel so inclined as to thank Mother Nature, go ahead and hug a tree.

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Meet Litsa

Litsa Spanos – loving wife and mother of three – is an established art consultant, award-winning gallery owner, custom framer and educator. In this blog, Litsa shares with you her love for beautiful things. She will give you an exclusive look into the world of fine art and the artists who create it. She will also let you in on inspirational design ideas that are sure to give your home or office energy, warmth and reflect your own personal style.

 

 

 

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