Wednesday, January 25, 2017

We are all connected - The Sustainable Souls Project, January 2016

Hello and Welcome to The Sustainable Souls Project Inaugural Post.

The Sustainable Souls Project is a monthly artist collaboration inspired by sustainability issues, concerns, ideas, and thoughts.  Each month, we will pick a sustainability topic and create awareness through art, using the monthly theme as inspiration.  Projects may include art-journaling, mixed media, assemblage and more.

The idea is to create awareness around Sustainability through art, one paint stroke at a time! 
We hope to educate, entertain, and share pretty things for both humans and the earth.
 We kick off the year with a theme that encompasses the general, overall idea behind Sustainability; that we are all connected.  What happens in one part of the world, affects the other.  What one person does, affects others.  The death of one eco-system, affects many others, and so one....

Before we begin, let's start with the definition of Sustainability:

The key word in the definition is 'long-term'.  Things that are occurring now, have long-term affects, so immediate change is needed to stop the cycle of harm.

January's theme begins the year with the concept of connectivity.  Here's an excerpt from Elephant Journal, that explains our connectivity with one another and our environment, eloquently.
"All matter comes from one single source, namely the Big Bang, which means that everything in our physical world is inseparable. We maintain non-local ongoing communication with each other—as human beings in this case, but we can extend that to connection to all matter in the universe: animals, plants, rocks, bodies of water, even weather. Each individual can affect change in the world. We are not separate from one another. We’re more like cosmic siblings. This means that we have a great responsibility to each other and to ourselves."


We asked the Sustainable Souls to create, using this theme as an inspiration point and as a point to share what connectiveness means to them.  I think you will be amazed at how each artist interpreted the theme and how they shared their message.
Let's see how 'We are all Connected' was transformed into art.

(Click names for links to the artist blog post)
Camille McCoy


Christy Strickler



DeeDee Catron



DeLane Rosenau


Diana Gabriella


Fiona Paltridge


Heather Paris



Karrie McClean Martin



Kristie Porters



Kristie Taylor



Laura Mooney



Leslie Marsh



Martha Richardson



Melissa Johnson



Michele Kosciolek



Peggy Arden



Robyn Crowningshield



Susan Davison



Sydney Drake Hole-Huffaker



Tina Walker



Tracy Krueger

Occasionally, we will feature Guest Artists and Junior Artists.  This month, we have a special Junior Artist, Daniel Crowningshield.  Here's his interpretation of the theme.

Junior Artist - Daniel Crowningshield


What an incredible collection of art!  I personally love the unique characteristics of each piece and what Sustainability means to each person.  This year will definitely be full of learning, sharing, and supporting 'The Pale Blue Dot'.

Thank you to each and every artist who took time to create with us this month.  
I thank you!
Human-kind thanks you!
Future generations thank you!
 Planet Earth thanks you!

We leave you with a short video, highlighting Carl Sagan's eloquent dissertation of 'The Pale Blue Dot'.  Enjoy.




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Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Sustainable Souls Project

What is The Sustainable Souls Project?


The Sustainable Souls Project is a monthly artist collaboration inspired by sustainability issues, concerns, ideas, and thoughts.  Each month, we will pick a sustainability topic and create awareness through art, using the monthly theme as inspiration.  Projects may include art journaling, mixed media, assemblage and more.
The idea is to create awareness around Sustainability through art, one paint stroke at a time!  

We hope to educate, entertain, and share pretty things for both humans and the earth.

How was The Sustainable Souls Project born?

The Sustainable Souls Project evolved from the yearly discovery of a single word.  Each year, I choose a word to define my hopes, focus, and desires for the next 365 days.  Because the earth is in dire need of help and I want to leave a legacy for my children and their children to inherit, I thought it was time to focus on Sustainability.  


But I wanted to make 2017 different.  I wanted to include others in my word, since Sustainability cannot be done alone.  Yes, every small action helps, but it's the combination of hundreds of small acts that make a difference.

What can you expect each month?

Each month, the wonderfully talented artists who are listed on the right side of the blog will share their inspiration behind the month's theme.  To be honest, I'm not sure what we will see, but I am positive it will be incredibly inspirational, super creative, and fun!  

We will also have Guest Artists throughout the year, accompanied by Junior Artists from time to time.  If everything goes as planned, we will also be joined by Middle School and High School students who will help share their ideas on Sustainability.

If would like to create with us this year, please feel free to use our monthly theme as inspiration. We would love to see what you create! 
Want to do more?  Want to be a Sustainable Soul?  What to create with us each month?  Send me a message and I'll  add to our private Facebook group where you can get all the juicy details. 

If you can't create but would like to support and participate in our quest for a Sustainable future, please feel free to grab our badge and share it on your social media sites.  We truly appreciate your support and understanding that our future must change for our children and planet earth.


Our January Theme will be revealed on January 25th, so please be sure to stop on back and see what the Sustainable Souls have created!

Here's a peek at what is coming....




Thank you for joining The Sustainable Souls Project!

See you soon.

xoxo,
Tina