Trees for Life International began in the 1980s with a group of people who wanted to plant fruit trees in India. Since then it has grown into a global organization that helps to plant trees and raise awareness about environmental images in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and North America. Over tens of millions of trees have been planted, and many of the local communities who work with Trees for Life have also started to implement their own projects, like water conservation and even bee keeping. We think this is a great organization that could definitely use your support, so go to their website today and check out what else they have going on!
Calling all Ugandan artists!
After a long hiatus we’re trying to start up our design submission process again, and our featured charity this month is the fantastic organization we profiled in our last Earth charity profile, DevEd!
DevEd is really interested in helping out artists in the community they’re now working with, so if you know any artists from Uganda or you are one yourself, be sure to let them know about this design opportunity! You can check out our previous profile on our blog, their website, or their profile on our website for some inspiration.
Even if you aren’t Ugandan, though, you’ll eventually be able to submit a design to our Artist’s choice as well, so start coming up with some now! And be sure to spread the message about our soon to be completed DevEd t-shirt!
Happy designing, everyone! We hope to get everything up and running soon!
Helle Jorgensen is an artist who lives in Australia and who produces absolutely amazing sculptures of sea creatures and other ocean-inspired images using collected driftwood, craftworking such as crochet and needlepoint, and many more methods and mediums. She also has a really cool Etsy shop where you can buy some of her wearable crochet pieces!
This is part of her plastic sea creatures collection. You can check out the rest here!
If you live in New York, starting June 7th you might be able to see a colorful stained glass structure on the skyline between Manhattan and Brooklyn. That’s DUMBO-based artist Tom Fruin’s new installation piece, “The Watertower,” and it was created from almost 1,000 pieces of salvaged and recycled plexiglass. It’ll be on display for a full year, and is best viewable from the Manhattan bridge bike path. We think this is gorgeous installation, and we love the effort to blend art and everyday life with one another!
For more information on the artist, go to his website here!
image from The Craftology Store
Suminagashi is an ancient Japanese custom that translates to “floating ink;” it is also called paper marbling, or painting on water. The artist fills a shallow tray with water and carefully apply ink and paint to the surface, then transfers that ink to paper by gently pressing the paper onto the water in the tray. The “floating colors” approach to marbling also appeared in Islamic and Central Asia, and came over to Western Europe in the 17th century. Many artists, such as Amy Lee Segami, Joan Ajala, and Heidi Finley, who you can see using the technique below:
Sorry for the brief hiatus, Love and Water readers! We’ve been hard at work reorganizing our ideas for the main website and for the blog, and we’re proud to announce that the blog concept will be changing in order to bring you more profiles of charities and artists to check out!
Each day we’ll show you either an artist or a charity that we feels represents the new themes we’ve selected below:
- Love Monday
- Water Tuesday
- Air Wednesday
- Earth Thursday
- Fire Friday
And as always, we appreciate all of your feedback! Let us know if there is anything you’d like us to feature!
We’ll be starting tomorrow with Water Tuesday, so check back to see what we have in store for you!
This month, Love and Water is looking to fundraise money so that we can re-launch our website. To do that we’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign!
Here are the details:
What we’re looking to raise:
$20,000, $20 at a time
We want to redesign our webpage to make it more user friendly (which will take $10,000), set up scholarships for our Youth Board ($8,000), and travel around the country ($2,000) to speak to different artists and charities about the work we can do!
We’re also looking to make $100,000 in revenue this year so that we can give at least $25,000 back to the charities and $5,000 to the artists who create the designs.
How can you help?
By checking out our Indiegogo campaign and contributing whatever you’re able to give! Even a dollar more will help us reach our goal, but we’d love for you to give as much or as little you can!
If you can’t contribute monetarily to our campaign, you can still help us out by forwarding the link to family, friends, and anyone else who might want to help us raise money! We appreciate any support you’d like to send our way!
The link to our campaign is here. Please help in any way you can!
This month’s featured charity project is Nikibasika, and there’s still plenty of time to submit your design! The design that gets selected at the end of the month will be featured on Indie GoGo in a very special limited edition campaign, so don’t waste this opportunity to show us your own art!
If you’d like to send us a design that isn’t based on Nikibasika, you can also submit to our Artist’s Choice!