Fire: Art Profile

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When you think of “burning” and art, you probably first thing of book burning and censorship, or you think of giant flaming sculptures like the one at Burning Man. Crontrolled word burning is actually an art form in and of itself, however, and it’s called pyrography, which literally means “writing with fire” in Greek. It’s also known as pokerwork, because the artist typically uses tools resembling hot pokers to get the right temperature (and therefore, the right shade) for their creations.

As with water marbling, which we featured last week, wood burning is an ancient form practiced by many different cultures such as the Egypt, several African tribes, and China. It’s also a folkart in many Eastern European cultures as well. It became popular in Western Europe during the Victorian era, and while the process is often automated now, there are still a lot of great independent artists who use more traditional methods, such as Julie Bender, Daniel Tate, and Donna Lee. Check out what her work looks like below!

Earth: Charity Profile

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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 blogtheir 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!

Water: Art Profile

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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! 

Air: Charity Profile

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This week’s air profile is for Birdlife Australia!

Founded in 1901, this organization’s goal is to half the loss of Australasian natural birds and maintain the wildlife found on the continent through spreading knowledge and campaigning for various conservation programs. Though their efforts, a ban was placed on the collection of shearwater eggs, as well as one on live trap-shooting, a barbaric practice where  galahs and other native birds were released en masse and then shot down in their droves. With almost 10,000 members, they hope to continue spreading their message of conservation and ecological responsibility.

To learn more about Birdlife Australia, check out their website here!

Love: Art Profile

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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!

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For more information on the artist, go to his website here!

Water: Art Profile

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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:

Air: Charity Profile

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The Air Charity Network is a collaborative group of organizations devoted to providing flights to people who need to travel for medical treatments. Do to this they enlist the help of volunteer pilots, who donate their time and the entire expense of their missions, including fuel costs, any landing fees and the standard operational maintenance costs of the aircraft. The groups that make up the network span all 50 states and have helped countless people get the medical help and attention that they need.

Earth: Charity Profile

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At Love and Water, we believe that just as any building needs a foundation as solid as the earth, so do does every child need a strong mental foundation in the form of education. So this week for our earth profile, the charity we’ve chosen is Dev Ed!

Dev Ed is an organization stationed in Geneva, Switzerland, which seeks to improve the education of children in the developing world through culturally and environmentally relevant curriculum and teaching methods. In particular, they’ve recently set their sights on bettering education in Uganda, and work with educators and communities in the area to set a curriculum that reflects culture, values, customs, and beliefs of their students.

If you’d like to help support Dev Ed, then check out their website, and this informative video about their mission!

Fire: Artist Profile

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Dale Chihuly is a sculptor who specializes in glasswork and has created art in this medium for over forty years. His work has been featured in over 200 museums all over the world, including the Victoria and Albert museum in London and he has has created more than a dozen well-known series of works. His dedication to such a dangerous medium is inspiring, and that’s why we’re including him in our series of notable artists!

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Andrew Carson is a sculptor from Boulder, Colorado, and he’s always been fascinated with the movement of weather. As a teen he experimented with creating windmills and whirligigs out of bicycle frames and old gears, and after he returned from the University of Washington with a B.A. in photography, he decided to devote his attention to these gorgeous wind sculptures. His work has been been installed in all 50 states, and he’s even available for private commissions!

This piece is featured on his homepage. It’s so unique that we can’t think of a charity to pair it with – what do you guys think?