We’re pretty big hippies here at Misericordia Mansions and so I face a little conundrum, how do I make my art (which is more or less a luxury) as kind to the Earth as possible?
I know that it can be a little overwhelming navigating the various ethical merits of organic, fairtrade, local and recycled, so I sat down and tried to make a list of what was most important to me, in order of preference. (This comes in handy when I’m stuck at the shops prevaricating wildly between four brands!)
This applies to my everyday shopping just as much as Misericordia supplies.
- Second hand – charity shops, eBay, beg, borrow or lift from a skip
- Independent – small businesses or makers
- Local – shops in my local area, the UK, Europe etc
- Fairtrade – if it has to come from overseas, it needs to be fair
That’s why my frames are upcycled from charity shops (with Auro plant-based paints), my hoops and mini canvases are from the fabulous Fred Aldous in Manchester and my jewellery findings are from Jasmine Studios in London. When I need art supplies, I take myself along the road to Edinburgh Art Shop.
I’m hoping to change my fabric to organic muslin someday and I try to choose minimalist packaging which is both lovely to look at and easy to reuse or recycle. I also reuse shipping materials as much as possible.
If you have any suggestions about how to make Misericordia even greener, I’d love to hear them!