Work in Progress: A Veritable Garden

Warning: Discussion of both art and intestines follows. Read on at your own choosing.

I’ve been intrigued by our gastrointestinal systems since as a young mother I became aware of how sugar, other junk food and antibiotics were affecting my family’s digestive tracts. Recently my need to follow a low FODMAP diet has continued to make clear the importance of caring for our gut health.

Header image for "Work in Progress: A Veritable Garden" featuring Tangerine Meg hand coloured lino print and chunky type

I wanted to make a lino print honouring the importance of healthy digestion and had in mind some kind of abdomen / cross-section image. For a while though, I was stuck on how to show a tiny varied eco system with the broad lines of a lino print.

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Then I read of a healthy intestine referred to as a “veritable (true) garden”. This idea resonated with me, and became a way I could portray this without trying to be too anatomically accurate about it. The idea blossomed and was mixed with a cup and a half of artistic license … our internal flora and fauna are of course microscopic, numbered in their thousands, and more-varied-and-not-even-the-same as flourishing Spring garden!

Here’s the late Orange Cat keeping watch during lino block carving process:Orange Cat beside a carved lino print in progress

Here’s an article about our microbiomes, including a well made 4 minute animated video.

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Hopefully, I’ve made a pleasant-you-can-have-it-in-your-house-or-office picture that has an accessible yet not sugar-coated (<< hah, see what I did there?) overview of our digestive innards.

Here’s one of the prints partially painted. #workinprogress

Partially painted lino print of garden in a gut imageDid you know? When making the A Veritable Garden prints ready for my recent Happy To Be Here Exhibition, I made a set of PPs, which are ‘Printers Proofs’. As you can see they’re painted slightly differently but the prints are all alike. Here are prints 2-5. Number 1 and number 2 are sold. Coincidence? I think not. Bold souls are smart and hilarious!

comparing the almost-the-same coloured remaining A Veritable Garden lino printsHere’s the first Printers Proof, completely painted.

Finished painted lino print of "A Veritable Garden" by Adelaide Artist, Tangerine MegIf you’ve digestive issues, I don’t expect you to pipe up in the comments, although you’re welcome to. Otherwise, let me know if this kind of cross-section image gives you more of a holistic sense of your own interior – ‘cos I might do a few more body organs in the same kind of way.

Namaste, dearheart!
Meg x o

 

PS If this is your kind of thing, check out my food/no sugar/low fodmaps pinterest board.

PS2 A Veritable Garden is a set of printers proofs, each labelled with PP. The merely 5 prints in this whole series are unique Watercolors. If you love owning and/or gifting bold art pieces that only 4 other people on this entire planet will ever have, this is for you! There are just 3 originals remaining. If your gut is telling you it wants one (!) – click this to find out more about hand painted A Veritable Garden lino prints.

PS3 Wondering what the h*ck FODMAPs is? Click this to check out an introductory article, and here’s a new piece on how to keep your mental health while following it!

PS4 If you’re getting interested in diet and gut health, you might like this Jonathan Fields / Good Life Project interview with JJ Virgin.

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Work in Progress: Spring Feet

lino print artwork of 2 pale feet in a garden. Chunky type declares "Work in progress: Spring Feet"

My Spring Feet lino print featured as one of the elements in my recent Happy To Be Here Exhibition graphics:

Header image for "Happy to be Here exhibition" contains 3 images. On the left is Tangerine Meg apparently balancing on the old Police Station steps, the middle image is "Spring Feet", a hand watercoloured lino print, the image on the right is an open exhibition catalogue held open by a hand, and featuring the "Happy to be here" exhibition entry

“Happy to Be Here” is showing itself to be a phrase containing much appreciation, and a sense of place. Funny how our feet in images are evidence of being here … This idea seems to continue to come up even now my exhibition is closed!

So, how did Spring Feet – the lino print – start?

Feel the warm air on your skin, and take off your shoes. It’s early Spring so find a thick blanket to sit on as the ground’s too cool otherwise. Paint your newly de-socked toe nails in every colour of polish you have – or simply purple – and admire your fading henna…

bare feet beside a garden bed with nasturtiums growing in it

I toyed with not showing you this picture, ‘cos the henna is fading and it all doesn’t quite look the same. But then I got brave and decided to keep it ‘in’ to illustrate how the lino print first came into being! #vulnerable #workinprogress

Making the Lino Print

For this one, I drew straight onto the lino block with my marker. Here’s the block with the carving started. The carved areas have a nice texture, don’t they?

Section of work in progress carved lino block

Art meets self care?

This lino print is a simple reminder for both self care and art practice. (I may write a book about that one day – stay tuned!) The art + self care layers: henna flower on my foot, a lino print self portrait (tell your story!) and the rainbow toe nail polish.

Here’s the initial lino block, fully carved … for the time being. Hadn’t yet decided whether to keep the background fully printed, or to carve it out.

Lino tool alongside carved lino block picture of feet

In the first print, I kept the background blocked in with ink. See the flip? The image gets reversed when printed.

black ink printed on white paper of Spring Feet

Finally I carved out the background areas that are now the pale grey ground and the deep green nasturtium shadows. Do you like the rainbow nail polish?

Legs in leggings with pale bare henna-ed feet, on a blanket beside a nasturtium garden

After I finish a lino print or painting, I scan it into my computer. My scanner is a bit smaller than most of my art, so I then need to match up the four areas of the scans into a complete picture! Here’s that process in progress:

Photo of computer screen showing scanned sections of Spring Feet Lino Print being aligned

This is a Limited Edition Lino Print, but the 5 prints in this edition are handpainted and unique. If you love owning and/or gifting bold art pieces that only 4 other people on the entire planet will have, these are for you.

Feet. Feet. Feet.

I foresee many more feet pictures… I was already playing with them here in my Birthday Bold Art Project. If we’re lucky enough to have feet, they are always right there where we are!

There’s an instagram devoted to feet on floors called, “I have this thing with floors”.

Here’s a link to the fabulous Vivienne McMaster and her “why foot selfies” article – self care, photography and art all enrichen each other so much.

Have a wonderful week, I’ll keep this Work In Progress series coming! By the way, I’ve had further suggestions from Leela, so that discussion will develop too!

Talk soon,
Love Meg x o

 

PS Spring Feet is a short run lino print, and I have just 3 left… Want one for your happy home? Click this to order unframed in my gallery shop.

PS 2 To see some other artists’ lino prints that inspire me, click this to check out my pinterest lino print board.

PS 3 South Aussies: I’ve three markets left before Christmas! Hope to see you there :) Contact me if you want me to bring anything in for you.

PS 4 Have you watched our group video? Check out the Happy To Be Here Project below … More feet :D

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When “Something Funky in the Fridge” Helps the Planet

“Something funky in the fridge” sounds like mouldy food, doesn’t it? In this case, it’s quite the opposite … this is a groovy way to do food preserving!

Header image for "When Something Funky in the Fridge Helps the Planet?" featuring cookies spilling out of a wrappa bees reusable wrap fashioned into a pocket

If we’ve met in person lately, you’ll have noticed I’m talking incessantly a lot about Wrappa Bees Reusable Wax Food Wraps. I’ve been growing more and more unhappy about using environmentally-devastating-but-so-damn-handy cling film, and I’m excited to know about a viable, pretty alternative for food storage. Reusable wax food wraps are a fab way to use less plastic while keeping our fridges festive.

Cheryl and I and our cat-loving colluder Juanita Tortilla (who I interviewed here) made friends a couple of months ago and thought it would be cool to collaborate on an exclusive South Australian Artist range of waxed wraps.

Click this to check out my bold interview with Cheryl.

Click this to read Cheryl’s artist interview questions.

Our Fab(ulous) Collab(oration)!

My pattern design is printed onto a cotton fabric and hand crafted into wraps by Cheryl.

There’s a hearts / gingham-inspired one (with cheese, bottom right) and sunshine-y honey yellow one with cute flowers and little stars, and the big flower pattern with all the colours on a navy background.

Flay lay shot of cheese, cucumber and a roll, wrapped in Tangerine Meg design Wrappa Bees reusable food wrapsI played with the colour range across the three designs, which are all in the pack. The yellow is a hat tip to bees and honey. Blue is a great contrast for food – as indeed it is when painting a still life – because there aren’t many blue foods (except quondong jelly and blueberries) so your fresh produce will always look gorgeous.

Oh. So will cookies. :)

chocolate chip cookies spilling out of a checkered reusable wax food wrap fashioned into a pocketCombining my obsession for patterns and contributing to funky food wraps for our fridges is such a delight. Thanks to Jessica Swift and your brilliant course: Pattern Camp! Woot! Love your work! I couldn’t have done this without you <3

Click the picture or this writing to get your pack now! Cheryl does mail order – like me! – so you can order these funky wraps from anywhere in the world…

Let us know how you go!

Talk soon,
Love Meg x o

 

PS There’s a cat picture that you’ve helped me name on instagram and facebook, and more “Work in Progress” art posts in the queue… so stay tuned. If you want to get blog posts and other sweet things direct to your InBox a couple of times a month, sign up for my eLetters here.

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Work in Progress: Speak With Love

lino print artwork of persons decorated with patterns and flowers

Remember in my previous Work in Progress post, I mentioned a Facebook conversation that changed my entire approach to colour schemes? Thanks to Leela Sinha, this series of 6 pieces are way more colouful and interesting than they might have been.

lino printing and painting in progress

As with the Friends: Luka, Pace and Joy image, when I made the initial lino prints, the plan was to make all the peoples’ skin a pale-ish colour. I wasn’t even looking forward to painting them all the same as each other. I knew I wanted to do 6 images, though.

6 Lino prints of a woman's neck with colourful patterns, are laid out beside each other on the artist's table

Then came the conversation with Leela. I’m so glad she was honest with me in our exchange – I can be obtuse/overcautious sometimes! Leela’s message? “Yes. Please, represent us!”. With ‘permission’ offered, I launched into a happy frenzy of a more colourful world, embracing the inherent beauty of diverse skin colors. I don’t need to be told twice to add more colour!

This isn’t a “Limited Edition Lino Print“. It’s 6 different colour schemes on the same lino outline, and is classified a printers proof – each hand labelled by me with “PP” at bottom left corner.

Two lino prints of women's necks decorated in different colourful patterns

Random Fact: Did you know you can buy blue lipstick on etsy?

2 Lino prints of women's necks with different colourful patterns

I ended up having so.much.fun playing with the colourful adornments and, like last time, finding great joy in a happy spectrum of hues!

Two ladies decorated in beautiful colourful patterns

This series of PPs makes me so happy! Do they make you happy too? A little extra demonstration that being inclusive makes things richer. Better.

Can’t wait to show you the colourful ‘pirate girls’ print, probably next week. It was influenced (again) by the pivotal conversation with wonderful Leela, and a podcast! Stay tuned…

Have a gorgeous week!
Love Meg x o

 

PS Check out my new little Happiness and Mental Health board on Pinterest, started in commemoration of World Mental Health Day on October 11.

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Work in Progress: Friends Lino Print

lino print artwork of 3 friends with dark, light, medium skin colours, with a backdrop of green hills and blue sky

I’ve been thinking about friendship, diversity and community, and one morning jotted this visual idea in my notebook. (Do you do morning pages, too?) It’s three friends – based loosely and composite-ly on people I know – which later got a background of the pretty Willunga hills.

biro sketch in a note book for Friends lino print

You can see by the pencil writing at left, I was toying with the ideas and words of Luka & light, Pax & peace, Joy (joy), freedom & happiness. I percolated on these ideas and ideals, while I made the lino artwork. First I drew upon and carved the lino – you can see the plan for the friends’ hair has been reversed – then made the print of the lines I wanted:

printed Friends lino print, not yet painted, features 3 friends in a garden with hills in the background

Then it was time to paint. Usually I look at the skin on my own hand, and think “I want to be global and inclusive but I can only tell my own story, right?” (There’s recently been a concept of cultural misappropriation flying around too. I don’t even know how that fits in.)

A Facebook friend made a perfectly timed request of her artist followers to ‘… represent folk of different coloured skins’! The newly requested option for a full spectrum of skin colours felt liberating, and the range of human browns has happily opened a whole new world of vibrant colours that are fantastic alongside them!

This also lets me express, even if simply, my global village view that we can all live cooperatively and peacefully on our dear little earth ship, that we’re all equal and valuable and part of the story. (And all needed to together cease hate and destruction.)

Partially painted lino print artwork

Although this final lino print is of course more developed than the initial basic sketch, it has none-the-less got the original spirit. That makes me happy.

Finished lino print: Friends, Luka Pace and Joy (Light, Peace, Joy)

I’m enjoying stepping onto a more inclusive, diverse path, in this picture and others in my recent Happy To Be Here Exhibition. In due course, I’ll put up posts for “Speak With Love” and “Cuss Like Sailors, Hug Like Angels” and you’ll see how they all weave together. Todays post is the first in the series.

When have you made a quick note to yourself and it’s helped to remember an idea or insight? And when has a note or squiggle turned out to be indecipherable later, and you’ve no idea what you’d intended? I’ll bet that’s happened to us all, too!

Talk soon,
Love Meg x o

 

PS Click this if you’d like to check out my Bold Souls Pinterest board to see some of the people who inspire me.

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Exhibition debrief: Happy To Be Ourselves

Header image for "Happy to Be Here project debrief - Happy to Be OUrselves" featuring double exposure photographic self portrait with textures.

My Happy To Be Here Exhibition is already over! I can barely believe it. I’m glad we have the Happy To Be Here Project video to watch:

In a flurry of a few short weeks, the year-long planning, artwork making, promotion, preparation, lugging of (carefully cushioned) paintings around in my sweet blue car, painting of finger nails, spotty dress choosing and strategic timing of leg shaving, is all over.

Here’s a re-cap in the form of blog posts:

Out and About in Goolwa. Exhibition Launch post. Happy To Be Here video on YouTube. And, the Happy To Be Here Project: The Explanation Page. The first Happy To Be Here Project report post, Happy To Be Here Project report 2, & the third Happy To Be Here Project progress report.

Thank you for your support!

Thank you! Whether you sent in a photo for the Happy To Be Here Project, encouraged me, bought art, cards or calendars at the exhibition or elsewhere, read a blog post, or enjoyed / commented on / shared a blog post, newsletter or social media post … Thank you so much. It means a lot to me, dear bold soul, everything really. I’m honoured if a piece of my writing or bold art has resonated with you, and you choose to have it / me as company in your life.

What’s next?

Shall we keep walking the talk and talking the walk? Knowing that we’re still Happy To Be Here, where ever we may be. Happy to be ourselves. And, like in permaculture (and other civillised societal models): care for others.

With 20+ years since my previous solo exhibition, I’d better plan the next after a smaller interval! I’ve a sense of urgency to continue along this path, ‘specially now I’ve solidly passed 50 years of age! I’m not even sure exactly what I’m urgent about, but I need to find out and feel there’s no time to waste!

Happy To Be Tangerine Meg

Here’s one of the photographic self portrait or 7 I took when collecting the remaining artworks, ‘cos we had to take down the sign ready for the next show:

photographic self portrait by Tangerine Meg beside sign saying "Happy To Be Tangerine Meg" and overlaid with scratchy blue and green paint texture

By the way, did you do anything for UN Peace Day on September 21st? Click this to watch a super short peace day video if you like.

Have a wonderful week!
Talk soon,
Meg x o

 

PS If you’re getting organised for Christmas – I know you’re good at planning ahead like that – and you’d consider some (or all) of your friends to be art loving bold souls, you can shop online for cards here and calendars here. (Join my list to get 10% off calendars). Share along, lovelies, there are buttons ‘specially for that below! Thank you <3 <3

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Happy To Be Here: Exhibition Launch

Woot! My Happy To Be Here art exhibition launched officially last Friday!

photographic self portrait, overlaid with header text in chunky font

Here is a visual story of the exhibition launch afternoon.

Let’s begin with: me with a double ‘exposure’ (from Diana Photo App) outside the venue, the Old Goolwa Police Station gallery. It was a most gorgeous afternoon – the blue and white sky part of the pic was taken the same day. Note my Christine Pyman aerialist earrings. #kindredspirit

Smiling woman, Tangerine Meg, wearing a black jacket with embroidered collar and matching silver earring, looks into the camera, as she stands in front of a brick-framed arched doorway with blue wood and glass panels

Here’s how the building entrance was set up… *High 5* to Leah, for her perfect picture/type/cat welcome display design.

Looking into a red brick building through a blue door frame, is seen a white wall with a painting displayed. Underneath the picture are the words "Happy To Be Here" and "Tangerine Meg" with an arrow pointing left, and a sticker of an orange cat perched just above the skirting board.

In the entryway picture ^^^ at left you can see the old cell doorway (from when the building was a police station).

Below is the Now Always Open door, which has project-announcing bunting drawing you in to watch the Happy To Be Here Project video! Hoorah!

Thank you, if you played by sending in photos for my Happy To Be Here Project! I appreciate that so much. If you can’t make it to Goolwa (South Australia) this month, for now check out the trailer here, to get a sense of the pace, the music, the feel, etc. In early October, I’ll upload the full 6-minute video to You Tube for all to see.

white room with circle bunting leading from a white barred door to a TV on a red bench. Both the bunting and the screen shot spell out: Happy To Be Here Project.

Here’s me in my spotty exhibition launch dress in front of one of our happily inherited-from-previous-exhibition orange walls…

South Australian woman artist, Tangerine Meg, wears a purple and green/blue spotty dress, and stands in front of an orange wall with framed pictures hanging on it.

Here’s wonderful Loreen, an artist in her own right, who has exhibited nearby.Smiling woman in blue top and holding red and black graphic design bag, standing near art exhibition works hung on 2 walls, one wall of which is painted orange.

Me (again) with a friend, author Susan Fitzgerald.

Tangerine Meg and author Susan Fitzgerald standing in fromt of orange wall displaying framed brightly coloured lino prints and watercolours

Getting good mileage out of that one orange wall for photos at the exhibition launch, right? It was such a gorgeous colour, it made everything wonderful – ‘specially in the afternoon sunlight!

I took friends, invited guests and the gorgeous gallery-sitting volunteers for a walk and talk (aka. the Artist’s Talk) around the pictures at 4.30pm.

At 5.30pm Rene Strohmeyer did a mindful, beautiful, ‘gets it’ exhibition launch speech. Thank you!

[I was so rivetted/engrossed that I have zero pictures! Were you there? Did you take any pictures? Could you help me tell this story? … I’m glaringly missing photos of venue manager Leah & launch speaker Rene; though your point of view of any part of the launch would be of value. I’d love to add them to this post – of course with credit to you, and a link to your online presence if you have one.]

Susan Fitzgerald, seen above, read out this Sylvia Plath quote – so beautifully she got applauded. The Plath quote inspired this hand painted lino print image, “First Fig”.

Lino print of young adult reaching for high purple figs alongside a Sylvia Plath quote from The Bell Jar about just such a life stageHere are Philippa and I – our feet at least – after the official exhibition launch.

Camera looking down and 2 people facing each other's shoes standing on dark wood floor

Here are some general shots of lovely folk…

delightful bold souls mingling, chatting and smiling at the launch of Happy to Be Here exhibition; the room is high of ceiling, with walls lined with framed pictures; the floor is dark timber.

Panos (panorama photos) are fun and entirely possible on one’s phone. Seems rather advanced functionality for such a little device! Here are two.

a panoramic shot around a large room, with folk almost silhouetted attending an exhibition launch.

Above, the big (courthouse) room, and below the clerk’s room (the one with the orange wall we loved).

gallery patrons discussing art at a gallery launch

These folk are old hands (hah, get it?) at feet photos as they joined in with in the Happy To Be Here Project!

photo of feet at an exhibition launch

Nice old floorboards, right? … Another good photo background provided by the venue!

Join my newsletter list, to get more behind the scenes photos, like of the talismans I wore and the little walk I took my introvert self on around Goolwa prior to the exhibition launch!

I’m going to have a nap now.
Talk soon,
Meg x o

 

 

PS If you’ve some photos with which you can fill gaps in this story, please send via Facebook upload, or email to me.

PS2 If you’d like to review my exhibition/launch on your blog, give me a shout out and I’ll link to your review!

PS3 If you can get to Goolwa this month, this very art exhibition runs until September 27.

PS4 Can’t get to Goolwa and want to buy one of my pictures? Ring Leah and she’ll make it happen, on +61 8 8555 7289 international (enter the dial out code for your country first) or 08 8555 7289 from within Australia.

PS5 Thank you for reading all the way to here! You’re awesome :) x o

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Happy To Be Here Project video – one minute trailer

How exciting! I got this neat software called Filmora, and made the Happy To Be Here Project video!

The full 6-minute video will screen in person, for the first time, throughout my September Happy To Be Here exhibition. In the meantime, here’s a 1-minute trailer. I look forward to sharing the full 6-minute video early in October :)

Thank you if you sent a photo or encouragement. It was all helpful!

Love Meg x o

Bold Interview 14: Cheryl Sanders from Wrappa Bees

I hope you’ll enjoy this interview as much as I do, dear bold soul! Read on and learn from the eco-conscious advice of fabulous Cheryl Sanders from Wrappa Bees – makers of reusable waxed food wraps. I’ll bet it’ll make you smile and get more eco-aware at the same time! M x o

pink and grey textures and light effects background, overlaid with type saying "Bold Interview Cheryl Sanders"

 

What a fantastic business, Cheryl! I can’t tell you how I worry about all the cling wrap I use!

I am so glad you love our little business Meg. The feedback from customers has been amazing! Thank you for choosing me as part of your gorgeous series on your blog!

A cup of milk, an apple, a banana and a snack wrapped in a yellow apple patterned food wrap, on a wooden surface.
How did you get to the idea to run a business making wax re-usable food wraps, and why did you change from what you were doing previously? Edited from a contribution to the #communityquestionbank. Those bold souls loved your previous business. A lot.

I often get asked this question. It was literally a light bulb moment. Without sounding too “Oprah”, that is how it happened. I was very unhappy in my previous business, which I know will surprise so many people. But, it just wasn’t ‘speaking’ to me anymore. I didn’t feel that I was in the place that was right for me and my family.

I have always loved bees and been fascinated by the way that they essentially run our world. Without bees, life would be a very different place.

One night when I was going over and over again what it was I wanted, where I wanted to be, what would make me feel grounded and whole, bees wax wraps hit me. We had looked at stocking them previously in our other business, but I had never found any that were appealing to the general market, nor that I was 100% happy with. My inner voice told me I could do this! I could do something that made a difference, albeit on a very tiny scale!! But it is all the small changes that end up making a huge difference for our planet and what we leave behind to our children.

So I started experimenting with bees wax and tree resin. I very quickly found out that it was all not as easy as it looks, but my heart was in this and so I persevered until I had perfected the ratio and here we are now!!

hand with a tattoo on the inner wrist holding chunks of yellow bees wax

 

How can gorgeous re-usable food wraps help improve on what humans are doing to the environment?

They can help sooo much Meg!!! If everyone were to tally up each little piece of plastic wrap, or zip lock bags etc, and see how much they used in one month, they would be horrified.

Because it is small and disposable, we don’t immediately see the impact, nor do we realise how it accumulates. We may as well go and empty that plastic straight into the water at the beach, because that is where it is ending up. But no one would do that because they can see the plastic on the water.

We can’t see the plastic once we have thrown it out. It goes from our rubbish bins and then it is out of our thoughts. But the truth is there is no ‘out’…. if it is not recycled then there is nowhere for it to go. It can get buried deep down in the ground and act as landfill, leaching out the chemicals into our waterways, or it ends up in the oceans… in the bellies of turtles, whales and fish.

By simply replacing one item, such as plastic wrap, with our reusable food wraps, your family will be saying that no, it is not ok for us to dispose of plastic with no consideration for where it goes. We can all make small changes in our lives that have huge impacts on the environment. If one person uses our wraps, they will then tell a friend, who will tell a friend etc etc….

Suddenly we have a hundred people no longer using plastic wrap! Now that creates a fabulous visual!

Reusable food wraps displayed on Recycled bee boxes

When we met at the Cat Show about a month ago, you were the person who stepped up and orchestrated the recycling of large volumes of paper (later: oops I was confused, I mean plastic) that covered the tables. What can we do in our homes to reduce waste?

Didn’t we have a great weekend then Meg?! So many laughs!!

At the cat show there was thick black plastic, like people use in their garden, around the front and the back of every table that had these gorgeous cats on them. There must have been over 200 cats there.. maybe more. That is a lot of tables. That was a lot of black plastic.

I asked the organisers what they planned on doing with the plastic, and was told that unfortunately it was going to get put in the bin, as the small recycling bin that was at the centre was full. I felt physically ill. This was not an option. So I made lots and lots of phone calls to find recycling centres who could help, but being a weekend, there was not much help available. So at the end of the show we packed it all up and took it home in my little car… That was a sight.

Our rescue was using the soft plastic recycling system at our local Coles (M: An Australian supermarket chain). We went in with trolley loads of this black plastic and they took it and gave it to REDcycle who are amazing! They recycle all the little bits of soft plastics that we have previously been told can not be used…. Think of your biscuit packs, muesli bar wrappers, the plastic that goes around your toilet paper packs, the insides of cereal boxes…. all of that thin and soft plastic CAN BE RECYCLED!!

This is such great news for the average home, because if you live in an urban area that has these supermarkets, you can start making a difference. Watch how quickly that bag of soft plastic builds up!!! Take it into the supermarket and pop in one of the green bins. This then gets made into all sorts of funky stuff including park benches!

Once you see how quickly you are filling the bag, then perhaps try to make the next step by trying to cut out one of those items from your shopping list and substituting it with something that doesn’t have plastic wrapping….

One small step at a time. It is so important not to be daunted and try to do too many things at once. Get the kids involved. Explain about our oceans and how they can help. They are already being taught at school about our environment, so lets build on that!

fresh avocado cut in half resting on star patterned food wrap on a wooden surface

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the patterns on your wraps. How do you select your fabric designs?

I’m so glad that you love the patterns! Stay tuned for some very exciting news in regards to those!

I choose designs that I think are fun and funky and that will appeal to the average person. Bright and fun colours are great for some, but others like a more natural look. We even do Star Wars and Minions wraps! Hey, if it means that little Johnny will use his wraps and bring them home from school… then I will happily do Star Wars. Or Pokemon. Or Frozen even. Did I just say that??

Ploughman's Lunch with bread, cheese, celery, strawberries and popcorn, arranged with patterned food wraps.

The world would be way better for an @AskCheryl column, for more of your thoughts about activities and environmental choices. In the meantime: Tell us some lesser known uses for Wrappa Bees re-usable food wraps… 

Ha ha… that’s funny… I would love to have an @AskCheryl column!! Some food for thought hey Meg??!

Our wraps can be used for so many different things!

  • There are obvious ones like wrapping sandwiches and rolls for lunches, covering your salad bowls and leftovers.
  • You can wrap up lettuces, cauliflower or broccolini.
  • Any fruit and veg will love to be wrapped in our wraps in your fridge.
  • Be creative and seal the sides and make your own zip lock bag equivalent!
  • Keep one in your handbag for that Friday afternoon bakery treat! Simply hand the shop keeper your wraps and say ‘no bag please’.
  • I use a folded wrap in my handbag to carry around a pen and some paper etc, so that I can always find it.

Are we still going??

  • Pop a wrap under your cutting board so it won’t move as you cut veggies etc.
  • Lay a wrap flat and grate your cheese directly on it, then fold up and put leftovers in fridge.
  • Wrap pastry and dough leftovers.
  • Cover your block of cheese once you have opened it.
  • Wrap up some crusty bread!

How does that sound? I mean, I could go on and on and on….

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Thanks for being here Cheryl – great interview! Thank you for reading dear bold soul! Isn’t Cheryl doing great work? Share in the comments your next step to keeping more plastic from getting into the environment. Mine is be more conscious of recycling soft plastics. Talk soon, Meg x o

 

PS Click this to find out more about my Happy To Be Here exhibition – it’s on from September 1 – 27, at Goolwa, South Australia.

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Happy to Be Here: Out & About at the Exhibition Venue

Half a woman's face in front of a neat pelican mosaic with chunky type overthe top announcing "Happy to Be Here: Out and About at the Exhibition venue"

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Spring art exhibition is drawing closer. <<< Heh, see what I did there?

Just the final things are left to organise, now that paintings and prints are finished and in the capable hands of my wonderful framer, Nick Heysen (for those of you playing at home).

Last week saw time-consuming wrangling with the computer mail merge. Maybe it ended up wrangling me? Either way, in the end, the addresses were on the sticky labels! Hoorah! When you receive yours it will be in an Alexandrina Council envelope. Keep an eye on your letterbox if I have your mailing address!

I’m also making final plans with Leah and volunteers at Alexandrina Council (Just Add Water Arts) and our sparkling launch speaker Rene Strohmeyer who invented the wonderful Sunshine Van.

While organising this I’ve had a few nice little walks around Goolwa. Here are a few of my favourite phone photos – including plenty of feet/shoe pics in the spirit of the Happy to Be Here Project! Which I’ll be finalising this next week, too.

Check out this lovely pelican mosaic by Michael Tye I ‘found’ while out walking in Goolwa near the exhibition venue!

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Love these graphic ripples at the local wharf, on an otherwise almost glassily calm day.

view from wharf to jetty, across rippled pale blue water

 

And these textures.

looking downwards at blue jeans and shoes standing on wooden wharf with white painted tyres attached to the edge and green water below

 

I think of green water as grimy, but isn’t this gradation pretty?

blue shoes on dark wood floor with artwork propped against white wall

 

Here we were laying out the pictures to see how many would fit and where, at the Old Police Station gallery. The lovely old floor boards would have many a story embedded within them!me_Feet and art at Gallery_630

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Have a great week!
Love Meg x o

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