Discarded textiles crocheted into brittle skeletal sculptures

November 6, 2017 by  
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Halloween may be well behind us but we’ll always make time for a bit of delightfully spooky art, especially if it involves recycled materials . Philadelphia-based artist Caitlin McCormack brings to life fantastic skeletal beasts in Lazarus Taxa, her new show of crocheted skeletons made of discarded textile materials coated in enamel paint. These beautifully intricate artworks are typically pinned against black velvet, like specimens. McCormack began crocheting skeletons as early as 2010 and uses a tiny hook to crochet each individual bone. While some skeletal creatures are created from her imagination, she’ll also often reference science books and make sketches to help flesh out an idea. To give the works their skeletal appearance, McCormack repeatedly dredges the crocheted form in a mixture of glue; the final hardened material is similar to brittle bone tissue. Related: Fragile Skeletons: Dynamic Animal Sculptures Made from Salvaged Driftwood Her new show, Lazarus Taxa, is titled after the term describing species that disappear and reappear from the fossil record. “In this body of work, McCormack explores how repressed memories come back as monstrous and warped versions of original events,” writes Paradigm Gallery + Studio , which will exhibit Lazarus Taxa from October 27 to December 9. “The series suggests the monstrosity that is produced when one attempts to forget and the festering of trauma that eventually returns.” Over 50 fiber sculptures will be represented, many entwined in a macabre tapestry of skeletal shapes. + Caitlin McCormack Via Colossal

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Thousands of women create world’s largest crochet blanket in India

February 7, 2016 by  
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After six months and an incredible amount of yarn, the Mother India’s Crochet Queens have set a new Guinness World Record for creating the largest crochet blanket in the world. Over two thousand women between the ages of 8 and 85 worked together to create the colorful, soccer pitch-sized blanket that stretched over 11,000 square meters in size. Now that the record has been reached, the blankets will be donated to NGOs, which will distribute them to underprivileged people across the country. READ MORE>

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DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers

April 27, 2015 by  
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Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society’s love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods , diapers, and cutlery has created so much unnecessary waste that our planet can barely keep up with the crap we’re loading into landfills every day. Those Swiffer-type cleaning tools are also on the “worst offenders” list, with their cleaning cloths that that get tossed away after a few minutes’ worth of use. Fortunately, the same folks who bring their own travel mugs to Starbucks can also keep their homes tidy by making their own re-usable covers for their sweepers. Read the rest of DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cleaning products , cotton yarn , crochet , crochet pattern , crocheted , ethical cleaning , knit , knitting , knitting pattern , reusable , sweeper , sweeper cloth , sweeper cover , sweeper pad , Swiffer , swiffer cover , swiffer pad

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Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society’s love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods , diapers, and cutlery has created so much unnecessary waste that our planet can barely keep up with the crap we’re loading into landfills every day. Those Swiffer-type cleaning tools are also on the “worst offenders” list, with their cleaning cloths that that get tossed away after a few minutes’ worth of use. Fortunately, the same folks who bring their own travel mugs to Starbucks can also keep their homes tidy by making their own re-usable covers for their sweepers. Read the rest of DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cleaning products , cotton yarn , crochet , crochet pattern , crocheted , ethical cleaning , knit , knitting , knitting pattern , reusable , sweeper , sweeper cloth , sweeper cover , sweeper pad , Swiffer , swiffer cover , swiffer pad

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Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society’s love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods , diapers, and cutlery has created so much unnecessary waste that our planet can barely keep up with the crap we’re loading into landfills every day. Those Swiffer-type cleaning tools are also on the “worst offenders” list, with their cleaning cloths that that get tossed away after a few minutes’ worth of use. Fortunately, the same folks who bring their own travel mugs to Starbucks can also keep their homes tidy by making their own re-usable covers for their sweepers. Read the rest of DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cleaning products , cotton yarn , crochet , crochet pattern , crocheted , ethical cleaning , knit , knitting , knitting pattern , reusable , sweeper , sweeper cloth , sweeper cover , sweeper pad , Swiffer , swiffer cover , swiffer pad

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April 27, 2015 by  
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Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society’s love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods , diapers, and cutlery has created so much unnecessary waste that our planet can barely keep up with the crap we’re loading into landfills every day. Those Swiffer-type cleaning tools are also on the “worst offenders” list, with their cleaning cloths that that get tossed away after a few minutes’ worth of use. Fortunately, the same folks who bring their own travel mugs to Starbucks can also keep their homes tidy by making their own re-usable covers for their sweepers. Read the rest of DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cleaning products , cotton yarn , crochet , crochet pattern , crocheted , ethical cleaning , knit , knitting , knitting pattern , reusable , sweeper , sweeper cloth , sweeper cover , sweeper pad , Swiffer , swiffer cover , swiffer pad

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Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society’s love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods , diapers, and cutlery has created so much unnecessary waste that our planet can barely keep up with the crap we’re loading into landfills every day. Those Swiffer-type cleaning tools are also on the “worst offenders” list, with their cleaning cloths that that get tossed away after a few minutes’ worth of use. Fortunately, the same folks who bring their own travel mugs to Starbucks can also keep their homes tidy by making their own re-usable covers for their sweepers. Read the rest of DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cleaning products , cotton yarn , crochet , crochet pattern , crocheted , ethical cleaning , knit , knitting , knitting pattern , reusable , sweeper , sweeper cloth , sweeper cover , sweeper pad , Swiffer , swiffer cover , swiffer pad

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Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document?

April 27, 2015 by  
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Can Pope Francis do what environmental movements like Earth Day and Greenpeace have failed to do—save the planet from human beings? Some pundits believe so. In early summer, Pope Francis is expected to release an historic document detailing the moral imperative to care for the Earth. Called an encyclical, the papal document is designed to convince the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and others that climate change is a real and present danger that humanity can help to prevent. What remains unclear, the Washington Post rightly points out, is how the pope plans to make the case without disturbing the long-held Catholic view of God’s omnipotence. Read the rest of Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catholic church , catholics , Climate Change , climate change agreement , COP 21 , encyclical , environmental ethics , global warming , historic document , integral ecology , morals , Paris , Pope Francis , religion and environment , theology

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Can Pope Francis do what environmental movements like Earth Day and Greenpeace have failed to do—save the planet from human beings? Some pundits believe so. In early summer, Pope Francis is expected to release an historic document detailing the moral imperative to care for the Earth. Called an encyclical, the papal document is designed to convince the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and others that climate change is a real and present danger that humanity can help to prevent. What remains unclear, the Washington Post rightly points out, is how the pope plans to make the case without disturbing the long-held Catholic view of God’s omnipotence. Read the rest of Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catholic church , catholics , Climate Change , climate change agreement , COP 21 , encyclical , environmental ethics , global warming , historic document , integral ecology , morals , Paris , Pope Francis , religion and environment , theology

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Boston Food Forest inspires community through ecological design

April 27, 2015 by  
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As a brutal winter retreats into the record books, Bostonians of all species are out and about. “Mating sparrows, wild turkeys, hunting hawks, they’re all around us as we work,” says Orion Kriegman, Director of the Boston Food Forest Coalition . On the idyllic grounds of the Boston Nature Center in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston, neighbors work to prepare the Boston Food Forest for its second growing season. After only one year, the Food Forest is well stocked, boasting 34 young fruit and nut trees, with 45 more to join them in 2015. Though the most plentiful harvests are years away, the Food Forest is already yielding a stronger community and a fine model for economic and environmental justice in the city. Read the rest of Boston Food Forest inspires community through ecological design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Boston Food Forest , Boston Food Forest Coalition , Boston Urban Agriculture , Boston Urban Farming , Conservation Land , eco design , Food Forests , Green Communities , permaculture , permaculture design , Resilient Communities , urban agriculture , Urban Farms in Boston

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