Artisan Moss ‘plant paintings’ are maintenance-free alternatives to living walls

November 17, 2016 by  
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Any nature lover likely regards living green walls as the pinnacle of indoor landscaping, but the required maintenance, excessive watering and complex lighting can be daunting. Thanks to Artisan Moss , now nearly anyone can achieve the same level of lush greenery, minus the hefty upkeep and resource consumption. The northern Californian designers preserve moss and other botanicals within uniquely handcrafted and easy-to-care-for works of art that can last decades – take a closer look after the jump. Artisan Moss founder Erin Kinsey developed a stunning technique for preserving botanicals into timeless “plant paintings” with 100 percent real moss, green plants and branches. Using entirely non-toxic food-grade preserving methods and pigments, Erin adheres to ecologically mindful “no-waste” methods, even reusing preservation materials on various projects. The end result is an extraordinary piece of art, made in the USA, with no two works being exactly the same. As long as you keep these moss paintings away from the sun, they will last decades. As a native of northern California, Erin was always inspired by the majestic nature of the Sierras and Coastal Range. After working as a landscape designer, muralist and fine art restorer, she was driven by the notion that maintaining one’s connection with the natural world is critical to survival in the Digital Age. Aware of the on-going maintenance required for living walls , Erin sought to develop a way to preserve real plants into maintenance-free art. While living green walls are a costly investment, Artisan Moss’ plant paintings are surprisingly accessible. Their Etsy shop offers affordably-priced, made-to-order pieces that range from 12×12 hangings to larger works that cover entire walls. No matter the size, each carefully crafted work of art effortlessly brings nature indoors — something we could all use more of. + Artisan Moss + Artisan Moss Etsy Shop

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Amazing video shows 3 stranded cows rescued after New Zealand’s M7.8 quake

November 17, 2016 by  
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A magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook New Zealand early Monday near Canterbury, causing landslides that left thousands of residents stranded. Some of those residents are of the bovine variety, making them particularly vulnerable and uniquely in need of assistance. They received it Monday when rescuers successfully recovered three cows left stranded on a small plateau of land created by landslides on the coast north of Kaikoura. After the quake killed two people and caused thousands of destructive aftershocks, the bovine rescue offers hope to those still looking for missing loved ones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yoik3MmKgI Local reports say rescuing the stranded cows was not an easy task. Their owner reported that the rescue was delayed due to multiple aftershocks and the difficulty in reaching the cows’ location, due to soft soil. “We dug a track with a number of people; the soil was quite soft because it had all been tipped over and bumbled around, we managed to get a track in and bring them out,” the unnamed farmer told New Zealand’s Newshub . “They desperately needed water, cows don’t like living without water so that was the first requirement, and I think one or two had lost calves in the earthquake so they were a bit distressed.” Related: How seaweed-eating super cows will save the world The 7.8 earthquake hit near the small tourist town of Kaikoura just after midnight on Monday. The town, with a population of just 3,500 residents, is now isolated from the rest of the country due to as many as 100,000 landslides . Flooding and additional aftershocks continue to plague the area as rescue and recovery efforts are underway, despite dangerous conditions. In addition to the three cows rescued in the video above, the farmer reported that 14 other cows were also rescued after the earthquake. He said some livestock had been killed during the disaster, though the numbers were small. The stranded cows belong to a herd raised for beef, so the life-saving efforts of their rescuers will not ensure them a long and happy life, but instead return them to their original fate. Via CNN Images via Pexels and USGS

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Biophilic designer Joe Zazzera discusses the many benefits of indoor moss walls

October 19, 2016 by  
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Everyone loves living walls these days — but not all of us have the time or space to take care of them. What can you do to bring a little sensation of the outdoors inside? Joe Zazzera  and Pat Mahan of  Plant Solutions  struggled with the problem, and developed the Moss Wall Art solution. “It was 2009, the height of the Great Recession.” says Joe, “Our clients loved the living walls we designed, but a lot of them were reluctant to take on the watering and maintenance costs, because their business was uncertain.” Using sustainably harvested and naturally preserved moss, lichens, ferns, and downed wood, they developed a set of proprietary artisanal techniques that bring the sensation of nature into a wide range of interiors — at one-fifth the cost of a living wall. Today, the Moss Wall Art team designs stunning custom pieces for homes and offices across the country, and they get frequent requests from industry professionals who want to know how it’s done. “I’ve been surprised how hungry people are to connect with nature,” says Joe. “They are really starved for it, and it’s become kind of an obsession for me to satisfy it in some small way. My passion is reconnecting people to nature.” RELATED: These maintenance-free, self-watering plants use biomimicry to flourish indoors This desire led Joe on a surprising journey, and one he never expected to take. It started with an eight-month course from with Dayna Baumeister and Janine Benyus ‘  Biomimicry 3.8 consulting firm—the organization that brought Biomimicry to the design world. “I thought it would be great for business, to learn about this new field I kept hearing about.” says Joe. “But I just fell in love with it. I couldn’t stop!” He went on to become a Certified Biomimicry Professional—an intense two-year commitment—then received one of the very first Masters of Science Biomimicry degrees in the world, from Arizona State University’s brand new Biomimicry Center . “I didn’t plan on that!” he says. “I just kept on going, wanting to know more. It’s been a wonderful adventure. Now, I incorporate Biomimicry and Biophilia into everything I do, and I teach others as well!” He loves taking folks on Biomimicry nature walks, and his Biophilia and Biomimicry workshops are in demand across the country. Today, Plant Solutions and Moss Wall Art are at the forefront of sustainable design — pioneers in the emerging disciplines of Biomimicry and Biophila . Their living walls and moss wall art are in high demand, and Joe gets frequent requests to speak about his passion . He’s become deeply involved in the Biophilic Design movement. “Green architecture is great,” says Joe. “It’s certainly reduced environmental impact, but what it doesn’t do is connect us to nature. That’s really important.” Joe says that need for nature is baked in our DNA. For four billion years, our ancestors sought food and water, and shelter in the wild, and we literally hunger for living things and a piece of wilderness. But nowadays, of course, we are surrounded by concrete, traffic, noise, pollution, and the constant clamor of modern life. We are bombarded by our chaotic digital lifestyles, and we live in a perpetual state of information overload and attention fatigue. Over time, our physical and mental wellbeing has been profoundly damaged. “ Biophilia ,” which literally translates as “love of nature,” is our innate emotional need for outdoor spaces, fresh air, green living things, and the trickling sound of cool flowing water. And it turns out, our innate love of nature has far more than aesthetic value. Patients in hospitals with green spaces and natural vistas heal faster, classrooms with nature have higher test scores, offices filled with plants and natural light are more productive, and communities with green spaces are more connected. All kinds of retail businesses are discovering that the experience of nature increases customer purchases — shoppers are far more likely to enter and explore areas containing greenery or water features. These spaces are calming, inspiring destinations to be visited and enjoyed — and customers spend more because of it. Put simply, feeding our hunger for nature makes us happier , and that translates into confident buying decisions. RELATED: A lush indoor jungle purifies air and encourages relaxation at Pudong Airport in Shanghai Nature is no longer an outdoor luxury reserved for vacations. It is an economic investment in customer satisfaction and employees’ health and performance. Companies that add natural features to their workplace save more than $3,000 per employee per year. With moss wall art , there is no reason not to. These one-of-a-kind handcrafted plant art paintings are an affordable, maintenance free way to bring outdoor beauty and calm into our indoor spaces, creating an atmosphere that connects us to nature—and helps us thrive, collaborate, and be more creative along the way. + Plant Solutions

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Strook’s Reverse Moss Graffiti Mural Emerges from a Wall of the STUK Arts Centre In Belgium

December 21, 2011 by  
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Bobble Water Bottles Now Come in a Candy Colored Jug Size!

December 21, 2011 by  
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The well loved Bobble water bottle now comes in a colorful jug size for your home! Keeping the bottle’s modern and fun  design style in mind , the new jug filters your water with ease and is even made from recycled,  BPA-free plastic. Available in a variety of candy colors, the popular water filter can slip right into your refrigerator door for fresh, pure water anytime. Read the rest of Bobble Water Bottles Now Come in a Candy Colored Jug Size! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bobble , Bobble Bottle , bobble water bottle , bobble water jug , eco design , green design , Karim Rashid , recyclable plastic , Recycled Plastic , sustainable design , water filter , water purifier , Yves Béhar

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