From Hope Calling project https://www.axisweb.org/p/karenwhiterod/

My acts replenish balance

Longing for co-existence

Loving the planet

 

Karen Whiterod, Hope Calling Project

Green Earth Balance is about “living lightly”, here is the explanation of all that is needed to go into the production of Balanced Earth.

Recycled spiral wires from discarded sketchbooks and notebooks
Spiralled wire

This spiralled wire held pages of sketchbooks and notebooks together.

Discarded fishing rope collected for weaving into vessel frame
Fishing rope

When walking on the Norfolk coast, I often find rope from fishing washed up on the beach.

Printed nylon offcuts from Karen Whiterod nylon jewellery, inset nylon neckpiece
Nylon offcuts

I made jewellery from nylon through the 90s and still have off-cuts to re-use.

Plastic waste as CD discard used to make vessel frames
Unwanted CDs

The CDs come from various sources, no longer wanted and damaged.  I make frames for the vessels from these.

Recycling newspapers to make paperpulp vessels
Paper pulp for vessels

Norwich Extra newspapers are torn by hand for the paper pulp.  The pulp recipe uses natural ingredients with the exception of  a small quantity of PVA.  The methyl cellulose paste (from wood) has no fungicide so not a risk to the plants.  Wax/oil is used for a microporous vessel.

Coastal erosion on the Norfolk coast provides sea sculpted brick, base for Balanced-Earth curlews
Sea-sculpted brick

Sea-sculpted brick are used for the bases of the single vessel forms.  I live in Norfolk and regularly walk on the east coast.  The erosion of the soft cliffs has caused landfalls, hence finding bricks on the beach.  I look for bricks which have been tumbled in the sea for long enough to soften the edges and create interesting shapes.

Repurposed aluminium used to make vessel frame in Balanced-Earth plant mobiles
Aluminium from tools

Through the 90s I made jewellery from nylon, then designed some lighting with  nylon.  The nylon was formed three-dimensionally by placing in aluminium formers, which I’d made.  I still have various thicknesses of  aluminium sheet remaining from that time.

Bee-wire comes from bee-hive super
Wire from bee-hive frames

Each spring the wire on bee-hive frames is removed and replaced.  A kind friend gives this wire to me to use.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel is used to enable the balance element of the vessels in Balanced-Earth.  I buy this as a new material however the British Stainless Steel Association website states that that the recycled content of stainless steel is 60%, this together with improvements in manufacturing practice reduces the energy consumption, emissions and the carbon footprint of the producing mills.

Also I save every scrap of this material for recycling.

Oak wall-mounts

I source the  oak from the off-cuts bin of my local saw mill.

Energy
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Technology

I referred to Ethical Consumer to choose my desktop computer, which was purchased from Very PC.  My operating system is open-source Linux and I’ve found Learn Linux TV tutorials very helpful.