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Changing Leaves -October 2022

Updated: Nov 1, 2022

At the cusp of October I made my pledge to the Green Maker Initiative. Working with the EDRF funded Low Carbon Devon project at University of Plymouth, MAKE Southwest launched the Green Maker Initiative. They ask makers to sign a pledge to improve their environmental actions over time through a series of simple commitments. I filled in a Green Maker Report which gets you to reflect on your practise. It was a positive process and made me feel a bit better about creating. It made me think of the little things I am doing in relation to the environment and the huge Climate Crisis we are experiencing. It also made me think of things I would like to change or stop using in the future and things that I am already doing to lessen my impact on the planet, such as packaging and ways of cleaning up inks.

Here are some of the things I like to make which lessen the environmental impact of my craft.

Whales made from old denim jeans, stuffed with wool packaging and fabric scraps, pincushion mice made from offcuts of fabric, zip bags lined and backed with upcycled fabric. Also, who doesn't love an old button box; adding upcycled buttons to my creations is always a dilema- which button shall I use?

Two weeks of October were taken up by the South Hams Arts Trail, which is run by SHAF (South Hams Arts Forum), with a short trip out to do a sale in the local village of Rattery which was raising money for the farming charity RABI. I changed my dining room into a display space where people could see the variety of things I make with textiles, printing plates and prints.

Now for the clearing up, putting away and starting to think of the month ahead. My first outing in November will be to Landscove Breakfast Morning Market in the village hall on Saturday 5th 10-12.30.

I hope your October has been a good one and you are enjoying some of the beautiful Autumn colours. Becca

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