Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day!

Today is the 38th anniversary of the first Earth Day demonstration in the US, when millions of people took to the streets for a cleaner environment, preservation of forests and wildlife, and better air. Although there have been some improvements since 1970, it seems really hard for us to cure our oil dependence as well as our ignorance on environmental issues. Millions of people are still spraying their lawn brainlessly with pesticides to make it look "nicer", throw away batteries on the street, drive "tanks" on the roads, or idle their cars for half an hour while waiting. Maybe when our ignorance is cured, we'll be able to think beyond our manicured front lawn and see the bigger picture.

I'm glad to see, that the design world has taken a greener turn, and you see more and more sustainable materials and eco-friendly products on the market. Sustainable design is a real "trend" right now, and I hope this trend will become the norm with time.

This is a drawing I did a few years ago using coloured pencils. I'm a real fan of the medium, but lately haven't had time to do new artwork....

Monday, April 21, 2008

Eco Friendly Cosmetics

Recently, I finished two new Beautilicious labels for their body butter. They will be available in two "flavours": Lemon and Lavender. I tried the body lotions, and the scent is very nice. My favourite was Playfulicious, which is a mix of orange and basil. All lotions are paraben free, and aren't tested on animals. To see more, please visit www.beautilicious.ca.

I found a brand (also available at Beautilicious) that I just fell in love with. The company is based in California, and it's called 100% pure. The products are not only free of chemicals and fillers, but also smell heavenly, and feel amazing.
For more info, check out their website: www.100percentpure.com.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Press: Style at Home - May issue

I just received a complimentary copy of Style at Home magazine. Check out page 32. I have a small article on the wallpaper along with a beautifully crafted ceramic green leaf from Michelle Kosoy.

It seems like wallpaper is making a real comeback! I see more and more features in magazines and on design blogs. With more advanced technology, the possibilities are endless. Also, the paper itself is different. Now there are environmentally friendly versions available, which is also much better for your health. Removing the wallpaper used to be a huge issue, and it seems like it contributed to the wallpaper industry's staying in the background for most of the 20th century. I realized how revolutionary my wallpaper substrate is! It actually comes off the wall in one piece!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Free audio books: Librivox

I've been listening to some great books while working on my drawings (currently listening to The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas). It's a really good way to keep focused on the creative process, and to stay away from the distractions of the Internet.... It only works with drawings though....
Check out www.librivox.org for more info, and for a list of audio books, that are in the public domain.