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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Check it Out: The San Francisco Green Film Festival 2014

The San Francisco Green Film Festival is an important green event that brings “critical and contemporary environmental issues to local audiences and, in the process, highlights the vital work” of their partners such as “local businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations.” Since 2011 they have partnered with “over 50 community organization, produced over 90 programs with 225 films, and over 8,000 attendees.”

2014 SFGFF PosterFor any of you in the area or who may be interested, the 4th Annual Green Film Festival will be held in San Francisco from May 29th to June 4th at the Roxie Theater. The festival is being produced by the Green Film Network, which will be presenting 60 films from 21 countries “to inspire, inform, and motivate your green core.” There will also be panel discussions, opening and closing events, invitations to filmmaker brunches and other festivities.

You can buy tickets for specific days or a full festival pass. The full festival pass is $250 and it gives entry to all screenings and events as well as giving those that purchase the pass the ability to get ahead of the ticket-line. Tickets for individual events and screenings range from $14 to $50. The movies range from four minutes to 130 minutes and a broad spectrum of green topics. To view the film list and buy tickets for certain events visit the San Francisco Green Film Festival web ticket office.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

eco art: hand-painted, reclaimed wood american flag

reclaimed wood american flagFeeling patriotic, or are you an aficionado of rustic folk art? If so, you may want to consider this striking piece of wall art – an American flag created from distressed reclaimed wood. Each of the 13 stripes and 50 stars has been hand-painted creating a vintage, weathered patina.

reclaimed wood american flag stars

The flag’s stars are created with another great effect – they’ve been individually cut out, painted and applied to the surface of the flag giving it a 3D effect. Pretty cool. Designer Christopher Knight (who specializes in such thing) can make the piece in a variety of sizes.  Each OOAK flag is signed and ready for hanging. Perfect for your Memorial Day celebration.

Made in Chicago. As pictured: $230 from Chris Knight Creations

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

eco art: four seasons tree paintings on reclaimed board

seasons paintings on reclaimed wood

Looking for something unique to put on the walls of your loft or apartment? The colorful panels of artist Rafi Perez’s  “Seasons of Change” tree paintings will certainly get the job done. The mixed-medium paintings are a colorful, abstract depiction of the four seasons and are created on reclaimed wood – creating a juxtaposition of new and old, abstract and organic.

seasons paintings on reclaimed wood

Perez creates each piece on commission and has designs in a variety of sizes. Sets of four range in price from $80 to $395 depending on size. Individual panels are also available. Perez maintains his studio in Pensacola, Florida and you can purchase his art online @ the Rafi Was Here Studio shop.

It’s always great to see designers keeping things sustainable by using repurposed and reclaimed materials.

related: more eco art featured on The Alternative Consumer

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Friday, February 28, 2014

eco home decor – reclaimed barnwood wall art

reclaimed barnwood: branches wall art wide

Woodworking artist Craig Forget is always on the lookout for old reclaimed wood with character, color and a weathered patina. Almost all of the raw material for his work is carefully recovered from dilapidated or deconstructed barns in his local Windsor, Ontario area. His “Branches” piece (pictured above and below) is composed of complementary sections of tree branches assembled to look like a single intertwining branch, mounted over a textured background of small, geometric pieces of barnwood.

branches wall art in reclaimed wood

Once the tree design is complete, each strip of the underlying barnwood is hand scribed around the tree branches creating the impression that the branches are growing through the reclaimed wood strips. Materials for the piece include: reclaimed 80-year-old pine, hickory, white ash, maple, oak, elm and cedar barnwood, as well as salvaged tree branches.

reclaimed barnwood wall art

The piece in the photo above depicts a seaside city in a relief map, or overhead view – all created from carefully shaped pieces of barnwood.

reclaimed barnwood art shelf

Forget does a variety of other works, created from the remains of old barns, with a concentration on wall art. (more…)

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

eco art: salvaged materials become signs, wooden collages and assmemblage art

assemblage art from vintage salvage

Artist, illustrator and designer, Elizabeth Rosen, creates handmade assemblage art, wall art and collages – primarily from: salvaged, antique and found materials. Elizabeth now resides and works in New York’s Hudson Valley, fertile ground for her vintage raw materials. (above) Titled ‘Black and White and RED All Over‘, this piece of assemblage art is composed of vintage sign letters blocks and an eclectic assortment of found antique items (note the paintbrush handle and watering can nozzle). $155
vintage wood 'Love' signAll you need is love … created with vintage/reclaimed wood and architectural salvage. This ‘Love’ sign features a deep, weathered grey vintage wood backboard in a slightly irregular shape – adding to the piece’s charm. Hanging hardware is attached on the back. Several coats of satin varnish protect the piece.  $175
'Amour' antique wood collage
(above) This Valentine Day-inspired “Amour” artwork is slightly primitive – perhaps a visual expression of your personal brand of love – or, more probably,  your affinity for rustic decor. BTW – the “Amour” text was created from an old Armour Company (you know, that famous breakfast sausage company) crate – the first ‘r’ was removed from the graphic and the wood reassembled. $225
tea kettle wood mosaic wall art
(above) This ‘Turkish tea pot’ is a patchwork of architectural salvage assembled into a charming wooden mosaic – perfect for a shelf or wall in your country kitchen. $215
zen wall sign from salvaged wood
(above) The “Zen” sign is an original typographical wood collage using a variety of woods. Materials include parts of antique furniture the designer brought back from Asia and 200-year-old wood trim with original (real) gold gilt. The backing is reclaimed crate wood. $112

You can find the pieces featured above @ Elizabeth Rosen Art See Elizabeth’s commercial design work @

related: more eco art featured on The Alternative Consumer

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