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Basketry: Recycling Nature into Art - Natural Fibers At Play

Posted by Ellen Strickland on

Nationally recognized local artist and craftswoman Christine Adcock, who specializes in natural fiber basketry, is now showing at the Livingreen Gallery. Her work is a wonderful compliment to the African Textile Show that opened June 1st and runs through the end of July. The baskets in this collection are inspired not only by the work of African indigenous peoples, but by people throughout the planet who live in simple harmony with an awareness of the earth. The materials in these pieces begin as natural leaf sheaths, flower stalks, leaves, and seed pods and are now recycled into these vessels. Christine...

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Bamboo Flooring In Your Home: Grass Comes Inside

Posted by Christopher Horner on

You are buying a new home or renovating an existing one. Of all the materials you are considering, flooring is one of the most important because it affects the look and feel of the whole house. We know flooring should be attractive, durable, easily maintained, and complimentary to the integral design of the house and lifestyle of the homeowner. Today we also know it is important to choose material that assures a healthy home environment as well. Bamboo is one of the best new product solutions in the flooring industry for natural home design. Even though it is a grass,...

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Alternative Materials

Posted by Ellen Strickland on

We will run out of natural and raw materials if we continue trying to meet the demands of construction needs without using alternatives. We must go beyond extracting materials from nature, using them once, and then putting them in a landfill. This is especially important with products and materials that are over-designed for their function. We can extend the lifecycles of the materials we have while we learn to make smart, new, and healthy alternatives. In both our home and work environments we can take “waste” from one use or application and turn it into raw materials for another. Recycled...

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The Dynamics of African Textiles: From Land to Hand to Loom

Posted by Ellen Strickland on

Livingreen continues to search both locally and globally for sustainable solutions to standard building and design practices. Many of the best examples are found in different cultures where they have been used for hundreds of years. Beginning June 1st Livingreen Gallery is showing and selling a collection of dynamic African textiles and artifacts that represent powerful combinations of indigenous natural materials with imports in an exhibition ‘From Land To Hand To Loom’. Textiles in Africa have a wide range of uses –– to provide shelter, protection, royal decoration, homage to deities, decoration in shrines, backdrops for ceremonies, transformation in performance....

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Flexible Tambour Paneling: Bamboo Is On A Roll

Posted by Ellen Strickland on

Bamboo is a favorite renewable resource at Livingreen that lives up to its promise as an attractive alternative building material. Timber bamboo is a fast growing grass that can grow to heights of over 40 feet with a harvest cycle of 4-7 years (as opposed to 120 years for hardwoods). Once mature, a bamboo forest has an extensive root system that is capable of producing new timbers for decades. It is harvested by hand, which minimizes environmental impact. No pesticides or irrigation are required, and it grows well on difficult sites, such as steep hillsides. We are always looking for...

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