As an artist, I think about the environment and my personal impact on it. Most of my art is the human figure, captured in a studio setting. The only trash it creates is a used backdrop. Paper backdrop really does not create much of an impact on the environment compared to plastics or even chemicals used in the past to develop film. I wanted to try to reduce even the impact of that, so first I used the wasted paper in a compost bin to use in gardening and it was a success. Actually, a few of the florals in my portfolio were grown in soil added by the compost. On a side note, 90% of the florals in my portfolio I personally grow.
The next crazy idea I had was to take the paper backdrops and use it as pulp to make handmade paper. This process was fun and the result was a different type of paper that could not be purchased in stores that offered a unique texture. During the process, I found that other things could be added like leaves or lavender from the garden and so on. The handmade paper has been a hit and all watercolors done on it has sold out. If you want a sample of the paper, contact me.
The next thing that got my attention is the energy I use to power the equipment. I started using solar power with a goal zero yeti 150 and a goal zero boulder 50 solar panel to charge my cameras. It is not a big change but every little bit helps. I will continue to build on this clean, renewable energy idea to expand it out to more and more parts of my art process and studio.
In the future, I plan on using biolite lighting to light my studio and workshop and maybe Tesla panels and battery bank if funding permits.