I've been doing a lot of thinking lately.
Well, realistically, this subject has been on my mind for years.
You see, my chosen discipline is one that has a history of intruding and harming not only the earth but countless people and animals. A bit morbid, right? Or simply realistic.
All metal has to be mined originally. I now only use recycled silver, and am working on finding a source for copper that is more sustainable.
But there are these things that I love, that tear at my heart strings, that bring color into our lives.
Oh, the stones!
Stones in all shapes, sizes and colors. I love them and have since I was a child. But now, when I look at that gorgeous Ocean Jasper, or Drusy, or Chalcedony that I really want to buy, I can't help but think..."where did that come from? Did mining it harm the ocean's ecosystem? What animals were living on/around it?" And it goes on like that. There are a few stone cutters who I buy stones from, and some of those stones I know the origins of, but not all.
So here are my solutions that I can see:
1. Source recycled metals (Silver, check. Gold, check. Copper, ?)
2. Research the origins of stones, and ask stone dealers what they know, before purchasing. There are a few sources that I know of already.
3. Use vintage stones and glass in place of mined stones.
4. Use more alternative materials--wood, fabric, plastics, etc.
What do you think about this issue of sustainability in the arts? If you are an artist, do you do anything to make your own practice more eco friendly and sustainable?