Maria Abbott

Master of Fine Art

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Although paper and card can be recycled, 80% still ends up in landfill and paper can take up to 100 years to breakdown in the landfill environment. The materials is use in my work are important to me. My all-natural inks have been made using fruit, vegetables and flowers and therefore are, eco-friendly and sustainable art materials, they do not contain any ingredients harmful to our environment. I believe as artists and educators we are all responsible for our individual carbon footprints, my art is created with ethical considerations at the forefront of my creations. My goal is to collaborate art and education with the aspect of raising environmental awareness in a creative way. I have run several eco-workshops as a socially engaged practice of art in education in local communities. My goal with using waste materials is to make people aware of the Anthropocene, and the issue of landfill.

The Anthropocene environmental awareness and the issue of landfill. (The Anthropocene is also known as the human epoch and was coined a time when humans started to impact the environment). I feel compelled to create work from recycling materials because I want to make people aware of environmental issues. I am hoping this body of work will have a positive influence on visitors in a way for them to consider their own carbon footprints by seeing how waste can become the medium for art in a creative way and in turn stop the amount of paper waste going into landfill.

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  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Climate Change and Environmental Awareness.

Installation - Out of sight out of mind.

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Typographic paper shopping bags - I will outlive you

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Concrete Poetry in an old book, smell, scent and ink poetry

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All-Natural made inks from fruit, vegetables, and shrubs. Thyme oil used as a preservative have given the inks a beautiful fragrance.

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All-natural inks exhibited as a perfume stand as the inks have thyme oil as a preservative that makes the ink smell beautiful so are being exhibited as a perfume stand and the inks smell beautiful.

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Eco-Art material paint pigment. Handmade paper and natural earth.

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Using my all-natural inks to create a typographic piece for the all-natural inks.

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Handmade paper from paper shopping bags

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Lino print made using my own handmade paper and handmade paint pigment from sandstone, linocut made from a left over piece of kitchen lino.

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Online eco-workshop screenshot. I have run several Eco workshops during my MA. Raising environmental awareness in a creative way.

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Keywords: Environmental, Environmental awareness, Mixed Media, Handmade Paper, All-Natural Inks, All-Natural Paint Pigment, Landfill Issues, MA Fine Art, Zine, Education, Anthropocene, Recycleing, Reimaginging, Repurposing