What can we learn to create from our earth?

Traditional Ute Prayer (native North American)

Cosmos daisies... the whole world in a flower

Cosmos daisies… the whole world in a flower

Earth teach me stillness as the grasses are stilled with light.

Earth teach me suffering as old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility as blossoms are humbled with beginning.

Earth teach me caring as the mother who secures her young.

Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone.

Earth teach me limitations as the ant which crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me freedom as the eagle which soars in the sky.

Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.

Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness as dry fields weep with rain.

How to grow robust & sustainable creative businesses?

Well it’s a good question and not one that can be ironed out over a cuppa…

I understand how overwhelming it can be to look at making your business and your life more ‘green’ and/or sustainable – this has been a passion of mine ever since primary school and a workshop we took part in on packaging – see the slide with the After Eights boxes…

Open To Create… is my day to day expression in the world of being part of co-creating an inheritable world for many future generations of all species on this planet.

I trust you enjoy and find inspiration in the slides from my workshop “Giving Your Business The Green Light” run in partnership with University of East London as part of their Make It Global programme with The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship

Cathja Curates – new film by Albert Potrony @ Hermitage Moorings 18th -21st June 2014

The Potential Space is a new artist film made by artist Albert Potrony in collaboration with Friends of Cathja, Dave Auld and Dan Saul.

You will have your chance to jump into the world of Cathja through Albert’s eyes 18th – 21st June 2014 as part of Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014.

You really just have to bring yourself and immerse yourself in the power of making for the sake of it, and discover how unjudged creative processes support new found confidence, friendship and healing tucked away in a hidden corner of Isleworth on Friends of Cathja Dutch Barge.

Private view 18th June 6.30pm – 8pm Hermitage Moorings, Wapping London reserve a place HERE

Photograph – Albert Potrony 2014

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A lyrical and touching portrait of a community uncovering their true potential through making…

Orwellian Garden… flowers in the face of humanity – The Bloomsbury Festival 19th – 20th Oct 2013

Just for the weekend 19th-20th October 2013 @BloomsburyFest

Just for the weekend 19th-20th October 2013
@BloomsburyFest

Sometimes a collaboration comes along and you can’t help but be drawn along by both the simplicity of the concept but also the depth of the message…

Artist, producer, illustrator, designer and creative polymath – Alex Beeching’s Orwellian Garden for the 2013 Bloomsbury Festival is just one of those projects.

It’s a greening project with art at it’s heart. The aim of the project is to reclaim a greying part of Senate House car park, UCL, London.

A pop up office will appear as if by magic over night for 19th & 20th October 2013 as part of the Bloomsbury Festival 2013 

Contrary to Orwell’s statement in 1984 about ‘putting the boot into the face of humanity’ Alex’s garden will encourage all those who discover it’s magic to play with the greened office space, to be enchanted by the many secret floral touches to be found on closer inspection and to participate in growing a new floral form of shoe planter…

Have we sparked of your imagination? Want to learn more? Jolly good as arts, knowledge and imagination are the festival’s themes this year.

You can join in the conversation via the project Facebook page

Twitter @OrwellianGarden @BloomsburyFest @opentocreate

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Give flowers to humanity... not a boot in the face

Give flowers to humanity… not a boot in the face

5p bag tax – Urging the Government to tax the supermarkets who insist on using unethical, unsustainable plastic packaging…

I did actually laugh when I heard the Government is proudly bringing in a 5 pence tax to consumers from 2015 for using plastic bags from supermarkets – BBC from 14.09.13

Not that I am against this… and the money does go to charity (said in a Smashy & Nicey voice) but it falls so massively short of the bigger issues that where the laugh or was it more of a chocking sound, sounding like a laugh or sharp intake of breath?

Like an older lady I have for sometime now (about a year) been collecting all of the plastic packaging that comes from my supermarket purchases which are ‘not currently recycled’.

Why?

Because I increasingly feel uneasy, if not queasy about throwing this rubbish in the ‘general’ rubbish for its longer term consequences or throwing it away into the recycling thinking”that’s someone else’s job to deal with’ and risking contaminating the recycling which also has massive consequences.

Damned if I do, damned if I don’t right…

Well not in a going straight to hell type way more in I don’t think its sustainable to hoard this amassing pile of plastics in my flat… they’ll end up doing one of those hoarding shows on me, and that’s not so cool.

So my question to the Government – is what are their policies on any companies who in the 21st century are still rolling out thousands of lines in ‘currently not recycled packaging’?

It’s all sorts as well from Tescos, Sainsburys, Morrisons through to those you’d hope would know and act better – Waitrose and The Cooperative – see my photos below.

It falls on us all to check out packaging more and demand brands stop the use of such non-ethical and biodegradable materials… it’s so last century when smaller brands such as Suma Food products have been using PET packing for the last few years. If they can why can’t the big players too?

TAX them for using these materials and you’ll soon see a turnaround as it will effect the bottom line – which is after all what the companies in question are driven by, whatever their mission statements may claim

image by Anna B. Sexton

Sort it out Coop… call yourself ethical, shame on you!

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You can do much, much better than this Morrisons…

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Waitrose, once my favourite, most trusted supermarket… now as bad as the rest