Transformation: Creating Contemporary “Green” Art from Vintage Clothing

Environmental responsibility is intimately woven into fabric art created by Libby & Jim Mijanovich, collectively known as “Mija.” Working exclusively with recycled vintage clothing, they transform countless fragments of materials into intricate, involved textile wall pieces.

Libby and Jim Mijanovich escaped from the fast-paced world of graduate degrees and professional practice when they left their careers in science, engineering and healthcare to follow their creative spirits. Looking for a way to blend art with their environmental convictions, they began recycling vintage cotton shirts to create intricate fabric art installations.

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“Creating art is a gift,” says Libby, “allowing something beyond our understanding to be expressed; a balance of intuition and creativity.” Trusting in the visual process, stimulated by the colors and patterns, she says, “beauty unfolds and something wonderful happens.”

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Let’s get a little deep. Here is physicist Brian Greene explaining superstring theory, the idea that minscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe.

Greene, a math prodigy and a Rhodes scholar, who has written several best-selling and non-technical books on the subject, such as The Elegant Universe, a Pulitzer finalist, Aventis winner and the basis for a three-hour Nova special. He is a professor at Columbia University’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics.

Forget marble and granite…if you want luxury, you want enameled lava, the most expensive countertop in the world. Materials are extracted from the Nugere crater at the heart of Auvergne’s volcanoes in France. The extremely resistant blocks are extracted by hand from open-air quarry.  They are then cut into slabs, processed and glazed.

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A Takashi Murakami exhibition is currently on show at Chateau Versailles now through December 12, 2010, with many pieces presented for the first time in public.

Tongari-kun, (Mr. Pointy in English), is the first work in the course of the exhibition, set in the Salon d’Hercule. It is based on religious iconography combines Mayan culture and Tibetan Buddhism. The figure is approximately 8 meters high and rests on a base made of lotus flowers and a frog.

Tongari-Kun (Mister Pointy)

Thousands of colors are used, and Murakami worked on this piece for four years.

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Artist Judy Chicago to Give Lecture on Her New Book Frida Kahlo: Face to Face at Brooklyn Museum on October 3, 2010.

Artist Judy Chicago, art historian Frances Borzello, and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art celebrate the release of Frida Kahlo: Face to Face, a new book by Ms. Chicago and Ms. Borzello, on Sunday, October 3, 2010, at 2 p.m., with a lecture and book signing at the Brooklyn Museum.

For decades Judy Chicago has worked to ensure that women’s artistic achievements become a permanent part of our cultural heritage. In Face to Face, she turns her attention to the work of Frida Kahlo, one of the world’s most revered female painters.

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South African artist Anthony Dart’s project Supermodified is a personal exploration into sound and image.

Dart explains “I used photography and computer generated imagery to portray how profoundly man impacts his environment. This modification manifests itself in an absurd and abstract ambiguity to create a feeling of familiarity and unease, the results of which can not be ignored.

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