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Recycled Mixed Media Art by Dolan Geiman
Chicago artist Dolan Geiman uses salvaged wood and found objects to create pieces that are at once rustic and cutting-edge. His “contemporary art with a Southern accent” has earned him national recognition and high-profile clients, such as Fossil.
Geiman’s “greenness” is rooted in an authentic DIY ethic:
Incorporating eco-friendly practices into our business has been a natural process since its inception. For Dolan, the idea of taking things and repurposing them was an ideological current passed down from generation to generation for a family living in a rural community. Years later, having moved to Chicago with a few bucks and a car-load of artwork and supplies, the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ mantra was a similar economic reality for an emerging artist and burgeoning arts company.
Interpretive Furniture by Gray Works Design
Andrew Gray and Elizabeth Bryant run a woodworking shop in the Catskill Mountain town of Bearsville. Like Dolan Geiman’s constructions, Andrew Gray’s hand-carved bowls, tables, and plates have a sense with timeless craftsmanship. The handmade style doesn’t come cheap, but each piece is a unique work of art.
In an article on the Etsy blog, Andrew and Elizabeth said their sustainable values are inspired the setting in which they work:
Our love of place informs the objects we create, as well as our strong sense of responsibility to cultivate an environmentally sustainable company. We owe everything to the wilderness where we live and work, so protecting and supporting it is our highest priority.
Reclaimed Wool Hats by Bricologable
Bricologable is the project of a San Francisco crafter “with an underutilized degree in history and an oddly applied degree in fashion design.” The limited edition hats featured in the online shop are made from reclaimed wool, and, better still, 10 percent of the profits go to Muttville, a charity that rescues and advocates for senior dogs.