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Collecting & transforming materials.
Also working with handmade recycled paper

Changing the perception of reused materials.
Creating beauty from scraps
Reusing & reconditioning old items,
and all kind of waste

When I say
recycling / upcycling...
How do I take part into recycling/upcycling circuits, or zero waste target?
I recycle/upcycle all kind of materials I find and I work and create with them: pieces of papers from which I make smalls prints, bookmarks and notebooks, pieces of reused woods that I use as stamps's stands, second hand frames for framing my artprints, t-shirts, fabric, etc.
Most of it I find at the flea market, and I refurbish or adapt it for what I need.
As far as I can, I don't buy new wood for mounting custom stamps I offer, because I know too well the impact of wood cutting on forests over the world. I always try to reuse wood leftovers.
Also valid for other materials which have a negative impact on workers or on the planet.
I create mini series out of second hand material when I find something adequate.
Quite often I find material first, before knowing what I wanna do with it.
I try to combine pieces I got to make a series: series of tote bags, t-shirts, or notebooks made from paper leftovers.
I minimize my criteria, expectations and limits regarding projects.
This requests a certain mental flexibility: if I don't find the right material, I redirect myself toward what I can find, or even skip the idea and go for another project.
Any linoleum leftover's good for a miniature stamp.
I go for long lasting objects.
I don't want to produce more stuffs that will eventually go to the trash one day, where a lot ends (I'm referring to functional objects here). So I promote pieces that resist over time, and I warmly recommend to fix them or recycle them, or to give them to somebody else that would enjoy them (if you find yourself not wanting what you bought anymore).
I go as far as possible for natural materials, which have the potential to be recycled later on if needed, and don't pollute nature.
Regarding fabrics, I prefer cotton, hemp and linen, of good quality when possible. For stamps (except for linoleum as the matrix is concerned) I use wood leftovers to mount them.
I use eco-friendly packaging: I prefer not using plastic (and when I do, it's usually from upcycling), and I reuse as much as I can boxes and filling that I receive from retailers (who hopefully use as well more and more eco-friendly solutions).
With this eco-friendly vision, wood carving would be more suited than linocut...
This is another technique, which I'm not familiar with, because it requests a strong hand which I don't have yet. I use linoleum because it's softer and I can easily work with it for now. But I wanna try again with wood! I'm so fond of the smell of wood.
Yet I don't denigrate synthetic materials,
as artistic source, as long as they already exist and can be reused or transformed in numerous ways.
Even the smallest pieces of linoleum can make wonders.
A few reasons why I do what I do
For the love of arts & crafts
There's this will of cherishing manual printing, for the charms of the spontaneous aspect and the magic imperfections that can come out.

For respecting & honoring nature
Getting closer to what it means to be human ; communicating with nature, listening to her & following paths that preserve her best.

For the magic of being humans
The idea of connecting with people by giving them a little piece of human soul & providing with responsible presents.
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