zero waste art at Nature Nocturne

My first time doing live art using only natural materials. 

Materials: Raw Cotton Muslin
Beet juice, turmeric, chlorophyll, coffee - tiny bit of acrylic paint
4' x 6'
3.5 hours
Nature Nocturne
Mai 2016

Music: Gloria Guns
Listen to full version here:
https://soundcloud.com/gloriaguns/sent-our-trash-to-the-philippines
 

Dress designs: Sabrina Jade Designs
Filmed by: Brandi Van Haren
Edited by: Mai
Special guest dancer: Jerome

Learn more:
www.dreamlovegrow.com/zero-waste


5 Reasons To Love Being 30

I recently turned 30 and while most people I've talked to don't like thinking about age or the idea of being older, I've always been excited to turn 30 and I'm happy I am. Here are a few reasons why: 

Photo via:  Scary Bear Soundtrack  

1) I REALLY DON'T CARE WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF ME
Growing up I had enough opinions from other people on what I looked like, who I should be and what I should do. And in some instances, I actually listened. Now, I realize the importance of being myself. If I want to dress up in a plastic bag dress and make art out of 6 months worth of garbage, I do it. If I want to make a short film about my mental health struggles, I do it.

Think of all the things you've ever wished you had the courage to do but never did because you were too scared of what others will think? Which leads to the question: Who is in control of your Life?

2) I NOT ONLY CARE ABOUT ISSUES, I MAKE AN EFFORT TO BE A PART OF THE CHANGE
If I don't like something, I make an effort to change it. Like transitioning to a Zero Waste lifestyle. If I believe strongly in something, I make an effort to spread the message like with The Fault Lines Project. If you want change, be a part of it. I no longer stand on the sidelines and stare, nor do I just complain, I'm actively involved. 

Photo via:  Helena Guzman  at the Launch! Business Expo. Mailyne with the youth entrepreneurs.

Photo via: Helena Guzman at the Launch! Business Expo. Mailyne with the youth entrepreneurs.

3) WHAT I'VE ALWAYS WANTED IS A DREAM COME TRUE
For as long as I could remember, I've always wanted to help people. I always knew I wasn't a 9-5er and I always wanted to make meaningful connections, be connected to my community and engage with youth. I wanted to do this through my art forms and today it is my world. I form friendships with the youth I mentor and connect with like-minded, positive hearts that I can continuously collaborate with. I set my own schedule and some days, I even get to bring my son with me to work. 
 

The Galaxy Beneath Us | Acrylic on Canvas | Artist: Mailyne | 2014

The Galaxy Beneath Us | Acrylic on Canvas | Artist: Mailyne | 2014

4) I WON'T EVER STOP CREATING OR LEARNING
There are some days when my Zero Waste life makes me sad because I probably won't ever be able to paint with such vibrant colours again, but I realize that just because I let go of one medium doesn't mean I'll ever stop creating. I'll find new ways, new techniques, explore different mediums and fall in love with different ways of creating. I know that as an Artist my education is Life. I'm in school every day and embracing the challenge is part of the art. 

Photo via: Hot Flash Photography from Brandi's wedding.

Photo via: Hot Flash Photography from Brandi's wedding.

5) I LOVE THE WOMEN IN MY LIFE
I just love them. You know who you ladies are. As a teen, I never really had good female friends. I always wanted solid girl friends - not the kind that are judgemental or weather-wise either. There's something so beautiful about being around women that not only get you, but they love you unconditionally, are supportive and are there no matter how many months it's been since you've talked. Most of my girls (a few are in the picture above) are not even in the same city as me, but I know we're sisters (and nap buddies) for Life. 

No garbage wasted

On Sunday, July 12, Scary Bear Soundtrack and Mailyne performed live at Winston Square wearing plastic bag dresses. 

From the Artist:

I created the hat using one of my plastic containers that had no lid and glued on plastic leaves and sea shells from a stock of art supplies. The fabric flowers came from Brandi's DIY wedding bouquets. As a final touch, I braided a plastic bag and wrapped it around the bottom. 

The dress was made with ripped plastic tablecloths from our Hallowe'en October 2014 pop-up show we had and scrap fabric all put together.

I had started with the bottom layer of plastic fashioned into a skirt with a sequined belt line and was able to secure it with a clasp I made using twine wrapped around plastic into a circle so that a large button could loop through it and hold around my waistline.

With the help of Brandi, we added the golden layer of scrap fabric I had and attached it to a previously loved ruffled dress. I really wanted a bustle, so she created the bustle for me out of another ripped tablecloth and stuffed some plastic bags into to create bigger poof. On both the hat and the dress there are feathers with skulls attached. These were hair clips that Brandi had made for her bridesmaids to wear that I loved so much so I attached them to the outfit.

This outfit I will keep for as long as I can and reuse it for future Zero Waste performances with Scary Bear Soundtrack until I either no longer have any garbage to make art with or it loses it's life, in which case I will probably store it anyway so it stays out of the landfill.

To see pictures from our performance via Scary Bear Soundtrack click HERE.

Upcoming "Zero Waste" Art Shows:

Saturday, October 10, 2015
The Daily Grind - music video release and art show with Scary Bear Soundtrack, Clio Em
As well as the video release party for 'Fault Lines'
9pm-12pm
$10