Vendor Spotlight: Susan Allbert (Various Mediums Inc.)
“Vendor Spotlights” are a recurring blog theme, where we highlight different artists and businesses who will be attending Lightfoot Market, focusing on their background, connection to sustainability, and what products they will be bringing.
Susan Allbert (Various Mediums Inc.)
I create limited edition textiles, prints and ceramics, often by hand, using environmentally friendly and sustainable methods.
What are your environmental / social initiatives?
My work tracks the theme of actions and consequences. It is about ownership and migration and how these concepts affect our environments. I explore how behavior can have a powerful social and environmental impact. The audience is encouraged to physically engage with the work, stimulating reflection and dialogue on how we consume and how our behavior impacts the environment.
When and why did you start your business?
I started Various Mediums Inc. in 2013. I wanted to reach a broader audience by using the applied arts to inspire action and discussion on the cause and effects of climate change.
What does sustainability mean to you?
It means using the resources we have with respect and mindfulness. It means reusing, recycling and upcycling and not wasting a thing. And it means limiting, and eliminating where ever possible, the damage we do to our planet through our lifestyles and behavior.
What were some of the challenges you faced incorporating sustainability into your business?
It's so hard to find packaging, especially for textiles that are bio degradable. They exist but require large minimums. I try my best to use recycled or bio-degradable materials wherever possible but its very difficult to buy them in small quantities.
What is one thing readers can do to lighten their footprint?
Try not to use disposable plastics such as straws, coffee lids, plates, water bottles, cutlery or plastic bags. They float on the surface of the ocean where they slowly degrade into a toxic mess or are consumed by confused organisms.