About Eco-art


Eco-art is a contemporary movement that focuses on an eco-friendly methodology with an emphasis on environmental issues. This art movement can involve restoration and collaborative works. Restoration art is a form of eco-art as it often restores damaged and polluted landscapes and ecosystems, however it can also be a personal restorative process.*  

Restoration is a process of repairing harm or restoring balance.  Jesse includes Earth Medicine as an offering on this site, because of its function in restoring balance within an individual. All individuals exist in relationship, the most fundamental of which is a relationship with one's Self and the Earth.

Most of what you will find here is  Jesse's unique expression, but she strives to gather resources to inspire deeper inquiry and welcomes questions and feedback. When teaching in schools, Jesse breaks down the eco-art process into five fundamental principles, let these be a springboard into your own eco-art process:

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…Repurpose (repurposing is a powerfully creative act)
  • Materials used are sustainably sourced
  • Tools are considered “materials” and thus sustainable whenever possible; hand-made tools encouraged
  • The “end” product can either be: recycled or composted (with minimal deconstruction)
  • The process celebrates the Earth!!!

These five fundamental principles are for process oriented art projects. It is possible for eco-art to be considered heirloom or fine art . In these cases the end product does not necessarily need to either be recyclable or compostable. Eco-art that is crafted with longevity in mind, simply needs to be made using zero waste practices (recycling and composting waste materials with care and favoring Earth friendly  materials along the way).  The content of an artwork can also push the work into the realm of eco-art, if it celebrates the Earth or calls attention to restoration needed for the Earth's sake.

*(This definition is taken almost word for word from Lynne Hull; see a link to her website: eco-art.org under resources below.)


Resources and Recipes

Websites For Further Exploration

morning-earth.org: beautiful collection of artist/naturalists past and present

eco-art.org: artist Lynne Hull's take on eco-art (I use her words in my attempt to define eco-art)

artpartsboulder.org: a magical place full of gently used art supplies and art materials

ecocycle.org: amazing resource for educating oneself and one's community about zero waste

nacrj.org : to learn about restorative justice as a way of deepening the inquiry regarding eco-art as a restorative practice

lcjp.org : restorative justice in the Front Range area


The Organic Artist by: Nick Neddo

The Little Book of Whittling by: Chris Lubkemann


Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time

Natural Glue Recipes

Using natural glue allows many projects to be composted if they are not keepsakes!

1. Flour glue recipe:

The most basic of the homemade glue recipes, which you may already be familiar with, is just made of flour and water. It tends to dry out over time and stop holding together whatever it was holding together, but it’s fine for, say, making decorations you only intend to keep up for a few hours.

Blend flour with water until it’s near the consistency of pancake batter.

Beat your mixture until it’s smooth.

Pour it into a saucepan on medium heat.

Constantly stir while bringing it slowly to a boil.

Let it cool before using.

Store it in a sealed container and apply it with a brush. If it dries out, you can mix a little warm water into it.

2. Cornstarch glue recipe:

This is another basic glue recipe that works better than the flour recipe. It’s good for holding paper together without making ripples or bubbles. It works well for making a magazine holder out of a cereal box and paper. You can also make a glue stick out of it if you have an old glue stick container for it.

Pour 3/4 cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat.

Add 1/4 cup cornstarch, 2 tablespoons light corn syrup and 1 teaspoon white vinegar.

Whisk the ingredients together until they’re blended well.

Stir the mixture constantly until it thickens.

In the airtight container where you want to store your glue, whisk 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup water together until smooth.

Take the saucepan off heat. Slowly add the mixture from your saucepan into the container, and keep whisking constantly so everything blends together smoothly.

Let it cool to room temperature before using.  

*These recipes are from: snappyliving.com