Objects of desire

Objects of Desire – Kaleidoscope

A kaleidoscope of furniture drawings, pattern filled with patterns from images of litter.

I created this when thinking of mainly domestic “objects of desire”. Things most of us in the UK expect to have or at least aspire to have. Furniture is an obvious category for objects of desire because it is relatable, every day stuff that we just get used to.

It makes you mindful of people that are without these items that some of us take for granted. A critique of “Fast Furniture” – furniture made for a season and to be used for a short time before being disposed of. Usually cheaply and unsustainably made, its main purpose is to be “on trend”.

Alternatives to fast furniture:

  1. Buy second hand – go for vintage or find a bargain on eBay! There are so many options when it comes to second hand furniture, mostly cheaper then buying new.
  2. Buy locally – find a local maker that makes pieces that will last you, uniquely yours and can be passed down in your family. Chances are artisan furniture will be made more sustainably and ethically then that of a big brand.
  3. Fix/up-cycle/ make your own – if you’re replacing furniture because its broken, consider wether its worth fixing first. If you have the time, skills and resources fixing can save you the most money. Up-cycling is similar but may be more of a project. You can create newness from your old pieces. Making your own furniture gives you pieces that are custom made to suit you, by you! The most difficult of the options arguably, but if you have an appetite for furniture building this is a great option and can be very satisfying.

Waste Issue

Rubbish is difficult not to notice in my local area. I live in the student part of Leeds where bursting bins and pavements piled with bin bags are a common sight. This is a representation of the negative impact our levels of consumption are having on the planet.

Two Bursting Bins – Digital Drawing

There are so many materials in these piles of waste that could have been put to good use but instead will end up in landfill.

Original Snapshot

THINGS EVERYONE CAN DO TO LESSON THE WASTE ISSUE:

  • Consume less! The simplest fix of all, especially when it comes to clothing. Ask ‘why?’ before you buy, consider reusing items you already have first
  • Choose sustainable materials. When possible try to pick items packaged in recyclable or biodegradable. Opt for alternatives to plastics whenever you can.
  • Ditch single use products. Carry reusable shopping bags, invest a reusable water bottle and coffee cup, swap out facial wipes for a reusable face cloth…there are so many options when it comes to alternatives to single use. It may seem expensive but if you are in a position where you can invest in these options it will work out cheaper in the long run, and better for the planet!
  • Know your areas recycling. One issue with the recycling bin is that we often don’t know what we can put in it, so end up recycling less or throwing things that won’t get recycled. Having different rules for different ares in the UK does not make it easier, however you can get clued up on what you can and cannot recycle from a quick Google or by using this online Recycling Locator.

Instagram Drawings

@emily.harling_

These are a sample of some Instagram story drawing I have been posting regularly.

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There are so many of them now, so I will make a dedicated page on here to kind of archive them.

I have been really enjoying making these, they’re quick little responses to snapshots I have taken of various places and objects. Playing with another kind of digital mark making.

My Practice

Rubbish – Digital Drawing

Throw-Away Society

Hi! Summing up my recent work. So…

My current works subject matter is rubbish, literally. Beginning a new year at uni always means searching for a starting point for new artwork, since our planet is something I am very passionate about I decided to make work about the climate crisis. Conscious that everyone is already aware of the situation (being that it is a constant subject raised in the news etc) I hope to address it from a different less “doom and gloom” angle within the specific area of throw-away society.

This is part of the problem that is relatable and relatively easy to tackle. Picturing the rubbish I encounter in Urban Leeds, a sight that many city dwellers will recognise. I hope to encourage thoughts about consumer culture through my work.

I believe that as individuals we can change the way we consume to decrease our environmental impact.

Individual change will ultimately lead to systematic change.

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