Welcome to “The Change Makers” – our weekly video series.
In this series our Change Makers share their stories, their thoughts, their ambitions and their actions to leave the earth a better place – to be a Good Ancestor to future generations.
Our planet is experiencing catastrophic environmental harm and it requires us to Think Long Term, beyond our lifetimes, to evaluate our choices and to take actions to ensure a sustainable and healthy future for all.
The stories of those leading the change – The Change Makers – those thinking and acting with long-term vision, are inspirational.
Inspired, we can ask ourselves, “what can we do to be Better Ancestors?”
This week, Better Ancestors visits with Seonaid Burnie in Ōtautahi / Christchurch on the East Coast of the South Island, Aotearoa / New Zealand. Seonaid is an eco-printer and textile artist.
By re-purposing second-hand fabrics, using eco-printing and dyeing techniques Seonaid reveals art from within nature.
Her passion is to communicate creativity without using the chemicals and without creating the waste that is associated with traditional art.
There is another element that is transmitted through her knowledge, skills and experience which is the circularity of life.
Christchurch’s “Red Zone” is an outcome of the destruction associated with the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 / 2011. By foraging for plant material in what were old gardens Seonaid samples the new life and uses textures and patterns to communicate a message.
The work has a subtle natural beauty, a calmness that speaks of a quiet reflective and almost timeless place, an antidote to the juggernaut of 21st century rapid change.
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Episode 28 premieres next week, Sunday 18th July 2021.