trying to do good

I have been thinking a lot about what I can do as an environmentally and socially conscious artist and human. It is not enough for me to be using materials which, when not properly recycled, are destined to be trash that pollutes our waterways and makes its way to the Pacific Trash Vortex.

While I am still trying to figure out exactly what I could be doing, I can be helping already. And so can you. I am making a pledge to donate 25% from the proceeds of the sale of the artwork above to Riverkeeper, New York's clean water advocate.

It seems appropriate to me that the first artwork I will be selling to support clean water efforts is TZB Span. It depicts the old Tappan Zee bridge, which spans the Hudson River from Westchester county to Rockland county. It'll soon be gone as the new bridge is being built right next to it.

Let's help Riverkeeper keep the Hudson clean for us all. Every little bit helps. Thank you. Follow the links to see and purchase the art on my website or just click here! This piece is $650, so $162.50 will go to Riverkeeper. There is a $10 shipping fee. It's not much, but it's a start! Together we can make a difference!
TZB Span, 8"x8" © Natalya Aikens 2017


The postal gods have done their job... my pif recipients have all gotten their packages safely. And now I can show the world... These are about postcard size little pieces that are synthetic organza one one side and netting on the other with dryer lint trapped inside, free-hand machine embroidered, and hand stitched.These were fun to make, I really enjoyed the meditative aspect of the hand-stitching in the evening especially... Anna was the only one who took me up on the pif challenge, so it was only fair that Annica received a gift too since I found out about it from her...


This weekend I received my Pay It Forward exchange gift from Annica. It is the loveliest needle book I have even seen. I don't know whether to use it or frame it. And a great hand-printed tag inside. For now it sits among my other treasures on top of my bookcase. Thank you Annica. Now I'd better get going on my PIF gift, only one person has signed up - so if anyone is interested check out this post for details and sign up!
Yesterday we enjoyed the first real snowfall of the season. The beauty of nature is always amazing to me... Happy Winter!

pay it forward

As I was browsing Planet Textile Threads yesterday I saw something interesting - Pay It Forward. First I thought of the movie by that name a few years ago, which I wasn't too excited about. But this concept intrigues me, so I am game.

I will send a handmade gift to the first three people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don't know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise. The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on you blog.

I joined PIF after visiting Annica's blog and coveting her lovely embroideries.

The image above is a tease... I am working on the second piece in my Russian Paganism series (the first was my journal quilt for Houston which I will reveal on Nov. 1st hopefully) and it's moving along finally. I feel the need to get it done soonish because I have a few other ideas burning holes in me trying to get out...