Mindful Making As a maker, I have always struggled with the the idea that I am producing goods in a world that is already inundated with too much STUFF. Feeling responsible for the fate of my objects, I choose to avoid contributing to the ever growing pile of junk filling landfills; polluting our air, water, soil and ultimately, our bodies.
Using Permaculture principles as a framework, I strive to design and make things that are necessary, efficient and aesthetically pleasing. My challenge is to design and create products that fit into at least one of the following categories:
heirloom quality, so it will be around for many generations.
easily composted, so it can return to the soil.
upcycled, to make good use of materials that will be here for a long time.
Marylena C. Sevigney Marylena has always lived on the outskirts, never really fitting in to one category. Not being a fan of labels anyway, she’s inspired by exploring the unexpected meanderings of the edges, where combinations of life’s variety are most interesting. Permaculture principles, such as “design in the edges” provide a comfortable framework where Marylena uses her diverse skills to draw, design, make, experiment and teach. Her roots reside in woodworking, designing furniture, and creating sculpture. But her mediums range to fiber, paper, and computer software, as well as the land and living material. She is a NH Advanced Master Gardener, has completed her PDC and PDC Teacher Certification at D Acres Permaculture Farm where she is also a board member. She teaches independent workshops as well as courses at Plymouth State University. Most recently, she had the honor of depicting the land of D Acres in illustrations for “The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm” by Josh Trought.