The idea of “eco kosher” emerged within Jewish Renewal circles, inspired by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. People have begun to ask questions like “Is it kosher to eat something that uses tons of non-renewable resources in packaging + shipping?” or “Is it kosher to use plastic plates that end up in landfills?”. Supporters of the idea of eco-kashrut realize that instead of taking G-d’s gifts for granted, we can live more sustainable lives and be in sync with nature.
I had been incorporating this idea into many aspects of my life beyond eating, and eventually realized that it also needed to merge with my artwork. I have begun using only recycled materials, to create “eco-kosher artwork”. Combining elements from embroidery, painting, quilting, and collage, I’m now creating unique pieces of art that invoke a feeling of divine energy and sacredness. For me, creating artwork is an intensely meditative and spiritual experience, and this feeling is only heightened for me now that I know my artwork is helping instead of harming the planet.
Some of my artwork is being featured on the up-and-coming “Jewish etsy” art site Homegrown Judaica. They have some pretty cool ideas. Check them out!
“Founder and CEO, Rachel Silverman, earned a PresenTense 2011 Fellowship with the idea for creating a “Jewish Etsy” that allows local Jewish artists to sell their work to customers who care about buying local, supporting Jewish artists in their community, and, most importantly, purchasing high quality, hand-made items that are often one-of-a-kind.”
Hello! My name is Tikva Adler, a full-time mom and artist. Being a mom means knowing how to multi-task in the most efficient way possible, hence the blogging whilst nursing. In this blog, I will write about Jewishness, mom-ness, and art. I will share humorous stories, how-to’s, tips, recipes, fun ideas, and all sorts of awesomeness. Stay tuned!