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The Amazing Swedish Dishcloth

I am sure that by now you know that I really care about living a sustainable lifestyle and about protecting our wildlife.

One of the products I really missed when I first moved to Canada was the Swedish dishcloth, but fast forward 20 years and I am so happy to see them grow in popularity worldwide. If you are not familiar with them, let me tell you all about them:

Swedish dishcloths were originally invented in Sweden in 1949 and are made our of wood cellulose and cotton. This means that they are hard when they are dry and become soft once you add water. Imagine what a combination rag and sponge would look and feel like and you’ll get the idea. These amazing cloths replace kitchen sponges and paper towels, which means that you can reduce your waste substantially. In fact one cloth can replace up to 17 rolls of paper towels and will last up to 9 months. You can use them to wash dishes, wipe countertops, and appliances. They are highly absorbent and will clean up all your household messes in a breeze. They can be washed in the top rack of your dishwasher or in your washing machine (no dryer please) and at the end of the cloth’s life you can throw it on your compost.

I am sure you can tell just how much I love Swedish dishcloths. Hahahaha I thought it was only fitting that I would add these to my line of stylish & sustainable homeware. I have had so much fun designing these cloths and the packaging and I am so proud to announce that I will be donating 10% of all profits to Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

The cloths are available through my etsy store https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/897880964/swedish-dishcloth-2-pack-protect-what?ref=shop_home_active_1&crt=1 and a few local stores – Generation Green and BREWTeas.

I hope you fall in love with Swedish dishcloths as much as I have. Thanks for helping protect what you love!!!

Ciao

Anja

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Protect What You Love

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since my exhibition “Protect What You Love”. It’s been a bit of a crazy year and I just realized that I never posted a follow-up to let you all know just how much money we raised for Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Together with Pulse Gallery, we were able to donate $500. I wanted to use this opportunity to thank everybody who purchased one of my works, all the fabulous women at Pulse Gallery for contributing to the donation and putting on an amazing opening reception/exhibition, to Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for being at the launch with two owls and for the amazing work you do and to everybody who visited the gallery. It’s nice to see that we can truly all make a difference.

Here are a few links to media coverage for the exhibition:

Global news interview, September 2019

https://globalnews.ca/video/5960836/environmental-art-exhibit-opens-at-the-forks

CBC Radio interview with Nadia Kidwai, September 2019

If you missed the exhibition here is a link to all the pieces on my portfolio site:

https://www.artworkarchive.com/profile/anja-studer/collection/protect-what-you-love

I have been feeling very inspired to continue to use my art to make a difference. More news on that to come soon!

Ciao

Anja

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May 2021 exhibition at cre8ery gallery

The past 4 months have been so strange and hard for so many people in the world. So much suffering and injustice. First COVID-19 and then the killing of George Floyd. So many important and uncomfortable conversations about racism followed and are still ongoing. I found it very hard to paint and draw during these few months and to be honest, didn’t spend much time in my studio.

Then in June, we got the opportunity to rent a remote cabin. No wifi and most days, not even cell coverage. It was amazing to be unplugged for a week, in the middle of nowhere right beside a lake. I became so aware of all the sounds of nature and for the first time in months, I felt less stressed and worried. Just listening to the birds’ chirping made everything better. I know I am very privileged to feel that way because my friends and family are all safe and healthy. But I realized how watching wildlife and reconnecting with nature made things more bearable. I found myself pulling out my watercolors and ink and painting and drawing for hours.

Perfect timing because a month later I got an email from the gallery asking for a short write-up on my next exhibition scheduled to open in May 2021. I had to think about it for a few days but having these drawings and having experienced nature’s healing power, it seemed like a good starting point. I am very much in the early stages and don’t know exactly where it will go yet but I am playing around with watercolors, ink, and embroidery and also want to play with oils and embroidery on canvas. It’s exciting to dive in and see where I will end up.

Here is the statement I provided to the gallery today:

Exhibition title: Healing Power
A series of works exploring the beauty of nature and wildlife. The relief this beauty provides during tough times and the hope it symbolizes for humans to live in peace with each other and nature.
Please take care of yourself and your family. Wash your hands, wear a mask, keep your distance (sorry no hugs) and just be safe. COVID is not over and we need to be smart. And keep having those uncomfortable conversations about racism. That’s the only way we can all learn and be better humans.
Ciao
Anja