Tricia Smout is a lettering artist who has used reclaimed material and organic matter from nature to raise art afficionados' level of environmental awareness.
One of her works spells out the words "environment," "conservation," and "biodiversity" and is featured in the latest issue of Somerset Studio, a magazine that displays artists, sources, resources, and even exemplars in the art of paper and mixed-media.
Instead of writing, she constructed the words using aluminum wire which she wraps in paper she makes from natural fibers such as blady grass, spinifex, and cyperus. The eco-lettering sculpture is then hung on walls.
Despite all the conveniences and advances in the infrastructures of modern living that tend to isolate humans from nature, she believes that it is important that humans connect with the natural world. She promotes the message that in order to preserve the environment, we must practice conservation and maintain our biodiversity, so her art allows people to bring parts of nature into their homes, offices, and other living areas.
Below is yet another example of her multi-dimensional, mixed-media art.