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Wood, wonderful wood

Jeppe Nielsen hopes his upcycled pieces will inspire others to rethink waste

Jeppe Nielsen hopes his upcycled pieces will inspire others to rethink waste

Q. Tell us about your path into art

I’ve always been creative, and drew a lot as a kid. As a teenager I got interested in graffiti, and spent almost every weekend making big murals with my friends, but as I grew older I started painting on canvases. However, I had a lot of trouble finding my own style and I actually took a break from making art. At that time, I was living in a small apartment with my girlfriend, so there wasn’t really much space to work. When we bought a house five years ago, I stumbled across an article in a magazine, where they had a guide on making your own Christmas ornaments with a scroll saw. Since we’d moved to a bigger living space, I followed the magazine’s advice and made festive decorations, instead of buying a lot of cheap items that would be tossed away in the New Year. After that, I started making all kind of things with my scroll saw, and had a small business making name signs cut out of wood. Finally, I got the idea to cut out pieces and make them into pictures.

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Hello, If you’d asked me earlier this year what images the Amazon rainforest conjured up in my mind, it would be densely packed, lush green trees, brightly coloured macaws and chatty toucans living alongside speedy squirrel monkeys and majestic jaguars. Perhaps naively, I assumed that the world’s largest rainforest was a constant – a protected part of our natural landscape, somewhere we can all close our eyes and see images of, like the Alps or the river Nile. But, over the last few months, this idyllic picture of the Amazon has been destroyed, replaced with haunting and horrifying images of blazing fires and ominous plumes of smoke. Often described as the lungs of the planet, the Amazon now looks like it’s starting to choke. The anthropogenic impact we have had on some of the most vital natural resources on the planet is really starting to show. The notion of constants is changing, too – our glaciers are melting, our rainforests are being destroyed, our rivers are polluted and our coastlines eroded – the landscape of our planet as we know it looks set to continue to transform and degrade. As bleak a future as I’m describing, it’s not all doom and gloom and there are many things we can do to help. We want the future generations to close their eyes and picture the toucans, not the burning embers of what was once the greatest rainforest on Earth. We need to act, and we need to do it now. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor