Sustainability is storytelling through nature.

The materials that make up my artwork have lived many lives. From the newspapers that were once delivered on doorsteps in China to threads that once grew in the cotton fields of Israel, every design I create is sustainably sourced and lovingly shared in an effort to connect art with nature.

Growing up in Brazil, I watched as forests fell at the hands of those intent on bulldozing their own path to profit. When I was younger, I learned about the harvesting methods of the hearts of palm – or palmito – that has long been a staple in Brazilian cuisine and a symbol of gourmet cooking across the nation. The “heart” of the palm tree, or the bud, must be destroyed in each tree, and once it is removed, it is impossible for the tree to continue to grow. Hundreds and thousands of hearts of palm are harvested from young trees each year, stunting their opportunity for long term growth and survival.

This story stirred something in me, something that recognized my role as an artist to protect and nourish the Earth. For this reason, Old News Design uses sustainable materials for each of its products, including recycled paper, organic threads, and all-natural interfacing. I also have many live plants in my studio, a reminder that the Earth has provided me with the materials necessary to creating beauty that others can enjoy in their own homes.

When you purchase a product from Old News Design, you’re supporting not only cultural connections, but also sustainable methods of creativity.

I believe in the memory of the material.

Traveling is an important part of who I am. It’s influenced what I believe about how we’re all connected, and how we all seek creativity. On each trip I took overseas, I would bring home newspapers as souvenirs. A weird habit to some soon became a passionate hobby of mine, and I found meaning between the pages, even if I couldn’t read what the words said. This was paper that was once part of a tree, and paper that had once been part of someone’s daily routine — for those reasons and more, newspaper is a material I regard as personal, cultural, and soulful.

Newspapers were once a method of communication that people welcomed each day. Today, newspapers are a symbol of a bygone era, a nostalgic reminder that the pages we hold in our hands really do bind us together. However, newspapers in the modern age also come with a negative connotation, bleak reminders of conflict in every corner of the world.

That’s why I love using newspaper as a medium for my messages. The juxtaposition of positive sayings and negative information, modern typography and traditional technique inspires me to create artwork that helps people cultivate hope and happiness.

And aren’t hope and happiness what we’re all in pursuit of?

Bring the world home.