“In addition to being beautiful and tactilely satisfying, cork is one of the most sustainably-produced materials available. Its harvest, done only once every nine years from the cork oak tree grown in the western Mediterranean region and Northwest Africa, is a zero-waste process that actually lengthens the life of the tree. These cork forests are a key refuge for wildlife and an enormous carbon sink, and the carbon captured actually remains stored for the entire lifetime of a cork object! The production of cork, in fact, is so sustainable that it is considered climate positive: it stores more carbon than it releases. This cork brooch is simple and unadorned to showcase the natural beauty of this amazing material.” -Erica Schuetz
Erica Schuetz – Penland, NC
Erica Schuetz grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and received her BA in English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Before moving to Penland, she lived in Washington, D.C. for a decade, working as an adult educator in a social services organization serving immigrants. Still passionate about social service work but feeling a strong pull to hone her creative practice, Erica moved to Penland in 2019 to participate in the Core fellowship. Fascinated by nature, language, and the minds and behavior of human beings and other animals, Erica works in wood, textiles, and 2D media to create playful, tactile objects. Going forward, she hopes to discover ways to merge her artistic practice with her commitment to working for social justice.