Why do you call yourself Di Gray Lady?
But first let me introduce myself, my name is Irene L. Lawrence. I received my B.F.A. in Interior Design but the college was a full on art school. Because of this I was exposed to all kinds of art forms from painting, photography, sculpting, industrial design and even computer rendering and graphics. My program was centered around sustainability and how to leave a smaller footprint on our already struggling "Mother Earth".
I create my art to support these values and to bring awareness to unnecessary waste.
Why "Di Gray Lady"
While I was serving in the Peace Corps (Jamaica) a few years back with my husband I was given a name by many of the children I tough. Jamaican culture do a very special thing they find a visual or personality aspect of you and choose a name for you. While riding the taxi to school one day I heard the children say to his friend go on ask di gray lady. I thought it was a funny thing to say about someone. Who is Di Gray Lady I wondered. It was then that little boy tapped me on the arm and asked me a question. It was then I discovered that the children had given me that name and I had to smile as I was the only teacher on the school campus with gray hair. The name stuck.
I have been fortunate enough travel to many parts of the world – I have visited 20 countries on 5 continents and have photographed subjects from landscapes to insects, architecture to landmarks, and anything in between!
As an artist I have worked in watercolors, acrylics, and oils. When creating artwork I draw inspiration from my photos and the subject within them. I will also often create art pieces using discarded items you may find in a trashcan or even create an art piece that has a thought provoking environmental purpose.
Each chair has its own story. I take an old discarded chair and give it a new life! I have chosen chairs specifically because their use is to relax, reflect, and regroup. The three R's. My goal is to bring awareness of the other three R's... Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Hopefully when these chairs find a new home they may become the center piece of your home and a way to open a conversation about sustainability.