Nick Neddo: Organic Art, Organic ArtistJacquie Rosenbach
“As I learned that the human world was not always to be trusted, my love for “the natural world” became more central to my life.”
Nick Neddo has been making art since he could bresrst pick up a crayon. He grew up exploring the wilderness around him, in Vermont: wetlands, forests, and fields of his bioregion to which he developed a profound sense of curiosity, respect, and love. As a youngster, Nick already found an interest that would become his life-long pursuit: the study of the natural world, primitive skills, and art creation. To this day the artist continues to embrace these interests with a great appetite fueled by a genuine love of the living world and the creative process.
In 2015, Nick presented “The Organic Artist”, a book where he encourages to create your own art materials from the landscape. “Before a pen or paintbrush mark hits the blank paper, a significant amount of time and energy has already been invested in procuring the art supplies”, he says. This time is dedicated to weeks of searching within nature, gathering raw materials, refining all these elements and hand-crafting them into art tools.
Nick transforms fibres, furs, berries, beeswax, muds, sticks, and stones into pens, paintbrushes, crayons, charcoal, inks, paints, paper, inkwells, and sketchbooks and with them, he creates the most beautiful artwork. Through his work what is unthinkable, turns to be obvious: the fantastic relationship between primary skills (or self-sustainable skills) and creativity.
If you want to know more about this one of a kind artist and teacher, you can read the full interview with Nick Neddo in the Summer issue of No Serial Number Magazine or visit our shop to browse more past issues.