Friday, January 30, 2015

Sustainability in Art: In the Footsteps of the Ancestors

We all walk in the footsteps of our ancestors



What paths will we leave for future generations to follow?




-Steve Tieken

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sustainability in Art: Earth is a Temple

We are all fellow inhabitants of Planet Earth



The Arbor

This 22 foot tall pole pine construction is one of several large installments created on the landscape where we live.

-Steve Tieken
2015 © tanner/tieken

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sustainability in Art: Sticks, Stones and String; Creating with Simple Materials

Mankind's Earliest Art Forms Were Created as Sacred Offerings


Primitive Whitetail Deer Effigy by Steve Tieken


Materials used in construction:
prairie cane cuttings, stone adornment (Sustainable Stones fashioned using a file and sandpaper)
100% cotton string with hand collected and prepared natural dyes (walnut, red ochre, polk-berry)
medicine bundle (red felt and tobacco)

Whitetail Deer Effigy left as sacred offering

Small herd of deer grazing outside our backdoor at sunset.

If you're interested in learning more about the life of Whitetail Deer, you can view the



-Steve Tieken

copyright © 2015 Tanner/Tieken

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sustainability in Art: Born of the Earth, Creating with Natural Clay and Pigments

From the Earth we were Fashioned
To the Earth we will Return


Due to it's rich clay deposits, West Central Illinois has a long history of ceramic production dating back over three thousand years. The first pottery to appear in the archaeological record was created by the Early Woodland Marion culture around 1,000 BCE.

Naturally exposed laminated clay deposits

Processed clay from above deposit with hand collected
yellow ochre (limonite) and red ochre (hematite) paint pigments

Ceramic Ceremonial Tripod Vessel with Decorated Ceramic Marble Offerings
by Steve Tieken and Wanaree Tanner
Formed with clay collected from above source with hand prepared mineral pigments


"Cosmic Fire Serpent" by Steve Tieken
Ceramic bead necklace created using clay from above source with natural mineral pigments
-Steve Tieken

2015 © tanner/tieken