Karen MacKay is an industrial designer and glass artist currently focusing her work on urban agriculture solutions and habits for urban wildlife. Karen’s interest in art began as early as her first memories. Throughout high school and college she explored various mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture and glass blowing. In 2002 Karen graduated from the University of North Carolina Asheville with a BA in Philosophy and recently graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Master of Industrial Design. Since an early age, Karen has maintained a passionate relationship with both art and nature. She loves to spend time in the outdoors, usually with her dog Abbey. As a designer, her expertise in sustainable design integrates her passion for all things natural and her insatiable desire to create. Karen has worked as a sustainability consultant to various design and architecture firms and is currently continuing to develop a vertical farming device for in-home use.
By Karen MacKay on April 10, 2013
Thanks to everyone who entered the Patagonia and PlanetShoes.com giveaway for Patagonia Advocate Week! We used a random number to choose a winner, and the winner is…… Ryan Joswiak who said: I like the Patagonia Advocate Lace Plaid Men in Grey! Thanks again to all our readers and everyone who participated!
By Karen MacKay on April 1, 2013
Shopping for a vegan shoe isn’t always a simple task, but PlanetShoes and Patagonia make it easy.
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By Karen MacKay on April 1, 2013
Once again the folks at Patagonia have teamed up with PlanetShoes.com for Patagonia Advocate week, and they’re giving away a $100 Gift Card to one lucky Green Upgrader reader to help spread the word! Patagonia Advocate Week Running thru April 4th, Patagonia will be donating $10 to the World Wildlife Fund for every pair of Patagonia [...]
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By Karen MacKay on January 10, 2013
After twelve years of promoting eco-conscious living and valiant efforts at keeping their carbon footprint low, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has once again raised the green bar. This week, Bonnaroo and it’s partners announced the installation of its first permanent solar array.
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By Karen MacKay on August 27, 2012
As an artist and designer, I’m often collecting scraps of wood in hopes of resurrecting them into something beautiful, a new work of art possibly, or maybe something functional for a friend. No doubt plenty of my fellow DIYers have growing piles of mismatched wood just waiting to be transformed into something magnificent. To get you motivated for your next weekend project, here’s a little inspiration to stir your creative juices.