Nature has a way of entering our hearts and altering our perspectives of the world without explanation. It knocks the breath from our lungs, washes our mind with peace, and fills up our up eyes with wonder. It is sometimes fragile, and sometimes threatening, it can be soft and fierce at the same time. It asks for nothing, yet gives everything. In a world dominated by technology, consumerism, air, land, and sea pollution, how can we help to make a little change?
I always think that the first step is care. If you care for your environment, you are more likely to nurture it, and make its order of things your responsibility. Your pleasure. Within all of us there sits a need for nature, this craving for fresh air, for freedom, for a sky full of stars. And within us, is this desire to preserve and protect what we hold most dear. Actually, it’s not so much a need as it is a necessity.
I think it’s not so far away, the distant dream of a world in which mankind and nature live together in harmony, rather than in imbalance. We just need to awaken our ecological consciousness and give nature a bit of what it needs, love, care, protection, and most importantly value. There is such a long way to go, but holding value for what brings you life and sustains your growth is a good place to begin.
My work in Wiltshire Life Magazine, displayed next to their article '50 ways to cut your plastic use'.
"Environmental welfare is very important to me, and I aim to make my lifestyle as sustainable as possible. My most recent work is based upon an individually lead campaign to ‘Keep Our Planet Blue, Love Our Oceans Clean’. This project aims to raise awareness of plastic pollution within our oceans." - I. Morgan
New swimwear designs uploaded through Contrado. Men's 'Sea Turtle' trunks and women's 'Sea Anemone' swimsuit have been made through this website (see below images). I am now looking for a sustainable swimwear company that print their colourful designs onto 100% up cycled materials, such as EcoLux, Econyl. I believe that working in collaboration with such a company would engage individuals further in the discussion of plastic pollution in our oceans. A new innovative method of communicating the damaging effects of plastic pollution, whilst providing a way for consumers to live sustainably. I think that combining quality design with ethically and sustainable printed products offers a refreshing alternative to to the nature of the arts/design and fashion industry.
This is my vision, let's see what happens.
Women's 'Sea Anemone' swimming costume, and men's 'Sea Turtle' rounds.
Commissioned by Melanie Camilleri.
Me and my other half Dom decided to do a beach clean after feeling completely shocked at the state of the beaches in Zante, Greece. We swapped our sunbathing for rigorous beach combing for plastics and other forms of pollution that can cause damage to marine life. We only got as far as 1/4 of the beach, filling two plastic bags that we had reused. We lifted rocks and stones to find plastic wedged in between cracks and buried beneath the beach pebbles.
The two bags of rubbish were collected on Dafne beach, just one of the beaches supposedly protected for turtle nesting. The wooden cross structures in the images above show the areas of sand protected from tourists who might damage the nests. Tourists are also told to refrain from putting beach umbrellas into the sand. Whilst Zante is known for its turtle protected areas, it seems that the pollution of plastic has been overlooked as a key source of damage to these creatures! One of our biggest concerns was the amount of plastic nurdles and pieces of Polystyrene that we found along the sea shore and embedded within the sand. Whilst larger chunks of plastic and fishing net can entangle and drown sea creatures, these microlpastics spread like wild fire. Sea creatures mistake these tiny bead like pellets for fish eggs and other forms of food. Once they enter the food chain, there damage only increases.
A list of the items that we collected from the beach, in the space of 2 hours:
Using the litter from just one of the plastic bags, I created the image of a sea turtle to highlight the severity of this issue in context, as well as to note the many types, colours, and forms of the plastic found.
Ironically, on another mini beach clean that we conducted later in the week, our feet and shoes became covered in oil spilt from the big day-trip boats that had passed the beach that afternoon! So if it's not one form of pollution, it's another.
I would strongly encourage anyone visiting beaches, whether on holiday or on your daily walk, to bring a reusable bag with you and collect the litter that you pass. Make yourself aware of the causes and effects of plastic pollution so that we can educate ourselves and others and do our bit protect our environment. Whilst major companies, business, and industrial fishermen are mostly responsible for the production of plastics and the litter that enters our oceans, we too must take responsibility in the way that we purchase, utilise, and dispose of products. In limiting our plastic usage, as well as taking responsibility for our rubbish and the litter that we find, we can help minimise the amount of plastic that enters the food chain. I could go on forever but I think that I shall stop here. Please care enough to never stop learning about our environment and the impact that we have upon its beauty. Please help to nurture nature back to health.
The Henna Parlour commissioned me to rebrand and visually market their independent business, in time for the Larmer Tree Festival. It was also a joy to work at the festival as a henna artist, as well as the henna stall in Bournemouth Square throughout the summer.