It all started in the UC Berkeley Extension class “Printmaking and Street Art as Activist Tools”. I wanted to learn printmaking techniques and art that grappled with ideas that were important to me. Researching topics that mattered, protecting the environment resonated with me. I started learning about plastic and learned what a problem it causes for the environment. And now I’m really MAD!
For my first print, I made linocut to call attention to one aspect of the plastic problem. Sea turtles eat plastic floating in the water mistaking plastic for a jelly fish or other food. It’s not hype or an internet hoax. It’s really happening. These turtles are endangered, and our carelessness with plastic is contributing to the problem.
Learn more about plastic from these resources:
- Seven Misconceptions about Plastic and Plastic Recycling www.ecologycenter.org/ptf/misconceptions.html
- Californians Against Waste http://www.cawrecycles.org/
- Plastic-Free Guide http://plasticfreeguide.com/
- Terry, Beth, “Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too”, Skyhorse Publishing. June 15, 2012.