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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Traveling to Plastic Island





Nine dedicated students chose to spend the past three weeks researching the environmental embarrassment known as the Plastic Island of the Pacific or sometimes called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Because of the direction and path of ocean currents, any plastic or garbage that has been dumped in the Pacific Ocean (since 1950!) will continue to circle and gather more plastic becoming trapped in an ever growing stew of trash (now estimated to be the size of the continental US) killing many thousands of birds and sea life each year. After researching the problem, students then began to experiment with analog mark making using traditional printmaking tools and techniques, as well as stamping, monoprinting, painting, and drawing. This work was then scanned and incorporated as visual solutions in illustrations to be integrated in poster and cotton bag designs. Students were encouraged to create work that might continue to raise awareness, promote new solutions or expose some of the biggest trash offenders in the Pacific. Final poster layouts and typography are being tweaked over the summer and will be part of a presentation in the fall. I'll be posting some sneak peeks of the illustration and design completed in a very short 2.5 week Maymester. Thanks to all who participated and worked late into the night/nights to finish the work!