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Art Against Plastic Pollution

Creating art and science from marine plastic pollution.

Art Against Plastic Pollution

Creating art and science from marine plastic pollution.

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About

Hi :)

    If you don't know me, I'm Candy, I'm and artist and a marine biologist, and, with the support of people like you, I work to reduce marine plastic pollution. I've been selected to sail to the Galapagos Islands with the eXXpedition Round the World project in January 2020, as resident artist and as a scientist, to research plastic pollution and find ways to reduce it, and raise awareness with exhibitions of my upcycled art. You can help me in my mission by choosing one of the lovely arty, fishy, upcycly rewards that you can see below.

    Three years ago, I sailed the Caribbean with eXXpedition, sampling for marine plastics, as part of an all female crew. We provided important female role models in science and adventure, we conducted research into plastic pollution, and we met with schools, community groups and government officials, raising awareness and hoping to change policy.

    When we arrived, we saw this:

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Following our time in the Caribbean, single-use plastics are now banned in Jamaica, Dominica, Turks and Caicos, Haiti, St Vincent, Grenada, the Bahamas, with Trinidad and Tobago and Belize expected to follow suit, banning manufacture, import and distribution of plastic bags, straws, styrofoam cups and food containers.

    I've also spent the past three years bringing what I learnt about plastics in the Caribbean to a UK and global audience, through art. I clean beaches, and upcycle plastics I find into art, and then exhibit that art to raise awareness and show people simple ways to reduce their plastic footprint and how they can make easy changes that can have a big impact for the planet.  

Some of my marine art canvases, original mixed media with upcycled plastic pollution found on beach cleans. Pledge £20 (super early bird), £25 (early bird) or £30 to get one of these, or £60 for a set of three. FSC sustainable canvas, vegan glue, plastic-free packaging.

 
    In the past three years I've taken part in fifty art exhibitions, cleaned miles of beaches, given talks and workshops, made infographics, done social media stuff, worked with lots of different groups, lead community outreach, and reached tens of thousands of people.

Outreach in the Caribbean

 
    I'd like to continue my narrative by sailing with eXXpedition again, meeting a new group of incredible women and working together on cutting-edge scientific research and solutions based thinking. I can do more to influence policy and to spread the word, and I can reach and inspire more people with new stories, adventures, and new art exhibitions inspired by the wonderful creatures of the Galapagos.

Sailing with eXXpedition

 
    I've had such a fantastic response to my work since I first sailed with eXXpedition, I'm so grateful for all the support I've had, and all the wonderful feedback I've received from individuals and businesses who have made changes after hearing my message. With your help I can do even more to save the world. 

And you can get your mitts on some lovely rewards:

Upcycled keyrings - made from plastic pollution found on beach cleans - your reward for a £5 pledge. Ships in time for Christmas - makes a great ethical gift.
Pet portraits - a beautiful original artwork of your pet, or a wonderful gift for a loved one. Your reward for a £35 (early bird special offer), £40 (special offer) or £55 pledge.
Fishmas cards, get one as your reward for a £3 pledge, or three for an £8 pledge.
I also do art for albums, singles, books, or pretty much anything else. Get your cover art reward with a £150 pledge. I'm legally required to say that the Deep Purple single cover is Copyright Deep Purple and Edel Germany GmbH. Please contact me to discuss your requirements before choosing this reward.
Another pic of my upcycled canvases, showing some detail.
Ready to clean the beach (£4, £9 and £15 rewards)

Thank you so much for taking a look at my kickstarter. If you've got any questions do get in touch.

All the love, Candy xxx

Risks and challenges

Apparently I have to fill in a risks and challenges section...

Challenges: the main challenge is going to be getting everything done in time for the last shipping days for Christmas (between 9th and 20th December depending on where on the world you are), but I have lots of experience staying up all night doing all the work while crying, so I'm pretty confident I can get it done :)

Risks: the main risk, as I learnt from the last time a did a kickstarter, is Royal Mail deciding to lose stuff. Last time a bunch of the colouring card rewards (which all got sent on the same day) mysteriously disappeared in transit - I think everyone is sorted now, apart from one person who messaged me on twitter and then my finger slipped and I deleted it by mistake, and I can't remember what their name was, if this is you a) sorry, and b) please get in touch (not via twitter). This time around I'm getting a certificate of posting on everything and pet portraits and other higher value rewards will be sent signed for or tracked.

Something else while we're all here: If you've supported me on Go Fund Me or Patreon and are currently thinking 'well, how come these kickstarter-come-latelies get a reward and I didn't, what an outrage', let me know and I'll sort out a reward for you :)

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