The story that inspired it all!
At a past visit to the Botanical Gardens in Florida to see the “The Washed Ashore” exhibit in 2018; I was enchanted with the giant marine sculpture of a jellyfish. The wonder, however, of experiencing such a beautiful creation was counterbalanced by the materials it was composed of; plastics and marine debris. In “Water Bottle Jelly” you will find nylon rope, water bottles, bottle caps and buoys in this blue jellyfish.
Plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways is a global crisis. Each year whales, seals, sea birds, sea turtles and other marine life die after ingesting plastic or becoming entangled in it. Plastic pollution has spread into all marine habitats at every level of the food chain. Plastic bags strongly resemble sea jellies in the floating stage of life, and hungry sea turtles often cannot tell the difference. This deadly mistake is now one of the biggest threats to sea turtles worldwide.
The “Washed Ashore” project creates powerful art that captivates all ages and teaches environmental conservation and sustainability. It’s founder Angela Pozzi began in 2010 to Make Art to Save the Sea rallying her small community of Bandon, Oregon and founding the non-profit organization. Today over 10,000 volunteers have helped clean beaches and worked with Washed Ashore to process over 20 tons of debris into 70 sculptures of the animals affected by plastic pollution. These sculptures now tour as “The Washed Ashore Project” traveling exhibits, educating and inspiring countless people from diverse backgrounds to take action in their own lives and prevent contributing to this global problem.
As a mother-daughter team we share many of the same goals and inspirations for our extended families and what the future holds. Inspired by the “Washed Ashore” project, Reni and I felt that Earth Day would be the perfect opportunity to contribute in our own way through Artist Generations. We first started in 2018 and commit to contributing as long as we can! Here’s what we came up with for 2021, we’re excited and hope that you will be, too!
BLUE TONIC EARTH DAY 2021 TOTE ~ WEAR IT WITH PRIDE
Blue Tonic is part of Wendy’s ‘Abstraction’ collection and has been chosen by Artist Generations to represent Earth Day 2021. Our new Blue Tonic summer tote bag will be offered for a limited time beginning today and ending at midnight on April 30th, 2021..
For every Blue Tonic tote bag sold during this period Artist Generations will contribute 10% to the “Washed Ashore” project. We will be posting our results on Facebook and Instagram, thx for following our progress and pass it along!
Art and love go hand in hand with our Blue Tonic Earth Day Tote, hand sewn ‘on demand’ in Montreal, Canada and featuring custom all over art designed by Wendy Fee. This oversized tote bag features the classic tote shape you love, but with added room to fit more of whatever you want to put in it (picnic blanket, food, more wine!). We love the canvas soft feel and the wide, functional shoulder strap. Beautiful, eco-friendly & affordable….three things that are always important to us when creating our wearable art! Many happy Earth Days days ahead!
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”- Margaret Mead
For more information on Angela Pozzi, the founder of the project please click on the following link: www.seathingsart.com
For more information on Wendy Fee, Blue Tonic artist, please click on the following link: https://www.wendyfeestudio.art/
For more information on our Print On Demand Process, please click on the following link: https://artistgenerations.com/blogs/news/on-demand-manufacturing-our-story