In addition to producing fund-raising art work and products we are increasingly interested in ways artists can use art as activism.
Here is what we have done so far...
We like to help. We like to draw, paint, design, doodle. That's why we started this whole thing! In addition to producing fund-raising art work and products we are increasingly interested in ways artists can use art as activism. Here is what we have done so far...
Just Giant Toenails
Last September, in partnership with Daughter Earth we ran a social media campaign called "Just Giant Toenails." A bunch of artists participated in this anti-poaching campaign on World Rhino Day.
Last year over 1,300 rhinos were poached for their horn. In 2016 4 tons of poached pangolin scales have been confiscated. These animals are quickly being wiped out because of human misconception that rhino horns and pangolin scales have medicinal properties. The truth is both the horns and scales are made of keratin, the same substance that makes up human nails!
We thought it that ingesting toenails was a gross idea and wanted to help users of horn and scale products visualize that that is pretty much what they are doing.
Read a great article on our effort on NRDC 's On Earth blog.
above art by: Julia Oldham, Molly Schafer, Katy Tanis Daughter Earth, and Bette Naughton
XOXO - ESPP: Vaquita
XOXO - ESPP creates shareable images to help conservation groups engage with their audience and get people excited to fight the extinction crisis. Like a fairy godmother we'll be dropping some of these graphics into the hands of conservation efforts that catch our eye.
The first XOXO - ESPP recipient is Viva Vaquita.
There are only around 60 vaquitas left in the wild. Their habitat is in good condition and they could bounce back- the immediate threat to their survival is gillnet fishing. The Mexican government has placed a 2 year ban on gillnet fishing in vaquita habitat you can sign this petition to make the ban permanent. Read more about this complex issue and tell all your friends. Thanks!
This vaquita painting (without text) is available for use for conservation efforts - contact us for high res file.