The supercool website One Green Planet recently asked me, founder of RuckusRoots, to write an article about how we can use art to fight for the planet. I was pleased to contribute my views on ARTivism, as well as mention some of my favorite artists who expertly blend the worlds of art and eco-activism.
In the mood for some light reading? Our latest newsletter will get you caught up on what we’ve been up to the last couple of months.
Here’s a sneak peek: Check out Daryl Hannah and me (above) at the EcoChic Fashion Show, which took place during LA’s Fashion Week as a fundraiser for Project Save Our Surf. Daryl is a big activist for clean oceans, and it was an honor to meet her! A big thanks to Marina DeBris for inviting me to wear “Castaway,” her latest piece of trashion, built entirely from garbage washed up on the beach. Read the full newsletter here!
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving; we here at RuckusRoots couldn’t be more thankful for our families, friends and supporters. Without your love and support, we could not continue to bring sustainable arts programs to East LA and beyond!
We had a GREAT time this weekend participating in the “Hands Across the Sands” global action against off shore drilling…check out the video below!
On a beautiful Saturday in Malibu, CA, we met up with Marina DeBris, creator of wearable TRASHion made from refuse washed up on the beach. You may remember Marina was one of several designers to show pieces in our recent TRASHion show. We mingled with other ARTivists and models, and had a great photo shoot, the content from which will help Marina get the word out about her art and about the vital cause of protecting and cleaning up our oceans.
Monching Flores was there taking pictures (he also provided some great photos of TRASHion Show for us). We’ll be sure to post more pics when he passes them along. Right now you can see a few here.
Check out the video below, put together by Rob Kalmbach…you can spot RuckusRoots founder Christine, and several TRASHion Show participants, including Esjay George, Dax Mafesi, Sydney Wheeler and of course Marina DeBris!
Another designer we love: Here we highlight Marina DeBris, the mastermind behind Washed Up.
Marina DebRis was so frustrated with finding piles of trash on our beaches, that she felt she had to do something with it, and that’s just what she did. After 13 years of collecting trash found on California’s coasts, she has put the collection to use. About 3 years ago, Marina started making pieces of art from the found objects of trash she’s collected over the years and calls the collection Washed Up. DeBris says she uses “creativity, a little humor and irony to show that the waste we create, keeps on coming back to haunt us.”
Her designs include pieces made from the trash collected, as well as trash couture, fashion assembled from the found beach garbage. Marinas art “encourages the viewer to question the use of single use items and consider ways to reduce waste so it does not end up in our oceans and our landfills.”
Another commendable action on behalf of Marina was when she appeared in front of a DWP Environmental hearing questioning their use of single use coffee cups and plastic bottles.
DeBris studied at Indiana University and the Rhode Island School of Design. She’s lived all over the world including New York City, London, and Sydney. DeBris is originally from Detroit, MI and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Marina’s work has been featured on KTLA and she currently has a kickstarter project you can help with by clicking here.