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ART DOC / CREATIVE BEACH CLEAN / HANNAH TOFTS

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PLASTI


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plastic sea creative... creative beach clean

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to inspire... making to be aware

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looking... for beach finds

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washing... getting ready

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sorting... there’s so much stuff

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playing... getting your eye in

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making... fishes

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making... insects

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making... fruit

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making... mini worlds

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making... faces

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making... flowers

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making... boats

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making... birds

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making... creatures

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making... flags

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document... artist on location


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ATIVE creative beach clean by Hannah Tofts


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you never know what you will find...


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on our beautiful beaches...


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From a city to a sea. I swopped canals for the head of a loch on the west coast of Scotland and cafe cycling for wild weather walks. I now looked at big blues and challenging greys from a 500 metre beach looking out to Jura, to Northern Ireland, across The Atlantic to America. I landed in a winter of heavy storms and freezing waves washing up piles of plastic rubbish along the beach. I was fascinated. I love colour, and I like plastic. I always collect and create with whatever I find thrown away wherever I travel. I have lots of boxes of plastic odd things I’ve collected over years from city markets for my 3d illustrations and prop designs. But I’d never seen so much plastic washed up in the sea, now all on my own doorstep. Seaweed heaps tangled with shredded plastic

much domestic plastic stuff from supermarkets, our home, work and play. I’d joined in our local beach cleans for years so was used to the concept of keeping our beaches clean. Beach cleans are usually wet, but fun community events. Our tiny village, kids and families, we all join in, cleaning our local coastline, raising money for the primary school for every rubbish bag filled. I started collecting plastic sea trash without knowing what I’d do with it. It’s my creative process; collecting, photographing, making... decoding where I land. A trip to Australia 5 years later changed my horizons and colour blues again. Discovering sunny beach living while seeing plastic washes up in hot countries too; it all connected. But until I lived by the sea and daily walked this plastic mess, I’d never questioned why it was there in the first place? Out of sight out of mind? I’d never thought about it in the city. It made me start to look.

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UMENT artist on location Scotland to Australia 7 years


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sea to ocean, north to south, west to east, cold to hot, rock to sand, grey to blue...


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big and tiny stuff, Scotland to Australia


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plastic pink string find, West Coast, Scotland, 2012


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plastic pink string find, Central Coast, Australia, 2015

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orange is my favourite colour: Perth, WA, 2015


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orange is my favourite colour: Argyll, UK, 2009


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ocean blue: Scotland, 2009


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ocean blue: Australia, 2015

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TO INS


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SPIRE making to inspire to be aware


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The Guardian, 04.11.09, photographed by Chris Jordan on Midway Atoll in the middle of the North Pacific... now the iconic images of Plastic Soup, it made me think...

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what can you find to inspire...


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... an Albatross egg?


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Greater Kintraw Albatross, commonly found on any coastline

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Rare Black Bottlefish, caught in Loch Craignish, Argyll

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do you know birds, fishes, insects and polar bears eat plastic?


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The Arctics

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Flamingo Island, off Plastic Soup Atoll

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in the middle of The Pacific


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a message in a bottle? found Argyll, Scotland...


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what’s washed up on your beach?


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Top find!


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Lulu Blue

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... green and blue were

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our most found colours...


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...that’s my blue horse...


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Orange Mullet


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Bill the Evil Pirate

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I make with whatever I find...


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Namaste’s Plastics! x2 years x2 friend’s household plastic waste!

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printing big! campaign images to keep the brilliant Plastic Bottle Deposit scheme in Holland. Keeping plastic bottles off the street and out of the canals.


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let’s go to the beach... the project develops, 7 years on

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orange, yellow and aqua plastic

collected west coast Scotland

beachclean designs


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1st print run of x3 beachclean sarong designs, 200 x110cm, produced June 2017 with your Kickstarter crowdfunding support... Thank you! xx


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S is for sarong, sea, sun, summer, swim, surf... and a sail, to attract the British Watersporters and Olympic champions to be?


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SAY NO PLASTI


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O TO A TIC SEA


CREATING WITH PLASTIC SEA TRASH TO SAY NO TO A PLASTIC SEA

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