Charity:Water was originally founded by Scott Harrison in 2006, after he fell in love with the shores of West Africa and wanted to find a way to give back to the 1.2 billion poverty-stricken residents of Liberia. Since he created this group, they’ve set out to help the over 800 million people across the globe who have no access to clean water. Tt has helped fund 6,185 projects in 19 countries, and in 2011 they reached 2 million people served. They’ve helped to build wells all over Africa so that villagers no longer have to walk 5 miles to a fresh tap. This has even reduced the number of sexual assaults in these areas, as women are more often the ones who must make these perilous journeys.
Charity:Water has become extremely popular in the mainstream charity world, mostly due to its engaging social media marketing campaign. To find out more about their cause, check out this informative video, narrated by Veronica Mars star Kristin Bell!
Beth Hoeckel is a mixed media artist and photographer who’s well known for putting together surreal collages of landscapes and vintage advertisements and illustrations. Instead of photoshop, she works entirely with scissors, paper and glue to create these amazing images. Her work has been featured as album art, editorial illustrations, and in art exhibitions around the country. We think she’d be a great addition to the Love and Water community because she has a gorgeous eye for detail and her images are extremely captivating!
This piece is entitled Solar Eclipse. It’s been sold already, but you can but some of her other prints on her website!
Hope everyone had a good Pride Weekend! In honor of LGBT Pride Month, the “love” charity we’ve chosen to feature this week is the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice!
Founded in 1977, Astraea is currently the only foundation in the world solely dedicated to supporting LGBTI organizations in both the U.S. and internationally. In particular they seek to address the lack of funding for lesbians of color, as well as the overall need for support for all lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transponders, and interest people. They work specifically for social, racial and economic justice across the globe, and seek to educate the community at large and build a new community of allies who can help to enact change.
Trees for Life International began in the 1980s with a group of people who wanted to plant fruit trees in India. Since then it has grown into a global organization that helps to plant trees and raise awareness about environmental images in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and North America. Over tens of millions of trees have been planted, and many of the local communities who work with Trees for Life have also started to implement their own projects, like water conservation and even bee keeping. We think this is a great organization that could definitely use your support, so go to their website today and check out what else they have going on!
This is a sculpture by Wim Botha, a sculptor from South Africa who creates amazing, choppy-looking pieces out of books and wood. This particular piece is entitled Fuze and is made of charred fire-resistant pine, wood, and lacquer. Isn’t it beautiful?
Berndnaut Smilde is a Dutch artist who is most well known for his amazing sculptures of clouds. That’s right, the picture below is not photoshopped — that’s a “real” cloud hovering in the room you’re seeing! Smilde uses a combination of smoke, water vapor, and dramatic lighting to create these temporary works of art that exist only as photos. You can check out the rest of his beautiful images here.
The Children’s Body-Image Foundation seeks to help children of all ages to feel good about themselves and to love the skin they’re in, no matter what it looks like! They seek to raise body image awareness and educate the general public about conditions and disorders such as clubfeet, pediatric cancers, alopecia (hair loss), amputation, body dysmorphia, eating disorders, and others. They help out at events and work with businesses, and they also distribute financial need to children who cannot cover their own medical costs. Though they’re still a small organization, we think their mission is great and hope they only grow stronger!
When you think of “burning” and art, you probably first thing of book burning and censorship, or you think of giant flaming sculptures like the one at Burning Man. Crontrolled word burning is actually an art form in and of itself, however, and it’s called pyrography, which literally means “writing with fire” in Greek. It’s also known as pokerwork, because the artist typically uses tools resembling hot pokers to get the right temperature (and therefore, the right shade) for their creations.
As with water marbling, which we featured last week, wood burning is an ancient form practiced by many different cultures such as the Egypt, several African tribes, and China. It’s also a folkart in many Eastern European cultures as well. It became popular in Western Europe during the Victorian era, and while the process is often automated now, there are still a lot of great independent artists who use more traditional methods, such as Julie Bender, Daniel Tate, and Donna Lee. Check out what her work looks like below!
Calling all Ugandan artists!
After a long hiatus we’re trying to start up our design submission process again, and our featured charity this month is the fantastic organization we profiled in our last Earth charity profile, DevEd!
DevEd is really interested in helping out artists in the community they’re now working with, so if you know any artists from Uganda or you are one yourself, be sure to let them know about this design opportunity! You can check out our previous profile on our blog, their website, or their profile on our website for some inspiration.
Even if you aren’t Ugandan, though, you’ll eventually be able to submit a design to our Artist’s choice as well, so start coming up with some now! And be sure to spread the message about our soon to be completed DevEd t-shirt!
Happy designing, everyone! We hope to get everything up and running soon!