West Coast Intertidal Life
Small eager feet in rubber boots too big slipping on wet stones, becoming drenched in salty water and tangled up in seaweed, I persisted in seeking out the next great find.
Growing up on the west coast of British Columbia meant a childhood spent exploring. Countless hours were expended becoming increasingly sunburnt while immersed in discovering all the little creatures which live in the intertidal zone. Unlike dried up shells, seaweed and rounded worn pebbles, these fragile creatures don’t do to well when removed from their environment. We very sadly discovered this one smelly morning after a trip procuring little treasures from the shore the evening before.
My desire to bring these endearing creatures closer to me, to hold them and take them with me, lead me to create wearable jewellery pieces based on their forms. Unlike natural forms, these creatures have permanency, they will not rot and fade away into nonexistence. When I bring my children down to the same shores I grew to love as a child, there is a stark contrast in the noticeable drop of abundance of life, along with the increasing presence of human activity. Just as when I was a small child, it is still an ethereal experience to watch a tender barnacle arm searching for food, or a delicate nudibranch sashay through the gentle surf. It is my sincere hope that these creatures will survive our ever impeding human tentacles and will remain for generations to discover and enjoy.
Would you like plastic with that?
Just like rocks and shells that break down through natural forces to create sandy beaches, plastics that end up in the oceans are breaking down into smaller and smaller bits which resemble tasty little tid bits for animals.
Sealife is not only becoming entangled and smothered by our waste, but are also becoming malnourished and starved by consuming it.
Small bits and microplastics can be ingested by a wide variety of animals at the bottom of the food web creating the potential to disrupt feeding and digestion all the way up to food chain.... and ultimately to humans.