These lovely reusable shopping bags have been screen printed with images of turtles created by local school students from Redlynch Arts Course of Excellence, who donated their art and their time to help save turtles.
There are a variety of designs for you to choose from.
Note: the bags have all been screen printed by hand so colours and quality of the images varies.
Statement from Redlynch Arts Course of Excellence students:
In a world intent on stressing the natural environment to its limits artists play an invaluable role in communicating issues that face the environment.
As residents of planet Earth, it is our responsibility to be considerate of how our physical actions affect the environment and to encourage the audience of our artworks to take action to protect the environment as well.
We live in Cairns with the Great Barrier Reef on my doorstep. Redlynch State College is a Reef Guardian School. We are Reef Citizens and we are proud as young people to spread a message about the dangers facing our ocean environments to the world through our designs. The Great Barrier Reef is home to six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles. A number of these are seriously threatened by a diverse range of natural and, more significantly, human induced factors.
Ghost Fishing is one of the factors endangering ocean life and is what fishing gear does when it has been lost, dumped or abandoned. Imagine a fishing net that gets snagged on a reef or a wreck and detaches from the fishing vessel. Nets, long lines, fish traps or any man made contraptions designed to catch fish or marine organisms are considered capable of ghost fishing when unattended. Ghost nets are among the greatest killers in our oceans, and not only because of their numbers. Literally hundreds of kilometres of nets get lost every year and due to the nature of the materials used to produce these nets they can and will keep fishing for multiple decades, possibly even for several centuries.
The artwork on this bag was created around the concept “The Tangled Reef”. We started our designs using the Zen-tangling style of drawing to create the initial image. Next, we made photographic emulsified screens to expose our designs onto and used these screens to hand print the image onto the bags.
We thank you for selecting our designs to carry on a bag furthering our contribution to the worldwide community through our artworks.
Year 7 – 10 RACE Visual Arts Students
140gsm Cotton Calico Bags
Long shoulder handles making them easy to carry
Item Size: 38 cm w x 42 cm h x 10 cm d
Handle Size: 65 cm x 2.5 cm
Printing Size: 27cm W x 28cm H, 28 cm x 6 cm gusset