Firmly docked in Shetland I am now happily tied up with the Littoral Art Project for the next 2 months. Many Many thanks to North Link Ferries for their support and a smooth crossing on MV Hrossey.
Greeted by a wintery day – I am glad to be back and to begin making an animation film with JJ Jamieson and to lead educational workshops in partnership with Shetland Amenity Trust to schools and organisations across the islands. We will be investigating the longevity of plastic and ways to creatively help to reduce the waste that’s picked up off beaches every year. This week is the annual Da Voar Redd Up the UK’s biggest spring clean up, the beach clean event that I took part in last year with Scalloway School
On route to spend my first few nights on the West side of the mainland I stop to check out a beautiful beach Sand Sound, perfectly named. On arriving I see the Redd Up bags mounded up with random objects on top car bumper with nets thrown over and meet nearby resident Mike Barnett collecting litter along the beach. Like thousand’s of other Redd Up volunteers this week he has been well at work picking up and bagging every type of beach litter. You can see the great work that community members have achieved if you go to the Dunna Chuck Bruck As Mike bows down picking up pieces of cord and rope in the wind, he voices what many volunteers over the past 4 years have said to me about litter picking ‘It becomes so addictive , especially when you know if you leave a piece by next year it will be broken down into 4 pieces then the next 8 pieces …..and on’
This is a common addiction I sharealong with most beach cleaners i.e. the compulsion to keep going, picking up piece after piece even when you’re tired and its freezing cold and snowing like today! The compulsion is that the more you pick up the cleaner you leave it, which is of course true BUT sadly we know only too well it’s only a temporary fix. The gratifying ‘high’ only lasts until the next spring tides
My aim in creating this project and travelling to communities on the frontline of the issue is to inspire us to find ways to reduce the waste in the system and to be more sustainable which inturn allows us to negate the need for this addiction.
Keep tabs on the Littoral story by clicking the follow button on this page and confirm with Word Press when prompted. Please pass the link on to as many people as possible and if in Shetland get in touch if you find any plastic rocks ‘Plastiglomerates’ like the ones below as I am collecting them to use in my work and am happy to pick them up.
In the meantime well done to everyone who has/is taking part in the Redd Up here in Shetland and all spring MCS Beach Clean events around the UK !