I am often asked how I continue to work with marine litter year after year, fortunately I have a counterbalance, my love of seaweed. Seaweed has proven to be a beautiful counterbalance and antidote to my work with plastic beach litter. I recently shared my story with the Marine Conservation Society and Salvage Scotland.

Seaweed enjoyment photo: @paulbartondop

Over the coming months I will be featuring exciting plans for the re-scheduled ‘Isle Martin Seaweed Festival’ #YCW2020 now taking place in 2021. I talk more about the festival in my recent conversation with John Ennis, Curator of Salvage Scotland’s Design Journey Journey to Isle Martin with artist Julia Barton .

Journey to Isle Martin with artist Julia Barton

To read more of my balancing act with litter and seaweed, visit the Marine Conservation Society Magazine  for my interview with Clare Fischer ‘Seaweed, Science and Installations’.  

Working on #LitterCUBES photo: @paulbartondop

While I continue to weave and thread marine litter, I will share my love of seaweed on Instagram @juliabartonartist  

Take a look. Please leave a comment/like here or on the above website links. Thank You!

Oil: Making the Connection

Oil: Making the Connection

I want to produce a short film to show the connection between plastic waste and the loss of oil that it represents. During my #LitterCUBES events 2019, I found that hundreds of people were unaware that plastic is primarily made from oil

I plan to work again with Shetland film maker JJ Jamieson. I intend the film to be projected with the #LitterCUBES in the lead up to  Cop26 Climate Conference. I need £2,500 to cover the very basic costs of making and editing the film.


You can make a donation by clicking on the orange DONATE button at the top of the page.  In return you will receive a limited edition print of my ‘2020 Message in a Bottle’ photograph.    Thank you!

Message in A Bottle (2)

Many thanks to all of the following for supporting the making of the #LitterCUBES: Ullapool Harbour Trust, Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage, and for donations from: individuals, Eyemouth Marine Ltd, rag, Sheihallion, Ullapool Harbour Trust and support in kind from Eyemouth Harbour, Dunbar Harbour Trust  plus  North Light Arts and An Talla Solais  for their support with the #LitterCUBES events. Thanks also to  volunteers and all those who donated money to make these events possible.