How an artist’s clothing line and body paint help fight climate change

Photo courtesy of Breanna Cooke.

When a neighbor came across a social media campaign, she knew it would be a great way to combine her artistic skills with her interest in climate advocacy.

Breanna Cooke, who lives at Casa View, saw the Glowing Gone Campaign, which was designed by The Ocean Agency, an organization dedicated to marine conservation. The agency worked with Pantone and Adobe to invite artists to use them in work to inspire action.

Cooke is a volunteer with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and has often heard a climate scientist say that talking about climate change is one of the most effective ways to start tackling the problem.

This prompted Cooke to think about how she could use her experience as a body painter and her graphic design skills to create a line of clothing and document it in an underwater photo shoot.

She found Yoganastix, a company that could print its design on leggings and bras made from recycled plastic bottles, and decided to order 100 pieces of each type of garment. It was the first time Cooke had partnered with a climate campaign and the first time he had worked on a clothing project of this scale.

Then the pandemic started and Yoganastix started making face masks. Cooke put her clothing order on hold and began making other pieces, such as stickers, greeting cards and postcards using her coral reef design.

Cooke received samples of her clothing orders in August 2021, while she was in Maine. She had originally planned to wait to do a body paint shoot until she was back in Dallas, but thought it would be a good idea to show people that her clothes could be worn no. anywhere. So she contacted a nutritionist, who modeled the clothes for a photo shoot on the beach.

She was supposed to do a photo shoot on a trip to Hawaii, but before she left, she contacted a specialist to give her a crash course in underwater photography.

The model and photographer who were supposed to be on the Hawaii shoot changed their plans, so Cooke had to use her new photography skills, and her friend who was traveling with her – another body paint artist – modeled the clothes and body painting. Cooke took around 130 photos during the above ground body paint shoot, not wanting to get the paint in the water, and 100 photos during the underwater shoot.

Photo courtesy of Breanna Cooke.

“We were working against the setting sun for the body paint shoot,” Cooke said in an email to the lawyer. “For underwater filming, we were working with waves and choppy water, water clarity issues from our feet kicking up sand, the sun disappearing behind clouds and even a shark alert. “

Cooke’s clothes are available for purchase here.

Cooke said that in the future she wants to continue looking for ways to combine her skills with climate advocacy. This particular project provided colorful and bright photos related to climate change, which is often associated with darker images. She also wants to explore more body painting and underwater photography in swimming pools, and creating more sustainable clothing collections is also a possibility.

“Body painting is such a unique and intimate form of art – a person wears the art on their own skin – it seems like a natural fit for tackling difficult subjects,” Cooke said.


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