Pam Longobardi: Coastal Trash Hero
Like Fierce Hazel, Longobardi is a passionate lover of nature and the outdoors and protecting and preserving it. She learned her love of the world’s ocean from her parents—one an ocean lifeguard and the other a state diving champ. From a young age, she became aware of the use and misuse of natural resources. As a girl she watched a neighborhood pond drained to make the high school she would later attend, making a lasting impression. Reducing excessive consumption and waste is a motivating factor in both Fierce Hazel’s sustainable bags and Longobardi’s eco-art. Fierce Hazel rescues material from the factory floor while Longobardi salvages plastic debris from the coastal and marine shores.
Plastics are the problem, the alarm, and the messenger in all of Longobardi’s conceptual art installations, paintings, photography, and sculptures. Plastics pervade our lives. Imagine your daily routine: hair combs, toothbrushes, gym equipment, sports balls, water bottles, satellite dishes, flip flops, Mardi Gras beads, and car parts. They are harmful to humans and animals from toxic pollutants. They destroy natural habitats and are often found in the stomachs of sea birds, turtles, and whales. It’s predicted that plastics are accumulating so fast that they will exceed the mass of all fish in the ocean by 2050. Plastics do not biodegrade, aren’t digestible, and can take hundreds of years to break down. Once found discarded from the ocean, they are evidence of crimes against nature, according to Longobardi. She aims to reduce the use of plastics and increase conservation.
Personal Essay: Solo Mountain Biking
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Gear: Mountain Biking For Beginners
Not only is mountain biking a fun activity that promotes exercise, but it’s off-road nature also lends itself to finding a deeper connection with nature among the wilderness areas where mountain biking trails are found. If you’re interested in mountain biking, you’re first going to need to research and purchase gear.
Don’t let the fear of the unknown that comes with a new hobby keep you from pursuing a unique outdoor experience. Even if you stick with flat, rolling dirt paths through the woods, you’re still mountain biking. Don’t be afraid to work your way up to more technical rides at your own pace, and don’t worry if you take a few spills; even the experts fall.
Discarded Trash Transformed To Black Queer Power
Leilah Babirye is nailing and burning her way to fierce queer freedom.
A black lesbian forced to flee her home of Uganda, Babirye applies African traditions to recovered trash revealing gender-fluid beauty from the debris.
Making art from trash isn’t just a way of recycling or sustainability. Trash is a literal and figurative instrument of her art. To Babirye, society makes LGBTQIA people feel like trash. “Ebisiyga,” a pejorative term for an LGBTQ person in Luganda, a native Ugandan language, means sugarcane husk. “It’s rubbish,” Babirye told Cultured magazine. “The part of the sugarcane you throw out.”
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Migratory fish are species that require different environments for significant phases of their life cycle, such as reproduction, production of babies, growth and sexual maturation, and mating. Fish Migration is triggered by natural or human-made factors that make fishes swim short or long distances daily, yearly, or longer, either to complete life cycle or to avert danger and pollution. Fish migration is necessary for the success and prosperity of aquatic life.
Cover Photo by John Turnbull
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Carbon Neutral Packaging
Carbon Packaging refers to packaging systems and materials that incur carbon footprints. Most packaging methods use materials that generate a high carbon footprint, hence those who consider sustainability and the environment have come up with new terms as carbon neutrality, carbon positive packaging, carbon-negative packaging, and eco-friendly packaging. The pollution of our oceans with single-use plastics is one of the most concerning environmental issues facing our planet today. It is undeniable that decades of plastic use have added up to frightful consequences for our planet. At Fierce Hazel, we use no plastics in the packaging of our products.
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Artist Profile: Erick Wolfmeyer
Erick Wolfmeyer would be the first to tell you he can barely stitch a button on a shirt, but that hasn’t stopped him from making quilting into a fierce fine art. For the past twenty years, he has been creating abstract works of fabric art. His goal is simple—envisioning quilts to inspire and endure for generations. He hopes his work offers his audience a “big experience, to lead them to something deep within, to help connect or reconnect them to something greater than themselves.”
The two fundamentals to all of Erick’s quilts—a commitment to preserve the tradition of hand quilting and a passion for color composition. Erick loves color, playing around with it, bending and shaping its tones and values. Quilts are a canvas that, for him, offer infinite possibilities.