Hello Paper People!
Welcome to the second month in our "Artful Challenge" hosted by yours truly and my fellow collage collaborator Bambi Lyn of My Medieval Mind on Etsy. Our first month's challenge was all about Land ESCAPES and capturing our special oasis that we find ourselves escaping to. You can read all about it in the previous blog post!
For this month's challenge our theme is Animal Causes and bringing awareness to their plight. Unfortunately, there are so many concerns in today's society with endangered animals and animal rights so it was a little difficult to choose which to focus on. We have both decided to pursue somewhat different avenues - Bambi is tackling the oh so adorable Red Panda and its devastating decline due to deforestation and humans. (sigh.) I am actually taking on several animals found in the safari that are killed daily by poachers for various reasons. These animals include Elephants, Lions, Giraffes, Rhinos and Pangolins (just to name a few.) We have decided to donated ALL proceeds received from print sales to charitable causes that work at helping these precious creatures.
Bambi had a few thoughts she wanted to include for the start of the challenge:
For the Second Artful Challenge we were to choose an animal, but more specifically an animal with a cause, or in my case, I chose to concentrate on the list (it's over 5,000 species long! very sad) of Endangered Species and have fallen head over heels in LOVE with the Red Panda!
Unlike his name sake he is not even related to the Giant Pandas, but he does live in the same regions of the mountains in central China and Nepal feeding exclusively on bamboo. He looks more like a raccoon than a panda, but with red fur. He is a Herbivore mammal, but they don't get really large, they are only about the size of the average house cat! They have long bushy ringed tails that they use to keep warm in the winter.
I want to do a collage of the Red Panda in his natural habitat of the mountains, feeding on bamboo. The finished collage will be offered as a print, and I plan to donate all the proceeds of the print sales to the Wild Life Fund to help protect the Red Pandas.
I am really excited about this challenge, more so than the first, truth be told! I really have fallen in love with this little guy!! Go to You Tube and do a search for the Red Panda. But beware, once you do you will fall madly in love as well!
She's even included a youtube video of this adorable little beast so you can watch it here:
Hmm...ok this one is going to be tough to beat. What an adorable little rascal!
Because I have decided to do multiple animals, I'm going to create different pieces for each one. The reason I've decided to do it this way, is because all of the proceeds I receive from each piece's print will go to the Global Conservation Force organization. GCF works in multiple ways to protect rhino, elephant, pangolin & giraffe in the wild. From anti-poaching patrols to community conservation this donation will go towards the ground conservation efforts. Please feel free to "like" them on facebook to see field updates! It's really quite incredible what they do on the front lines to combat poaching efforts - from foot soldiers to drones that seek out would-be poachers.
So there you have it! We are giving ourselves a month to complete this challenge and will post updates along the way. Feel free to send your comments and let us know what you think!
-Shelby & Bambi