The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

ARD­FERN artist Han­nah Tofts has launched a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to re­duce plas­tic trash in the ocean.

Swap­ping city liv­ing to re­turn home to the head of Loch Craig­nish, Han­nah was shocked at the amount of rub­bish she found washed up on a beach near her house ev­ery day.

She started col­lect­ing the rub­bish to trans­form into art­works to teach lo­cal chil­dren about this global is­sue on their doorstep and to help mo­ti­vate the com­mu­nity to do more.

‘I’d al­ways dreamed of liv­ing by the sea,’ she ex­plained. ‘I ended up liv­ing at the head of a loch be­side a beach. I found masses of plas­tic rub­bish washed up ev­ery day. It was shock­ing.

‘I got in­volved in lo­cal beach cleans and started col­lect­ing and doc­u­ment­ing. My stu­dio is full seven years on. My plas­tic sea trash cre­ations grew.

‘The pro­ject grew and was part of a mo­bile ex­hi­bi­tion of plas­tic cre­ations to cre­atively map the coast­line while work­ing with chil­dren. It then toured cities to show what hap­pens in our seas.’ Her col­lec­tion, en­ti­tled Plas­tic Sea, was pub­lished in a book and an­i­mated.

Now, us­ing her col­lec­tion of plas­tic sea trash, she has de­signed a col­lec­tion of beach clean sarongs to help raise aware­ness and money for the ma­rine pol­lu­tion com­mu­nity.

She said: ‘Ev­ery sarong you buy will raise money and aware­ness for the ma­rine pol­lu­tion com­mu­nity. We have 42 days to reach our tar­get of £15,000 which will en­able a cost- ef­fec­tive print run of sarongs.’

Find Han­nah's Kick­starter cam­paign at www.lets­go­tothe­

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An ex­am­ple of Han­nah’s art­work from plas­tic rub­bish washed up on shore.

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