Every once in a while I come across something non-fashion related that I know FPD readers would want to know about. Such is the case with the The Endangered Species Print Project (ESPP), an art collaboration between esteemed Chicago-based artists Molly Schafer and Jenny Kendler, that offers limited-edition art prints of critically endangered species. The number of prints available corresponds with the remaining animal or plant populations, a reminder of how precious these creatures are and crucial that we do our part to protect them. For example, only 30 Amur Leopards remain in the wild, so for this particular design, only 30 prints will be made. All proceeds from ESPP are donated to conservation organizations; a different organization, whose mission is to the ensure the survival of the specific animal, is selected for each print. The website also features information about each species, and ESPP will continue to offer additional prints on a monthly basis, including works by guest artists.
Currently available on ESPP are: The Panamanian Golden Frog, The Vancouver Island Marmot, The Seychelles Sheath-tailed Bat, and The Indri Lemur. The charming prints, are a combination of research and quirk, making the limited edition prints quite hard to resist. The prints make really unique gifts and serve a great cause, so get yours before they disappear!
ESPP has recently been featured on the home pages of Juxtapoz Magazine, Cool Hunting, Design Milk, Pikaland, OMG Posters!, and was written up in the Sierra Club’s blog: The Green Life.
P.S.-If you’re in the Raleigh, North Carolina area, check out the gallery opening featuring ESPP artist Molly Schafer tonight!
new work by Molly Schafer
October 2 – 31, 2009
Opening reception: Friday, October 2nd, 7 – 10 pm
505 South Blount Street Raleigh, NC 27601