Artistry meets Conservation
Eggpicnic is an illustration and design studio set up by birdwatchers and designers, Camila De Gregorio and Christopher Macaluso. The unique partnership produces fine art prints and toys to raise funds and awareness about wildlife conservation.
Your website tells us what you do, can you please explain why you do it. What compels you to want to educate people, where does this desire stem from?
It comes from our own fascination of learning. We began fusing design and conservation to talk about our unique fellow species in order to inspire change in people’s hearts and minds. We believe we are all capable of shifting the future and that education is fundamental in doing so. If you can reach people you can change and empower them. We are enamoured of the natural world and the richness it brings into our lives, the fact that it sustains us and that it’s irreplaceable, so we needed to help protect it. Learning to observe and think like designers lead us to create a hybrid between our two fields of interest.
The fact that you are both conservationists and designers is pretty amazing. How did you decide this was what you wanted to do with your artistry together – not to just design, but to inspire and educate?
We realised that design is a very powerful communication tool and that it needed to be used for a greater good, so we decided to create our own practice with a very clear mission to end wildlife extinction through education. We invite people to understand the world around us and our place in it. We seek to inspire and touch upon positive emotions, empowering Australians and sparking their creativity to participate in shaping a better future and to change the world around them. We are a bridge, between the wild and humans, between NGOs and citizens and between science and art.
For us, being able to make a difference, no matter how big, is the most important. Having people say they cannot walk away without an Eggpicnic print because of how happy it makes them feel gives me hope. Because once we fall in love with something, we fiercely want to protect it. We need to create a society to match the scenery because in the end the human impact on biodiversity is an attack on ourselves. This is a great time to take part in this change, we can make this happen. We need people to understand it’s worth doing.
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