Madeleine: A conversation about passion, influence, and changing seasons
Introducing this season's skirts with Madeleine Wallace: 22 year old Brooklyn-born artist, student, and environmental activist. She's currently studying (and super passionate about) Environmental Policy, specializing in microplastic pollution research and legislation. What an empowering babe! Between her film photography and screen prints, she creates impactful imagery inspired by symmetry in nature and organic movement.
AA: Honestly, so empowering! What got you to where you are today? What sparked this interest into partaking in such varying (but still interconnected) realms of environmentalism and art/music?
M: I think art and music are such great vessels for unification and the sharing of important messages. I didn’t choose to become an artist, but my environmental passions led me to plastic pollution research — now I can be a creative advocate with a science background, which I think is rare.
AA: Yes, super rare! I feel like you're able to connect two audiences/ideas simultaneously. On a smaller scale, is there something you do in your every day life to encourage a zero waste lifestyle? For example, we eliminated plastic packaging and only use mesh bags to package our merchandise.
M: Yes, love this question — There are a few single-use products I’ve replaced with reusables that have totally changed my footprint and habits, but my number one is my (Klean kanteen) insulated mug. I use it every single day. And, if you’re on the go and forgot your thermos or can’t carry one, just go ‘topless’ and strawless! I now view plastic water bottles as kind of traditionally nerdy, sort of the same effect as someone wearing crocs with socks. They’re going out of style. And, if you need more motivation, tap has been proven significantly more pure than bottled!
AA: What does the changing season mean to you and how do you prepare for it? Any routines? Something that you're excited about?
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Thank you Madeleine!