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Tuula Cox

Dancer, visual artist, video artist and fashion designer

I have had the magnificent privilege to travel a lot. I have swum among the corals of the Caribbean, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. I have been wandering in the ancient laurel forests of Madeira, and smelled the air swirling around the sempiternal summits of the Alps - it is so different, and somehow still the same from the air among the rugged, wild evergreen cliffs of the Na Pali Coast of Kauai. The beauty of our planet is so immense, it has crushed my heart into the tinies pieces - only to mend it again.

 

Now I have a new heart. And the heart beats for the preservation of this beauty. 

 

The only question that remains is: How?

How can I do this? 

How can I help our planet with my talents - things that I have learned - skills that I have attained during my life?

 

I have struggled with this question for a long time. But in the end, I have arrived to a simple conclusion. I am an artist through and through. And artists create.

 

But how to create something without consuming our planet’s precious resources we humans have already taken too much advantage of? 

 

The answer is recreation. That means working with materials that are already there in the world, but nobody is utilising. Piles upon piles upon piles of worn or surplus clothing that will end up in landfills. I am creating new designs with these old materials. New forms of beauty, to protect the original beauty. And hopefully, to bring some joy into the world. 

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