Mangrove Art Gallery
Over the last 28 years, Karin Wijnand has worked as a glass and ceramics artist. She studied ceramics at the North Staffordshire Polytechnic in England, and after lived and worked for a while in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Curaçao, till finally settling in Enschede in the East of the Netherlands.
For MAP, Karin has taken detailed pictures of her sculptures based on the mangroves and printed them on canvas. This presents MAP’s supporters with a unique opportunity to help sponsor MAP by purchasing this beautiful Artwork.
Tie-dye Products from Ban Lions, Thailand
Since 2007 the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) has been working in conjunction with Andaman Discoveries and Naucrates (NGO's) to develop sustainable livelihoods in Lion Village on Phra Thong (Golden Buddha) Island in the north Andaman region of Thailand. Supporting and promoting sustainable livelihoods is an important tool in stimulating the exchange of ideas and information on the conservation and restoration of mangrove forests and associated habitats.
In 2010 with financial support from NZAID, MAP helped with the formation of a woman's natural tie-dye cooperative in Lions village. This is an island that was severely affected by the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. As a result, Lions village was built farther inland as a replacement for the original village of Pak Chok, which was completely destroyed during this tragic event.
The women's cooperative is not only a great source of hope, innovation, but also a much needed supplementary source of family income to their husband’s meagre earnings from small-scale fisheries. Like many traditional fishers they face growing problems from the ravage of trawlers, habitat destruction, and ever increasing diesel fuel costs. The group members have been striving hard to develop creative new designs and practical products using local knowledge and materials. All of the products are made with 100% natural plant-based dyes and 100% cotton fabric. All dyes are sourced on the island, such as from the barks of mangrove and paper-bark trees, the leaves of Indian Almond and wild passion flower. The women sustainably harvest the materials for their dyes and also to ensure a convenient economical plant supply they grow some dye sources in their community garden.
By purchasing these beautiful Ban Lions Tye Dye handcrafted products you will not only supporting these women’s livelihood but also their important conservation work. To discover how to order head to the Andaman Discoveries handicrafts web page by clicking here.
Exchange rate: 30 baht = 1 USD / 41 baht = 1 EURO
Available for purchase through Andaman Discoveries.
Purchase Fine Art from MAP's Art Gallery
Visit the website of Chilean artist Monica Gutierrez-Quarto to view her gallery café of beautiful prints and paintings.
Monica created the unique painting from which the artwork on our homepage originates, as well as the artwork on the MAP T-shirt.
"I'm happy to introduce my gallery web site. Please pass on to others to help increase the visibility. A percentage of all sales generated via my website will go toward supporting the good work of Mangrove Action Project."
For more information, contact Monica Gutierrez-Quarto.
This fine art giclee on canvas is one of fifty reproductions of this 40”x 40” painting done in acrylics on canvas by Miami artist, Enma Saiz. The artist oversaw the giclee process from start to finish, including the museum quality digital capture process and the printmaking process. The printmaking materials used in this fine art giclee are archival, with a guaranteed 80-year image permanence rating. The giclee is available in several sizes including 20”x20”, 30”x30”, and 40”x40”. Custom sizes also available upon request.
The “Mangroves” painting was inspired by the artist’s many visits to Matheson Hammock Park in Miami, Florida, overlooking beautiful Biscayne Bay. “It is my oasis from the busy Miami city life.” More importantly, it serves as an oasis for many species of fish, insects, mollusks, crustaceans, reptiles, and birds that rely on the mangroves for breeding and feeding grounds. Mangroves also serve as important buffer zones against storms. Mangrove forests all over the world are being destroyed and replaced by shrimp farms. A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of this fine art giclee will be donated to the Mangrove Action Project to help conserve mangrove forests worldwide. LEARN MORE