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THE STORIES IN ONE PLACE
"The work you're doing is the most important part of restoring the Chesapeake - getting people interested and engaged through art is a way to reach deeper into the communities of the 19M Chesapeake Bay residents" - Kate Fritz, CEO Alliance for The Chesapeake Bay
Eric Clark Jackson
From Bay Weekly- "Jackson hopes that his project can help bring attention to the environmental issues befalling the Bay. “I’ve considered myself an advocate and conservationist for a long time, and I’ve seen how organizations have effectively driven change over the years through data-driven programs, infrastructure and policy. I have always wondered if there’s an opportunity to also drive change through eliciting an emotional response based on a more expressive experience that you give to an audience. I’d like to add to that conversation by creating work that is for the Bay, and not just about the Bay.”
From Southern Maryland Chronicle- When 100 Shores launched, Jackson started receiving stories from backers about places with unique histories or personal connections. Despite almost 40 years on the bay, many of the stories connected to rivers and creeks he’d never visited. He quickly started plotting a chart of these stories and their locations. “We think of the oceans as these vast unexplored environments, but our watershed right here is like a microcosm of that.” The 100 Shirts, 100 Shores project is as much about the journey as it is about the product.
Chesapeake Bay artist Eric Jackson is on a mission to create an art production spanning 6 states and 11,000 miles of shoreline. Jackson is a fiber artist who works with dye-based pigments mixed from water collected from his home on Breton Bay, the Potomac, and other points around the Southern Maryland peninsula. The mission in this new project is to use the Chesapeake water not just as a setting, but as the focus for each piece he creates. He’s calling the concept 100 Shirts, 100 Shores. Over the course of the next few months, Jackson will be visiting 100 different locations across the Chesapeake estuary and collecting a small water sample at each stop. Each sample will be used to mix a batch of dye he’ll be using to create 100 unique shirts which illustrate a map of the watershed itself. When finished, Jackson hopes that 100 people will be able to wear the shirts as symbols of our interconnectedness. You can follow this ongoing project and get involved at onehundredshores.com.
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