Bridget Parlato

Bridget Parlato is a designer/artist/activist based in urban Baltimore, MD. She runs Full Circuit Studio as a freelance designer specializing in cause-related work. For a decade, she created and executed trash-related events and educational programming as Baltimore Trash Talk, an anti-trash activism initiative that raised awareness and sought behavioral change through digital and print campaigns, sculptures, public events, performances, installations and school outreach. Parlato’s work is largely conceptual, often focusing on environmental, societal and political issues, material over-consumption, grief and loss. Mediums include metalsmithing, art jewelry, found object sculpture, drawing, illustration, writing and digital graphics.

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Earle Necklace

Date of Creation: October 12, 2022

List of Materials: Paper, wire, hemp cord, thread, crimp beads

Dimensions: .5"h x 36" long x 16"w

Photographer's Name: Bridget Parlato

Model's Name: Bridget Parlato

Conceptual Statement: Earle Necklace honors Dr. Sylvia Earle, an American marine biologist, oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer. She has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998. Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998. The neckpiece is part of a series of Women Warrior Breastplates, celebrating women whose work has change the world, our laws, our thinking and our knowledge. Earle is not a household name in comparison to world-renown Oceanographer, Jaques Cousteau though her work is extensive, has had world-wide impact and continues to the present, with Earle still heading up Mission Blue, her ocean conservation organization. Earle Necklace is comprised of over 1800 paper beads imprinted with text from Earle’s book The World is Blue, How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One.

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