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The Cigarette Planet

The Cigarette Planet
The Cigarette Planet is a 30" mache globe covered with cigarette butts picked up off the streets of Baltimore. Cigarette butts are the most littered item on the planet. The are made from plastic but feel like fabric so people are mistaken about the fact that they are not biodegradable. They are placed on the ends of cigarettes to supposedly filter out the harmful elements of cigarette smoke.

Parlato Pollinator bird 2.jpg

Drawing of a dead bird and a Neonicotinoid molecule.
Drawing of a dead bird and a Neonicotinoid molecule. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides chemically related to nicotine that act on receptors in the nerve synapse. They are toxic to insects, mammals, birds and other higher organisms. Marketed by European chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer, neonics are the most widely used insecticides both in the United States and globally. In a report released a year ago, the EPA basically conceded the case that these pesticides harm bees and other pollinators. They still remain on the market.

Charm (City) Bracelet

Charm (City) Bracelet
"Charm (City) Bracelet" comprised of a length of upcycled rusty chain, an old "master" lock (without key) and 140 drug vial lids found on the streets of "Charm City" and at the trash count event for Mr. Trash Wheel. This bracelet is more shackle than adornment. After 20 years of witnessing Baltimore's heroin problem, one is left wondering what will break the master/slave relationship heroin has over so many Baltimore residents - a problem now made worse by opiods.

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Bridget Parlato is a designer/artist/activist based in urban southeast Baltimore, MD.  She runs Full Circuit Studio as a freelance designer specializing in cause-related work. She also heads up Baltimore Trash Talk, an anti-trash activism initiative that works towards raising awareness and seeking behavioral change through digital and print campaigns, sculptures, public events, performances, installations and school outreach.  Apart from her graphic portfolio, Parlato’s personal work... more

Jewelry - Concept Work

Art/Concept Jewelry -
 Last year after the death of my Father, I was awarded a scholarship at the Baltimore Jewelry Studio after proposing the creation of a reliquary for him. Since then, I have been taking classes and creating pieces that connect with my sculpture background while utilizing upcycled/found objects and materials - directly connecting with my anti-trash initiative, Baltimore Trash Talk. The pieces I have been creating raise questions and conversations about death, love, addiction, gun violence and litter. 

Two of the pieces featured in this portfolio are currently in an international online exhibition called
"So Fresh + So Clean", https://www.ethicalmetalsmiths.com/so-fresh-so-clean/ 

  • Reliquary for My father

    Reliquary for My Father (objects found on his desk and his hair)
    Reliquary for My Father (Vincent Parlato). My father died last year the day before my 50th birthday. This piece sets the stage for a lock of his hair that I saved from the last haircut I gave him. It is made from items from his desk - a segment of his suspenders, one of his many defunct watches, a picture frame, segments of his folding ruler and horse shoeing nails (he was a woodworking teacher and a farrier). The back features a secret compartment that holds samples of his writing.
  • Reliquary for My Father - back and interior

    Reliquary for My Father - back and interior.
    Reliquary for My Father (Vincent Parlato). Part of international online exhibition "So Fresh + So Clean" My father died last year the day before my 50th birthday. This piece sets the stage for a lock of his hair that I saved from the last haircut I gave him. It is made from items from his desk - a segment of his suspenders, one of his many defunct watches, a picture frame, segments of his folding ruler and horse shoeing nails (he was a woodworking teacher and a farrier). The back features a secret compartment that holds samples of his writing.
  • Thoughts And Prayers (Necklace/Breast Plate)

    Thoughts and Prayers - Necklace/Breast Plate
    Thoughts and Prayers (necklace/breastplate). Part of International online exhibition "So Fresh+So Clean" - https://www.ethicalmetalsmiths.com/so-fresh-so-clean/ Piece is a reaction to the fruitless response of "Offering Thoughts and Prayers" in the wake of the increasing volume of mass shootings here in the United States.
  • Thoughts and Prayers (Necklace/Breast Plate - Detail back)

    Thoughts and Prayers - Necklace/Breast Plate
    Thoughts and Prayers (necklace/breastplate). Part of International online exhibition "So Fresh+So Clean" - https://www.ethicalmetalsmiths.com/so-fresh-so-clean/ Piece is a reaction to the fruitless response of "Offering Thoughts and Prayers" in the wake of the increasing volume of mass shootings here in the United States.
  • Charm (City) Bracelet detail (found drug vial lids)

    Charm (City) Bracelet Drug Vial Lids
    "Charm Bracelet" comprised of a length of upcycled rusty chain, an old "master" lock (without key) and 140 drug vial lids found on the streets of "Charm City" and at the trash count event for Mr. Trash Wheel. This bracelet is more shackle than adornment. After 20 years of witnessing Baltimore's heroin problem, one is left wondering what will break the master/slave relationship heroin has over so many Baltimore residents - a problem now made worse by opiods.
  • "Hang On..." Emerging Cicada ID Pendant

    "Hang On" - Emerging Cicada - Personal ID Pendant
    "Hang on" - A Personal ID pendant about change and transition. Baltimore Jewelry Center class ID pendant project. Copper, silver and tree branch. 12" long x 4"w. After the death of my father (my mother would follow 10 months later), I was hard-pressed to center in on subject matter that I felt would indentify me at that particular time. The cicada, emerging from it's shell - but NOT quite ready for flight- fit the period of transition and metamorphosis that continues a year after making this piece.
  • Blue Plastic Bag Earrings (feautred on Balt Jewelry Center Sale Invite)

    Blue Plastic Bag Earrings
    Blue Plastic Bag Earrings (Featured on Baltimore Jewelry Center Holiday Sale Invitation).Made from plastic bags, brass and silver. After working with fused plastic bags for my Artscape "Prayers for the Sea" Artscape installation, I became interested in using fused plastic for other projects. Jewelry is usually perceived as being precious in some way, thus the use of plastic bags found on the streets of Baltimore and the recycling bins of grocery stores raises questions about what we find valuable or worthless.
  • Upcyclend Plastic Bag Earrings (full circles)

    Plastic Bag Earrings (Circular design)
    Plastic Bag Earrings (Circular design).Made from plastic bags, brass and silver. After working with fused plastic bags for my Artscape "Prayers for the Sea" Artscape installation, I became interested in using fused plastic for other projects. Jewelry is usually perceived as being precious in some way, thus the use of plastic bags found on the streets of Baltimore and the recycling bins of grocery stores raises questions about what we find valuable or worthless. The earrings have prompted MANY conversations about trash and plastics.
  • Upcycled Plastic Bag Earrings (half circles)

    Plastic Bag Earrings (Half-circle design)
    Plastic Bag Earrings (Half-circle design).Made from plastic bags, copper and silver. After working with fused plastic bags for my Artscape "Prayers for the Sea" Artscape installation, I became interested in using fused plastic for other projects. Jewelry is usually perceived as being precious in some way, thus the use of plastic bags found on the streets of Baltimore and the recycling bins of grocery stores raises questions about what we find valuable or worthless. The earrings have prompted MANY conversations about trash and plastics.
  • SurlyBird Pins (cookie tin, etched metal)

    SurlyBird Pins
    SurlyBird Pins. Made from upcycled cookie tin, upcycled beads, copper, nickel and brass. Each measures approx. 3" wide x 2-2.5"high. These birds were created for a class on salt-water etching. Etching is often done with chemicals but this process offers a sustainable alternative to the chemical processes. The upcycled tin continues my ongoing theme of reusing. The graphic element of type and pattern used behind the birds connects with my work as a graphic designer.

Jewelry - Radical Jewelry Makeover

Juror's Choice Award Pieces from Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM).

RJM is a traveling  jewelry project created to raise awareness about the jewelry industry, encouraging more ethical practices in procuring materials, material use and reuse.  Community donations of any kind of jewelry are accepted, cataloged and disbursed to participating artists who create new work from the donations.  Sales support the ongoing project as well as helping the hosting venue. 

Baltimore Jewelry Center hosted RJM, overseeing the process from donations to final exhibition and sales. Artists from local art schools, colleges and BJC participated. I received the Juror's Choice award for BJC participants. This project took place halfway through my first year of metalworking. 

  • Finding Mr. Right (Between the Little Cigars") Necklace

    Finding Mr. Right (Between the Little Cigars") Necklace
    This neck piece is created from a cigar tin, a defunct lighter with a "Prince Charming" frog on the lid and repurposed costume chain. The clasp has two small medals on it - one with the Virgin Mary on the front and the word "baby"on the back while the other medal has The Lord"s Prayer on it, signifying "hopes and prayers" behind the search for "Mr. Right".
  • RJM BJC Finding Mr. Right Necklace - Original Tin.jpg

    Tin used to create the "Finding Mr. Right (Between the Little Cigars) Necklace
    This is the original cigar tin used to create the "Finding Mr. Right" necklace. The necklace also incorporates a defunct lighter with a "Prince Charming" frog on the lid and repurposed costume chain. The clasp has two small medals on it - one with the Virgin Mary on the front and the word "baby"on the back while the other medal has The Lord"s Prayer on it, signifying "hopes and prayers" behind the search for "Mr. Right".
  • Finding Mr. Right (Between the Little Cigars") Necklace

    Finding Mr. Right (Between the Little Cigars") Necklace
    This neck piece is created from a cigar tin, a defunct lighter with a "Prince Charming" frog on the lid and repurposed costume chain. The clasp has two small medals on it - one with the Virgin Mary on the front and the word "baby"on the back while the other medal has The Lord"s Prayer on it, signifying "hopes and prayers" behind the search for "Mr. Right".
  • Gimme No Flac Necklace

    The Gimme No Flac Necklace
    The Gimme No Flac Necklace is made from a tin that held a tube patch kit. The front and back panels from the tin are riveted together with layers of innertube between them. The "chain" is a length of repurposed yellow rubber tubing from my mothers old crafting supplies, repurposed costume chain and two valve stems.
  • Original Tin used for the Gimme No Flac Necklace

    Original Tin used for the Gimme No Flac Necklace
    The Gimme No Flac Necklace is made from a tin that held a tube patch kit. The front and back panels from the tin are riveted together with layers of innertube between them. The "chain" is a length of repurposed yellow rubber tubing from my mothers old crafting supplies, repurposed costume chain and two valve stems.
  • Fucking Charming Earrings

    Fucking Charming Earrings
    These earrings were made from a rubbery bracelet that was donated by a person who helped to create The Charm City Kitty Club. The cat face is said to have inspired The Charm City Kitty Club logo. This became the springboard for the final design of the earrings, incorporating formica chip from an architecture firm, fused plastic bag, nickel silver metal backing and silver rivets.
  • Original bracelet used to create the Fucking Charming Earrings.

    Original bracelet used to create the Fucking Charming Earrings.
    Original bracelet used to create the Fucking Charming Earrings. The bracelet was donated by a person who helped to create The Charm City Kitty Club. The cat face is said to have inspired The Charm City Kitty Club logo. This became the springboard for the final design of the earrings, incorporating framing cut from a formica chip from an architecture firm, fused plastic bag, nickel silver metal backing and silver rivets.
  • Rain Check/Too Busy Necklace

    Rain Check/Too Busy Necklace
    This necklace incorporated a small woman's watch face, a man's watchface, a "rain check" chip and a large wooden pendant/bead shaped like a penis. This piece was created as a reminder that our lives can get so busy that even sex gets put on a back-burner. Such disconnect in our relationships eventually becomes incredibly problematic.
  • Life and Death Necklace

    Life and Death Necklace
    This Necklace is made from an upcycled chain, a leaf-motif brooch element, a seed at the "head" of the necklace and snake vertebrae with bead spacers for the "body" of the necklace. The juxtaposition of potential life (seed) against the vertebrae of a once-living serpent reminds the wearer/viewer of the circle of living and dying that we are a part of.
  • Radical Jewelry Makeover Exhibition with my jewelry to the right

    Radical Jewelry Makeover Exhibition with my jewelry to the right
    Exhibition image with my jewelry featured to the right of the entry title at Baltimore Jewelry Center.

Cigarette Planet

The Cigarette Planet is a 30" mache globe covered with cigarette butts picked up off the streets of Baltimore. Cigarette butts are the most littered item on the planet. The are made from plastic but feel like fabric so people are mistaken about the fact that they are not biodegradable. They are placed on the ends of cigarettes to supposedly filter out the harmful elements of cigarette smoke. In part, they do filter out SOME of these elements - which makes each butt a sort of "dirty bomb", filled with harmful elements that then leach into our ground and water when flicked on the ground. 
This sculpture is very attractive to viewers who feel compelled to come closer and even touch it, intrigued by what they are looking at - until they realize what they are seein/touching are littered butts. Then they are horrified. The piece is a direct statement about the volume of this particular piece of litter - with no solutions in sight. 

  • Cigarette Planet - Paper mache phase

    Cigarette Planet - Paper Mache stage
    In studio applying heavy-duty mache to planet. Mache included paper pulp and joint compound, making it extra-hard, sandable and able to withstand physically moving the piece around.
  • Cigarette Planet - Butt pickup, bio-retention swale, Inner Harbor, Baltimore MD.

    Cigarette Planet - 2400 butts picked out of the bio-retention swale directly across from Baltimore's Inner Harbor and the Aquarium. The heat was horrendous - upper 90's. the job took 4 hours or so - roughly picking up a cigarette butt every .16 seconds. For four hours straight. This was only ONE of my cigarette pickup expeditions on my way to the 12K butts used for the Cigarette Planet (see www.fullcircuitstudio.com).
  • Cigarette Planet - Butt pickup, bio-retention swale, Inner Harbor, Baltimore MD.

    Baltimore Bio-retention swale pickup. 1 butt every 6 seconds for 4 hrs.
    Cigarette Planet - 2400 butts picked out of the bio-retention swale directly across from Baltimore's Inner Harbor and the Aquarium. The heat was horrendous - upper 90's. the job took 4 hours or so - roughly picking up a cigarette butt every 6 seconds. For four hours straight. This was only ONE of my cigarette pickup expeditions on my way to the 12K butts used for the Cigarette Planet (see www.fullcircuitstudio.com).
  • Cigarette Planet - Sorting Butts by color

    Cigarette Planet - Sorting Butts by color
    After gathering cigarette butts for a number of weeks through the heat of early summer, I had to sort the butts by color in preparation for gluing them to the mache planet.
  • Cigarette Planet - Map creation and application phase

    Cigarette Planet - Map creation and application phase
    A map of the earth was created from an online image of a map pattern. The image was extremely small but the layout was well suited for the purpose. With some extensive prep in photoshop and illustrator, the map was cleaned up, scaled up. printed and used as a transfer pattern. Graphite was applied to the back of each segment and laid against the globe. Then the continents were traced, transferring the linework to the surface of the globe.
  • Cigarette Planet - Mosaic phase

    Cigarette Planet - Mosaic phase
    The mosaic phase of the Cigarette Planet involved gluing each butt (or segment of butt) on one at a time as one would create a tile mosaic. In this picture, the filled in graphite transfer is visible as a guide and cut segments of butts are evident in the creation of continent shapes. The glue needed to be tacky enough to stick instantly but still be repositionable for a short amount of time for correct placement.
  • Cigarette Planet Social Media Info-graphic

    Cigarette Planet Social Media Info-graphic
    This social media info-graphic shows varying stages of the creation process as well as information on timed butt pick-ups. It was used on Baltimore Trash talk instagram, linked-in and Facebook.
  • Cigarette Planet - Baltimore Figment Festival

    Cigarette Planet - Baltimore Figment Festival
    Instagram posting of Cigarette Planet at Baltimore Figment Festival in Carroll Park in Baltimore, MD. This was the first festival where The Cigarette Planet has been on view. Since this festival, The Planet has appeared at the DC Catharsis on The Mall, The Lauraville Festival, Southwest Palooza, Library Square, WTMD Radio Station, the Creative Alliance Art to Dine For series and other environmental festivals, tabling events and venues.
  • Cigarette Planet - Baltimore Figment Festival

    Cigarette Planet -  Baltimore Figment Festival
    Instagram posting of Cigarette Planet at Baltimore Figment Festival in Carroll Park in Baltimore, MD. This was the first festival where The Cigarette Planet has been on view. Since this festival, The Planet has appeared at the DC Catharsis on The Mall, The Lauraville Festival, Southwest Palooza, Library Square, WTMD Radio Station, the Creative Alliance Art to Dine For series and other environmental festivals, tabling events and venues.
  • Cigarette Planet - Final Mosaic

    Cigarette Planet - Final Mosaic
    This image is of The Cigarette Planet after finishing the final mosaic process.

Cigarette Planet Campaign

This group of posters is a campaign that will launch in downtown Baltimore in 2019. The posters feature The Cigarette Planet - a 30" mache globe covered with cigarette butts picked up off the streets of Baltimore.

The goal of this sculpture was to raise awareness about cigarette butt litter. After creating the sculture, I became aware that Keep America Beautiful was opening a call for grant submissions to fight butt litter. At the same time, I became aware that the Environmental Control Board of Baltimore was in the process of applying for the grant. I quickly designed posters based on the planet image/concept and proposed a partnership with my community initiative, Baltimore Trash Talk, using my posters for the media element of the grant. 
Funding was granted and the images will accompany Terracycle cigarette butt recycling containers in the Baltimore business district in 2019. 

Keep it Neat from Stoop to Street - Litter Campaign

This campaign is currently in use in southwest Baltimore and created in partnership with The Southwest Partnership. I would love to see it go city-wide. The campaign approaches the litter problem with a neighborhood/team/pride approach instead of a "wagging-finger", don't litter approach, avoiding the defensive response that can happen when people are "told what to do".

The posters feature SWP residents who already work within their neighborhoods to keep their sidewalks and streets clean. The posters will roll out over time into 2019. 

I hope to have other neighborhoods adopt the theme/poster series and would like to use photographs of people in those neighborhoods to encourage personal investment. 

Pollinators and Neonicotinoids

This series of drawings focuses on the problem of neonicotinoid pesticides and pollinators.  Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides chemically related to nicotine that act on receptors in the nerve synapse.  They are toxic to insects, mammals, birds and other higher organisms. Marketed by European chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer, neonics are the most widely used insecticides both in the United States and globally. In a report released a year ago, the EPA basically conceded the case that these pesticides harm bees and other pollinators. They still remain on the market. 

Two more drawings are in process, 6-8 planned in addition to the drawings featured here. Presently seeking venue for solo or group exhibition.  Also seeking possible grant funding to help cover drawing time. 

  • Parlato Pollinator Bird and Neonicotinoid Detail.JPG

    Drawing of a dead bird and a Neonicotinoid molecule.
    Drawing of a dead bird and a Neonicotinoid molecule. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides chemically related to nicotine that act on receptors in the nerve synapse. They are toxic to insects, mammals, birds and other higher organisms. Marketed by European chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer, neonics are the most widely used insecticides both in the United States and globally. In a report released a year ago, the EPA basically conceded the case that these pesticides harm bees and other pollinators. They still remain on the market.
  • Dead Bird and Neonicotinoid Molecule

    Dead Bird and Neonicotinoid Molecule
    Dead Bird and Neonicotinoid Molecule
  • Parlato Pollinator Bird Feet and Neonicotinoid.JPG

    Drawing of a dead birdand a Neonicotinoid molecule.
    Drawing of a dead birdand a Neonicotinoid molecule. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides chemically related to nicotine that act on receptors in the nerve synapse. They are toxic to insects, mammals, birds and other higher organisms. Marketed by European chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer, neonics are the most widely used insecticides both in the United States and globally. In a report released a year ago, the EPA basically conceded the case that these pesticides harm bees and other pollinators. They still remain on the market.
  • Parlato Pollinator - Bird Feet Detail

    Detail - Drawing of a dead bird and a Neonicotinoid molecule.
    Detail - Drawing of a dead bird and a Neonicotinoid molecule. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides chemically related to nicotine that act on receptors in the nerve synapse. They are toxic to insects, mammals, birds and other higher organisms. Marketed by European chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer, neonics are the most widely used insecticides both in the United States and globally. In a report released a year ago, the EPA basically conceded the case that these pesticides harm bees and other pollinators. They still remain on the market.
  • Bee Drawing (In Progress)

    Bee Drawing (In Progress)
    Drawing of a dead bee and a Neonicotinoid molecule. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides chemically related to nicotine that act on receptors in the nerve synapse. They are toxic to insects, mammals, birds and other higher organisms. Marketed by European chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer, neonics are the most widely used insecticides both in the United States and globally. In a report released a year ago, the EPA basically conceded the case that these pesticides harm bees and other pollinators. They still remain on the market.
  • Parlato Pollinator bird 2.jpg

    Drawing of a dead bird and a Neonicotinoid molecule.
    Drawing of a dead bird and a Neonicotinoid molecule. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides chemically related to nicotine that act on receptors in the nerve synapse. They are toxic to insects, mammals, birds and other higher organisms. Marketed by European chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer, neonics are the most widely used insecticides both in the United States and globally. In a report released a year ago, the EPA basically conceded the case that these pesticides harm bees and other pollinators. They still remain on the market.
  • Parlato Pollinator Bee and Neonicotinoid.jpg

    Parlato Pollinator Bee and Neonicotinoid
    Drawing of a dead bee and a Neonicotinoid molecule. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides chemically related to nicotine that act on receptors in the nerve synapse. They are toxic to insects, mammals, birds and other higher organisms. Marketed by European chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer, neonics are the most widely used insecticides both in the United States and globally. In a report released a year ago, the EPA basically conceded the case that these pesticides harm bees and other pollinators. They still remain on the market.
  • Parlato Pollinator Bee and Neonicotinoid Detail.jpg

    Drawing of a dead bee and a Neonicotinoid molecule.
    Drawing of a dead bee and a Neonicotinoid molecule. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides chemically related to nicotine that act on receptors in the nerve synapse. They are toxic to insects, mammals, birds and other higher organisms. Marketed by European chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer, neonics are the most widely used insecticides both in the United States and globally. In a report released a year ago, the EPA basically conceded the case that these pesticides harm bees and other pollinators. They still remain on the market.
  • Dead Bees and Neonicotinoid Molecule (In Progress)

    Dead Bees and Neonicotinoid Molecule (In Progress)
    Drawing of a dead bee and a Neonicotinoid molecule. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides chemically related to nicotine that act on receptors in the nerve synapse. They are toxic to insects, mammals, birds and other higher organisms. Marketed by European chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer, neonics are the most widely used insecticides both in the United States and globally. In a report released a year ago, the EPA basically conceded the case that these pesticides harm bees and other pollinators. They still remain on the market.

Baltimore Trash Talk - Intstallations and Public Work

These Rivers of Recycling, installations and artworks have served to raise awareness of how much we litter, of our consumption of one-use/plastic items and our need for legislation and education regarding these issues. 

​Two of the Rivers were planned, advertised by myself and executed with the help of family, friends and volunteers. The data collected was used to testify in front of the House and Senate in Annapolis in support of Bottle Deposit Legislation (take your bottle back to a store, get 5 cents back per bottle). 

Prayers for the Sea/ River of Recycling was installed at Artscape. A series of 100 18" flags in the fashion of Tibetan Prayer Flags were created from fused plastic bags and flown above the river. The River was executed with the help of Clean Corps and BOPA volunteers.

The River was again recreated at Johns Hopkins University as part of a thesis exhibition for MICA curatorial grad, Christopher Beer (See project pictures for further details/description). 

  • Eye on Trash - Flash Art at Mr. Trashwheel Trash Count

    Eye on Trash - Flash Art at Mr. Trashwheel Trash Count
    "Eye on Trash" Flash art during Trash Wheel count. While members of Volunteering Untapped counted through the trash from Mr. Trash Wheel's dumpster, I created a piece of art from the findings. As it is impossible to know what will be found on such counts, I had an inspiration the morning of the count while I was reaching into my medicine cabinet and saw an eye on the side of an eye-wash box.
  • Teaching Storm Drain Stenciling to Volunteers

    Teaching Storm Drain Stenciling to Volunteers
    Storm drain stenciling in the Berea neighborhood.
  • Storm Drain Stenciling with Volunteers

    Storm Drain Stenciling with Volunteers
    I designed a set of three decorative storm drain stencil sets and worked with groups of volunteers from Volunteering Untapped to stencil drains in the Berea neighborhood. Baltimore Tree Trust, Volunteering Untapped and Baltimore Trash Talk partnered to help create a garden in the center of a city block in Berea with Baltimore City School teacher, Alexis Wung.
  • Baltimore Trash Talk Artscape - River of Recyclables / Prayers for the Sea - Installation 1

    This River of Recyclables was established at Artscape 2015 - which focused on a water theme. It was part of a show called Harbor High Port (of call) and other Phenomenades curated by Laure Drogoul. This piece was comprised of bottles and cans collected from 10 recycling bins placed by Baltimore Trash Talk as well as from trash cans at the event. 100 flags influenced by Tibetan Prayer Flags were created to fly above the river. The flags were comprised of fused plastic bags and had images of sea creatures cut into them or fused onto them.
  • Prayers for the Sea - River of Recycling at Artscape -Aerial View

     Prayers for the Sea - River of Recycling at Artscape -Aerial View
    This River of Recyclables was established at Artscape 2015 - which focused on a water theme. It was part of a show called Harbor High Port (of call) and other Phenomenades curated by Laure Drogoul. This piece was comprised of bottles and cans collected from 10 recycling bins placed by Baltimore Trash Talk as well as from trash cans at the event. 100 flags influenced by Tibetan Prayer Flags were created to fly above the river. The flags were comprised of fused plastic bags and had images of sea creatures cut into them or fused onto them.
  • Prayers for the Sea - River of Recycling at Artscape

     Prayers for the Sea - River of Recycling at Artscape
    Prayers for the Sea Flags - Created for the River of Recyclables at Artscape 2015 - which focused on a water theme. They were part of a show called Harbor High Port (of call) and other Phenomenades curated by Laure Drogoul. 100 flags influenced by Tibetan Prayer Flags were created to fly above the river. The flags were comprised of fused plastic bags and had images of sea creatures cut into them or fused onto them. Plastic bags are one of the most littered items found on both land and in the oceans.
  • River of Recyclables - Email about 5 cent Bottle Return event

    River of Recyclables - Email about 5 cent Bottle Return event
    Email showing pictures and results of the second 5¢ bottle and can return event. This event was 6 months after the first event and the total number of items returned more than tripled from 15K to 52K+. The first two river events were funded by BGE through a grant. I applied for the grant, planned the event, designed marketing materials for it and marketed it. I ran the event, enlisting the volunteer help of friends and family. The events were based on the container deposit laws in place in 10 States in the US. Those laws (aka.
  • Parlato BTT River of Recyclables - Flyer of Can Return Data.jpg

    Parlato BTT River of Recyclables - Flyer of Can Return Data
    This is a flyer/infographic used as testimony/data in support of Bottle Bill legislation before the House and Senate in Annapolis. The events were funded by BGE and based on the container deposit laws in place in 10 States in the US. Those laws (aka. Bottle Bills) attach 5-10¢ to a beverage container at purchase. That fee is refunded when the container is returned to a store or return center. Bottle Bills increase recyling, reduce the need for virgin materials/energy used to create new ones and drastically reduce litter.
  • Parlato BTT River Johns Hopkins - Visiting students.JPG

    River of Recyclables at Johns Hopkins University
    This third River of Recyclables at the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus. It was was part of a collaborative exhibition/event called Synergy - the thesis Project of Christopher Beer, a MFA candidate in Curatorial Practice at MICA. The exhibition/event explored the effects of litter in Baltimore’s water. It fused art & science to raise awareness and inspire discourse on environmental conservation. The project was backed by MICA, JHU, Waterfront Partnership/Healthy Harbor Initiative and the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
  • River of Recyclables - (featured in Loyola Magazine)

    Parlato BTT River of Recyclables - (featured in Loyola Magazine).jpg
    River of Recyclables at Loyola University. The picture is shown here on a page from Loyola's Conversations Magazine. The event took place on the main quad where a large portion of the student body passes between classes. Professor Janet Maher and Taylor Casalena, Program Assistant for Budget and Sustainability worked with students and faculty to prepare for the event day during which I worked with students and faculty to create the installation.

Herring Run Wave Installation

The Herring Run Waves were created in partnership with The Friends of Herring Run to raise awareness about litter in the Herring Run Park and stream. The piece was installed at two public events for the park as well as other events around the city. Created from upcycled blue tarp and plastic bags, the waves were part of a grant-funded program that FoHR implemented. Baltimore Trash Talk partnered to provide school presentations at two schools flanking Herring Run Park. For a period of 5 weeks, I worked with students in the AFYA summer camp program, teaching kids about litter, conservation, ciggarette butt leaching and litter, creating an upcycled art piece called The Twirling Tent (see Baltimore Trash Talk School Recycling and Litter Program section). During that time, the students help to install the waves for National Night Out and are featured in The Herring Run waves poster. 

Baltimore Trash Talk - School Recycling & Litter Program

Baltimore Trash Talk's School Recycling & Litter Program sprang from a series of presentations to students held during the Synergy Exhibition and River of Recycling Event (see Baltimore Trash Talk Rivers of Recycling - Artscape, Park & Colleges project).  The response to the presentations was so positive, I used the presentation materials and a costume I had designed for the Creative Alliance costume party (it was a winner!) and applied for grant funding to continue the in-school program.

I have now received two grants to continue the programming and expand on it. I am presently planning projects with the Orchkids program and Bard Early College.  Among others, I have presented to students at PPPCS, Tench Tilghman, Calvert School, The Baltimore Lab School, Hampstead Hill, Waverly Elementary, Benjamin Franklin High School...with more to come as utilization of the second grant is just starting. 

Presentations often include interactive exercises on population/pollution and conversations with the students about how our surroundings affect the way we think and feel - touching on stewardship, civic duty, city water systems, water quality and litter. 

  • Parlato Baltimore Trash Talk School Presentation - Patterson Park

    Parlato Baltimore Trash Talk School Presentation - Patterson Park
    Baltimore Trash Talk's School Recycling & Litter Program - School Presentation. At the beginning of each presentation, the kids get to look at, touch and even try on elements of the RecyQueen costume. I have now received two grants to continue the programming and expand on it. I am presently planning projects with the Orchkids program and Bard Early College. Among others, I have presented to students at PPPCS, Tench Tilghman, Calvert School, The Baltimore Lab School, Hampstead Hill, Waverly Elementary, Benjamin Franklin High School.
  • AFYA Summer Camp 2017Aug16

    AFYA summer camp students playing in a "Twirling Tent" that we created, reusing upcycled bags, sheets and plastic electrical tubing. While working with the students, we talked about topics like plastic pollution, water quality, the impact of a growing population on litter and ocean pollution and recycling, reusing and reducing what we use.
  • AFYA Girls braiding for The Twirling Tent

    AFYA Girls braiding for The Twirling Tent
    AFYA Girls braiding for The Twirling Tent
  • Plastic Land - Book Spread (book in progress)

    Plastic Land - Book Spread (book in progress)
    This is a draft illustration for a spread in the book "Plastic Land", a poem about our trash, where it goes, the problems it causes and how we can change our trashy habits. This poem was written last year for a Light City event and was so popular, I am creating a book from it. I have read it to classrooms and developed a presentation to go with it which highlights important points in the poem.
  • Plastic Land - Book Spread (book in progress)

    Plastic Land - Book Spread (book in progress)
    This is a draft illustration for a spread in the book "Plastic Land", a poem about our trash, where it goes, the problems it causes and how we can change our trashy habits. This poem was written last year for a Light City event and was so popular, I am creating a book from it. I have read it to classrooms and developed a presentation to go with it which highlights important points in the poem.
  • Parlato BTT School Program one page flier

    Parlato BTT School Program one page flier
    Flyer advertising Baltimore Trash Talk's School Recycling & Litter Program. I have now received four grants to continue programming and expand on it. . Presentations include interactive exercises on population/pollution and conversations with the students about how our surroundings affect the way we think and feel - touching on stewardship, civic duty, city water systems, water quality and litter.
  • Parlato Baltimore Trash Talk School Presentation Slide - Broken Window Theory

    Parlato Baltimore Trash Talk School Presentation Slide - Broken Window Theory
    Slide from Baltimore Trash Talk's School Recycling & Litter Program School Presentation. The presentation leads viewers in a short series of slides through the growth of world population in the last 50 years (my lifetime) and illustrates the growing problem of litter and plastic trash. This larger world view is then narrowed down to Baltimore, how problematic litter affects our city and what each one of us as individuals can do about it.
  • Parlato Baltimore Trash Talk School Presentation Slide - What Can You Do?

    Parlato Baltimore Trash Talk School Presentation Slide - What Can You Do?
    Slide from Baltimore Trash Talk's School Recycling & Litter Program School Presentation. The presentation leads viewers in a short series of slides through the growth of world population in the last 50 years (my lifetime) and illustrates the growing problem of litter and plastic trash. This larger world view is then narrowed down to Baltimore, how problematic litter affects our city and what each one of us as individuals can do about it. This slide lists a number of things one can do to rethink, reuse, reduce and recycle.
  • Parlato BTT School Presentation - Hampstead Hill

    Parlato BTT School Presentation - Hampstead Hill
    Baltimore Trash Talk's School Recycling & Litter Program - School Presentation. I have now received four grants to continue programming. I have presented to students at PPPCS, Tench Tilghman, Calvert School, The Baltimore Lab School, Hampstead Hill, Waverly Elementary, Benjamin Franklin High School and others. Presentations include interactive exercises on population/pollution and conversations about stewardship, civic duty, city water systems, water quality and litter.
  • Parlato - BTT School Program - Recyqueen costume

    Parlato - BTT School Program - Recyqueen costume
    Recyqueen Costume used for Baltimore Trash Talk's School Recycling & Litter Program sprang from a series of presentations to students. This costume was designed for the Creative Alliance costume party (it was a winner!) and breaks the ice with kids and adults alike. It is made from Ace Harware lawn and leaf bags, Walmart and safeway bags, paperboard product boxes, string, paperclips, duct tape and an altered shirt from Value Village.

New Century School - Ocean Mandala

This project was part of my BGE funded school program. In conjunction with some of the teachers at The New Century School in Baltimore, MD, the project worked in tandem with the student's Ocean-centered curriculum. We first startedwith a school trash presentation from the RecyQueen, following up with additional classroom sessions during which the students created painted ocean textures and fish from recyclable materials pulled from neighborhood recycling bins.

I then took all the students work and combined the parts and pieces to create an ocean-themed mandala that hangs in the multi-purpose room at New Century School. 

A detailed accounting of the project can be found here - https://blog.thenewcenturyschool.com/2018/06/01/recyqueen-returns-to-tncs/

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