© 2014 Edie Everette, HazMatters, comic book excerpt. Courtesy of the artist.
Two Seattle artists have created a comic book and short film that humorously connect hazardous materials, public health and the environment. Public Art 4Culture and King County’s Local Hazardous Waste Management Program commissioned cartoonist Edie Everette and animator Clyde Petersen to create a new kind of public service announcement, in both English and Spanish.
Everett’s comic, HazMatters, is a series of vignettes that explores how we live with hazardous products. The book cleverly reveals many ways household hazardous waste intersects with our everyday lives. It explores household hazardous waste and personal responsibility with stories full of questions, humor, and interactive activities. For a free copy of HazMatters by mail, call the Household Hazards Line at (206) 296-4692.
Petersen’s The Wild World of Pesticides is a short animated film featuring penguins and DDT that offers positive steps to reduce the use of toxic pesticides. It details the life and history of DDT and the positive steps we can take to reduce the use of toxic pesticides. A cast of stop-motion animated paper penguins living in a watercolor landscape tells stories of pesticide use in farming, landscaping and gardening. The film can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iKDgK1xllc
Both artists use visual storytelling to uncover a topic that can be confusing and overwhelming. They help explain what hazardous wastes are, their impacts on our environment, and how we can responsibly deal with them.
About the artists:
Edie Everette’s HazMatters (Porque los productos tóxicos son peligrosos), Everette is a visual artist, cartoonist and writer, gives a behind-the-scenes look into her HazMatters design process through her articles I am a Public Artist Part 1 and Part 2 on the 4Culture blog.
Clyde Petersen’s The Wild World of Pesticides (El Mundo Peligroso de los Pesticidas) Clyde Petersen is an indie animator, musician, and a member of S.E.A.T. (Seattle Experimental Animation Team).
View the full press release.
Dave Waddell, with the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program’s Art Hazards Project, will give a free workshop for artists on hazardous materials in the studio.
He will share information and free safety equipment.
Artists may also schedule a free studio visit to evaluate the hazards in their working environment. Vouchers are available to offset the 50% of the cost of safety improvements, up to $500.
What: Artists learn about hazardous materials in the studio & get free safety apparel and funding to improve safety
When: Wednesday, September 17 from 12:00-1:00 pm
Where: 4 Culture, 101Prefontaine Place, Seattle 98104
Find out how to identify safer chemicals, store art supplies safely and dispose of waste properly at a free
Hidden Hazards in the Arts workshop.
“We are here to help artists take out some of the risks of handling these chemicals, particularly since many of them have home studios. We want to help artists protect their health and their families,” said Donna Galstad, a workshop presenter with the LHWMP Art Hazards project.
“I attended a Hidden Hazards in the Arts workshop, and there was so much information related to my personal art process and the materials I use —crucial new information to avoid exposure to toxins in the studio,” said Mark Calderon, a Seattle sculptor.
More information and register for this free workshop:
- Tuesday, September 16
- 6:30pm- 8:30pm
- Shoreline City Hall – third floor classrooms
- 17544 Midvale Ave N
- Shoreline, WA 98133
Sponsored by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County and the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council.