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Mr Arteest wants to save the planet with eco-friendly wall art.
In the face of adversity, unable to continue his normal day job due to the pandemic, Mr Arteest launches an environmentally friendly online wall art store selling his typographic quotes, photography and graphic design prints.
Cullercoats, Tyne and Wear, Monday 22nd June, 2020
Mr Arteest (Mark Warner), graphic designer, photographer, artist and idea creator announced today:
Who: In his soul, Mark is a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, artist and idea creator. He’s passionate about saving our planet from the perils of climate change. He really believes that small actions and changes can make a bigger, positive impact to help save our environment. “It’s about creating a movement,” says Mark, “A bit like stepping into the gym or going for your first jog. It starts with doing just a short bit of exercise, then it builds.”
Mark has two boys, aged seven and two. He spends most of his time helping raise them with his wife just up the road from the small coastal village of Cullercoats. You can usually find him walking, cycling or playing somewhere along the beautiful North East coastline. He’s keen to repay the debt he feels we owe to the oceans, the wildlife and the planet and is hopeful of a brighter, greener future for his boys to enjoy.
What: Mark set up his online print store to sell eco-friendly wall art prints. You will find high quality environmentally friendly graphic design, typography and photography prints all designed by him to brighten the walls of any home.
All the designs are limited to just 13 editions, (Mark’s lucky number). Limiting the editions makes them more exclusive and special, you can guarantee that you won’t find thousands of other interior design instagrammers with these prints on their beautiful gallery walls. Mark uses a sustainable print facility based in the North to print all of the designs on FSC approved 100% recycled paper using renewable energy. He uses recycled packaging materials with no plastic to send the prints. If you live local to the North East he even vows to hand deliver your prints using his bike or electric car to keep delivery emissions down.
When/where: The online print store launched on Saturday 20th June. The website is https://shop.mrarteest.com. It launched to great effect with several orders coming in throughout the day, despite many people in the North East out enjoying the sunny weather.
Why: Before the pandemic hit, Mark was ‘stuck’ in a 9-5 office job working in Newcastle City Centre. It was by no means a bad job but this year was to be his 13th year of doing something that didn’t fully ignite his passion. The pandemic struck and he was unable to continue with his job due to committing more time to raising and home schooling his two young boys. It helped him re-evaluate his life and purpose. In the face of adversity, Mark had a choice to make. He knows that coronavirus has been crippling for so many but he has tried to remain positive for his family and to use this as an opportunity instead. It sparked up that fire in his belly to pursue his real passion for design combined with helping the environment.
He feels that, as with coronavirus, climate change will hit the poorest communities in the world the worst and in his own small way he’s hoping he can help those people.
“I’m not foolish to believe that a small art print can change the world and halt carbon emissions” Mark exclaims, answering his critics before they raise their eyebrows. “As I said before, this is about a movement. By making this statement through my prints it encourages people to assess their other spending habits. These small changes build, they add up to a much larger quantity.” His passion about this is really quite infectious. “And that’s the point,” Mark urges, “I want it to be infectious and an active choice, not to stand and preach to folks. When you look at the passion for interior design amongst instagrammers, the desire to build the perfect gallery wall is also infectious. Those prints take pride of place in people’s beautifully curated homes. Now, when they look at my environmentally friendly prints, it will hopefully keep it in their mind to think about what other small changes they could make. We cannot be perfect in reducing our carbon emissions, but we can all do a little bit and spread that to our friends and family then ultimately hold our local councils and government to account too. That’s how we can influence the bigger changes that we need to help the poorest communities, both locally and around the world.”
Background: Mark graduated from the University of Teesside in 2005 with a BA in Graphic Design. He immediately set up his own design studio and contemporary urban art space: Kitch-en Gallery in Middlesbrough. This worked as a catalyst for him to present his photography, design and artwork in exhibitions around the country. He lectured part time on the Graphic Design course at The University of Teesside and Cleveland College of Art & Design (now the Northern School of Art). He worked with children and young adults within school workshop environments across the North East and was creative director of KENAZ, an independent creative writing magazine for several years. In 2010 he held one final exhibition with Kitch-en Gallery after relocating to Newcastle Upon Tyne.
He has continued to undertake small creative projects alongside his full time office job when the opportunities have arisen. His passion for art and design has never wavered but this feels different.
Mark is excited, “This is a new opportunity to really give it the full bells and whistles and create something bigger than just an exhibition of work.” He’s learnt from the past, dealt with the present and is looking forward to a greener, brighter future filled with typographic prints of motivational quotes, colourful illustrations and sunset photos of his favourite North East beaches. Are you ready to help him in his crusade?
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