Maura is currently studying Graphic Design and Illustration at Ulster University at Belfast School of Art. As her artwork suggests, she loves being in the water and is a part-time swimming teacher.
What inspired you to take part in our Artist Collaboration Program?
I was already a supporting Pela community member and loved the idea that I could be a part of a great cause.
Tell us about your level of environmental practices in your home, community etc?
Separating my household waste into three separate recycling bins and making sure my other housemates do so as well. I also created a 12 page magazine which was displayed in an exhibition myself and a few other students curated to try to influence others on 'How To Live With Less Plastic.'
Why do you think it's important to be environmentally friendly today?
I feel the environmental issues are the biggest issues our generation will face.
Where did the inspiration come for the case you designed?
I think the best way to describe my love for the water is to show the beauty that lives in it. Living or non living I created a few initial designs yet the most gracious living design of the whale stuck with me.
What is one thing you do in your life, that makes a positive impact on the environment?
I have recently become vegan making me a lot more conscious of what I eat and where my food comes from. Food miles and air pollution are a huge contributing factor to the greenhouse gasses in the environment. I am also a lot more conscious of household waste. We recycle all of our waste into 3 labeled separate recycling bins ensuring we are thorough in our waste disposal.
What suggestion would you give to someone who wanted to live more 'green' but overwhelmed on how?
Any difference you make big or small will make a difference. Little things like consciously choosing a biodegradable phone case will make a difference. Little things matter. We have to start somewhere.
What is your favourite quote?
'Creativity is contagious, pass it on.' - Albert Einstein