‘Sea is dying because of this plastic’ - student’s warning with dramatic ‘death of the oceans’ artwork

Philippa Gibbons used waste collected from beaches to decorate her model, Tiffany Harrison, as she used her final project to voice a message about the impact of waste plastic on the sea.
Philippa Gibbons used waste collected from beaches to decorate her model, Tiffany Harrison, as she used her final project to voice a message about the impact of waste plastic on the sea.

A student aiming for a career in the film industry has used a sweep of our coastline to create a stark warning about how plastics are killing the sea.

Philippa Gibbons, from East Boldon, picked up litter from beaches in Seaburn, South Shields and Seaham and used the waste in her final college project.

Waste collected from beaches was used in the project.

Waste collected from beaches was used in the project.

The 20-year-old is studying an HND in media make-up at Northumberland College in Ashington and plans to find work in the television and film industry following further studies.

She drafted in fellow student Tiffany Harrison, 24, as her model and staged her shoot on the sand at Newbiggin.

Philippa, who works at Blush and Glow salon in Boldon alongside her two-year course, said: “I’ve been doing my final project this year and it had to be big, and I had seen a lot of stuff marine-related and I thought it was a good topic to cover.

“I was doing research into what people know about sea pollution and what I found was there wasn’t a lot of awareness about it.

I filled so many bags and I got quite emotional about how much I found.

Philippa Gibbons

“I wanted people to see the bigger picture.

“It’s been done using beach debris, so netting, pieces of rubbish off the beaches, and I was really surprised about how much I got, big bags full, when I went to Seaburn, South Shields and Seaham.

“I filled so many bags and I got quite emotional about how much I found.

“I’d always thought Seaburn was quite a clean beach, but when I got there I was surprised with how much rubbish there was, although Seaham was a lot better.

Philippa Gibbons used waste collected from beaches to decorate her model, Tiffany Harrison, as she used her final project to voice a message about the impact of waste plastic on the sea.

Philippa Gibbons used waste collected from beaches to decorate her model, Tiffany Harrison, as she used her final project to voice a message about the impact of waste plastic on the sea.

“I’m really happy with how it turned out.

“I thought about doing a dying mermaid, but I didn’t want it to be a fantasy, I wanted to make it look like the oceans and sea is dying because of this plastic.

“All the comments have been really lovely about it and people have said they are going to try and recycle more, so it’s been really positive.”

Philippa’s previous work has included a body painting on her own skin showing the Tommy statue in Seaham as she paid respects to the fallen of the First World War.

Bags of waste were collected on the visits to Seaburn beach, as well as the coast at South Shields and Seaham.

Bags of waste were collected on the visits to Seaburn beach, as well as the coast at South Shields and Seaham.

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Philippa Gibbons painted herself in a tribute to those lost in the First World War earlier in her studies.

Philippa Gibbons painted herself in a tribute to those lost in the First World War earlier in her studies.

Philippa Gibbons as she collected waste from the shore.

Philippa Gibbons as she collected waste from the shore.