Karen La Du, Artist in Residence at the Washed Ashore Project
Karen La Du is an artist, yogi, and New Jersey State Certified Teacher of Art, Elementary Education, and French. She is the founder of Yoga: Art in Motion and owner/designer of TYKTOO.
Through Yoga: Art in Motion, Karen La Du offers private art instruction and workshops that fuse the disciplines of yoga and the fine arts. TKYTOO is Karen’s line of cookie cutters in the shape of yoga poses that she customized for art projects and other creative uses.
Karen is thrilled to be entering a new partnership with the Washed Ashore Project, an amazing effort in Oregon that educates and creates awareness about marine debris and plastic pollution through art.
Washed Ashore’s lead artist and educator, Angela Haseltine Pozzi, guides children and adults in a dynamic community art project. Volunteers collect beach debris and work with the lead artist to transform trash into giant sculptures of marine life. The Washed Ashore sculptures purposely represent marine life because these are the creatures most affected by garbage in our waters and on our beaches.
When Karen read about the Washed Ashore Project, she knew she had to bring the program to her beloved Jersey Shore. For years, she has walked the Bay Head beach to collect trash and incorporate recycled materials into her own art projects. She’s passionate about preserving the beauty of New Jersey’s beaches and encouraging others to join me in this critical mission.
Karen La Du is honored that the Washed Ashore Project has invited her to be an Artist in Residence in San Diego, June 4-8, for a community art project at the Chula Vista Nature Center. Karen will participate in the creation of the newest sculpture, “Oil Spill,” and co-teach Washed Ashore workshops for children and teenagers. This effort will culminate with World Ocean Day on June 8.
After Karen’s on-site training, she will work with the founders of Washed Ashore to bring the nationally recognized project to the Jersey Shore! This is an enormous opportunity for Karen, as an artist, to bring Washed Ashore to the East Coast and Atlantic Ocean for the very first time.
Karen La Du looks forward to involving Jersey Shore residents in Washed Ashore. Together, we can make Washed Ashore a true coast-to-coast movement.
Will you support the Washed Ashore Project in New Jersey? The ultimate hope for Washed Ashore is global action to clean beaches, create art, and spur discussions of how to save our oceans and beaches.
At this time, financial donations are being solicited to help offset the cost of Karen traveling to San Diego and participating in Washed Ashore training as a volunteer. Moving forward, financial contributions will be utilized to launch the Washed Ashore Project in New Jersey, starting with a community art project in Ocean/Monmouth County. Over time, Karen plans to expand Washed Ashore to other parts of the Jersey Shore.
Please visit washedashore.org for photos of breathtaking marine sculptures – crafted entirely from trash found on Oregon’s beaches. Imagine what we could create together at the Jersey Shore!
For more details, please contact Karen La Du at 732-864-5269, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Yoga: Art in Motion.
Thank you for taking the time to consider how the Washed Ashore Project could make a positive impact in our community. Your support is greatly appreciated!
I began in December 2009, setting size limit: 5” x 7”.
For 365 days, some mornings yoga then art making, some the reverse. Some days nothing and the next a make up day.” Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”, John Lennon wisely remarked.
I can now show you 365 collages, (in binders if you come to my studio or on my FB page). Seeing them all together is exhilarating, not because each one is a masterpiece, but because the progress and process of my visual creative output for one entire year is visible. With equal awe, I feel the power the discipline of a daily yoga practice has exerted on this project. My mind is in sync with my body as never before.
Stop reading. Unroll mat. Place collage materials on table. Practice asana. Glue papers. Keep an instinctive flow. Breathe. Cherish results: body, mind, soul.
L’Oiseau Bleu Sur Les Carrés, 24” X 36”
Acrylic on craft paper and canvas in handmade red frame