Shannon Lee Gilmour

is creating art & architecture from post-consumer plastic
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Thank you so much for becoming a patron!  You will receive access to my patron-only posts.  And - I will send you a beautiful orikaso peace crane made from post consumer plastic that has been carefully cleaned, dried and folded with a wish for a positive future.
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You will receive access to my patron-only posts. And - I will send you a beautiful orikaso peace crane made from post consumer plastic that has been carefully cleaned, dried and folded with a wish for a positive future.  In addition, you will receive behind the scenes look at my creative process, with video tutorials and breakdowns. 
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You will receive access to my patron-only posts. And - I will send you a beautiful orikaso peace crane made from post consumer plastic that has been carefully cleaned, dried and folded with a wish for a positive future. In addition, you will receive behind the scenes look at my creative process, with video tutorials and breakdowns.  In addition, you will receive access to a monthly Google Hangout PositiveLIFEcycle Think Tank where we can ask questions, get answers, suggest ideas, learn from each other, and make plans.

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About Shannon Lee Gilmour

Thank you for making it to my patreon page.  I have some really big plans for the future, and I want you to be part of it all!

Would you like to see the plastic pollution problem reversed in your lifetime?  Would you like to know that your support right here right now made that change possible? 

Plastic's lifecycle is infinite.  Lasting solutions to the plastic pollution problem must have a matching desired lifespan. 

My focus is art and architecture. 

Inspired by the pinwheel house by Ying chee Chu, the architectural design system I have developed is extensible. Like nature and fractal geometry, the essential form is repeated, expanding outwards to create larger and larger structures.  I call this, Evolving Symmetry 1.0.  The essential form is a socially beneficial structure, the bus stop.  If a community learns to build the bus stop, then they know how to build all the other larger forms: the community garden shed, tiny house, medium house, even entire communities.  A prototype of the Evolving Symmetry 1.0 bus stop was built in the fall of 2016 from the post-consumer plastic materials I collected for six years from my family of four.  I now know that when a group of twenty-five people with average consumer habits save their post-consumer plastic for one year, they can collectively build one Evolving Symmetry 1.0 bus stop.
  
It is exciting to me to redesign plastic to positively impact its entire lifecycle, a lifecycle some say is infinite. I get excited by doing something infinitely positive that will last forever, do you? 

What gets me so excited about the positive impacts of redesigning plastic is the snowball effect of implementing systematic solutions. The benefits extend far further than the basic functionality of a lifecycle design: 
- When plastic is removed from the waste stream, what remains is largely compostable, so more of the waste stream can be utilized and zero waste goals become more achievable. 
- Plastic is a wasted resource polluting the ground and waterways around the world, often present in the poorest areas, where resources are limited.  When we develop plastic as a resource, the benefits to the economically disadvantaged  can be huge.
- Plastic as waste can create a vector for water-born diseases, so the removal of plastic from the environment can have beneficial health impacts. 
-Plastic when left as waste, continually harms life throughout its lifecycle. When collected and secured for beneficial use for humanity, it has positive impacts for life for its entire lifecycle.
In my travels, I saw many global problems first-hand: child homelessness, pollution, and poverty. I believe that the positive utilization of plastic waste can have beneficial impacts across all these problems. Because of a deep love of life, I care deeply about making this happen. I believe in this very important work. I am looking for patrons who are excited to join me!

In 2010, I began an experiment - to save my family's non-recyclable plastic waste and see if I could figure out a way to utilize it in a positive way. This was a difficult journey.
I collected, cleaned, and dried plastic that would normally go to the landfill and saved it bit by bit. As it piled up, I pushed it under our guest bed. Ha. Stay there. A year and a half later, it started poking out, and I pushed it back under, hmmm...what to do next?
It piled up further, but I did not give up. Some boxes here, some more boxes there. Creativity - it is a messy business. Sometimes, you have to be enveloped in it to find your way to some inspiration. I was around plastic, looking at it, seeing, and interacting with it daily. It changed my perspective, and I began to see plastic in a completely new way.

Now, if I can transform the plastic that my family generates as consumer waste, it can be done!  It is simplified and easy, and I can show you a system to positively deal with plastic waste. I know that transformation of the plastic pollution problem into solutions that benefit humanity and protect the environment is truly possible!
Together, we can start to transform the plastic pollution problem into solutions that provide environmental remediation and social benefits.

I have come this far, but I cannot move forward alone. I truly need your help to take the next steps, right now.  As a patron, you can be with me on the forefront of positive change regarding the global plastic pollution problem.
I have a detailed plan to make this happen, and I will share with you, step by step.
  
Would you please help me continue this important work?  Your patronage can be at any level you choose and is much appreciated.  No amount is too small.  Please join this community of patrons who support developing solutions to plastic pollution.

Thank you.


As a patron, you receive various patron-only rewards: access to my patron-only posts,  videos, discounts on artwork, invitations to shows, and more.  I have some very special rewards coming for you. 
    
Thank you for your patronage.  I am very grateful for your support!  Together we can accomplish great things!

Photography by Jack Rowell, www.jackrowell.com

Goals
$23 of $100 per month
When I hit $100 per month, I will devote more time to my next large scale installation:  Winter God's Eyes.  I will be able to buy key materials.
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