Volcom is proud to announce a partnership with the PangeaSeed Foundation, an international collective of artists and activists whose mission is to harnesses the power of art, science, and creativity to generate awareness and effect positive change surrounding global ocean environmental issues. Their mission aligns perfectly with Volcom’s sustainability efforts and overall approach, so teaming up created an opportunity to reach even more people who care about our oceans!
The collaboration kicks off for Fall ’17 with a collection of graphic tees and a custom recycled PET boardshort featuring the work of two female artists: Bay Area artist Lauren YS and Australian street artist Vexta. Both artists have created murals for PangeaSeed’s groundbreaking Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program, which places large-scale, ocean-themed murals in coastal cities around the globe, with supporting festivals that promote local environmental education programming.
The Volcom X PangeaSeed Collection now brings that art to everyone while also supporting the outreach efforts of the foundation. “We’re excited to launch the new product range with Volcom,” says PangeaSeed founder, Tré Packard. “To be able to collaborate with a brand that shares similar passions for the arts and the environmental preservation is exciting.” Packard will be field-testing the Vexta Boardshort this summer while shark tagging in Mexico and Japan. The collection includes a tee design by Lauren YS featuring an infinity symbol of entangled octopi. From Vexta, there’s a tee design featuring a mermaid and a shark, as well as a men’s boardshort featuring the colorful print pattern derived from the mermaid. All pieces feature custom co-branding and are available at volcom.com.
This collection features the work of an artivist and is intended to inspire positive change in our ocean and environment. A portion of proceeds from this product will go toward PangeaSeed’s mission of using street art to inspire thought and stimulate dialogue around the world.
The Artists Behind The Collection
Vexta is a self-taught street artist from Sydney, Australia with a bohemian heritage. Her bold and extravagant artworks have invaded our visual landscape from Melbourne to Mexico and everywhere in between. She is a nomad of our modern times, viewing the world through her psychedelic kaleidoscope. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, Vexta spreads her vision across the continents and countries, studios and streets, balancing exhibitions, commissions and creative ventures alike. She has exhibited extensively across Australia, Europe, and North America, including The National Gallery of Australia and has her work held in numerous public, academic and private collections globally. See more of Vexta’s art at www.vexta.com.au
Lauren YS is a Bay Area artist whose work is influenced by multiple stages of focus, both geographically and in practice. With dynamic bouts in academics, literature and writing, teaching, illustration, and animation leading up to her arrival in the street art world, the influences of these phases of her own career add up to a robust style of murals and fine art. Lauren’s work aims to create and populate a misfit wonderland in which imaginary heroines can address the absurdities of reality in the confines of a page or a wall. Dreams and mythology add to the myriad of influences that stem from her upbringing in Colorado and her time spent at Stanford, writing for Juxtapoz, working at DreamWorks, and teaching english to high schoolers at San Francisco’s 826 Valencia. Check out more of her work at www.laurenys.com
ABOUT PANGEASEED FOUNDATION:
PangeaSeed Foundation is an international non-profit organization acting at the intersection of culture and environmentalism to further the conservation of our oceans. PangeaSeed Foundation aims to empower individuals and communities to create meaningful environmental change for oceans through ARTivism, education, and science. PangeaSeed Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.
ABOUT SEA WALLS: ARTISTS FOR OCEANS:
Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans is a groundbreaking public art project created by PangeaSeed Foundation and supporting artists to help bring the beauty and the plight of the world’s oceans to the streets around the world. Collaborating with internationally renowned artists, large-scale murals and sculpture focus on pressing issues such as overfishing, plastics and pollution, global climate change, and habitat loss.