Tina Kraus (previously) is a Münster, Germany-based freelance illustrator and artist specializing in paper sculptures, mainly made out of hand-dyed crepe paper. This time, she created this fascinating series to raise awareness of ocean pollution and its consequences on the sea and marine animals.
Over the past year, I worked on a series of marine animal sculptures made from crepe paper and elements of trash. This is a project very close to my heart. I created these sculptures to call attention to the fact that our oceans and the wildlife dependent on them are under threat in so many ways right now. The seas offer a habitat for countless living things. Researchers suspect that up to 10 million species live in the oceans. Many of them are still unexplored. But the oceans are exposed to massive problems such as Plastic and other Pollution, Overfishing, Acidification, Extraction of natural resources and the Climate Crisis, which endanger the fragile balance of the sensitive ecosystems. The sculptures are handmade with wire and hand-dyed crepe paper and incorporate elements of trash. To illustrate the information on the plastic problem, I’ve also created some papercut illustrations.Tina Kraus