A total of 100 banners, 300 meters of fabric and more than 20 liters of paint will be used in the two-week protests of the environmental action group Extinction Rebellion across the capital.
The group is in the midst of staging fortnightly protests to demonstrate against the global use of fossil fuels that are driving climate change.
As part of the campaign, Extinction Rebellion uses elaborate costumes, props, art exhibits (referred to as “art promotions” by the group), banners, and flags as they roam various cities.
One member of the group, known only as Bridget, is the UK art factory’s coordinator and said the creation of the artwork for the protest began weeks, sometimes months, in advance.
She told the PA news agency, “To make the banners and flags, we do 16-hour days without breaks for about a month.
“We try to provide as many materials as possible. Our printer ink is the most environmentally friendly printer ink you can get on the planet. We do a lot of research. We get donations and t-shirts from merch companies with their dead stocks and charities.
“Everything is upcycled as much as possible. We bought 20 liters of paint and the rest was freecycling, and we have about 300 meters of fabric for banners.
“It depends on the art events. It took three weeks for the Rebel Path, which was an HS2 campaign. “
The more elaborate costumes, like those of the red rebels, are created by art coordinators across the country.
You design a costume that is easy for others to make, and then create a design package that is mailed to other members of the group across the country to create a “uniform” look.
In London, too, dozens of fashion students at universities and colleges help with the more elaborate designs.
Bridget said, “In the art factories, we make the banners, flags, and t-shirts. I also run workshops.
“We have decentralized, across the UK and nations and even worldwide. We advise you on how you can manufacture everything. We then help other movements, so we worked with Black Lives Matter and showed them how to make banners and flags.
“It has a communal aspect. The point is that everyone can do everything. We are all crew. “
The group consists of around 100 employees across the country who produce banners and flags, but also volunteer dollmakers, sculptors, 3D designers, musicians and architects, which makes a total of around 2,000 volunteers available who work exclusively on the works of art.
Speaking of the London protests, Bridget said: “Our main principle is to promote autonomy and decentralize the movement. Because we had so much help from the regions [the artwork for the London protests] was really very successful and the quality of the production is excellent.
“The whole point is to reach out to the general public and talk to them about what’s going on with the planet. There will be a lot more theatrical and beautiful things to see in the next few days. “
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