Artist makes a splash!

The stunning designs for the CAlcium in a CHanging Environment (CACHE) project logo produced by Rachel Ramirez, who lives and works in Olhao, Portugal, have been featured by the Nature Printing Society (NPS) in their international newsletter.


Rachel, who was commissioned to create the logos, cleverly created the images from prints of the shells from the four main species being researched in the CACHE study: the King scallop (Pecten Maximus), Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea Gigas), Blue Mussell ( Mytilus Edulis) and the Soft Shell Clam (Mya Arenaria). The CACHE website features two logos developed by Rachel as well as several of her photos.


In developing the designs, Rachel explained: “The shell images for the logo were made using a printing technique called ‘gyotaku’ and I used the ‘direct’ technique, in which ink is applied to the surface of the shells and an impression is made by placing a sheet of Japanese paper on top and gently rubbing with the finger tips. One thing which I try to portray in my work, is the transient beauty found in nature.”


Rachel is due to teach a shellfish (gyotaku) workshop in Portugal to visiting scientists, researchers and students involved with the project at a CACHE conference in November 2014. More details about Rachel’s work can be found on her website:  Rachel Ramirez prints.


CACHE is an ambitious science project looking into the potential effects of climate change, and the resultant acidification of the oceans, on four of Europe’s most commercially important shellfish and will attempt to aid the European fishing industry in understanding how their shells are produced and regulated to see how they will fare under climate change.



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