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TIPS FOR FINDING COLLABORATOR
For ARTISTS and DESIGNERS
Focus on what interests you the most - a particular animal, habitat, or topic in conservation. Do some research about your topic - try searching Google Scholar to find scientific articles. Supplement your readings with general references and news stories.You may discover a gap between how your topic is covered in the general media compared to what scientists are thinking about and doing. Once you have learned more, consider how you might participate, either as part of the research or conservation team, or as part of the effort to engage the public in taking conservation action. The last step is to reach out to a potential collaborator. Contact the scientist(s) or institution(s) involved. Consider sending a link to your online portfolio and any relevant work.
Consider what aspect of your work is not having the impact you would like it to have; or where you have unanswered questions. Start visiting art galleries - real or virtual. Look for works that resonate with you. Consider the potential of different media - photography, illustration, graphic design, illustration, sculpture, painting, glass, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, animation, film, industrial design, and architecture. It may be that your project already employs artists or designers for one or more aspects, such as education, outreach, fundraising, or public relations. Take this collaboration one step further and involve an artist in your research. Ask for their ideas; their creativity may surprise you. Most artists/designers have a contact page on their websites.