Airsheds and Artists: Raising Air Quality Awareness with Mariah Barnaby-Norris

Amanda Schutz
October 6, 2023

Airsheds and Artists: Raising Air Quality Awareness

Canadian Women in Design has partnered with West Central Airshed Society to develop original artwork to cover the Hinton Hillcrest air monitoring station.

Mariah Barnaby-Norris is a (Hinton-raised!) Canadian designer and illustrator and a past interviewee at Canadian Women in Design. Mariah loves creating wonky worlds filled with imperfect things and making up approachable characters that are far more confident and fashion-forward than herself (her words). She likes to see what she can fit together or build from as she moves through a project. Mariah is currently working at Portland's excellent Oddfellows studio as a designer and drawer of things.

Check out Mariah's process from sketch to final art to install in the photos below.

“You are so close to mountains, forests, trails, rivers, and lakes… it’s literally endless. I took inspiration from the native flowers and plants of Alberta and from the wildlife that I saw while I was growing up here. I wanted to show an idyllic environment unaffected by climate change and air pollution.” Mariah Barnaby-Norris, CWID Designer

"Air quality is a priority in Hinton, especially since this station is located within the town where thousands of community members live. Air quality data from the station allows the community to understand the overall air quality and to make choices regarding their outdoor activities on poor air quality days.” Robert Chrobak, WCAS Operations Manager

A big thank you to West Central Airshed Society for this unique partnership. This project is a first for CWID, and we plan to do a few similar collaborations in the coming months. Stay tuned!

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