Mother-ease® Eco Theme™ Prints
Mother-ease is very proud to introduce our Eco Theme Print Series. We have selected 5 environmentally sensitive regions throughout the world, and, in a playful way, re-created their species and habitats. Many, but not all animals featured in each print are endangered.
About the ArtistOur Eco Theme Prints attempt to represent the world's different ecology's in a unique format, bringing attention to their plight. This concept was interpreted and translated to print by our graphics artist, Ms. Barbara Hinterholler (daughter of the late George Hinterholler, designer and shipbuilder of the world famous Hinterholler Yachts). Barbara's passion for art and unmistakable talent, coupled with enthusiasm and love of her environment is evident in the meticulous work she does. Notice her attention to detail and use of in creating a climate. It has been a pleasure to work with Barbara although, at times, quite slow as she suffers from Muscular Sclerosis, which has brought about the gradual deterioration of her fine motor skills, limiting her work to the computer. Although reluctant at first to take on this job, once committed, her dedication and enjoyment of her work was inspirational. It is Barbara's wish that her work stirs the natural curiosity in children and stimulates parents to communicate to their children the need for environmental awareness at an early age. Barbara has two beautiful daughters. She loves to sail with her husband, Hugh on Georgian Bay (part of the Canadian Great Lakes).
Mother-ease Eco Theme Prints
Biodiversity or biological diversity, is the variety of life on Earth and the processes and interactions that sustain it. There are three kinds of biodiversity: ecosystem diversity, genetic diversity, and species diversity. Ecosystem or habitat diversity refers to the variety of places where life exists-- from rainforests to oceans, from deserts to wetlands. Genetic diversity refers to the variation of genes within species, and species diversity is the vast complex of species that inhabit the earth.
From concept to creation, here is a description of our Eco Theme Prints:
The oceans are alive. Our planet, mostly covered by water, is filled with movement and life. From the seashore to the deepest depths, oceans are home to some of the most diverse life on Earth. Coastal and ocean waters include some of the most biologically productive habitats on the planet. Coral reefs support ecosystems that are second in species diversity only to the rainforest.
These are Our Oceans.;Light and watery, our Oceans print re-introduces our very popular Sandy's™ Sperm whale. Because in his previous print he seemed quite lonely, we have now given him friends to swim with. The artist uses shades of blue and green to reflect aquatic conditions. The Bottlenose Dolphin and the great White Shark provide companionship for Sandy while the Sea Urchins and Starfish laze quietly about. The Giant Pacific Octopus and the Blue Crab are found in a bright shade of coral adding a perfect splash of color. Schools of fish are used to bring balance to this print, which features both larger and smaller sea creatures. Pockets of air bubbles pull together the colors in this print while creating a watery look.
Tropical rainforests are located near the equator, where temperatures stay above 80°F year round. Although tropical rainforests cover just 7% of the Earth's surface, they provide habitat for over 50% of it's plant and animal species. Half of the world's rainforests lie within the borders of Brazil, Indonesia, and Zaire. The rainforest is full of diversity when it comes to the plants and animals that inhabit it... many found no place else on earth. Within it's dense undergrowth and towering canopy live an abundance of creatures.
Welcome to the Rainforest! Our Rainforest print re-creates the rainforest's density without becoming too dark and heavy. It features the primary colors so indicative of species found only in the rainforest. The artist manages to capture the alertness emanating from these creatures. You can almost hear the chatter in this forest and feel it’s vibrancy. A closer look reveals a great amount of attention to detail. Hanging from the canopy you will find a Capuchin monkey. His twin brother hangs nearby patiently waiting for a bite off his brother's banana while sucking on his thumb. The Toucan and Macaw display their exotic colors. Just below, in the dense understory hides a Red Eyed tree frog. On the forest floor a Jaguar is quietly on the prowl, while nearby a camouflaged Emerald Tree Boa watches over all.
Wetlands are transitional areas, sandwiched between water bodies and well-drained uplands. They include mangroves, marshes, swamps, forested wetlands, bogs, wet prairie potholes, and vernal pools. Wetlands are some of the most biologically productive ecosystems in the world, comparable to tropical rainforests and coral reefs in their productivity and the diversity of species they support. Indeed, wetlands are found from the tundra to the tropics and on every continent except Antarctica.
Feel the moisture, smell the bog. This is the Wetland. The artist has chosen shades of green to dominate this print. Smiling Green frogs jump to and from green lily pads. Cinnamon Teal ducks splash playfully, while a Bog turtle rests peacefully in the hazy sunshine. A slippery snail quietly slithers along. A light showering of bubbles is used to represent the abundance of moisture found in the wetlands, while pulling together the earthy colors of this print.
A savanna is a rolling grassland scattered with shrubs and isolated trees, which can be found between a tropical rainforest and desert biome. Not enough rain falls on a savanna to support forests. Savanna's have a very long, dry winter season. Summers bring the monsoon rains. Both the plants and animal species have adapted to this extreme environment. Grazers co-exist with browsers, (those who eat leaves off trees) who provide food for carnivores. Each species has it's own food preference, making it possible to live side by side and not be in competition for food. They all depend on each other to keep the environment in balance.
Arid and sparse. Here is our Savanna. Shades of yellow and green reflect the artist's interpretation of the dry and wet seasons that form the savanna. Lone Acacia trees are interspersed here and there creating an arid look so indicative of these grasslands. This print features a few of the most endangered species on the earth. The very large, and very endangered African elephant, and the Javan rhinoceros, with less than 100 left in the world are found in abundance here in this print. The long legged Reticulated giraffe co-habitates with the Grevy's zebra. The colors used in this print help identify the species and are quite true to their natural colors with the exception of the hippopotamus, which the artist has humorously painted a muddy shade of pink. Cautiousness is reflected in the faces of the herbivores since there are lions on the prowl.
These vastly beautiful, richly endowed lands with diverse landscapes and climatic variations harbour a rich wildlife heritage. This area is home to many endangered species.
Asia faces severe deforestation causing loss of habitat. Governments and conservation organizations pay attention to natural reserve construction as a means of protecting the natural environment and resources.
Green and lush. This is our rendition of Asia and the first print to be released on a colored background. The Giant Panda dominates this print. The artist has chosen a green backdrop to depict the stark colors of the giant Panda that lives in bamboo forests. The Panda is joined here by the Lesser or Red Panda, also a bamboo forager. A brightly colored yellow tiger cub adds a perfect splash of color and an Eastern Tarsier clings tightly to a branch while keeping close watch with his large eyes. A Cobra, colored blue adds an element of fun with his bright big smile.
The earth does not belong to man,
Man belongs to the earth.
All things are connected
Like the blood that unites us all.
Man did not weave the web of life,
He is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web,
He does to himself.
- Chief Seattle
® MOTHER-EASE is a registered trademark of Mother-ease Inc. of Ontario, Canada
™ ECO THEME is a trademark of Mother-ease Inc. of Ontario, Canada
* All ECO THEME PRINTS are registered with the European Community Design Office.
EM Regd. Des. No. 000127535-0001 to 000127535-0004
* All ECO THEME PRINTS are registered as copyrights in Canada
Registration Nos. 1016825, 1016826, 1016827, 1016828
* All ECO THEME PRINTS are registered as copyrights in the USA
Registration Nos. VAu608-494, VAu611-216, VAu611-734, VAu624-947
* Mother-ease Inc. of Ontario, Canada claims unregistered rights in all other jurisdictions