Magazine Remix Project


Completing a Magazine Remix Project involves finding an original advertisement or image in a magazine and then changing the image that either heightens the positive environmental message or displays the negative aspects of what is happening to our environment so as to provide a wake up call.

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Death of a Flamingo

Erin V. Mulvihill 2008


For the Birds

Raye Yankauskas 2008


The Marriage of Art and The Environment

Diem Dangers 2008


Creating Environmental Stewards

Kerri Schmidt 2008


Environmental Heroes

Phi Nguyen 2008


Home, Sweet Forest

Meg San Souci 2008


No Boundary or New Boundary

Terri Halperin-Eaton 2008


A Solution to the Polution

The first time I saw the image of the polluted air and stream, my first reaction was complete and utter disgust. All of the life has been choked out of this stream due to the runoff from the local factory in rural China. I wanted to transform it completely, in hopes of restoring it to the time before the factory. In my new image the sky is a pleasant blue, the water is cleaned up and the smoggy factory has been transformed into grassy hills with a tree in the distance.

Source: National Geographic Magazine, [Polluted River in China], 2008. Washington DC: National Geographic Society. Vol 213 (5): 146.

Remixed by Amy Grady 2008

Absence of Nature - Presence of Greed

The image I chose is of a construction site. It is stark and lacks anything natural. As I look at this image I imagine what might have been there years ago or what could have been there in place of man made materials. The transformation of my image consists of making aware the consequences of construction on the environment. I collaged images of trees cut down, destroyed and torn up plant life. In the back ground the towers shine, dollar signs flicker in the window. Through the dollar signs I placed silhouette images of tree branches to represent the memory of what might once have existed there. A billboard looms in the background. The statement is disconcerting but if forest and land is continually viewed as opportunity for building and earning money, what will our children’s children have left to call a natural environment?

Original image
: New York Magazine, July 2009, pg 27. Image:
Remixed by Jordan Lund 2009

Natural Materials, Healthy Environment

I wanted to celebrate the wonders of nature and outdoors; walking, planting, enjoying the landscape of trees and gardens. I wanted to take out the watch from the previous picture and replace it with someone exercising and being in touch with nature. Also, you notice the woman who is walking has a smile on her face; the other one does not. I replaced her clothing with clothing made out of nature. It is important in saving our environment to use natural materials. Clothing, of natural materials, and walking outside creates a healthy individual and is better for the environment.

Original image: Oprah Magazine, May 2006, p. back cover

Remixed by Karen Thompson 2009


Wild Ideas

The original image was an advertisement for a new reality show about Jockeys. The heading at the top of the page states, "Win or Die Trying." The advertisement startled me because it advocates competition to the point of death. It also advocates keeping horses from their wild natural habitat and way of life. I am not against horse riding, but I do think there is a limit to how much we use animals for our own enjoyment - including hunting, for food, and for money. For these reasons I decided to transform this image into one that was in support of nature untouched, providing a voice of advocacy for keeping the wild wild and not controlling it for our personal, often greedy, wishes.

Original image: Entertainment Weekly. January 30/February 6, 2009 - #1032/1033. Page 15.

Remixed by Kelsey Fox Bennett 2009



Real Food Comes From Nature, Not A Can -

Buy Fresh, Buy Local!

I transformed this Chef Boyardee Beef ravioli ad adverting that a bowl has an entire serving of vegetables in it. This might be true but this product also has a lot additives and preservatives such as corn starch, MSG, and high fructose corn syrup that I wrote below the original message. Therefore I crossed out the can of ravioli and added many brightly colored fruits, vegetables, and nuts all around. The ad also suggests folding the dotted lines together for a more kid-friendly message which says “no veggies.” The line “obviously delicious, secretly nutritious” gives further emphasis to the concept of hiding veggies from kids. Why hide the veggies? I think eating veggies is a habit that needs to be learned at a very young age. Kids can be exited about eating fruits and veggies by participating in the grocery shopping process. I added a picture of a mother and her children in nature to point out that true food comes from nature not a can and motivate families to spend time in the natural environment. I encourage parents to buy fresh and buy local.

Original image: Disney Family Fun magazine, August 2009, p. 23
Remixed by Laurene Ifergan 2009

The Seeds of Change

The Image that I transformed is a picture of an African woman against a dark background with nothing in it. Below the picture is talks about how woman are gaining power but they still need the resources so they can get money to buy land and seeds and plant the seeds of change around them. I cut out pictures of plants and fruits from different magazines and glued them to the copy of the original picture. I wanted to make the background come to life. I left the woman in the picture and left the words “the seeds of change” and “ I am powerful.” I felt that even though I didn’t change the woman in the picture herself, she actually seemed more happy in the second picture. I think this advertisement addresses two issues.  It addresses how woman need the resources to buy land and plant seeds and if people help her then we will not only be helping her but we will be helping the whole community.

Original image: Pg 55. AARP. September and October 2009

Remixed by Liz Swienton 2009




The original image shows a man standing in an exhibit hall peering into glass at animals preserved by taxidermy. It depressed me to see these beautiful animals lifeless, stuffed, and forced into such a sterile environment. I began thinking how different it would be to return them to a natural setting. So I filled the remix with various images and textures representing earth and sky. Placing the animals in this new environment brought them back to life. I decided to reverse the position of the man and to place him, essentially, inside the frames of the exhibit. I positioned the animals to be curiously peering into the man’s house. This made me think about our connections to nature, particularly wildlife. How can we give back what we have taken away? How can we inhabit the same place—peacefully?

Original image: Improper Bostonian, Carla Richmond, V. 18, No. 14, July 8-28, 2009, p. 74.

Remixed by Sarah Besegai 2009


Get Back To Nature

The original name of this image was, “What the living do” by Marie Howe. I choose this image as one I wanted to change because this woman needed to be taken out of the 50’s and into present day culture. The subject looks as though her life passion is walking down Park street shopping for material items with her prize winning dog. Since modern day culture has become beyond obsessed with obtaining material items I decided to send out a different message. GET BACK TO NATURE! In the created image I placed the woman outside in nature. I took her out of her restricted clothing and let her hair down. She is now a free woman that does not need to spend money on material items to be truly happy. She is sending a message to look around and enjoy your surrondings.

Original Image: The Oprah Magazine, Marie Howe, "What The Living Do", 2006. Pg 45

Remixed by Sarah Bourque 2009



Transforming the Wildlife

When I first saw this advertisement for Dawn dishwashing soap, I was interested because I did not realize Dawn has a new campaign to save the wildlife. Dawn is promoting that “their soap is tough, yet gentle.” The company is asking consumers to visit a website titled “” in order to make a donation to save the wildlife. The advertisement was bright and attracted my attention, but I thought the message was not clear enough, and consumers would think it was just a pretty bird and not understand the connection between saving the wildlife and using Dawn dishwashing soap.

I decided to transform the image into a vibrant and colorful piece and write, “Save the Wildlife,” in a larger typeface so the message would attract more attention to consumers. I added a textured border and images of penguins, a turtle, a seal, an eagle, fishes, and flowers. I want to tell my audience how beautiful and fragile our wildlife is and make consumers aware of the endangered species.

Original image: Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, August 2009, Volume 87, No. 8, pg. 101

Remixed by Simone Kivett 2009


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