The impact of artistry in delivering a message that you want heard has been illuminated by the current V&A exhibition Disobedient Objects, which explores how grassroots movements have inventively used objects and design to further their cause.
The project SPUDS, advocating sustainable potato production in Ireland, is another example of creative endeavour. To help get their message across, SPUDS involves children in painting individual potato specimens of all shapes and sizes, with beautiful end results. Each one an individual artistic triumph, and together a collection of note. They use the results on publicity materials and packaging for their Crisps with a Conscience (see below); a product, not a report, that communicates the findings of their research. You can read more about their aims and activities on their website and in the video below.
Potatoes are the tuber of the plant species Solanum tuberosum, part of the nightshade family (Solanaceae) that also includes tomatoes, aubergines and chilli peppers. This plant is indigenous to the Andes, but was distributed world-wide many centuries ago, becoming the 4th biggest crop behind maize, wheat, and rice.