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Project Details

Project dates
01/10/2023  – 03/03/2024
Prince Rupert, BC, Canada

Char Schocat

Project Lead

Char Schocat


An Ocean inspired Oracle Card Deck

Project Description

The Ocean’s Call Oracle Deck was created for the Ocean Bridge Youth Ambassador program of 2023. I sought to create a space of reflection in the face of uncertainty caused by the destruction of our oceans. I drew upon my lifelong passion for creativity, environmental activism, and holistic well-being to design and illustrate this 34-card deck that was inspired by community feedback. To achieve this, I conducted group discussions and a survey to gather a diverse range of people’s ideas and thoughts about ocean-related climate change and environmental destruction. The result: 34 ocean-related themes that span from eco-grief and anxiety, to celebration of the ocean and its profound importance to people’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The Ocean’s Call Oracle Deck aims to inspire readers, foster environmental responsibility, and maybe provide a bit of inspiration along the way!

*This version of the deck is the first prototype for an Ocean-inspired Oracle deck. A Mini PDF version of the deck is available to be printed and cut out, as well as a version of the guidebook to reference the images and their associated meanings.


Ocean’s Call Guidebook

Downloadable Mini PDF of Deck

What was your biggest challenge?

From idea to the first deck in hand, I realized quickly how much work goes into an initial idea, research, design, art development, implementation of art ideas, revisions of a project like this one (34 unique illustrations plus a guidebook to describe each one). The short time frame of the project, and managing the entire project on my own, was a challenge to understand my own capacities, and managing project scope.

What was your most valuable takeaway?

That art is a valuable way to explore the more difficult emotions that come with environmental activism. I’ve become more aware of the importance of creating a space to discuss and explore our feelings of eco-grief and anxiety about climate change, plastic pollution, overfishing, and much more.




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