Conservation Magazine features batiks from “Global Climate Change: A Primer”

February 14th, 2012

Conservation Magazine’s article Batik Earth appears in the “Climate Change” section of their website.  Reaching an international audience, readers have already contacted Mary Edna in response to the article’s publication.

“Global Skepticism and Global Change” by Orrin & Keith Pilkey published by Berfrois literary magazine

January 11th, 2012

“If the vast majority of scientists believe that humans are directly contributing to climate change, then why do polls show that fewer Americans today see global warming as a serious threat than they did two years ago? This public opinion phenomenon is directly attributable to groups motivated to misinform the public. These groups are commonly funded by the Fossil Fuels industry and they are increasingly becoming worldwide in scope.”–Orrin H. & Keith C. Pilkey

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“Global Skepticism and Global Climate” was published January 10, 2012 by Berfrois literary magazine to promote the vital and timely content of Global Climate Change: A Primer, Duke University Press (2011).

Northwest Passage, batik on silk by Mary Edna Fraser, 38.5″ x 54.5″

Orrin and Mary Edna lecture at the Cary Institute, New York, January 20th

January 5th, 2012

Orrin Pilkey and Mary Edna Fraser will discuss the politics of climate science and the damage being caused by rising CO2—from ocean acidification to melting glaciers—at the Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies. Join us on January 20th at the the Cary Institute’s auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook, New York. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“Global Climate Change” part of New Scientist Christmas list

November 30th, 2011

Popular science books to put on your Christmas list on the New Scientist blog describes our 2011 Duke University publication, Global Climate Change: A Primer:

“Gorgeous batik illustrations inspired by satellite and aerial photographs turn global catastrophes into works of art in this book on climate change basics.”

We’ve got plenty of books for sale at the studio, plus lots of other gift ideas! Call Mary Edna (762-2594) or email ( if you want to drop by the studio.

Durham County Library hosts book signing for “Global Climate Change: A Primer” on November 6th

November 1st, 2011

Sunday, November 6th, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC

What is “Climategate” and why does it concern all of us?  Join Dr. Pilkey, the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of geology at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, for a discussion of his new book, Global Climate Change: A Primer. Learn why he believes some people work to obfuscate facts to the harm of all life.  He will be joined by Mary Edna Fraser, whose silk batiks, based often based on satellite images, beautifully illustrate the book. Dr. Pilkey will also briefly discuss The World’s Beaches: A Global Guide to the Science of the Shoreline. Dr. Pilkey and Ms. Fraser will be available for book signings after the reading.

SciWorks in Winston-Salem hosts global climate change events, opening November 11th

October 31st, 2011

Book Signing and Opening Reception for Seasons of Change and Our Expanding Oceans
Friday, November 11, 2011 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

on exhibit November 12 – February 25

Seasons of Change: Global Warming in Your Backyard explores some of the specific regional impacts from global climate change.

Blending art and science into a comprehensive educational experience, Our Expanding Oceans will amaze, inspire, and inform.  Artist Mary Edna Fraser and geologist Orrin Pilkey explore the major elements of global climate change with an emphasis on melting ice and rising seas.  More than 60 dyed silk batiks depict aerial, satellite, and cartographic perspectives of our environment, producing stunning panoramas permeated with color. Written interpretation by Fraser and Pilkey accompanies the large scale silks.

Batik Artist Mary Edna Fraser and Dr. Orrin Pilkey will be the special guests this evening, and will be available for signings of their book Global Climate Change: A Primer (Duke University Press) co-authored by Orrin and Keith Pilkey with art by Mary Edna Fraser.  This is an “adults only” event; adult beverages will be served.  Tickets will be available through 11/9 at SciWorks front desk or by calling 336-714-7110, $20 per person.  RSVP by 11/9.

400 Hanes Mill Rd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

State of Change blog covers “Our Expanding Oceans”

October 4th, 2011

States of Change, a blog by Climate Central, has posted an extensive article about my work: From the Front Lines of Climate: Mary Edna Fraser.

Climate Central is an independent, non-profit journalism and research organization. They are dedicated to connecting mainstream America with the realities of climate change.  Their content has been broadcast, published, or otherwise used by organizations including PBS, The Weather Channel, The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, MSNBC,, Scientific American, Parade, and National Geographic.

Booksigning for “Global Climate Change” at Malaprop’s in Asheville, NC

September 12th, 2011

Photos by Elizabeth LaBar

Delete Apathy: Hurricane Irene’s wake

August 30th, 2011

Check out our latest post on Delete Apathy, a venue for creative people to change the political climate of environmental and social policy. We hope to form a pattern for activism in your backyard. Delete Apathy is our signature for various events and includes choreographed dances, musical compositions, and other fine arts, planned for major universities and institutions.

Expanding coverage of “Global Climate Change”

August 17th, 2011

Global Climate Change: A Primer has gotten an abundance of recent media exposure, including:
“Duke professor Orrin Pilkey takes on the deniers in Global Climate Change: A Primer”, Independent Weekly, Durham, NC, by Gerry Canavan
“The art of climate change”, CNET News, by Leslie Katz
“Authors present climate change argument”, Salisbury Post, NC, by Deirdre Parker Smith
“Expanding Oceans: Batiks of Mary Edna Fraser”, Deep Blue Home, by Julia Whitty
“Rising Oceans, a Story in Batik”, Mother Jones, San Francisco, by Julia Whitty

Installation of "Our Expanding Oceans" at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

Mary Edna and John Sperry observe "Global Perception"