Who We Are
As individuals and as a company, art and the people who create it are very important to us. As humans who live on the planet, the state of the environment and conservation efforts are ALSO very important to us. With that in mind, we’re established the following three tenets to guide us:
1. Support small and emerging artists.
You shouldn’t need to be a high-profile artist to be paid for your work. Our platform is open to artists of all levels, and we don’t offer paid promotions. We validate the artists we onboard to confirm the art isn’t stolen.
2. Trust the experts on carbon reduction.
Evaluating carbon credit projects is complex and intimidating, and projects can be valuable but not glamorous. Rather than choosing projects to fund based on appeal, we rely on globally recognized standards to support projects.
3. Walk the walk.
Our operating values match those of our platform. We commission artists, and never try to get work done for free. We minimize our company’s carbon emissions wherever we can, and offset where we can’t.
Founder, Chief Architect, and enemy of entropy
After spending 14 years as a software engineer in Big Tech, Graphene quit to do her own thing in early 2021. She has spent even longer than that in online communities, and she loves playing with game mechanics: seeing how a little structure can guide people to create stories around it. As a long-time appreciator of digital art, she also hopes that a little structure can guide people to more easily support both the art they love and the environment.
Graphene is an allotrope of carbon consisting of a single layer of atoms arranged in a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice nanostructure.
Wabi Sabi (he/him)
Chief Marketer, friend of CO2ign frequenters
Wabi Sabi leads marketing at CO2ign Art and tries to ensure our artists and art lovers have the best possible experience. He’s worked in marketing and analytics for 16 years and is deeply passionate about transitioning society to a sustainable future. Not all his prior jobs contributed to sustainability, and he’s now made it his mission to help make the world a better place. He’s also an anime fan (specifically Dragonball Z and Naruto Shippuden) and loves pop art.
Wabi-sabi (侘寂) is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Characteristics of wabi-sabi aesthetics and principles include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and the appreciation of both natural objects and the forces of nature.
Project Manager, a neutral party in city life vs country living
Lahar has over a decade of experience supporting users in both Big Tech and Higher Education. They spend a lot of time thinking about user experience and differing perspectives, and how to make the things they work on as accessible as possible. They’re an amateur dabbler in a variety of artistic fields, and have spent over 15 years in online fandom spaces and have seen the range of incredible things that can come from collaborative creative efforts–they’re excited to be able to support the community that has meant so much to them, while also working to improve the planet via CO2ign.
Lahar is a violent slurry of hot or cold pyroclastic flow that originates in a volcano and often travels along the valley of a river.
Social Media and Community Manager, escapes into books
Nilima is a graphic artist and yoga model with a passion for helping others. They’ve always strived to do their best to support other artists, even if it’s just sharing their work. They went vegan 15 years ago and have always done their best to support sustainability and the environment. Nilima also brings 7 years of marketing experience to the team to help CO2ign continue to promote and support artists. When not working, you’ll typically find Nilima practicing yoga, running, hiking, or playing disc golf.
Nilima is a Bengali name meaning “Blue Sky” – the color they hope the sky will remain should we be proactive about protecting the environment.