In the midst of all the all that is currently happening, I have the privilege of spending this summer making art with the teens participating in the Upward Bound program on the South Seattle College campus. This group of students is by far the most diverse group of students I have ever worked with. These teens are smart, sassy, motivated and teach me what it means to love life and make this world a better place.
I challenged the students in our first project to make minimalist social message posters. As is often the case with large groups of students, some of them latched on to the art techniques and process better than others. But all of the students took the opportunity to create a social message and image that communicated something they cared deeply about. With their permission, I display some of their posters here (more to come later, possibly). Here's how these students want to make the world better:
Adrian M. "There are other ways to get around without using your car (and emitting CO2 into the atmosphere)."
Joncarlo C. "I was attempting to convey the message to set your goals high. I did this by having clouds in a blue background (sky) and having a target so you're literally aiming high."
Elizabeth S. "The message I was trying to get across is to use kind words/choose kind words. I use mean words "drowning" someone to show the effect of choosing mean words.
Nouci H. "How pollution isn't pretty and that it isn't good for us/environment. I made this a visual by using the skyline silhouette to show a local place that could be affected by pollution."
Sabrina P. "I wanted to create a positive message so my message is "speak up for what is right."
Abel B. "Overall I'm just trying to convey how police are more superior and get away with police brutality that is racially biased towards black people."
Abner D. "The message I was trying to convey was peace. Because there is a lot of war. Also, world peace would be better than war."
I love seeing the flowers bloom throughout the spring here in Seattle. My doodles have a tendency to reflect that.
The spring window display in the Soundbridge space at Benaroya is up and running. Celebrate spring with umbrellas, birds, raindrops, and giant woodwinds!
As many of you know, I get to create (and then do) fun activities with the Seattle Symphony. Most often, these are for kids. But recently I worked on designing a make-your-own-instrument activity for a group of symphony goers in my own age range. Below are a series of posters and illustrations I designed representing actual instruments I created as inspiration and examples for the activity.
As usual, the participants took the supplies and prompts, and made things way beyond our expectations! We had pitched instruments with rubber bands and bottles, reed instruments with balloons and straws, and lots of percussive creativity. Odd and mighty is our orchestra.
After making a "mixtrument," we asked participants to finish off the experience by recording their instrument in our activity recording studio. I finished my evening by participating in an impromptu Mixtrument quartet. Presenting the Time Turtle Tornados.
N.B. Normally I am anti-hash-tag (it makes me want to pound something...get it?). But, the symphony is turning this into a social media activity and competition. So, the tagging for this makes sense. It also means, that if you are inspired to make, record, and post your own #mixtrument, you can do that! I believe official SSO instructions will be coming soon, and when they do, I will post a link here.
If you're in need of a birthday card, I just posted one on Etsy.
I think this might be my first official write-up! So exciting! I'd love to hear people's thoughts in response to the video.
I recently had the privilege to work with Sanctuary Church in Greenwood on redesigning their logo. Originally they had an image based logo:
They were hoping to move towards a type-based logo that would be readable for print and web, as well as have a more timeless feel. A group of us worked with a couple of options. Mark was excited about combining a serif with a sans-serif font to separate the name from the location. He started out with stacking the sans-serif on the top, with the serif caps for the bottom.
A few of us responded that we weren't enthralled with the font choices, and felt some of the spacing could be made more interesting. So I set to work. I flipped around the serif and sans serif. I used Bell MT on the top, and Avenir on the bottom. These are two fonts (especially Avenir) that Mark was already using for a lot of Sanctuary's visuals, so that helped to keep the overall feel consistent. Bell MT has a long history as a serif typeface, and the hope is that it can create a more timeless look for the church. I also brought the descender of the y down a little extra, in order to create a feel of a comma between GREENWOOD and SEATTLE. A few of Mark's visual choices I kept (difference in line weight and choice of where to use CAPS or not) because they helped to emphasize and differentiate the various words.
Mark was also hoping for a more boxy version as an alternative for when the full logo was too long. So we shortened it to this:
To finish it off, we decided to keep the brown color scheme from the original logo. It added a unique quality that set apart Sanctuary, and kept the warm and welcoming feel from the original logo.
You can see the finished and finalized version on Sancutary's website: http://www.sanctuarycrc.org/.
And for more fun, a screen shot of the illustrator file:
Rebecca Joy Mohrlang
I like to make art from trash and discarded items. Follow along if you are interested.