My greatest, and ever-growing passion in life has been to promote community. The biggest way I have found this to happen is when people come together in a natural setting, surrounded by the plant and animal world. As an illustrator I look for ways to translate these activities into my visual work. For the past year I have been working on visual representations of our shared human relationship with nature and have decided to take it beyond the portraits I have created, to tell the deeper narrative and invite people to step into the unknown. This summer I will be taking part in an outdoor program on my 5 week journey. In this time I will build my library of ideas, sketches and writings that will culminate in a campaign to educate about what I have learned and to inspire and incite others to explore their own personal relationship with the natural world.
The project I will launch will have a zine as its main attraction that will be sent out to friends and available for purchase through my website. The zine will be a curated selection of my visual journal during my summer trip. There will be illustration, writings, documentation, and possible collaboration with other artists.
In addition to, as well to help promote the zine, I will have a blog where I will post some writings and teasers, talk more in detail about my trip, and open up a conversation to digest what I learned.
As part of the campaign I will also create posters, postcards, and other pieces to be able to disseminate the ideas I will be developing. I will use avenues such as etsy and society six to get the word out.
To promote this project I will utilize tumblr (for the blog) and instagram to show my process work, so that viewers may get a taste of what goes into making this happen.
A bit about the trip: I will join eight student artists this summer in a six-week adventure to explore the California's wilderness through Signal Fire's first ever Wide Open Studios program. you can check out all the details about the program here:
Our group of eight students and two instructors will embark together on five sequential backpacking trips to some of the Golden State’s most stunning and remote mountain landscapes. As we go, we’ll discover the natural beauty and biological diversity that have shaped a land of startling breadth and contrast. On our trip we will travel from the rugged Santa Lucia mountains above Big Sur, north to the botanical splendor of the Klamath Mountains, then back south along the Sierra Nevada, ending among the world’s largest trees in Sequoia National Park. Our studies will be shaped by the dramatic landscapes and by the natural and cultural history we explore.
One of my first illustration teachers, Charles Glaubitz, said that you must inspire others in order to be inspired, and through this project I hope to charge the cycle of inspiration for myself and my community. One of my greatest challenges will be the high cost of printing. I will go through alot of tests in the process, including testing colors and papers. While zines are traditionally quick and cheap to create and distribute, I hope to take the process a step further and use my background in graphic design to create something that feels special, something that people will want to hold onto. I will consider my paper choices to be environmentally aware wherever possible. The contribution made here will go towards funding the project as well as my research during the Signal Fire course, which will drive this project. My estimated cost for the course is $4,000. With any contribution I'm a step closer to the wilderness where I will find an opportunity to blend my art with my hopes for the future of the planet, reflecting on all of the research I have conducted this year for my thesis project. I will collaborate with other artists, learn more about biological diversity and ecology, and develop my voice as an artist who helps shed light on how to heal the planet.
A little more about me ... I'm an illustrator graduating with my BFA in Illustration from the Pacific Northwest College of Art this May. I recently completed my thesis project -- portraits of women who strive to heal the earth and encourage a deep connection to the natural world and an in-depth essay weaving together themes of ecofeminism, the Biophilia Hypothesis, and ecopsychology. You can see this work here:
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Risks and challenges
During my trip I will generate material for this project. From the illustrations and notes I will have material to create the zines and posters mentioned above, and more!
The challenge that I will undertake on this journey will be answering the question of how I can work to heal the earth and bring awareness to the intrinsic magic of plants through art. This will involve a lot of experimentation with the limited materials I will have on hand while backpacking. I will explore and develop my illustration techniques and use them to convey my own special relationship with nature, and hopefully incite others to get out and play in the dirt.
As of now I know I will create a blog to post some of the work I make. I will make any zines, prints, and any other pieces available to my backers first!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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