This giving season, W+K is donating to nine Portland nonprofits near and dear to its employees over nine days. For the representation of this effort, nine studio designers volunteered to create wrapping paper designs celebrating the chosen charities. I participated as one of the volunteers for the organization, Bark, a group that works to restore and preserve Mt. Hood National Forest.
We were asked to photo-document the process for making the designs. For the approach, I started out by going for a hike in the woods to collect assorted leaves and bark. The pencil rubbing technique were made from the collected leaves, scanned, and arranged into a repeating pattern with a gold color selection applied to the graphite texture. The tree bark was spray painted white, then photographed in the studio and applied layered in an additional repeating pattern.
It is good to recall past experiences, times in life that seem distant almost as if another lifetime ago, to reconnect with times that shaped and set the course for who we become. Today I reflect on an instance in life that was fraught with personal hardships and challenges that pushed beyond my limits. This time was transformative and will forever greaten my appreciation for all that choose the path to serve at one point or another.
AIGA Jacksonville celebrated the tenth consecutive annual Always Summer Poster Show event, renamed the Design+Music Festival. The intention of the event is to showcase the power of design and AIGA's influence in shaping the music industry featuring a poster gallery comprised of submissions by Jacksonville artists and designers along side performances from local bands.
My submission for this year’s iteration of the event, instead of featuring a favorite song, album, or band, is dedicated to showcasing the Design+Music Festival itself as an event specific poster.