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After The 2010 Earthquake Haitian Art Exhibit

Haiti ExhibitWaleska Santiago curated this exhibit on Haitian art at the Westfield Anthenaeum, where she spoke about the catastrophic 2010 earthquake that took lives and destroyed art (and the country continues to rebuild from that horrendous day.)

My design intends to convey hope that the country’s reconstruction will be successful.

This is a draft. Final design included dates.

Stephen Holden on Love

bambuThis poster designed itself for me. I had already made the bamboo etchings and had set them aside, waiting for an opportunity to build a design with it.

Few movie reviewers are extraordinary. Most tell you what they liked or did not like about a movie. Stephen Holden is among the few critics who writes a compelling short story when he reviews movies. His take of “Brokeback Mountain” consoled me after seeing this tragic story of a doomed love. A line in the review reminded me of the strength of bamboo trees, which, ultimately, give way to the passage of time and the battering of nature but survive nonetheless for years to come.

Alice Walker

 

alice walker standI made this poster because so much of Alice Walker’s writing is profound and sometimes seemingly impenetrable at first. But give her statements a moment, and its simple and powerful message becomes clear.

Madamas: Women, Madonnas and Mothers

cartel-madamas2For this exhibit, an evocative painting that was part of it made the most sense to feature on the poster.

“Meet the Madama, in her multiple manifestations. “Madamas: Women, Madonnas, and Mothers” looks at images of Black women in Caribbean art, as shown in paintings, batiks, dolls and photographs.” Read more about this exhibit curated by Waleska Santiago at Repeating Islands magazine.

Vieques

Mary Patierno and I produced “Vieques: Worth Every Bit of Struggle,” a documentary that spotlights a group of people who were the David to the U.S. military’s Goliath.

Vieques is a tiny island a couple miles to the east of Puerto Rico. For decades, the U.S. military owned two-thirds of the island, using one-third of it for target practice. Everything from machine guns to bombs shot from jets and ships pummeled the island just a few miles from where civilians lives.

Viequenses were scared that an errant missile would kill civilians – and that did happen. They also became sick with cancer at a higher rate than residents of the mainland Puerto Rico, because of the heavy metals from exploded bombs poisoning the agricultural fields and waters.

There is so much to this story that for the poster, I chose the image that best captured the grassroots movement, adding a often repeated chant as a sub headline (Yes to Vieques, No to the Military.)

 

 

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Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Consent Logo 2Issue The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office in Hampshire County called for a media campaign on the college campuses that addresses sexual assault.

Goal Verdant brought in acclaimed illustrator Gayle Kabaker  to produce a logo for buttons, posters, video and stickers, the amazing Lisa Carta to design  five posters with photographers taken by visionary Nancy Palmieri. In house, we produced three short-form videos (at about a minute each) to be shown on the DA’s website and through social media. Each video spotlights how to address sexual assault.

Result The posters were distributed at Amherst, Smith, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Hampshire County, and at Greenfield Community College in Franklin County. Additionally, the videos are shown to all first-year students at the UMass/Amherst.

POSTERS & LOGO

Project Safe Baby

Issue Accidental asphyxiation of babies generally occurs when they are placed in a crib with blankets and toys with which they can become entangles. The tragedy is especially high in the black and Latino communities.

Goal Raise awareness about how to care for babies when they sleep – Always face up, in a onesey pajama and without anything in the crib (no toys, no blankets.)

Result Verdant produced two short videos for Project Baby Springfield to share on its social media page. We also brought in the masterful graphic designer Lisa Carta to design two posters, with photographs taken by the great photographer Denise Stewart, in English and in Spanish, to be displayed on the outside and inside of PVTA buses in Springfield.

ENGLISH VERSION

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=433090433467673&set=vb.241893499254035&type=2&theater

EN ESPAÑOL

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=433091726800877&set=vb.241893499254035&type=2&theater

POSTERS