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.

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.




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