ShelterSmart workshop with FIT

BBVA and Spring Studio have been working with FIT (the Field Innovation Team) to to design a new toolkit for community shelters after a disaster strikes. Last Monday and Tuesday, we met with the FIT team, representatives from the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the city of San Francisco emergency team and numerous designers to come up with solutions that will work better for global responders, displaced people and communities as a whole.

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Research was conducted in Florida and Houston after the hurricanes, Northern California after the wildfires and in Mexico following the earthquake.

I was asked to record the workshop through my illustration. Here are the results.

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NYC long weekend to see the Michelangelo Drawings

The incredible show at the MET will only be there until mid February. My sister Tobie encouraged me to go since the drawings will only be shown this one time. We jumped on a plane and had a wonderful long weekend in the Big Apple. It even snowed all day on Saturday and accumulated 7″—what a treat!

Of course, I sketched. Here are the pieces I did.

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Found this great bar, the Fat Cat, with live Jazz

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Through the window at Tea and Sympathy in the West Village. While waiting for my old friend, Amy.

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Artifacts from the wonderful National Museum of the American Indian in the old Custom’s House in lower Manhattan

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Please excuse. A doodle to fill my time on the plane.

Spring Studio colleagues

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I’ve been drawing my colleagues at Spring Studio. Most of these are taped to the refrigerator at work.

Working on the full series.

 

 

Treasures rediscovered!

Today, I found a scrapbook that I started in third grade. It has drawings, illustrations I cut from magazines (mostly from ads), photos from trips (including a memorable stay in California with my older sister, Tobie, and our grampa). The book also serves as portfolio for some pieces I did when I first arrived in Hawaii, a zillion years ago.

But the diamond I discovered was a painting I’d done when I traveled to SE Asia in the 80’s. Below is the piece I did of the Annapurnas in Nepal; the painting says Gangapurna. I remember creating it from a magical village called Manang. It looked more majestic than this, I assure you—those peaks are over 24,000 feet tall.

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Kaua’i works

I had never been to Hawaii before I moved there. I flew over about a month after I graduated college in Rhode Island. The colors of the flora and fauna enchanted me.

My friend Bill caught this fish and told me that live ones don’t keep their mouths gaping. I thought it was beautiful but he said it just looked dead.

I took a photo of beloved Anahola Mountain and made a kick ass t-shirt out of it. I’m thinking of doing that again. What do you think?

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The photo is all scuffed up because I developed it at the Kaua’i Times darkroom, where I had a crappy part time job.

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Of all the Kaua’i work I found today, I like this one the best. It’s the Kaua’i General Store in Kilauea. The signs say: Wildroot, Antiques • Art, Unusual Gifts, Shave Ice, Hot Dogs. I can’t quite make out the sign on the second floor. Does it say Obako? It looks like I included a shout out to my friend Robin too.

These pieces bring back a lot of memories!

 

Fillmore Jazz Festival

First time at the SF Fillmore Jazz Festival. Powerful artists, including this one, Valerie Troutt, who killed it! Lots of colorful characters wandering around…

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Family Reunion and Mini-Vacation

For the first time in over 25 years, my mother’s family had a reunion. I love my family and we always have great fun together. I’m very fortunate that so many live within 2-3 hours from San Francisco. But I don’t see the rest of the gang much at all.

So, I was excited that our family was getting together in Monterey, CA, only 3 hours from us. I designed the t-shirt and helped with some other details. Pictured below: My great grandmother, Bertha Soloveichik Tumpson and Albert Joseph Tumpson.

I_survived_the_Reunion_webWe drove down on Friday and ran into traffic in Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz, of course. It’s still so beautiful on the coast. We were blessed with incredible weather, sunshine and not too much wind.

The incredible Janet Takahashi taught me to sketch when I’m a passenger in the car. This is a great distraction when traffic is heavy. Even if the work is rough, it’s fun!

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The reunion was cousins galore! I caught a few:

The answer is, “At the Louvre.”

Following the big event, we got some needed R & R on the Central Coast in lovely Cayucos, north of Morro Bay.

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We caught some FUN waves.

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And on our second day, visited Morro Bay.

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The sign says, “Death from Drowning happens once in a lifetime. Undertow of surf can make return to shore impossible.” The waves were churning and there around 30 surfers were catching rides.

The rock itself is impressive and beautiful. On the other side of the spit, there were two dozen otters lazing in the water. Not shown here are the towering smokestacks of the power plant; an odd imposition on an otherwise picturesque location.

Back in Cayucos, we assumed the position.

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Sad to end our wonderful mini-vacation, I could only muster a weird doodle in the car.

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My mother had 16 first cousins and her family was very close. So, it’s a little odd that there hasn’t been a reunion since 1991. Due to some heavy pushing from a few dogged relatives, we’re breaking that trend and meeting next week Friday in Monterey, CA. Of course, I couldn’t resist designing a T-shirt for the event. Here’s the front of the shirt, available through Zazzle. FinalShirtDesign_web

I was floored with the technology that’s now available for printing. They can reproduce a full color design on pretty much anything, in any quantity FAST. Being from the old school of T-shirt design and production (I created and screen printed t-shirts and handbags for my own micro-business on Kaua’i, a gazillion years ago) I find this nothing short of miraculous. Of course, I’ve been told that it’s not the same quality as screen printing, but I guess I’ll find out.

Anyway, I’m being prophetic in assuming that we’ll survive all the cousins, aunts, uncles and sisters for 3 days in beautiful Monterey. So, the back side is as follows:

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I do wish I’d said “the Family Reunion” and said where it’s being held, but truthfully, the design took up all of my weekend and I burned out on it.