Ok, so I've been busy scribing, but it's all been so top secret, hush hush etc, that I can't post anything here...so instead have a look at a new screen print I did, perhaps not seasonal but never mind - in remembrance of summers past!
When we were down there lots of families had pitched their windbreak facing away from the sea and facing inland, great for people watching:
Yesterday I was working for the charity Railway Children at Thales Group in London:
The theme of the conference was 'Return Interviews'. These are conducted when a child returns home after having run away from home. The social return on investment is huge, for every £1 invested in the interviews an average £5.27 is returned or saved.
The english coalition for runaway children discussed how to improve the whole system so that children and the wider community of family and carers are happier, empowered and feel more positive about the future.
This was for a march on the 24th September, aimed at educating and motivating children to be more engaged with the subject of climate change. It included a personal appearance by Professor Ian Goldin of The Oxford Martin School.
The children dressed up as animals to highlight the threat of extinction, carried globes and banners, and basically had a great time, while also learning about the current threats to the planet.
I was there to illustrate the complex area of causes, effects and solutions to climate change, and to absorb the atmosphere and capture the speeches at the end, and this was all outside in one of the parks.
By coincidence, on that same day Gaia Vince was awarded the Royal Society's Science Book of the year award for her book 'Adventures in the Anthropocene' :
So I've had the joy of doing a little bit more travelling for work and also just staying local.
Most recently I went to work for Scribing Magic for a company based in Toulouse, what a beautiful 'rose' City! Prior to that the good people at Erste Bank needed graphic recording for a conference in Vienna, and before that I had a really interesting afternoon recording a discussion at the Goldsmiths' Centre in London.
The only hitch is I can't show you any pictures as it's all covered by non-disclosure agreements!
So instead of traveller's photos, here is a recent screen print by me as well as the images drying in the racks. This one is called 'Suzanne' in reference to Leonard Cohen's song.
It's been a busy week, firstly visiting Zurich for work, capturing a day's marketing strategy for an international e-commerce company, watched over in the Hauptbahnhof by Niki de St Phalle's blue Guardian Angel:
and drinking in the Swiss silence:
The next day, back in London I visually minuted at the Southbank Centre's "WOW" festival.
WOW stands for 'Women of the World, it's been running for 5 years and is now going global, with partnerships including New York, Iceland and Ethiopia.
It was a really inspiring day kicked off with Jude Kelly and Miriam Gonzalez-Durantez (Nick Clegg's wife) talking about mentoring for girls and skilfully facilitated by Isisara Bey.
I work mainly as a visual minute taker at live events and my background is in theatre and illustration. I also screen print my own prints. I like smile-in-the-mind imagery, thoughtful, playful, eye-catching.