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A fair street and a good t-shirt.
When my crowdfunding ended, the first thing I did was buy a bunch of fabric and sew a skirt. I’m not entirely sure where this came from. All I can say is that I was really tired of hearing myself talk about my book.
There were only two other projects that I managed to squeeze in between all the self promotion. One was a cartoon for a local organisation focussed on sustainability, about a fair street. According to this article, cars take up 50-60 percent of the space in downtown areas. A fair street would be one where we divide the space over all kinds of uses, including biodiversity, recreation, community, playing safely…
Wouldn’t that be lovely?
The other project was a cartoonathon for the World Economic Forum “Earth Decides” team. It was a 45 minute session about climate change where I listened in and created cartoons based on what people were saying. Here’s an example of a draft cartoon. It’s about engaging with climate change deniers.
The W.E.F. didn’t pick this one, they picked these two (that I finished after the event):
[about the importance of communicating the science clearly]
[about the false idea that all is lost if we don’t stay below 1,5C warming]
I love doing these cartoonathons because it reminds me how powerful cartoons are. I’m not saying this to toot my own horn, but because I work alongside artists that continue to blow my mind.
I’ve worked with Ham Khan and Eugenia Rojo before on a session for the European Investment Bank and I can’t figure out how they come up with so many great cartoons every single event.
This time, as I was looking at their drafts, I was shouting:
“I want this on my wall!”
“I need this on a t-shirt!”
Lucky for me, they were nice enough to send me the files…
… so I can proudly wear it! Along with my brand new skirt, once it’s finished.
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