By Paulina Van Vliet
Queen-Marie-Joseph Angelique Size 23" by 33"
Poster Mounted on 1" Card
Delivery Time: 1 week within Alberta; Up to 6 weeks outside Alberta
This Queen is Marie-Joseph Angelique. She was a slave in Montreal in the 1700s. She was executed for starting a large fire that destroyed a part of the city. Looking back at history now, she may have been used as a scapegoat because she was outspoken, rebellious women. This illustration uses the concept of a cameo brooch to represent Marie-Joseph’s life. Cameo brooches were a fashionable piece of jewelry in the 1700s and often the person carved into the brooch was an important figure. The frame is made up of rope as that is how she was executed. Other symbols included in the illustration are matches on the side of the frame to represent the fire she was accused of starting, the flower at the top is an Angraecum Magdalenae which represents royalty. Her name is included on a red ribbon across the bottom to bring the connection back to HIV Edmonton.
This illustration was created digitally in the program Illustrator. All the shapes were drawn in the program and then the shading was done with gradients. The final step was to put it into Photoshop and add a little bit of texture.
In correlation with the 2015 annual Ribbon Rouge benefit, Graphic Designers of Canada Alberta North coordinated the Foundation's Arts Illustration Mentorship.
Working with student members a series of illustrations were created related to our 2015 theme: Queen.
Each student was given a short story about a woman who has made a considerable and positive impact for gender equity and/ or towards reducing a social justice issue upstream to HIV transmission. The series was a tribute to visionary women and unsung heroes. Students illustrated what came out of each story just like an editorial illustration assignment. The collection included romanced portraits of women or simply illustrations demonstrating contributions of our selected "Queens".
The process was open to students coming up with their own interpretations and concepts.
Each week students were introduced to a new local professional illustrator and had the chance to discuss their work. This opportunity was open to student members as well as recent graduates (within 2 years).
More about the GDC - RRF collaboration here
2015 Theme - QUEEN!
“Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.” Aretha Franklin
Ribbon Rouge #8 is QUEEN!
Our theme this year explores powerful women; women of vision and unsung heroes in our communities and globally. “Unruly” women who broke away from the status quo…bothered people…shook up the system and birthed social revolutions. To their various capacities, these women used whatever they had to be the difference and they inspire us to become our own brands of heretics. A few of them have worked directly in HIV relief efforts, others have put in tremendous efforts to further women’s rights. In all, their efforts have directly or indirectly contributed to progress on gender equity, which in turn, contributes to getting to Zero HIV.
These Queens inspire us to each cause a RUCKUS!
…To get out in front and create our own tribes, our own movements for positive change. To believe in ourselves, as such inspire others to do the same.
Ribbon Rouge #8 presents these women, their ideas, their thoughts…feelings to you through the night.