By Cherisse McLure
Queen - Rolake Odetoyinbo Size 23" by 33"
Poster Mounted on 1" Card
Delivery Time: 1 week within Alberta; Up to 6 weeks outside Alberta
A Light Growing out of the Darkness:
Rolake said at he beginning when she was first diagnosed she was devastated, it had been her greatest fear. She had been afraid of the stigma and shame, it was to her a death sentence. She asked herself am I going to serve my generation with this or am I going to wallow in pity and shame and allow HIV to kill me? NO! she replied. She decided to change things by educating herself , her community and fighting oppression. The bird of paradise symbolizes Rolake standing tall and firm in what she believes. Her head held high reaching for a brighter future becoming a hope and motivation showing that HIV is not a death sentence. The Bird of Paradise represents; joyfulness, magnificence, happiness, freedom and royalty. The hummingbird represents courage, stability, flexibility and adaptivity. It’s only a few ounces in weight but has the courage of a lion. Along the bottom are vines, insects and the deadly night shade flowers representing pain, confusion and death (which is what can happen if the night shade is consumed)
Rolake is a light of hope and strength growing out of the darkness. She nourishes others with hope and education as a flower nourishes a bird.
Rolake is a graduate from the Obafemi Awolowo University where she studied radio, film and tv production, also graduating from the African American HIV University in Los Angeles. Combining her companion for others and education she has become an activist and conferencespeaker reaching out to others with HIV. She is a columnist in the local Nigerian newspaper , appearing on television and Radio shows, and helps on the HIV support phone in Nigeria. Rolake promotes gender rights and equality, encouraging others to become strong woman with the right to say no and breaking the silence of HIV.
Going in to this project I started by researching Roalke and Nigeria, followed by a mind map and multiple thumbnail sketches to come up with a concept. After attending the first mentorship meeting which really helped me think outside the box, i decided that i was taking a metaphoric approach and began to sketch my ideas. After doing even more research i was able to start drawing the components of the design, the flowers, hummingbird and bugs. Then scanning the drawings in to the computer where I used them to create the vector illustration in Adobe Illustrator that you see today. I really enjoy working with clean lines , bright colours and lots of fine details.
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.