Shiny and new

Craft, Photography

A lot has happened since my last post… way back before Christmas last year. In short, I’ve finished up my year’s internship in Samoa and have returned home for an extended break because there was a very real need to spend quality time with my family while making sure the rest of the plan is falling into place.

There is much to say about my time in Samoa, so I’ll keep that for a separate post.

T’is the season

Craft, Work

It has been a hectic few months trying to keep my feet under me & my head above water (where the heck am I?) but I have survived the first ¼ of my internship.  And the new year is already looking good!

But, for now, the festive season is upon us and the once bustling campus where I spend my weekdays is now sleepy and hushed.  Also we have a Christmas tree.  In the front office.

You mean you just got here?

Work

At the end of my second week in Apia, I have to say it’s been a hell of a ride! Admittedly I should have known what I was getting myself into, but of course I had no idea.

Having a crash course in environmental advocacy is like having a crash course in politics & business all rolled into one. It. Is. Go! Go! Go! all the time. Everyone is always doing something, organising something, working on a project, writing papers, traveling, all of this & more, all the damn time. But it’s good, right? It’s for the environment, right?

How far can we take this?

Tangent

There’s something to be said for the imagination. Especially when you work in a creative team.

So the deal was that we would create something to encompass our work, representative of what we do and where we come from. Simple enough, right? Wrong. When it comes to what we consider representative, there is no such thing as limits. Unless you count what we had to work with in the first place.

As I mentioned before, we do a lot of print work and we could have easily done a simple, effective layout to illustrate this. I’m sure others would have done the same. Maybe that was the reason we decided against doing just that. All I know is that after 2 days of almost non-stop work we had created something entirely indicative of our style and approach to what we do.

And it was good. Verily.

No job is too small

Craft, Photography, Tangent

Some people think working with family is a bad idea. Maybe those people pick the wrong family to work with. Working with AL and Dzal hasn’t been the best in terms of pay or stability but it has been some kinda fun!

Admittedly I don’t do a hell of a lot. We do a lot of print work, mostly publications and graphics, with the odd cool random thing thrown in, and that keeps Dzal really busy since he’s the graphics dude. But every now and then we get some jobs where I can do some photography or scripting or something else that I’ve been able to get into. And more rarely we get a lovely artsy-craftsy project that gets us all going.

completed wishing wells