This was both the first evening sketch outing for Urban Sketchers Tacoma as well as the first time we've been involved in sketching for a cause. We were invited to sketch last night at an event commemorating World AIDS Day hosted by the Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF). We didn't really know what to expect or what there might be to sketch.
This table for "Butterfly Knots" caught my eye. "The
butterfly has stood....as a symbol of transformation. For those
grieving a loss, the chrysalis phase of a butterfly represents
the...turning inward. The healing is reflected in the metamorphosis
phase. Butterfly Knots are written and tied with intention. It is an
act that honors a vow and sets a firm promise.....Write the name of a
loved one lost to HIV/AIS. Write of the loss experienced from this
pandemic. Write a message of hope for our community. Write an action
you intend to take".
Next is the "Altar of Remembrance".
shared our sketches with each other and with the event attendees after
the program finished. There was much positive response to adding this
experience to the event.
the event was over, we had an opportunity to sketch in the Washington
State History Museum. I chose this display about "Hooverville" which
was a homeless camp in the early 1930's. I was still thinking about how
sketching can bring attention or focus to the problems of the day. The
stock market crash on Wall Street resulted in massive unemployment in
the Pacific Northwest. A squatters settlement of scrap materials was one
of the results. I thought about the parallels with the current issues
Photos from AIDS Day event & the Museum: https://redharp.smugmug.com/SketchOutings/2016-1201-World-AIDS-Day/