Environmental Budget Meeting

Best graphic recording session ever! I always love environmental activists, and Climate Fast is one of my favourite organizations. They met in a small room with a large series of windows and for a moment I thought it couldn’t be done! Then I decided to try, and I hung a double paper across the window, and put to use the skills I had learned working for the Expressive art Therapist’s AGM with the panelled wall. I used very light strokes of brush pens instead of chisel-tipped sharpies and I integrated chalk and colour. It was exciting to watch it slowly unfold. Nothing makes me happier than graphic recording. I could do it all day, it makes me feel amazing! The most amazing part was glancing back, and noticing participants were visually referencing my work. They were actually looking up at the graphic recording for inspiration instead of down at their open laptops, which is the most awesome thing ever. Later in the meeting they were actually referring back to discussion blocks using the recording as a reference point. And despite the very serious topics at hand, the meeting became much more fun and productive. As well, I was pleased with the final look of the recording, which was balanced design-wise with good depth and colour choices. This is what we look for in a successful session!

Expressive Art AGM

Wow! What a night and an event that was particularly challenging! I was recording for the Annual General Meeting of an Ontario-wide organization, The Ontario Expressive Art Therapy Association. But what I wasn’t expecting was a change in rooms! I had done recordings before in that building and was counting on a smooth wall. Instead, the room they held the AGM in was a perfectly lovely choice, but one that was a graphic recorder’s worst case scenario, and as a professional I should have calculated for such a possibility but I hadn’t. It was a charming oak-paneled side room in a century-old building, with a large fireplace on one side and a bay window on the other. And the people in the attendance were wonderful therapists and artists! What is a graphic recorder to do? I decided to wing it. I chose one of the two heavy oak doors, which was also paneled, as half of my surface. The other half would be the beveled and paneled wall. With no real reliable surface at all beneath the paper, I chose light, brush style pens that made a mark no matter what. Since I could not use the usual sweeping, bold or stronger strokes of the pen, I integrated colored chalk and laid it on. Arrows and enclosures that might normally have had a single drop-shadow received a rainbow of colors instead. The final effect? They loved it! Well, they were Art Therapists! And I think they could tell that I had thrown my heart into it. The recording did actually have a wild, spirited quality to it that makes me laugh when I see it. Here’s me posing in front of the mural. It was an honour to work with the Ontario Expressive Art Therapy Association, and to be appreciated for my zany graphic recording of their AGM! Thanks, OEATA!

I am so impressed with Climate Fast! Climate Fast is an awesome environmental organization I did a meeting recording for yesterday night. I am an avid environmentalist, and studied Environmental Studies at Trent University, and so I particularly enjoyed recording their high-energy meeting! Climate Fast is a dedicated collection of environmentally-minded individuals who lobby for change on a local level. With a glance at the massive rallies calling for climate action in Toronto, we know that the citizens of this city are concerned by global warming. However, The City of Toronto has been heel-dragging with some vital legislation to help ensure Toronto meets its carbon-reduction goals. For this reason and others, including love of their children’s right to a better future, activists at Climate Fast are determined to raise awareness. As well as lobbying, they have taken a fun approach with the promotion of world-class films that explore issues our planet is facing. The turn-out to these events has been amazing! Leonardo Di Caprio was in Toronto for the opening of Beyond The Flood, and would very much approve Climate Fast’s work. Toronto Climate Film Festival films included their own very awesome and accessible screening of Beyond The Flood, and films Beyond Crisis and Sea of Life. Members of the public who attend these films are powerfully moved and become galvanized to petition local politicians and otherwise become more proactive about the future of our planet. At the meeting, the group discussed some of the successes they were having in reaching out to people, and there was so much new news going on I almost recorded off of the paper and across the wall! I would record for Climate Fast anytime, they are dynamic and the challenges of recording (I actually had no preliminary regarding the agenda or duration when I started out) stretched my abilities while the meetings themselves are sincere, lively and from the heart. To see more about Climate Fast’s work, click here!