On the 22nd of February 2011 my home town in New Zealand was totally messed up by a massive 6.3M earthquake. Although the one they had in September last year was bigger (7.1M), the damage from this one was far more intense.
For a couple of weeks I've been feeling completely useless all the way over here in Canada while my family and friends are without power and water, homeless and jobless. The Cathedral is fucked, Shag Rock has crumbled and the death toll continues to rise. It's horrific.
Yesterday I set out to design something for Christchurch with the hope to raise some funds for the NZ Red Cross. I was stuck on what use for the design for about a week. I kept coming back to the idea of the Cathedral but wasn't really sure what to do there, steeple on or off? I played around with using the words 'Kia Kaha CHCH' on their own but it didn't seem right either.
Eventually I decided on using the seismogram of the 6.3M quake. Although after a good two hours of googling I still hadn't found a decent image to base it on. So I went an obsessive step further and downloaded a Global Earthquake Explorer program which allows you search the quakes of the world ... then I spent another couple of hours learning to use that.
I exported an image of the quake and loaded it into illustrator, using it to base my simplified seismogram piece on. I thickened up the lines and rounded off the edges (don't want anyone to stab themselves with a sharp point!). I reckon it turned out pretty good!
So there you have it, my Saturday! I hope to have the design up for sale in the Aroha Silhouettes online store in a couple of weeks to raise funds for Christchurch. Hopefully it's not too late to help out. Follow Aroha Silhouettes on Facebook to see when it's available!