S.O.S: Save Our Syrians relates to the European refugee crisis in 2015. It illustrates the powerful imagery of Syrians who risk their lives and everything to make a treacherous journey across the Mediterranean sea for their safety and a chance at life away from their war-torn homeland. A total of over 5 million people have fled and struggle to find a place to call their home.
This was my typographic approach to the refugee crisis poster. I was inspired by the numerous photos and imagery of people stranded out at sea. Syrian refugees were crossing the sea in tiny, crowded and poorly crafted boats that run into the risk of sinking at any time. A particular photo of Alan Kurdi, a young child whose body washed up on the Turkish shores, struck me. This tragic story inspired me to create a typographic illustration as a call for help.
Child marriages occur for various reasons, whether it is due to poverty, gender inequality, or traditions, young girls under the age of 18 are forced by their families or guardians to marry older men to start a family. Many serious implications are involved relating to physical & mental health and development, a loss of education and prospect, leaving these girls in an endless cycle of poverty.
The illustration and materials used for this poster combined the crafting materials children use in school with the traditional custom of henna art in certain cultures. When a girl or woman gets married they have a henna artist come in to draw temporary henna tattoos all over the bride’s hands and sometimes extend up to their arms. I wanted to portray the chains within the henna art to symbolize the inconspicuous loss and constraints that is permanently imprinted on them.
The topic of stricter gun control and the escalating occurrences of school shootings have been a hot debate in the United States. There is a prevalent issue around the many social stigmas that paint people with a mental illness as ultra violent monsters. However, topics of a more thorough screening process, mandatory background checks, improvement of gun show laws, annual training requirement, or methods to access professional help are being steered clear of, or dismissed.
My poster juxtaposes the insidious shadow of a gun being formed and overlooked while it emerges from the couch of a patient participating in a therapy session with a mental health professional.