The UN, The World We Want, Protecting Everything

Tonight I had the honor of participating in the United Nations Association of the United States Historic Discourse on The World We Want to help contribute ideas to the UN’s post-2015 agenda right here in Iowa City IA.

It was probably one of the most empowering experiences of my life. I know now I have contributed and will keep striving for a better world. More so, I know now anyone can contribute, because if I can, you can.

It started by us signing in and finding our table. When we RSVP’d, we had to choose three possible topics to discuss. I choose education, equality of women and men, and protecting the forests, rivers, and oceans. When I got there I found out I was put in the Protecting the forests, rivers, and oceans group, which I quickly dubbed the Protecting Everything.

I was the first to my table, so I sat down somewhat nervously. I was expecting the rest of the table to fill up with older people. I probably would not relate to these people and just have to sit back and listen to them and make sure they didn’t say or decide something really stupid. I was surprised though when another younger girl sat down and I quickly found out she was a student at the University of Iowa also. Then the next person came, who was also a student. Finally, when the last two people joined us, to my surprised it turned out they were recent graduates! We were all 30 and under, and I knew then this was not going to be anything I expected.

It turned out everyone at my table was part of the Enviromental Sciences or planning somehow and had a degree related to that. This made the dynamic interesting considering I am a painting major. After eating dinner, we all introduced ourselves and why we were there. Everyone had a deep passion for the environment and love for all the natural ecosystems, so quickly we realized their would be little conflict within our group. Of course, everyone wants to protect the environment and we were going to figure out how.

So for the hour or so we discussed, led by a list of questions everyone had to answer, and typed up our notes to send to the UN. It was almost like any group project at the University, and distinctly reminded me of the Intro to Sustainability course I took a couple years back. We talked about analyzing systems and how they can be improved, how do we assign value to resources we don’t use, and what regulations need to be put in place. The discussion was diverse and many many many ideas shot around the table, and we definitely were one of the highest energy groups in the room. Our reporter was typing furiously to get it all down, but she did with grace and her words when read back to us were eloquent.

Some of the major points we came up with was promoting an implementation of a Grey Water System, creating No Development Zones around watersheds, promoting sustainable forestry in already forested areas, creating quotas for fishing, farming, logging that directly correlate with is x amount of land/resources is used y amount must not be used, and implementing these based on ecological systems instead of political borders, because this is a Human problem, not just one countries.

Then I made the fatal mistake of speaking up by asking “Who is going to present all this” which instantly got me nominated. I begrudgingly agreed, for I have severe stage fright, and I didn’t not want to make a fool of myself by freezing up in front of a 100 some people. It was a challenge though, and I wanted to do this for the group and for the nature I love so dear.

I sat with the group and wrote out what I would say for our 3-4 minute speech, and practiced in my head leading up when I got up there. I came up with a great joke, but I knew I had to go after the climate change group to pull it off. Serendipitously, I did.  I got up there and said “Pretty much ditto to everything climate change said,” which started it all out with a laugh. I went on to explain why my group chose me, because I was an artist and they felt I could explain everything better than a bunch of Environmental Scientists – to which I got another laugh. I then explained what I described above of our ideas and issues and it went by like a blur. One of the last questions the UN wanted us to answer was “Is this a human rights issue?” so I ended my speech with “As to if this is a human right’s issue, well if we do not have any trees or clean water, their will be no humans to give rights to.” That is where I ended it, for it felt like such a powerful statement to leave it off.

I got a hearty clap, and everyone seemed happy with my speech, and I was just a rush of adrenaline. I hope the UN listens to some of our ideas and I hope more people participate in this process. The powers of the UN want everyone’s voice to be included as much as it can, and everyone should use their voice.
If you want to be involved with The World We Want project go to: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/You can vote on different ideas and follow the progress of this project.

Thanks for reading and sharing my experience with me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Opening Giveaway

To help promote my new jewelry designs and etsy store, I am hosting a giveaway through June15th on my Facebook page for a pair of grumpy panda earrings. These are part of my larger line of moody kawaii pieces which are inspired by Badtz-maru, Kawaii Not, and a little Happy Tree Friends. If you are interested in seeing all of my jewelry and art you can visit my etsy here: etsy.com/shop/gypsybedlam

You can enter the giveaway here…

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Thank you for looking!

Summer, Jewelry, and Paintings

Now that my semester is over, I updated a lot of my etsy store today with paintings and new jewelry! This summer I am only working part time and focusing on selling my art and jewelry to help support myself. I am so busy during the semester at school to get this stuff done, so I hope to get it all done during the summer! If you could pop over to my etsy store and possibly buy some of my work or leave some feedback , I would greatly appreciate it. https://www.etsy.com/shop/GypsyBedlam?ref=si_shop

I always am taking requests and comissions, so please let me know if you have any!

New jewelry

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Sorry I haven’t updated for a while, been busy with school!

New pieces available at my etsy store! Visit my store here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GypsyBedlam?ref=si_shop

All the pieces are hand drawn illustrations of different kawaii inspired characters I am developing. This is a test run to see what characters people like for a possible future release of a full line of accessories and art projects centered around these characters. I started by sketching these characters out, then drawing an outline with marker, then coloring the objects with color pencils. After I put them in the oven for magical shrinking time and they cool, I seal them with a uv protectant to seal in color.

I am playing off of the idea of nice things being grumpy and normally bad things being happy with everything being cute. I have always had a fascination with anthropomorphizing things, so designing these characters just feels natural.

Your feedback (or even purchases ;P) would be greatly appreciated!

Sketchaday week 3ish

I know it is little soon for my weekly sketchaday update, but I want to reconfigure my regular posting day to be Fridays. As always I will take any requests for a sketchaday, so feel free to comment or message me!
Here are the few since the last post, Sherlock Holmes, the palace of fine arts in San Fran, a ninja cutting the cheese, and some weird marker girl. Thanks!

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Sketch a Day

As some people already know, my New Year’s resolution was to do a sketch a day (at least) and post it online. I have been sharing them on my tumblr, gypsybedlam.tumblr.com, daily, so for the most current updates check there. Otherwise, weekly I will be posting my sketches to here. See the silliness below…I will take requests for a daily sketch, so please shoot me a message!

Also, I have posted some of my original paintings for sale on etsy, along with prints. It isn’t much right now, but over the next few weeks there should be more available. Any comments, criticisms, requests, or purchases are more than welcome. Here is the link: gypsybedlam.etsy.com

Thanks and I hope everyone had a great new year!

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Day 7 San Fran

The last, but not least, day in San Fran we started by visiting the Cartoon Art Museum. This…was…awesome! They had original art from a multitude of movies and comics,  and even the set of ParaNorman!!! It was a small museum, but definitely worth the visit. To see actual original art help solidified to me how real cartoons and comics are as art.

Afterwards we went to Emeryville and went to the Ikea for lunch, then to Pixar!!! We had to split up the tour, but we to see the lobby and a whole second floor gallery of the creation of Brave. To see how the film movie came into creation and get to talk to Edwin was awesome and educational! Also, this by far is the largest studio we visited, and to see how it all was put together was so interesting. The feel the difference between Pixar and Dreamworks first place was great experience. Pixar was more open and welcoming feeling, and Dreamworks was more closed and secretative. Pixar even had people riding around on scooters!

After Pixar we had free time, so Mar, Ryan and I decided to go to SFMoma. I overall am not a conteporary art person, but there were a few interesting things there. I saw a Picasso and a Chuck Close, and there was this giant painting in a hallway of mushrooms and the like. The giant painting I enjoyed because of the clean lines and forms, where it looked like a cartoon, however it was a centerpiece in a hall of SFMoma.

 

Wrapping up the trip was sad, but also timely. I was getting tired and ready to go home (even though I got stuck an extra day in San Fran, got to fly first class, and spend a night in Minneapolis due to the blizzard in Iowa 😦 ). I also was filled in inspiration to create, and it helped solidify my goal of wanting to move to the West Coast. Now I know that all these jobs do exist, that these people are living the dreams they set out to achieve. I know too that I can get to that point, I will just have to work hard to achieve it. I also know if I keep trying, I will achieve it. That is the theme of all the stories those who we talked to, Stupid Fun Club, Double Fine, Disney Playdom, Pixar, and even Walt Disney story! Just keep trying even after you fail, and as long as it is your passion, eventually success will come to you.