re·sil·ience // rəˈzilyəns/ noun
1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
2. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
This summer I created a piece of wearable art for Local 20/20 whose mission is “Working together toward local sustainability and resilience – integrating ecology, economy and community through action and education.” L2020 partnered with the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management and Thunderbull Productions to host the The All County Picnic. To emphasize the important work, the bandana spelled out “RESILIENCE” when folded and contained an illustration of downtown Port Townsend, the western county/Pacific coast, local harvest, and local radio. I decided to break the design into 4 quadrants.* Each quadrant had a snippet of important information that is crucial to know during a natural disaster. It was a really fun project that helped fund the community event and also got everyone thinking (and planning) for an emergency. While it’s not the hottest topic, it is an important one. Especially for us who live on the remote Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, along the ever-shifting Juan de Fuca Subduction Zone. I’m happy to report we completely SOLD OUT! I love making art that benefits everyone… It really doesn’t get much better than that.
*FOOD store 21 days worth of nonperishable dry food. Consume food in refrigerator first, then freezer, then pantry. NEIGHBORHOOD know your neighbors, skills, resources. Have a plan. Shelter in place or evacuate if located in a tsunami inundation zone. Establish a meeting place if separated. WATER Have 1 gallon of water per person for 21 days. Purification: bring to rolling boil for 1 minute or add 16 drops of unscented chlorine bleach per 1 gallon of water, let sit for 30 minutes. COMMUNICATION Who is your local HAM operator? Do you use NIXEL Emergency Network? Have walkie talkie radios in home or vehicle. Tune to KTPZ 91.9 FM or KROH 91.1 FM for updates. Visit www.jeffcoeoc.org and www.l2020.org for more information.