OK….so unless you’ve been sleeping the last few days you have heard all the buzz going around about Invisible Children’s latest documentary KONY2012. Long story short…in 2003 a few friends traveled to Africa in search of a story. And what they found shocked…and broke them. They started a non-profit organization called Invisible Children with a commitment to try to help end the longest running war in Africa. After 9 years and incredible progress in their mission, one major problem still remains. The murderous rebel leader Joseph Kony has yet to be captured. This is where we come in. Their 2012 media campaign is to make Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.. I could go on and on trying to explain the story and it’s importance, but what would be even better is for you to take 30 minutes out of your day to watch this captivating VIDEO. I have no doubt you too will become a believer. We each have a voice! And together we can make a difference. I hope you are as inspired as I am.
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Hello, I”m back! This week has been a much needed break for Sam and I. I can’t remember the last time I have been away from my computer more than I have this week! It’s felt pretty good. I don’t even realize how much I rely on my computer until I purposefully try and stay away from it. It’s crazy what a digital world we live in now, isn’t it? As great as that is in some senses, it does have a way of making life increasingly impersonal. Anyway, my goal for this week was to get away from that. And what better time than Christmas to focus on relationships and family? Sam and I both have been off work this entire week, enjoying the super warm December weather and spending lots of time with our little lady. Despite the hot weather, I just had to get some use out of the red pom hat I bought for Rylee a few months back. I die over that thing on her. Our Christmas was great. A little different feeling this year because we did not have extended family in town like we usually do. But it was small and intimate….and ALL about Rylee. Ha! She got more presents than all of us combined. I put together this little video of Rylee’s first Christmas and the few days surrounding it….all with my very limited knowledge in imovie. I certainly don’t pride myself on my video skills, seeing as I have only made 2 now. Really, it’s all for memories sake. Hopefully Rylee can watch this one day and smile. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! xo.
Have you heard of DARK DARK DARK? Well, you should. The Minneapolis-based five piece band has quickly become a regular on my daily music rotation.
Sadly, I was not able to attend the intimate show they put on at the Habitat House in December….but I wanted to at least share the footage. Perhaps you recognize the art in the background? Yes, still hanging in the house was my installation for my solo art show “Dreamer”. What a lovely band to have play alongside my work.
Check out their new LP Wild Go on itunes. So good.
On September 18th JEDIDIAH teamed up with WE LOVE CREATIVITY and DJ Here to host a live art event to benefit Invisible Children. It went down at the Ivy Hotel in downtown San Diego. We raised over $1,300 for Invisible Children through the sale of panels taken directly from the wall, donations, and merchandise.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the “live” installation (I was away in Mexico soaking up the sun with my girlfriends celebrating one of my best friends bachelorette party…i know, what a bummer. Ha!) BUT I was able to throw down a character on one of the panels the night before I went away on my mini vaca. See if you can spot her! (clue: It is by far the girliest portion of the mural!)
Monstrinho, Kelli Murray, Tocayo, Nick McPherson, Eric Wixon, Neko, Brooks Sterling, Sam Larson, and Skye Walker.
All of us at Jedidiah have been big fans of SURFING THE NATIONS for quite some time now. Surfing the Nations is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to humanitarian action, locally and internationally. Surfing the Nations is dedicated to preventing substance abuse in Hawaii, and also sends groups of volunteer surfers to developing countries such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, China, Egypt, and Israel in order to promote the sport of surfing as a healthy alternative for youth.
Surfing the Nations believes that surfers are an untapped resource to serve our local and outer island communities. Their message is to influence the upcoming generation of surfers to “give back” by serving and meeting the needs of local communities.
Just a few weeks ago they held the 4th Annual Freedom Surf Contest. This is an annual surf contest sponsored by Jedidiah in Queens, Waikiki, held mother’s day weekend. It is a two-day event, promoting “A Drug Free Hawaii”. In having this contest Surfing The Nations goal is to raise awareness of substance abuse prevention and rehabilitation issues in order to reverse the devastating affect that drug and alcohol abuse is having on the people of Hawaii. Every year I have had the opportunity to design the contest t-shirt and (this year) poster for them. Surfing the Nations is an inspiration to me and a motivation to get out into my own community and give back. We all have something to offer. See the video below to get a glimpse of the event!
Surfing the Nations has done a lot of work in Bangladesh over the years. Gum for my boat is an alluring documentary that touches on the redemptive power of surfing and the work that Surfing the Nations is doing in Bangladesh. This short feature tells the story of how a group of underprivileged kids are making a difference in their community, and how the surf club they started is the catalyst for this change. This film was produced by the incredibly talented Russell Brownley and stars our very own Kahana Kalama
For more information and ways you can help visit SURFINGTHENATIONS.COM