Past Santa Fe Event: VOL 4

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September 12, 2019
@ Violet Crown

An exploration of the myriad of ways we communicate and declare our identity—How does one find one’s voice, refine it, lose it, and listen for it in unexpected places?

Read up on what each of our presenters will be sharing on Thursday, September 12:

Sponsored by AIA Santa Fe, Friends of Architecture Santa Fe, Six Blooms and Violet Crown.



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Giving Voice to Nature

@ VOL 4 ON SEP 12, 2019

Lynn Grimes is a retired public school teacher and visual artist. Having built her own off-the-grid home with her husband, she has spent her time connecting to the natural world through her art and her environs. Over 26 years of her teaching and art have focused on the natural world. It is no surprise then that her presentation focuses on the book "The Lost Words" by writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris. 

Connecting readers to the natural world through language, the book was written in response to the removal of approximately 40 nature words from the Oxford Junior Dictionary for more contemporary words such as 'blog', 'celebrity' and 'attachment'. This picture book points to the essentiality of knowing nomenclature for the natural world in order to connect to it for the present and future generations.

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I Lost Precious Time, But in the End, I Found My Calling

@ VOL 4 ON SEP 12, 2019

Jennifer Penner is an architect at Studio Southwest Architects in Albuquerque, NM. Her story starts as an intern architect responsible for logging her internship hours across 16 categories in the industry’s Intern Development Program. It should have only taken three years to complete. Five years passed, and she had not started simply because the form was intimidating. Someone took her hand, showed her the way, and she found her calling.

Comfortable in team settings and solo adventures. Jennifer brings strong creative, technical, and research talents to her projects and easily adapts to her environment using her 'soft skills'. Her passion lies in helping others. This is her "Why". "By Finding a Better Way" is her "How".

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Remembering the Memoir

@ VOL 4 ON SEP 12, 2019

Jennifer Venice Love is a teacher, writer, and self-described perennial student and audiophile. In her own words, "Words have power, and I believe in the hypotenuse as much as the right angle."

She has been digging up personal photos and listening to and reading others' stories in an attempt to unravel the inevitable knot of family and identity in the context of foster care, adoption, and abuse. In her presentation, she explores the artistic process of exploring the wounded child within while acknowledging the importance of finding her own purpose, through teaching and traveling, as an adult.

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Ancestral Chorus: Harmony of Voice and Crystal

@ VOL 4 ON SEP 12, 2019

Sound healer, Suzie Lee, grew up singing harmony with her mother. Fast forward through musical theater camps, jazz choir, and a cappella groups, Suzie developed her vocal gift with crystal singing bowls. She describes this as "the single most relaxing and soothing sensation I had ever experienced...The first thought I had was that my ancestors were singing along with me."

Her presentation focuses on the theory of sound healing, the unique features of the crystal singing bowls, and a demonstration of her work in this field.

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Hidden Voices

@ VOL 4 ON SEP 12, 2019

Sylvia Johnson is a filmmaker and impact strategist, and the Creative Director of Free Roaming Studios, a small production company dedicated to visual storytelling to inspire action. She made her first short film, Alagados, in the ghettos of Brazil with the support of a Fulbright grant. She then leveraged the film’s outreach campaign to found The Alagados Project, a nonprofit organization that provides college scholarships for first generation college students from the community where the film was made. She recently received a National Geographic Explorer grant for her upcoming short film called, Mermaids Against Plastic.
Hidden Voices presents two of her recent films, Refuge(e) and Luz's Story that are about refugees and asylum seekers where she will speak to the importance of elevating the voices of those who we don't often hear from or who may not have a lot of access to voice.
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Duet: The Art of Type Pairing

@ VOL 4 ON SEP 12, 2019

Brand designer Annette Prapasiri sheds light on the various “voices” typefaces are trying to express in her presentation, Duet: The Art of Type Pairing. First reviewing type font families and basic type styling, she will reveal design tricks and tips, so you too can create a harmonious type display that aligns with your messaging.

Annette unashamedly owns her typography obsession that she tries to keep in check as part of her perfectionist recovery process. She highly recommends Saturday Night Live video skit 'Papyrus' for other recovering perfectionist designers through cathartic humor —

Annette Prapasiri
Brand Designer / Owner, Six Blooms in Santa Fe
Lynn Grimes
artist, retired teacher in Santa Fe
Jenn Love
Assistant Professor, Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe
Jennifer Penner
Architect, Studio Southwest Architects in Albuquerque
Gayla Bechtol
Architect, Gayla Bechtol Architects in Santa Fe
Sylvia Johnson
Filmmaker, Free Roaming Studios in SANTA FE
Suzie Lee
Holistic Chiropractor , Self in Alameda, CA