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Manal Abdullah

Architect in Islamabad

Owning the Narrative

Manal Abdullah is an architect and teacher by profession, and an illustration and cross-disciplinary design enthusiast otherwise. Her exploration of visual narratives has allowed her to inculcate the art of story-telling into different facets of her design practice, from developing narratives in spatial design to producing on-stage sets for preconceived ideas. According to her, the power of story-telling translates into almost all forms of conveying information. In her presentation, she plans to identify the factors in which involve an audience into a visual narrative. 
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Building Narrative

@ VOL 21 ON JUL 14, 2016

Photographer Samantha Sheehan discusses narrative building and her process for picture making. In this presentation, she highlights photographs from several different portrait-based series she's developed over the past 8 years.

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Books and Buildings

@ VOL 3 ON AUG 31, 2016

Felicity Bristow talks to us about her love for drawing, architecture and books.

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The Importance of Diverse Narrative on Shaping Our City's Identity


Calinda Lee has something to say and she knew this even as a young girl as her great grandfather would always ask her, "Whatchu gonna be when you grow up, gal?!" She is now an Historian with The Atlanta History Center and is interested in utilizing technology to tell our history but ALL of our histories as a city. There is a multi-cultural story to be told and she is working to ensure that story is as multi-faceted as possible. 

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Screen Print, Sequential Art, and Illustration

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 17, 2017

C.M.Butzer is a cartoonist, illustrator, and printmaker who lives and works in Hilo, Hawaii. His work spans many genres and media from the anthropomorphic absurd silkscreen prints and comics  to heavily researched historical illustrations and graphic novels. Almost all of these projects begin and end with ample application of ink. Butzer is currently working on a graphic novel about the 1964 civil rights act and his ongoing comic series of punk rock cats “KITTENS”

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Making Sense of Nonsense

@ VOL 28 ON NOV 08, 2017

Brighton-based illustrator Carlos Garde Martin talks nonsense.  He illustrates it too.  That's to say, his current MA project is on made up words, rhyme and embracing silliness. Within his art practice, he explores narrative in relation to his image-making. Expect a cartoon book soon!

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Del Otro Lado: A Narrative

@ VOL 24 ON DEC 01, 2017

Angelica Mercado’s work is the ultimate fight for identity. In "Del Otro Lado: A Narrative...," Mercado tackles the tough issues in an attempt to embrace the divide in which she exists. Therefore, her work demonstrates the constant state of confusion in which she stumbles, falls, stands, fights and ultimately lives in, with themes of loss, trauma, longing, healing, and overall finding a sense of belonging in this space she calls home. In a time of escalated tension toward immigrants and their families, “Del Otro Lado,” shines a light on the status quo. For those who are on this side, you will find yourself thinking, questioning, and overall attempting to understand what it means, to live in the in-between; in-between two cultures, two countries, two identities.”

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The Propagation of a Maya Narrative: From Ancestral Seed to New Life

@ VOL 34 ON MAR 05, 2018

Frida Larios shares her journey to find her Mayan culture through her work as a designer. As a part of her accomplishments she has created a new mayan language through hieroglyphics.  Frida shows us how this tells stories.

Frida is from El Salvador (of Maya-pipil and Spanish heritage), a small and impoverished country in Central America with deep ethnic and social identity crisis. In 2004, these overwhelming historical tensions inspired her to found a cultural movement called New Maya Language, and while creating it, to find her own indigeneity. Larios’s unique system re-codifies a small part of the Maya mythic narrative through new graphic form. Her methodology speaks with and for today’s indigenous communities by borrowing directly from the logo-graphic principles of ancestral Maya scribes. For nearly 15 years she has dialogued diverse Mesoamerican narratives for children, youth and designers through exhibitions, workshops, installations, books, artworks, and textiles; around the world.


Larios is the Indigenous Advisory Chair for the International Indigenous Design Network (INDIGO) at the International Council of Design (Canada) and Deakin University (Australia). She co-founded  Indigenous Design Collective (Washington, D.C.), an organization that partners with the Smithsonian Latino Center for Day of the Dead celebrations in the U.S. Larios is currently an Adjunct Professor in Art and Design at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., where she lives. She holds a MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London.

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I Am That

@ VOL 11 ON MAR 01, 2018

Neely Farren-Eller shares how an understanding of narrative identity helped change the way she moved through the world—from a white supremacist upbringing to personal transformation—and the cultural power there is in questioning our stories.

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The Scientific Narrative of Leonardo’s Last Supper

@ VOL 38 ON FEB 07, 2019

Amanda Grieve is a graduate of Wright State University, recently earning her BFA with a focus in studio painting. She is the new Gallery Director at the Dayton Society of Artists and is thrilled to be part of the great art scene in Dayton. Amanda hopes you’ll be as enthralled with art history as she is. The Scientific Narrative of Leonardo’s Last Supper is an introduction to Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. It delves into how and why Leonardo created it, looking at conventions during the Renaissance and Leonardo’s desire to elevate the status of painting. It argues that Leonardo was using every ounce of his intellect in the creation of this wonderful painting.