This is a recent project I forgot to post about last year. Its a mini zine I did some illustrations for. The title of the zine and project is “Earth Seed” led by my comrades over at PKC –The Peoples Kitchen Collective based out of Oakland California. “Earth Seed” comes from the incredible Parable Book series by Octavia Butler and is a recent project by PKC.
I first came across the founders of PKC (Jocelyn Jackson, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, and Saqib Keval) as a crew at Oakland’s Life is Living Festival. Here’s a video so you can get the vibe for that event because this is also where this mini zine was given out as a way to talk about self suficiency, mutual aid, organizing, creativity, and more.
See PKC at the 1:55 min mark.
Here are some of the images from this zine collaboration with PKC which I am so honored to create. I’m a big fan of Butler and a huge fan of PKC so for this project designed by the talented Kamakshi Duvvuru I wanted to try a very loose style. And because it needed to be produced in black and white I wanted to keep it super simple. This one of the flowers is my favorite.
EARTH SEED INVITES US TO ENVISION AND ENACT OUR COLLECTIVE FUTURE FROM A WORLD AWAKENING TO ITS UNRAVELING.
Led by People’s Kitchen Collective, EARTH SEED centers a pilgrimage through California from present-day Los Angeles to Mendocino Woodlands that happened from March – June 2023. We visited with people and places building models for survival and our collective future.
Rooted in Octavia Butler’s Parables series, the legacy of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, and the diaspora of the global south, EARTH SEED enacts radical hospitality as a survival practice. It does so by deepening our relationships with BIPOC activists, artists, educators, farmers, youth, and elders.
Want more info about EarthSeed? You can learn more from PKC’s website here.
Dig this? Check out these illustrations I did in collaboration w/ the ACLU and the Central Valley Report