Spring Forward with the Tree of Life

 

Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.

Daylight Savings started this week, and spring officially starts on my birthday, March 20th, which, is also International Day for Happiness? So I hope that you will enjoy this special treat of 15% off on my Tree of Life poster by using the coupon code TREAT2016 * from my Etsy Store.

The prints are available in two different colors: Black Ink on Domtar Cougar Natural (shown above), and White Ink on Speckeltone Kraft French Paper (shown below)

 

Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.

 

 

This poster is my ode to the tree.

Why Trees? Why now?

Trees give.

Trees reduce the “Greenhouse Effect” and act as carbon “sinks.”
They prevent or reduce soil erosion and water pollution.
Trees reduce water temperatures and prevent or reduce bank erosion and silt.
Trees recharge ground water and sustain stream flow.
Properly managed forests provide lumber, plywood and other wood products on a sustained yield basis.
Trees significantly decrease noise pollution along busy thoroughfares and intersections.

During a 50-year life span, a single tree will generate $30,000 in oxygen, recycle $35,000 worth of water, and clean up $60,000 worth of air pollution!

Our planet is currently losing over 15 billion trees each year. Just one acre of newly planted trees absorbs 2.5 tons of CO2 annually.

Sustainer of life, cleaner of air, moderator of climate, and home to thousands of species, where would we be without trees? And, where would be we without the wisdom to honor them?

Inspired by stories of the Panchatantra, the parrots in picture, are a-buzz with these stories, passing them on from generation to generation.

The mother elephant relies on her legendary memory and wisdom to leads her family through the complicated jungle of life.

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The Tree of Life is a limited edition release of 50 prints. It has been hand drawn by me, and hand screen printed on 100 lb cover weight, archival, acid-free, sustainably made paper, using non-toxic ink by Bloompress, in Oakland, California . Each print is hand numbered and signed by me.

From design to materials to production, this is 100% US made, and using sustainably sourced and manufactured paper from French Paper and Domtar.

*Coupon expires on April 1, 2016

 

The Bomb and The General V2.2009

Aditi Raychoudhury. Bushes. 2009. 6" x 4". Adobe Illustrator CS.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Bushes. 2009. 6″ x 4″. Adobe Illustrator CS.

The original ‘The Bomb and the General’ is a delightfully optimistic, anti-war children’s book – written by Umberto Eco (The Name of The Rose), and brilliantly illustrated by Eugenio Carmi. It was published in 1989 –

In Italian: By Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri, Bompiani, Sonzogno, Etas S.p.A.;
and
In English: By Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.

Inspired by the original story, this version retains some of the original text (italicized), and maintains a similar naïveté to create an anti-war message for children. For adults, its a more complex tale about hegemony and insular faith.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty. Adobe Illustrator CS. 2009.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Green). 2009. 22″ x 11″. Adobe Illustrator CS.

The General of our story enjoys a life of ease and gluttony, till he is compelled to seek God, during a moment of personal crisis. This pivotal encounter awakens in him an unshakable passion for God’s word. But his myopic obsession with the minutiae of God’s message clouds its original intent, and provokes an ominous future. Will his country slumber on through the impending doom or will they arise to reclaim their right in a peaceful world?

Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Pink). 2008. 17" x 14". Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Pink). 2009. 17″ x 14″. Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Primary Colors). 2009. 17" x 14". Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Primary Colors). 2009. 17″ x 14″. Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Orange). 2009. 17" x 14". Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Orange). 2009. 17″ x 14″. Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Orange). 2009. 17" x 14". Gouache on Paper.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Orange). 2009. 17″ x 14″. Gouache on Paper.

My Dream Home

http://my99post.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/a-shipping-container-costs-about-2000.html

I keep telling my husband, especially, given our training as architects, that we can build our dream home within our modest means using shipping containers. I first thought about it 10 years ago, when I was working as a sustainable building design consultant at  Architectural Energy Corporation. In fact, I would want to live in a container home even if we had a lot of money. Why? Because it’s a sustainable design choice, and, if done right, so damn-cool! Of course, there is the problem of money when it comes to buying land in the Bay Area – but we will… some day buy a piece of land that no one wants to buy – and then build this container home I have living inside my head! In the meantime, enjoy these photos of what other people have done with container homes!

Container Home. Source:http://my99post.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/a-shipping-container-costs-about-2000.html
Container Home. Source:http://my99post.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/a-shipping-container-costs-about-2000.html
http://my99post.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/a-shipping-container-costs-about-2000.html
http://my99post.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/a-shipping-container-costs-about-2000.html

More info @ http://my99post.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/a-shipping-container-costs-about-2000.html

Man: The Most Intelligent or the Dumbest Species?

My long time heroine, Jane Goodall, sums up what I have always thought. We must be the ONLY species on this planet that doesn’t know how to live in harmony with nature.

“I travel around the world 300 days a year, doing my best to make more people realize the harm we humans are doing to our planet. How is it possible that the most intellectual species that has ever existed is destroying its only home? I think one of the main reasons is selfishness and short-term thinking. By thinking only of the next quarter’s profit or our immediate wants, we are ignoring the impact of the choices we make today on generations to come. We are using up the resources of the planet as though they are inexhaustible – which is not true. This clever cartoon provides a chilling commentary of our selfish behavior.” – Jane Goodall.

This video by Steve Cutts, Man, sums it up nicely. Be warned, it has some violent imagery – but nothing that we are not used to seeing, or knowing, already!

The Wicked Dragon of Pelmel

Aditi Raychoudhury. Forest Fire. 2009. Adobe Illustrator CS.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Forest Fire. 2009. Adobe Illustrator CS.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Forest Fire. 2009. Adobe Illustrator CS.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Forest Fire. 2009. Adobe Illustrator CS.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Forest Fire. 2009. Adobe Illustrator CS.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Forest Fire. 2009. Adobe Illustrator CS.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Forest Fire. 2009. Adobe Illustrator CS.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Forest Fire. 2009. Adobe Illustrator CS.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Forest Fire. 2009. Adobe Illustrator CS.

Synopsis:

‘The Wicked Dragon of Pelmel’ is a story about the addictive nature of power, and its potential to devastate, or, create. When the dragon accidentally discovers his ability to breathe fire, he uses it to terrorize the little creatures of Pelmel Forest. Alarmed by this sudden occurence, these forest creatures get all riled up to hunt down this horrible monster. When they do, they are in for a big surprise! Not only is the dragon sleeping quietly, but looks anything but the terrible monster they had imagined him to be. So they promptly include him in their circle of friendship. Will this innocuous invitation beget the scorching heat of his breath, or the gentle warmth of friendship?

Aditi Raychoudhury. Wicked Dragon. 2009. Adobe Illustrator CS.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Wicked Dragon. 2009. Adobe Illustrator CS.

There was a wicked dragon
And so wicked was he..
That every night
When all slept tight
He went on a burning spree..
…….
“Whoo hooo, whoo hoooooo,
Has lost his grace utter-ly?
What can I do?
About this hullabaloo –
It wakes my chicks up so early!

Aditi Raychoudhury. Mama Owl. 2009. Adobe Illustrator CS.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Mama Owl. 2009. Adobe Illustrator CS.

High Tech and Climate Change

While Bush has given a reluctant nod to acknowledge climate change, here in the Bay Area, companies are now pushing their efforts in a new direction – Climate Change. California (along with Washington and Oregon) has lead the country in developing sustainable policies, and is now leading the world in the search for cutting edge technology for sustainable energy sources.

As the BBC report says, “California is where this frontier spirit is the freest.”