Japanese illustrator Kanae Sato says that while in social isolation, she’s stopped commuting to her atelier and has been spending most of her time in a “minimal production environment” at home that’s well-suited to her minimalist, Kawaii style. Her piece for #WindowsofHope in red, black, white, and pink shows a child holding up a teddy bear, saying “thanks!” The idea is that anyone could use it with a note to express their gratitude. “The masked teddy bear can represent people in various situations,” she says. “You can send a message to someone close to you with a simple word.”
Illustrator and designer Kelly Malka doesn’t shy away from weighty subjects — her work features political and social justice themes with a focus on women’s bodies, mental healthcare, sustainability, and other global issues. Her piece for #WindowsofHope is a reminder of the critical role each of us must play by practicing social distancing to keep essential workers and those with compromised immune systems safe and healthy. “Even though it’s tough staying home for this extended period of time, it’s truly the least we can do right now,” she says. “Staying in for those out there risking their well-being to keep us safe is such a small, doable gesture of gratitude to all the essential workers keeping our world afloat.” Malka explains that her work has taken on a different tone amid the pandemic. “I’ve been trying to create more art that feels communal. Right now, I’m focused on trying to illustrate emotions to help people express and feel what they can’t while isolated.”
Jeremy Ville (aka Jeremyville)
Sydney and New York
The co-founder of Studio Jeremyville with creative director Megan Mair, Jeremy Ville has created art anddesigns for iconic brands like the New York Times, Lacoste, Apple, and the Brooklyn Museum. But it’s his fans on social media who have proven the most receptive to his thought-provoking “community service announcements” that inspire followers with messages of environmental action, social change, and inner growth. His #JeremyvilleCSA project is an international art movement with more than 2,000 artworks shared via public art installations, sculptures, animation, street newspapers, and Instagram. He says that #WindowsofHope is a project that’s “perfectly aligned with our mission of giving back to the community, and our aim to bring positive change and beauty to people’s daily lives.” His piece, called Find the Sunshine in Our Mind, came to him during meditation, inspired by the idea that we all can go inwards to find a state of positivity, he says. These days, he’s holed up in Long Island, New York, where he spends time sketching in the garden, with birds chirping all around. “We can all create a garden in our minds, sit at a table, escape life for a while, and think,” he says.
All posters are free to download through HP’s Print, Play & Learn platform, HP Smart App and at hp.com/windowsofhope.
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