In spite of the French government encouraging early immigrants to marry locals, in Canada, in the late 1600s, the Brits outnumbered the French 10 to 1 and men outnumbered women by an even higher margin. Louis XIV solution to this imbalance was to provide passage and a dowery to some 700 young women of marriageable age to help increase the French population of "New France." These girls were usually chosen by their parish priests or the administrators of their orphanages. At least three of my great x 7 grandmothers were one of these "Fille de Roi."
Grandaughter of France, oil on canvas, one meter by one meter, 2016
Ambassador Pyatt talking about America House, the creativity-enhancing cross-cultural space that opened this week in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Earlier this year the Public Affairs Section at U.S. Embassy Ukraine approached me about designing graphics to support the new American cultural center in Kyiv. They wanted something that wasn't red, white and blue--colors the U.S. shares with Russia--and they wanted something friendly and inviting that speaks to the vibrant community space that is America House. I shared some early sketches a few months ago, here is the final logo and some materials in action!
U.S. Embassy Kyiv is opening a library-like venue--only more fun! Like with a cafe and a 3-D printer! The local staff thought is was important for the place not to come off as too institutional. So rather than focusing on the red-white-and-blue rah-rah part of the project, I am focusing on the "home" aspect.