Phosphor Art's Laura Redburn was approached by Baltimore Magazine to illustrate an article on the SPARC Center, using her signature collage style.
For the past decade, Susan Sherman, a professor at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been conducting the most extensive research study of exotic dancers in the nation. In addition to documenting the experiences of more than 800 female sex workers in Baltimore City, Sherman used a five-year grant from the National Institute of Health to establish the SPARC Center, which is a full-service resource program in South Baltimore targeted to female sex workers. The article features words from the SPARC Center's founder, staff members, and patrons to tell the story of how the program—which is one of the first of its kind—is creating community-level change in regards to lowering rates of STIs and HIV.
Baltimore Magazine wanted a visual to help tell this story and provided Laura with a list of objects she could pick and choose from to create her collage, which also had to include a woman's face. The colour palette was to be pink and peach in order to reflect SPARC's logo and the overall piece was to be light and intriguing, rather than dark and moody, in order to reflect the positive tone of the article. We think Laura did a brilliant job!
Find more of Laura's illustrations in her portfolio on the Phosphor Art website.