I thought I would give you a quick update on my current project! I’m remaking a shirt my mom got when she was a CIT at Camp Namanu as a kid.
Growing up, my mom shared her stories as a CIT and so many camp songs! I remember her singing me to sleep when I was little some of the songs she learned at camp. She went to an alumni event there once and brought home a cassette tape of a bunch of camp songs, and played them in the car on our way to school and activities. I’m pretty sure I have most of them memorized!
When we were old enough, Mom made sure that my sister and I got to go, too! Even though it was in Oregon, and we lived in California! I had so much fun as a camper! I got to go horseback riding, shoot bows and arrows, rafting, weave, rock climb, creek hiking, cook pancakes over a fire, play capture the flag, and sing basically all day long for a whole week! It was amazing…
I can really understand how it holds such a special place in my Mom’s heart. So I’m so excited to remake this shirt of her’s that she has so many fond memories in! It was her favorite shirt, so it got a lot of use and then it was in storage for so long that it started to deteriorate.
So I ordered some blank shirts (made in the USA) that had navy blue on the neck and sleeves and got to work on restoring the logo. At first I thought I could just scan in the shirt and use the old picture to make a vector file from it, but the old fabric got a little stretched out that it made it difficult to make sure everything was the right dimensions. So I decided to start “from scratch”, well sort of…
I found a font that closely matched the font from the shirt. Every letter was almost perfect, except the M, so I changed it a little in Illustrator, to make it match the original. And for the emblem, I used some pictures of the new Camp Namanu Emblem (which has changed over the years) and the scanned picture of her shirt to draw a new emblem, attempting to match the old version as best I could. And that is where I am at currently…
I asked my mom to send me a picture of her in her shirt, so I can make sure everything is coming out as accurate as possible.
I’ll update this as I progress with this project, so check back soon! I hope to find some camp photos to share with this post too!
Thanks for readin’!