Gallery Show: Subtextiles

Greetings!

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I’m excited to announce that my Senior Exhibition show, Subtextiles, is up right now in Gallery 100 on the ASU Tempe campus!

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My classmates and I put it up on March 8, but it is only open this week, March 18-22, Mon-Thurs 12-5 and Fri 12-3.  The reception is tomorrow evening, Tuesday, March 19 from 6-8pm.  I hope that you stop by to check it out!  It’s a wonderfully put together Fibers show.

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Press: Fibers Students in ASU’s State Press

Last week, we had a young woman named Luu Nguyen come into our Printed Textiles class to film students working and our professor explaining what exactly Fibers entails.  Luu was filming for an online article for the State Press that a student by the name of Mackenzie McCreary was writing about some of the lesser known or odder majors out there at Arizona State.  Here is the link to the article titled Major Breakthrough: A Survey of Surreptitious Studies.

Fibers from The State Press on Vimeo.

Fall 2012 Recap

Last Semester, I had 5 classes and 15 credit hours.  They were as follows:

  • Roman Art
  • Contemporary Mexican Photography
  • Watercolor II
  • Printed Textiles
  • 3D Fibers

Roman Art was a blast.  Contemporary Mexican Photography was a joke.  Watercolor II was alright.  Printed Textiles was amazing.  3D Fibers was also a joke.

That about sums it up.  But let me show you some images.  Let’s start with Watercolor.

I don’t have too many images that I took from Watercolor II.  That class build upon what I had previously learned in Watercolor I.  It was an odd semester, though, because our professor was sick for about a month and we’d come to class only to see a sign on the door stating that she was not going to be there and we were encouraged to work on our paintings during class time.  Ha.  Haha.  Hahahaha.  My friend, Kelly, and I decided that it we could work on our paintings better at home and spent the time in some other productive way until 3D Fibers later in the day.  I’ve never done so many self portraits though.  Our assignments were a 21st century art piece, 7 self portraits in different styles, another self portrait utilizing geometric shapes, white on white, an imagined landscape, and an artist study.

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Geometric Self Portait

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White on White in Progress

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In Progress Artist Study of Susan Shatter

I enjoyed revisiting watercolor, however, I did not enjoy studying my face so much.  I hope to upload images to my Drawing and Painting portfolio.

3D Fibers.  Ohhh…3D Fibers.  Let’s just say that our first assignment was 5 weeks spent on creating a group project with paper plates.  Paper.  Plates.  PAPER.  PLATES.  What a joke.  I don’t meant to be so negative, but I was expecting something more from an upper division class!  My group’s project came out fairly well regardless of the material we were given to use.  We made a barn owl we fondly named Wesley after Wesley the Owl.

Wesley the Owl

Wesley the Owl

After that project, we had something a little more of what we were expecting, however, with less time to work on it.  I made jellyfish.

Jellyfish in Progress

Jellyfish in Progress

I totally want to revisit this project and make better jellies.

Dyeing the Jellies

Dyeing the Jellies

I believe after that was a wearable project…I don’t have images of it though.  I made a “Security Jacket.”  I basically altered a shirt I bought at Goodwill and made knitted, crocheted and sewn pieces to go on it.

The project after the wearable one was a felted project.  I felted over wolf figurines that I’ve had since I was a kid.

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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Clever title, no?  I made 5 total, but the three pictured above were the best.

Printed Textiles had to be my favorite studio class of the semester.  We learned so many new techniques that I’m continuing to explore.  Our first print was a random one.

Barney and Baby-Bop at the Beach

Barney and Baby-Bop at the Beach

Seriously.  That’s what it looks like.  Haha.  I guess it was just the colors I subconsciously chose.

Our next assignment was to explore tessalations.

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Leap-Frog was next.

Leap Frog in Progress

Leap Frog in Progress

I did all of that in one night.  It sat like this for a while because I wasn’t sure of a border.  I ended up putting one on, but I’m not too fond of it.

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The last assignment was pretty much anything we wanted.  I chose to do a compositional piece about my dream studio.

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Dream Studio in Progress

At this point we had learned the photo process of making screens for screen printing.  You can see here that I really utilized this technique.

Finished Dream Studio

Finished Dream Studio

During the critique, we decided that this print looked much better with the sides cropped.

So, that’s a brief synopsis of last semester.  A lot seemed to happen both inside and outside of school.  I was hired and laid off, relationships were haywire.  But, hey, I survived.  I also was accepted into the Annual Undergraduate Juried Show in the Harry Wood Gallery.  More about that in the next post!

New Year, New Update

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So I suppose this blog is a year old.  Happy birthday to….it?  Me?

This image is clearly how I feel right now.  This is the last semester of my college career and the question “What are you going to do after you graduate?” continuously pops up in conversation.  The image says it all: “I have no fucking clue what the hell I’m going to do after graduation (but beer and snacks help).”

I apologize for not updating last semester.  Things got in the way.  I really hope to plan a post on everything I made during Fall of 2012.  I also plan to post on my recent adventure to The National Needlearts Association Tradeshow that I attended last weekend!

Hopefully as I ease into this semester more I will be able to post more and post in progress images of my projects I’m working on.  My Senior Exhibition class this semester should aid in getting myself more motivated to write and keep you updated on my artist life.

Until then…!

 

Last Day of My Internship

I’m getting a sort of sick but nervous feeling in my stomach.  The thought of leaving California is constantly on my mind, and not in a good way.  Today is the last day of my internship and my going away party, tomorrow I’m driving home.

It went by so fast.  I was just looking at the Instagram picture I took of myself on day one, May 22.

 

And now it’s August 10.

Susan and I were discussing how we’re both failing to function because I’m leaving.  As I was packing I had the same sick feeling I do today.  And I knew it was because I was leaving.  I’m leaving my home.  God willing, I’ll be back for good someday.

Sometimes the Store is Dead or Catching Up on the Blog

As I prepare to write this post, I notice I’m sitting in a completely empty store.  A few people have wandered in and out, but no one remains.  It’s a beautiful day outside…the type of day that when I look out the door, I sort of get that emotional high feeling that I got when I was at Balboa Park.  I got a cheese danish and iced coffee (with vanilla shots) from Rebecca’s across the street to start my Friday.  The sounds of Andrew Bird play over my iPod.  The past two days were Madeline Peyroux days, so I thought a change was in order.  No iPhone or wifi to use Pandora on my iTouch…oh well.

The Summer Walkabout in South Park was a great success.  I had a blast, even though I was stuck at the desk all evening.  Erich and Jack came to visit me while I was working.  That was a nice surprise.  The theme was Summer of Love and so I had a lot of fun dressing up like a little Flower Child.

My travels home are on my mind.  Pretty soon I’ll have to start packing my things for the drive home.  It’s going to be truly bittersweet.  I’m going to really miss my new friends and my new surroundings.  My head is almost in a place where I can start thinking about going home and moving into my new apartment and starting school again.  Senior year…wow.  I can remember being a freshman at Benedictine College thinking that my final year of college was so far off…and now here it is!

I wanted to go back to the Self-Realization Fellowship Gardens last Monday to do some watercolor painting, but they were closed.  I was rather bummed.  I haven’t gotten to use my travel watercolor set that I received for Christmas yet.  I feel like I’ve neglected it.  I thought about then going to the Quail Botanical Garden (Or San Diego Botanical Gardens as the website says), but I think I was just so miffed about the other garden being closed that I didn’t feel very much like paying $12 to enter.  I think I was just overall not having a very good day and needed a nap instead.  Hopefully before I leave I can get some painting done.

Taken at the Botanical Gardens in Balboa Park

Before I leave, we’re going to take pictures of all the sample work I’ve done for the store.  That way I can update my portfolios.  When I return home, I plan to take pictures of all my work from last semester since I haven’t been able to do that yet.

I’m planning on creating a Facebook Page for myself as an artist.  By planning, I mean I’ve already created it, it just needs pictures.  That will be my next online project.

 

Happy weekend!

Exploring Balboa Park

On June 21, I decided to use my day off to go to the San Diego Museum of Art and explore Balboa Park.

I had previously visited Balboa Park during Spring Break when I was out for my internship interview.  Erich and I visited the Mingei International Museum upon Susan’s recommendation.

I had an enjoyable walk to the museum from my car.  The weather was beautiful: warm, sunny and not a cloud in the sky!

For about an hour and a half I wandered around the museum.  My favorite painting had to be The Young Shepherdess by William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

Maybe it was because it was something about sheep or fiber related, but it just struck me as a painting I  needed to constantly go back to study!  Or maybe something about her reminded me of myself.  I found a postcard of the painting in the museum gift shop for a dollar, so I decided that was a good souvenir.  Interestingly enough, I didn’t notice until long after I left Balboa Park that the very same girl was on the visitor sticker I received upon paying admission!

On a critical note, the museum was smaller than I imagined it to be.  Perhaps I am spoiled with the Phoenix Museum of Art or the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. I left the museum at about noon.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted to spend money on a lunch at the museum’s cafe, or if I wanted to just get a snack at first.  As I exited the museum, the bells were playing Pachabel Canon.  Soon after they played Fur Elise and following that Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah!  There was some sort of children’s camp event happening near the Lily Pond.

I sat there for a bit, gathering my thoughts, taking a few photos and enjoying the atmosphere. I decided to go back to a a small coffee bar I had passed before going to the museum.  I got a cappuccino and an apple to nibble while I continued exploring the park.  I walked towards the Natural History Museum (an adventure for another day!) and found the large fountain.  I had to call my Mom a couple of times just so that I could get some of my excitement out.

As I continued walking around, I discovered that I was going toward the San Diego Zoo entrance.  That put things into a little more perspective of where I was.  After walking back toward the fountain, I went through the Spanish Village Art Center.

If I had not had a drink in my hand, I would have explored there more, but I didn’t want to accidentally spill my coffee on anyone’s art.  It’s highly unlikely I would, but I didn’t want to risk it.  I did see an outdoor glass blowing demonstration.  Actually, I think it was a lesson, but still very interesting to watch!  I want to go through there again (without a drink) so that I might explore the studios a bit more and maybe even purchase some art!

Before I left the park, I went into the Timken Museum of Art since it was free.  They did not allow pictures inside.  I wish they had because there was an image of a plaza in Venice that looked terribly familiar to me.  I ended up calling Mom again to ask if it was the one she and my Dad had visited on their cruise and it was!  I knew there was a reason the painting looked so familiar; I had seen a photograph she took of St. Mark’s Square!

After going through that small museum, it was about 2:30.  I decided it was about time for me to leave Balboa Park because I had a class to assist teaching at my internship in a few hours.

I simply cannot wait to return for another adventure in Balboa Park!