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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…!

 

Shibori Stitch Resist and Indigo Dye

For Advanced Surface Design, I proposed my next project after the reliquary to be creating a rock garden using stitch resist and Indigo dye.   I planned to cut a piece of fabric into three pieces, stitch resist them separately, dye them, and then sew them back together again.

The stitch resist took about 5 hours alone.  I stayed up till 3:30am for the first one.

One part already stitched up, two waiting.

After all three had been stitched and the stitches were pulled tight, I put them in the indigo dye.

The one closest has only been dyed once. The two in the back had been done twice.

The most rewarding part of this project had to be when I was taking all of the stitching out after dying each piece and seeing the resist lines on the fabric.

It was also fun to watch my hands turn blue.  There’s something so rewarding to me about getting my hands dirty in the creative process.

This was only the beginning…they were much more blue after all three pieces had been totally undone.

I had made a plan of how I was going to get the entire project done before the critique.  However, the critique was changed to an in progress critique and so we did not have to have our projects completely finished by March 26th.  On that day, I simply had a piece of blue fabric that had been stitched back together with some shibori on it.  Clearly, it needed something else.  So I decided to start making french knots all the way around to make a simple border.

After that, it still needed something.  I consulted with my professor and we decided it needed something to break up the middle ground: red stitches.

And then after I was finished with that, it still needed something, didn’t it?  Another simple border.  I dyed a piece of cotton navy blue, but it wasn’t dark enough for my liking, so I put it in the indigo dye a few times to get it an even deeper blue.

And then, it was done.