graduating in December

In December of 2009, I will be walking across the stage during the UTC graduation to earn my BFA in Graphic Design. Wow. December seems forever away, even more so because many of my design classmates are graduating this May. Even so, I am glad to have the opportunity to go to school and be taught by the best in the business of graphic design, Leslie Jensen-Inman and Matt Greenwell. I have have a wealth of knowledge in design that I will carry with me after graduation into my career. Leslie has shared her knowledge with the design students, and her love for learning and teaching is priceless. I will miss my classmates, critiques in the hallway (maybe not), and design software issues that end in laughter.

Really, this is just the beginning, because I know how to network. Cindy Li is the networking queen. She spoke at createhere to an audience of graphic designers and other professionals about the importance of networking.

April 16, 2009 at 17:33 2 comments

new job

I was left unemployed when the bookstore I was working at, closed it’s doors forever in December of 2008. After hearing I was going to lose my job, I got a second job (looking for another job). It truly does take up a lot of time.  My professor, Leslie Jensen-Inman was a big help in finding me a job. Leslie informed me of a job at MB Creative with Mandy Bowlin. Mandy works out of her home in a nicely designed office, where she creates collateral for hospitals and a credit union, among other businesses. I have learned a lot about setting up files for print since my first day at MB Creative. Working wih clients has been a big part of my job duty. I converse with the clients about the job at hand through my business email account. Mandy Bowlin has been great to work for, and I look forward to the future of my employment with MB Creative.

April 16, 2009 at 17:30 Leave a comment

installing in a gallery

gallery install

gallery install

If you ever have to install in a gallery, before you do anything else, make sure you have an extra set of hands to help with the installation process. My classmate Julie Burney assisted me in the installation of my work in the UTC Cress Gallery. The curator, Ruth Grover, set up the placement of the work, the angle in which it should hang, and the overall placement of the work in the gallery. She is passionate about what she does, and is great at making sure the installation process runs smoothly in the gallery. The vinyl hung beautifully with a suspension bar I purchased at Ikea. The bar is meant to hang curtains, but I made it hang vinyl, and it blended nicely with the ceiling in the gallery. Thank you to Leslie for recommending the suspension bar to hang my work.

Matt Harris and Shaun Inman interacting with the work

Matt Harris and Shaun Inman interacting with the work

April 16, 2009 at 17:25 Leave a comment

working with vinyl

picutred: transparent vinyl banner covered in facebook and twitter

transparent vinyl banner covered in facebook and twitter

My choice of medium for the presention of my senior thesis was vinyl. I had no idea it would be such a hard material to work with. Vinyl cling is not meant to hang, it is used to spruce up a window in a restaurant, gas station, etc. The printer warned me that it might curl once it has been hung, but that was the least of my worries once I tried to position the figures on the banners. As my professor Leslie Jensen-Inman put it, “it is like a vinyl sandwich.” Pretty much. It was very difficult to align the figures just right so as not to have an outline around a figure coming from the back of the figure on the other side of the transparent banner (they were printed on opaque vinyl).

In order to attach a figure to the vinyl, I had to:

squeegeeing surface of the vinyl banner

squeegeeing surface of the vinyl banner

spray the vinyl banner with water

attach one figureand position in place

re-wet the entire banner

squeegee the surface, making sure to rid the banner of air bubbles

repeat process on opposite side of banner

April 16, 2009 at 17:19 Leave a comment

senior show (cont)

beginning idea

initial idea

final installation

final installation

My sister-in-law, Laura played an important part in the completion of my work. I decided to go with two female figures instead of the previous idea with a man and a woman. I did not want the concept to be about a disconnect in a relationship.

Artist Statement:

My installation is an exploration of the evolution of communication, an observation of the varying levels of communication. Is society becoming more detached from each other the more connected we are? This work is a tangible display of our virtual line of communication.

Each figure is secluded in their own space, surrounded by a virtual embrace of the social networking sites, facebook and twitter. A separation of the two figures refers to the separation from reality that occurs when one logs onto a social networking site. One can control another’s perception of themselves with the freedom of a delayed response in conversation via a networking site or texting on a cell phone. In contrast, a face-to-face conversation calls for a more immediate, literal response. This work observes the path communication is taking.

April 16, 2009 at 17:12 Leave a comment

senior show

facebook_logo twitter_logo

Over a year ago, the seniors were assigned a senior thesis assignment. We were given the opportunity to come up with our own concept, use of materials, and size of project (the only limitations was the gallery space). I decided to explore the aspect of online communication. The inspiration for my thesis came from an experience shared by my professor that she had a design conference. She mentioned that people were having conversations in the hallways of the building, but that they were not verbal, face-to-face conversations. They would be on twitter or facebook, messaging back and forth to each other from two feet away. I was so surprised to hear that! That is when I began researching online communication, people’s reasons for logging on and how often they would dialouge with others online. For some, twitter may be a valuable source of socializing. One man mentioned on a blog that I read, “Twitter helps me keep in contact with a world I normally ignore. I don’t like watching TV and I don’t really socialize much so I don’t normally get the info on events. But with Twitter, I can keep informed.” Another said, “Twitter allows me to get out my daily frustrations.” This research made me question where human communication is headed.

April 16, 2009 at 17:01 Leave a comment

senior exhibition collateral

Every year, the UTC Art Department has a Senior Thesis exhibit. Every aspect of the department is represented; design, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and painting. Each Senior creates his or her own piece for the show. As with any exhibition, marketing materials are created to inform the public of the upcoming exhibition in the gallery.

The objective for the Senior graphic designers is to create collateral for the show, representative of every apect of the Art Department at UTC. The designers are divided into groups, each group designing collateral for the show. Grouped with Nick Lamkin and Stephen Bush, we each designed collateral for the show. The group decided on Stephen Bush’s design. A Keynote was created with the design and presented to our fellow artists in the department. Each group presented their refined design. Everyone voted for their favorite design, and Michael Mahaffey, Shaina Dobosh, and Tenley Mayfield’s design was chosen.

show mailer

show mailer

March 3, 2009 at 18:43 Leave a comment

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