For this project we were asked to create our own world either Utopian or Dystopian in conjunction with the rest of the class, meaning your world would connect with others’ worlds around you. For my world, I started with the idea of a Utopia. For me a Utopia is a place with loads of fabric, my dog, a city, and somewhere with fresh air. The base of the design is an isometric drawing loosely based off of a sunflower. I started by sketching inspiration, then moved to drawing on the velum paper. I wanted this to be a study on textures as my ideal world is full of all different things with all different textures to it. I used acrylic paint, markers, found fabric, and a beautiful photo of my dog from the first day we brought her home to my house in North Andover, Massachusetts. It is held together with a lot Elmer’s glue and some of my tears, just a bit. The bottom lines are meant to be able to connect it with the other worlds in the class. Another connecting point is on the left side; one of the fabric bolts on the left side also hangs off the page to create another connection point. This project was a struggle to work with the velum paper and the wet materials of acrylic paint and markers. Overall a very interesting study in new types of drawing. It created an interesting effect and something that I will take with me going forward.
For my perspective study for personal currency, I chose a building that has a lot of personal significance to me. This is an estate house approximately five minutes from my house in North Andover Massachusetts. It is a place where my parents would take me and my brother for picnics as a child, and eventually where my best friend and I did our first photoshoot together. I designed and made her and outfit, one of the only ones I have ever sold to others, and she modeled it in this location. Ever since that day we have been going back to this same location to explore the grounds and take more photos of my latest designs. It has become a staple in my artwork and a place where I have not only watched myself grow but also had the pleasure of watching my best friend and model grow as well. I started the process by looking up images of this building, The Steven’s Estate, and picked my favorite angle. I chose a two point perspective because it made the building look dominating and as important as it is to me. I moved on to creating a pencil drawing with a 4H, and then lastly cleaned the lines up by going over them with Micron pen. This building is symbolic of the things I value most, my artwork and my friendships, therefore it is the perfect architecture to display on the back of my personal currency.
For this project, we were assigned to make a gift for a partner based on them. I created a jumpsuit for Sebz full of symbolism. Starting with the form itself, her favorite things to wear are jumpsuits, and her favorite color is royal blue so I created a royal blue jumpsuit. She was telling me a moving story about her religious beliefs in Islam and how her connection with God makes her feel safe. So I created a jumpsuit with a hood to symbolize her connection with religion. She can carry it with her and have it protect her like a hood would. It combines her religious beliefs and contemporary fashion. The color royal blue is also symbolic of religious deities. I turned her into her own avatar. First I drew the sketch, then I created a flat pattern based of her measurements, and then I got to sewing. I made the base without the hood first, has her try it on, and then finished the edges and added the final touches. Finally, we did an amazing photoshoot and put together a mood board with the explanation of her personality and how it is an avatar for her. The top part has swatches of the fabric to create the jumpsuit. The first panel explains her love for coffee, and the rest are insights into her personality that she told me about in our interview. This is an avatar for an avatar in the form of a jumpsuit.