Personal Currency Rough Draft



For this rough draft I took inspiration from these images and what I find valuable. The hat is something my dad wears and he is one of the biggest inspirations in my life. The building is where my best friend and I did our first photoshoot together making it the starting point of my career and our new friendship. My currency is a lot about my relationships with others. The background pattern is the symbol for the third eye which is related to my inner journey through meditation. The number amount is to make fun of currency itself because money is not something I truly value. I value people in my life and the ability to be able to have relationships with them. The patterns on the front of the money are each symbols related to my best friends from home. In order to connect the front and back of my personal currency, I related both them to places of personal importance. The front is modeled after the structure of the Zimbabwe one hundred trillion dollar bill because my family is from there and south Africa and I identify with my heritage from there. The back is a house located in my home town of North Andover, Massachusetts. Both places make up some part of who I am today. The patterns around the locations are help up by patterns that represent my friends who have always been there for me to hold up me. Being a rough draft I have no yet added color.

2D Utopian World

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.

Perspective Study for Personal Currency

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.

A Gift For Sebz

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.

Final Mood Board and Explination

First Sketch

Final Memory Mask

For my final memory mask, I was asked to reflect upon my time in New York City thus far, and portray an aspect of myself that most might not know about me. My creative process started with playing around in photoshop and making a mood board about myself. The mood board includes some of my favorite things, my favorite colors, and naturally me rolling my eyes as this is a common theme in my life. There has been so many things to roll my eyes too since moving to New York City. With all of that in mind, I started to plan out what the aspect of myself most might not know about me, and that is that I am everyone’s “mom”. I come and cook my friends dinner, make sure they do their homework, and even helped one of my friends move in. My outward appearance is hard and edgy with a load and a half of eye rolls where as on the inside I am one of the most helpful people you will ever meet. I have a natural instinct to help those around me. For instance, when one of my suit mates didn’t know how to make pasta. I was going to let her figure it out for herself, but every part of me couldn’t not help her. In creation of my mask, I was asked to use Photoshop which is something I only have minimal experience in. To create my final image, I used found images and one of my own drawings. The mask is a full body mask to show a typical “Mom in New York City for the First Time”. I created it as a bobble head to add humor and emphasize my outward appearance of rolling my eyes. Overall I overcame my fear of photoshop, and yes I will still be “mom” to anyone who needs my help.

Memory Mask High School

This mask is representative of a high school memory. The memory I chose was during high school, my dad had to work out of state so naturally I filled his role in the house. I was the cook, the mentor, the one who my family members leaned on, and also fourteen. For my mask I created a replica of the hat my dad used to wear, but in my version I added fabric and text to describe my high school memories. I also added a fish netting to cover the face to represent the fact that I was trying to fill his role, but essentially ended up in his shadow. It is his hat, and his role, but it is my take on it. In trying to fill this role, I ended up finding myself instead. The fabric all along the mask is representative of my journey through art and finding myself as a person and a fashion designer. There are mostly neutral fabrics all along the hat to represent fabrics I would typically sew with, and pieces of bright fabrics are scattered through to show the emotions I had when sewing. I found not only an escape in art, but some of my happiest high school memories are sitting in my room sewing things for the fashion shows I was a part of or sewing just to create. I created the base of the hat out of recycled Whole Foods bags, hot glue, and tape. Then I placed the cut up fabric all over the hat, and finished the piece by adding the netting mask, and the band with the words. Technically I used sculpture techniques, sewing, collage, and painting. Overall this is a very representative mask full of my high school memories.  

Lexi Lowrie Time Map

My timeline starts with the creation of fabric made of copies of my childhood through present day drawings and sketchbook pages. The timeline starts at the bottom of the pants with my childhood drawings and the print shows the newer drawings as the eye works its way up the pants. The pants are also a symbolic presentation of my Tae Kwon Do pants that I used to wear to classes while studying the martial art as a child. The top is a plain white bandeau or sports bar style top, not seen here, to symbolize the future. The white color is symbolic of a compilation of every experience that has gotten me to this point, and also of the black canvas that is my future. 

Memory Mask Paper

My memory mask started with a fond memory I have of the tree in my front yard that I used to climb as a child. I created a  masquerade style mask where the nose and point where the mask is help to the face is the trunk of the tree, and the branches expand from that central point. It is meant to be help so the wearer can chose which negative space points they want their eyes to be seen through.  I started the process with a sketch, and continued by rolling up the paper and covering it in masking tape and lastly creating a paper texture over the tape.

Sketch of Memory

Sketch of Mask

Base of mask

Final mask front view

Final Mask sideview

Final mask back view

Final mask wearable view