Project Reflection

My name is Kelsey Bacinett and I am a first-year student at Parsons School of Design studying Strategic Design and Management (BBA).  I love writing, photography, and fashion, and am excited to delve into the business side of fashion.  I am a Southern California transplant from sunny San Diego and absolutely love the city of New York and all that it has to offer.

For my final Studio/Seminar 1: Fake project, I wanted to stay true to the form of a hardcover book.  While I changed my mind several times while I was writing and constructing my book, the actual creating process lead me to my final form.  Since I wanted to create an authentic, professional-looking book, I wanted my writing to work seamlessly with the pictures I formatted into the book.

I chose the artist Stephen Shore for my project because he’s a photographer, and I found his use of color in his photographs to be stunning.  I decided I would photograph pictures in my hometown of Coronado, CA over Thanksgiving break to use for my project.  This lead me to grasp an idea of how I would use text in my project, since I could write journal entries as if I was Stephen Shore comparing my new photography project to my old ones from years ago.

While I was writing and revising my journal entries, I based a lot of my text off of Shore’s biography, work, creative process, and use of color.  I read several articles to get a sense of how he composes his sentences and photographs, as well as basic biographical information.  For my previous Seminar project, I wrote the biography portion for my group project on the artist Eva Rothschild, so I felt well-prepared to find all the details I could to strengthen my writing for my final project.  I wanted to amalgamate all the information I researched about Shore into my journal entries for this project so that when someone reads my book, they get the impression that my book is authentic to Shore’s work.  At first I didn’t know how to format my book at all, so I spent a lot of time in Indesign moving the layout around until I found the best way to format the pictures with the journal entires.  I ended up using all of my writing for seminar in the book, and I am quite happy with the end result.

My final project for Studio/Seminar communicates a documentation of Shore’s work through the years while comparing his old work, primarily from his Uncommon Places project, to his “new project” that I created.  The research into Shore himself was crucial in order for me to achieve the best result possible.  Everything I did in this project, including my strategic selection of Shore’s pictures, my photography I did in Coronado, my Photoshop editing of my pictures, my layout in Indesign that makes the book as a whole aesthetically pleasing, my writing that has Shore comparing his “new project” to his old ones, and so forth, was all done to stay true to Shore’s style.  The book is cleanly and meticulously constructed and the writing is clear and introspective, which emotes a purposefully sophisticated, yet simple execution of the project.

The more I worked on my book, the more invested I got in Shore’s photography.  The project proved to be an immense learning process, since almost everything I did for it was a first.  While research was definitely not new to me, fiction writing was completely brand new to me this semester, and I feel like I learned more about that creative process through this class.  I found my voice as Shore in my journal entries for my final project, all the while I learned how to bind a book.  I feel like this project allowed me to express myself in a writing form that was true to me, but also challenged me to grow as a writer.  While I don’t see my journal entries as pure fiction because I based all of my writing on true facts about Shore, I was able to fuse the creative side of fiction with the methodical side of research and writing in a way that suited me.

Moving forward from a positive ending to my Studio/Seminar 1: Fake final project, I look forward to carrying on my skills in research, writing, and creating to my Studio/Seminar 2: Fashion classes.  I feel like this book project was especially beneficial to my learning and growth as a student, and hope to continue that trend in the next semester.

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