Image Week

Day 1: Too Many Dresses!!

Throughout this part of image week, I couldn’t help but feel bad for the women that lived before the 1900’s. Even though I wasn’t wearing a full hoop skirt, petticoat or skirt, wearing this amount of cotton and polyester was in no way shape or form a fun experience. I felt as if I couldn’t really take deep breaths due to the weight and tightness of all the dresses. It was also extremely hot in them. Thanks to this part of the project I have gained a new appreciation for the women that came before me……..as well as a new appreciation for pants and T-shirts.

Day 2: A Magical Fort

This had to be one of my favorite projects so far during this quarantine block. As a kid I would make forts with my friends and parents and we’d have a lot of fun and great memories. And now looking back, the one thing that I’ve loved since my childhood besides art is my love for Harry Potter. I could see the movie and read the books over and over and still never get tired of it. So when making this fort I wanted to make a space where I could both watch and read my favorite series and also have a place to do art. With that base need in mind, I used my big wooden easel as a center support post for this fort. I was able to wrap lights around it, have a nook for my laptop so I didn’t accidentally step on it and still be able to use the easel for its actual purpose. Even though we’ve grown and matured since we were young kids, it’s a brilliant idea to listen to your inner child sometimes.

Day 3: A Mask that Longs for the Outside World

I was inspired to make this mask due to the empathy I now have for Van Gogh after experiencing a month of quarantine. When the Starry Night was created, Van Gogh was in a mental hospital and he was painting his view from his bedroom window. Quarantine for only a month so far has been difficult for me and at times had me feeling like I was loosing my mind, I can’t even imagine how difficult it must’ve been for him. As a way to both honor one of my favorite artists and illustrate my hope that life will soon regain some sense of normality, I created this starry night mask.

Day 4: A Cotton Pond

Living day by day with out being able to see more than a few tree and birds has got me dying to go to a park. One park by me that truly immerses you in nature and serenity is currently closed due to the pandemic. Even though the Morikami Gardens may be closed, I figured that I could make my own! My favorite part of the gardens is the Koi fish and while I can’t see them in person, I can make my own.

Morikami Gardens

Day 5: The History of Women’s Suits

From the beginning of the women’s suit in 1910 through its many changes across the decades to the present, these outfits have challenged gender rules and established women in the workplace. In the beginning there was the ‘suffragette suit’ which protested the hobble skirt and was worn to fight back against the legislation that was trying to keep the mandatory for women to wear corsets and hemlines no more than 1 inch off the ground. As the decades pass, we see designers free women from the constrictive mandatory dress codes and instead give them a fashion that could stand tall in a male majority work force and allow them to be proud and freely express their bodies. In and out of war times, women began to have the choice between skirts and pants. This not only established a more casual business attire for women but also continued to break down the gender roles. Women could become engineers, factory workers, politicians, business partners and so much more. And as the percentage of women in the workforce rose, these suits were just one method of reflecting that decade’s women. That is one of the many reasons why I love this apparel. It both allowed women to move freely and demonstrate their right to be apart of the workforce.

Day 6: Portrait Day

As I was scrolling through the Photographs of women through the decades, I found this women who just caught my eye. At first I was just so focused on the aesthetic of the photograph and the woman’s obvious style and confidence, but then I looked at caption. This photograph was taken in 1932 and this woman was wearing a men’s fashion suit! I had to know more about her. So like any person my age that is curious, I did a google search on her and this is what I discovered. Anna May Wong was an American actress, born as Wong Liu Tsong on January 3, 1905 9n Los Angeles, California. At the age of 56, she suffered a major heart attack after a long struggle Laennec’s cirrhosis and died on February 3, 1961 in Santa Monica, California. She was considered to be the first Chinese American Hollywood movie star and was also the first Chinese American actress to gain international recognition. she worked through many mediums, from silent film to radio. some of her films include Mr. Wu, Shanghai Express, and Piccadilly.

CoLab Week

To be opened in 3 to 4 years

Pandemic Aesthetic

Most of my days during this ongoing pandemic occur within my room. Besides bathroom trips and meals, I work on my homework, listen to music and make art. Some days will get a bit repetitive, however, and on those days I will either practice my karate and/or take a walk with my parents around my new community.

Interview

  • Emma: Alright, so tonight I am interviewing one of my besties, Sarah! I first met her in middle school and have been close friends ever since. The last time we had a vocal chat was probably at the beginning of winter break. And she is currently in my old city of Tampa, FL. Now since Sarah and I go to different colleges, we don’t spend an awful lot of time talking about how school is going, so this interview is all about College!
  • Sarah: What a “creative” subject.
  • Emma: Shush. Alrighty, first question: What college do you go to and why did you choose to go there?
  • Sarah: Well I go to USF ( University of South Florida) and besides it being close to home, they gave me a lot of scholarship money..
  • Emma: The only thing I can relate to about that statement was the scholarship money!
  • Sarah: Hey, you’re the one that wanted to go out of state. Liv and I tried to convince you stay.
  • Emma: Yes, and I would have if it wasn’t for the the subject of our next question. What is your major?
  • Sarah: While you went to Alfred for the arts, I went to USF for Mechanical Engineering.
  • Emma: Awesome. Now because you know I’m not a fan of math, I’m curious; why did you that major?
  • Sarah: The same reason most people do a lot of things…. money.
  • Emma: ( laugh) That is sad but so very true. Okay, so if your reason is money, what is you dream job then?
  • Sarah: Oh! I would love to be an Aeronautical Engineer.
  • Emma: Even from the name that sounds like a lot of work. What sort of classes do you even have to take for that type of thing?
  • Sarah: From the pictures I’ve sent you, you should know by now that it involves a LOT of calculus and physics.
  • Emma: Another reason why you and Liv are the science people and I am not! Alright, second to last question. Knowing USF’s requirements already and the field you want to head into, what was your SAT score?
  • Sarah: Mine was about 1450 for my first try.
  • Emma: I’m envious of your mind, just a little bit…. Final question and then you can get back to your homework, I swear. What’s your favorite part of your major so far?
  • Sarah: Lots of math!!
  • Emma: Awesome. Alright, well, thank you so much for letting me interview you and have a wonderful night!
  • Sarah: You too and make sure to send me some photos of your work sometime.
  • Emma: Will do, okay bye bye!

Frame by Frame

This project was both very interesting and also very stressful. I went through many options and many different softwares. Hopefully, In my spare time I may even posts some better versions of this project. This version of stop motion drawing can be very successful when done properly. With some practice, I might even utilize this method as a way of showing my process of making projects via hand building or embroidery. Stay tuned for also maybe some photography stop motion montages.

The Hue House

Monochrome: Blue Ocean

Full Spectrum: Rising Rainbow


Color Research: IVORY

  • The first recorded use of ivory as a color name was in 1385.
  • Ivory represents quiet and pleasantness.
  • With its similarity to white but with a warmer undertone, Ivory can illustrate elegance in a relaxed and understated fashion. Making it a popular color for weddings and more.
  • The hexadecimal RGB code for ivory is #FFFFF0 and the decimal RGB color code is rgb(255,255,240).
  • Ivory is the color of the tusks of elephants, walruses and more. It’s likely that the material and the color share the same name because of this.

Artist Research: DAN FLAVIN

Dan Flavin was one of the many artists working with new materials during the 1960s. He utilized light and color in a way that separated him from traditional artistic contexts. He used only commercial fluorescent lights in a variety of colors that allowed him to escape the limits of frames, pedestals and other forms of display. Specifically he used fluorescent colored lights (blue, green, pink, red, yellow and four varieties of white) in lengths of two, four, six and eight feet, which when assembled would wash over walls and floors, cascading the exhibition space in color. His art, from his own words, can disrupt the environment of the room by carefully composing the lighting instruments. Flavin’s color palette is limited to a certain amount of colors from different locations on the wheel, because of this his works allow the audience to focus on what the light is doing to the environment instead of the lighting instruments themselves. I find Dan Flavin’s works to be intriguing, peaceful and bold.

A woman stands at the installation ‘Untitled (to Barry, Mike, Chuck and Leonard)’ from 1972-1975 by late Jamaican artist Dan Flavin (1933-1996) at the Art Unlimited of the Art Basel art fair in Basel June 14, 2011. The Art Basel runs is opened to the public from June 15 to 19. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)




Home Field Guide

This project was amazing for my situation at home. Having just moved to a new area and house, this made me realize several things. I was able to truly realize that my new space was something I got create from scratch. I had given up a lot of my things and put many things into storage, leaving me with an area to truly create what I wanted. It was then that I also realized that although I may miss my old space and home, my space is filled with things that remind me that I am where I am supposed to be. It is for these reasons that I feel a stronger connection with the artist Louise Despont. She works solely in her area and with materials that are easy to find. Through my new situation with online foundations and my new home, I work a lot like her within my new space.

Co lab: Week 6

Throughout this week we were tasked with creating a performance piece that communicated something to the community. My partner and I decided to communicate, after our original idea didn’t work, about how some actions can speak louder than words.

In many situations, people can find it difficult to find the right words. So how does one express what they really want to tell a person? Through actions. Anything from a simple hand gesture to something as powerful as a hug, we are communicating to others around us constantly.

Our original idea was to communicate to people around us nonverbally, but when we actually tested it out, it didn’t really work. So as a quick change, we decided to instead do a public performance of a scripted piece instead.

( Script )

(Story Board)

Co Lab: Week 5

Public Announcements and Reenactment

Similar to the mapping symbols project, the public announcements homework had us create a list of 50 different ways of communicating with the public. For instance, we can communicate with through our body language or we can have a message communicated through us through things like sirens or alarms. These types of communications are all around us, some we encounter in our daily lives and others we hear of though our families, friends and education.

( The reenactment video is on a separate post, this is just my verbal response to it)

From this list of 5o different communications, we were told to to reenact one of them. While I had talked about one thing in class, I realized it would be highly difficult to complete the assignment due to the confines I had. So I decided to do one I have a lot of experience with: fire alarms. Like many people, we’ve all had to experience many fire drills. However, our reactions to an actual alarm can different than the drill. For instance, some may panic and try to run. But in this reenactment , I decided I wanted to show more of what to do if an actual fire alarm occurs. I decided to walk at a safe speed and made sure everyone I was with followed my lead. Fires can be dangerous but accidents caused by fight our flight instincts can make the situation even worse.

Co Lab: Week 4

Sewing Practice and Flag Production

In order to create our flags, we first needed to learn how to do so. In class we learned how to both embroider and how to use the sewing machine. As homework we had to do some practice. I was more comfortable with embroidery as I didn’t get a lot of time to learn how to do the sewing machine. For my practice I created a unique design of two yellow roses with some leaf patterning and a cross stitch border.

After practice my partner and I set up to begin the process of making our flag. First we measured out two sheets of yellow fabric which be our bases and had them hemmed so they wouldn’t fray. We then cut out the sizes of our stripes for both sides and hemmed them as well. After which we individually sowed the stripes onto their respective sides of the flag. To add some texture and ornamental detail, my partner and I decided to embroider leaf designs into the tops and bottoms of the stripes. Once that was done we stitched the vertical sides of the flags together. Leaving the top and bottom seams open, we then inserted one side of the pole loops on both sides and then sowed the flag and the loops together. This was both a long and grueling process but both my partner and I are happy with the results and proud of the skills we learned and the work we put in.

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