We probably only get snow once a year or less in Oklahoma, so whenever it happens, I definitely take advantage of the opportunity!
Right around Christmastime, people are always the most generous - whether it's volunteering their time or donating food, clothes, or toys to an organization. This year, it's made me feel especially empty. Back in high school, I used to volunteer in my community all the time, and lately I've been wanting to be a part of something again where I can make a real difference. My time has been so consumed with the job search and making ends meet freelancing that volunteering has been on the back burner. I told myself that I wanted to get settled and have a full-time job before I committed myself to a non-profit or other organization.
I would absolutely love the satisfaction of working at an organization that works towards enacting social change for good. Throughout my senior year at the University of Oklahoma, I integrated social change campaigns into several of my projects - so many, that in order to accommodate other projects that showed diversity, I had to cut a few off. Here are a couple of the projects that didn't make it to my home page:
End Homelessness poster series
For this project, we were required to create a typographic-based vocabulary that is developed and applied to a series of three designed pieces. I created a socially-geared poster series that directed passerby to the website endhomelessness.org. The main objective of these posters was to first grab the viewer's attention, then garner his or her sympathy. This could be done through big, bold images in a muted color palette and an unusual type treatment.
Technology Addiction PSA
My intention with this PSA was to shed some light on just how much time humans spend using technology. With the advancements the world has made with creating new and improving upon devices, it comes as no surprise that we (especially teenagers) spend so much time with our faces glued to screens.
This blog has been a wonderful creative outlet for exploration as well as a platform to showcase my artwork. Although, screen printing has been an art form with which I have continued to experiment and have been passionate about for some time now, I also have a love for ceramics. Now seems as good a time as any to show some of my past work from back when I was in school.
My "Texas" graphic is completely finished and ready to be printed! So far I've made burgundy, mint, orange, and metallic gold towels. Eventually the graphic will be applied to long-sleeved tees as well once I get the towels up and off the ground.
A couple weeks ago, I moved to the great state of Texas - more specifically, Austin. I'm very excited to explore all that this city has to offer in terms of design, art, FOOD, and adventure.
To anyone who happens to not know, we Southerners are especially famous for our state fairs... carnival games, the fried versions of anything you can think up, and the most exciting people watching you'll experience all year. I mean, what more can you possibly want? This print series serves as an ode to this most wondrous time of the fall.