Dragonflies

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(via Milind Shah)

I consider dragonflies to be some sort of personal spirit animal.  They're extremely symbolic to me.  My day can be going downhill in the worst way, I'll spot a dragonfly, and things get better almost instantly.  Or it's a personal reminder that everything is going to be okay.  I'm not sure why that is exactly, but it happens.  This week alone I've seen at least two or three dragonflies each day.  Sure, maybe it's because of all the humid weather Arizona has had this week.  But I always like to believe that someone somewhere knows I've been needing them as a sign that no matter how down I get, everything will be okay.

I think the first time I noticed this phenomenon happen was on a day my ex was leaving to go back home.  We maintained a long distance relationship and he had been visiting for a few days.  I was crying as he left and driving back to my apartment.  And then a dragonfly flew by and I felt better.  I felt that everything was going to be okay.

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The first time I incorporated a dragonfly into my art was during a watercolor class.  We were supposed to be doing a sort of self portrait with objects.  I had a dragonfly finger puppet that I've had since I was little and used that as one of the objects.  That was the first critique I ever cried in (come on, admit you've cried during a critique or a class at one point or another at least once) because I realized the absolute significance of dragonflies to me personally.

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I've since used dragonflies in other projects and all my friends and peers know what they mean.  Everything is going to be okay.

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Fall 2012 Recap

Last Semester, I had 5 classes and 15 credit hours.  They were as follows:

  • Roman Art
  • Contemporary Mexican Photography
  • Watercolor II
  • Printed Textiles
  • 3D Fibers

Roman Art was a blast.  Contemporary Mexican Photography was a joke.  Watercolor II was alright.  Printed Textiles was amazing.  3D Fibers was also a joke.

That about sums it up.  But let me show you some images.  Let's start with Watercolor.

I don't have too many images that I took from Watercolor II.  That class build upon what I had previously learned in Watercolor I.  It was an odd semester, though, because our professor was sick for about a month and we'd come to class only to see a sign on the door stating that she was not going to be there and we were encouraged to work on our paintings during class time.  Ha.  Haha.  Hahahaha.  My friend, Kelly, and I decided that it we could work on our paintings better at home and spent the time in some other productive way until 3D Fibers later in the day.  I've never done so many self portraits though.  Our assignments were a 21st century art piece, 7 self portraits in different styles, another self portrait utilizing geometric shapes, white on white, an imagined landscape, and an artist study.

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I enjoyed revisiting watercolor, however, I did not enjoy studying my face so much.  I hope to upload images to my Drawing and Painting portfolio.

3D Fibers.  Ohhh...3D Fibers.  Let's just say that our first assignment was 5 weeks spent on creating a group project with paper plates.  Paper.  Plates.  PAPER.  PLATES.  What a joke.  I don't meant to be so negative, but I was expecting something more from an upper division class!  My group's project came out fairly well regardless of the material we were given to use.  We made a barn owl we fondly named Wesley after Wesley the Owl.

Wesley the Owl

After that project, we had something a little more of what we were expecting, however, with less time to work on it.  I made jellyfish.

Jellyfish in Progress

I totally want to revisit this project and make better jellies.

Dyeing the Jellies

I believe after that was a wearable project...I don't have images of it though.  I made a "Security Jacket."  I basically altered a shirt I bought at Goodwill and made knitted, crocheted and sewn pieces to go on it.

The project after the wearable one was a felted project.  I felted over wolf figurines that I've had since I was a kid.

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Clever title, no?  I made 5 total, but the three pictured above were the best.

Printed Textiles had to be my favorite studio class of the semester.  We learned so many new techniques that I'm continuing to explore.  Our first print was a random one.

Barney and Baby-Bop at the Beach

Seriously.  That's what it looks like.  Haha.  I guess it was just the colors I subconsciously chose.

Our next assignment was to explore tessalations.

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Leap-Frog was next.

Leap Frog in Progress

I did all of that in one night.  It sat like this for a while because I wasn't sure of a border.  I ended up putting one on, but I'm not too fond of it.

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The last assignment was pretty much anything we wanted.  I chose to do a compositional piece about my dream studio.

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At this point we had learned the photo process of making screens for screen printing.  You can see here that I really utilized this technique.

Finished Dream Studio

During the critique, we decided that this print looked much better with the sides cropped.

So, that's a brief synopsis of last semester.  A lot seemed to happen both inside and outside of school.  I was hired and laid off, relationships were haywire.  But, hey, I survived.  I also was accepted into the Annual Undergraduate Juried Show in the Harry Wood Gallery.  More about that in the next post!