Framing the Past | Part I

Most historic buildings in small brick and concrete downtowns pay homage to the entrepreneurs that came before. They "live on" with renewed breath after being restored and in most cases, re-envisioned to accommodate modern needs and technology. We are a small part of the lives of the buildings we inhabit.

The frame in this piece was found broken. It was “restored” using glue, wire, and wood stints mirroring construction techniques such as framing, drywall, and tape that contractor’s use.

The historic images come from a small museum in Arkansas and were recreated using the exact footprint of the original photographer, allowing the viewer to see what a scene from 60-100 years before. 

Part two of this work can be viewed here.

Graffiti Concept | You Don't Own Me

There was a period of time in school when I loved working with stencils. It made sense to me to break down an image into sections. This can be seen in my Gandhi texture piece. While working in stencils someone asked me what I thought of Banksy, graffiti artist. I knew of his work and knew that while I appreciated his point of view, I was not as aggressive in sharing my thoughts or reflections with the world. 

I wondered what kind of political or social commentary I would have. I noticed themes from my childhood and after examining Barbie, Disney movie plots, and fairy tales, I settled on My Little Pony.* This idea of ownership never offended me as a child, of course not, I'm the youngest of four girls and loved toys...everything was mine. But the idea that I personally could belong to someone, a society as a whole, was not welcomed. (Hence the graffiti on the side of Harrod's in London).

I am viewed by marketers as a commodity. I am seen as a potential customer. Once I take a bite of the apple, I'm theirs. Well, that's not me. I decided that My Little Pony was a great representation for the concept of being owned and I took a big ex and red letters to mark out "My" and write "You don't own me" as a response to consumerism.

* This project was for a University art course.

Pandora's Box | Letters of WWII

Mailboxes during World War II contained all the hope and sorrow of war. The Smithsonian National Postal Museum says “...the importance of mail during WWII was second only to food.” I built a mailbox that replicated what I imagine one might have had during 1940’s. It hangs on framed house siding as if it had been pulled directly from that era. My artist statement was a printed letter in an envelope that my peers took from the mailbox.‪ #‎LoveLetters‬

Portrait Bust

This portrait bust was my inaugural clay sculpture. Using exact measurements to gauge all facial features I created my likeness in clay atop a wooden base. The structure is fortified with PVC pipe, wire, and newspaper.

Union Jack Flag

Through research* I discovered the Union Jack flag is made up of three separate flag designs layered onto one another creating the familiar design we know today. 

What if this flag were three-dimensional? I used sheet metal and wire rod to "explode" the flag into the original three flags. The wire rod creates the familiar shape of the Union Jack and when combined within the sheet metal, reveals elements of all three flags: The St. Andrews (Scottish) and St. George (England) flags are the front and back panels of the diagram.

Looking at this metal sculpture straight on will give you all the layers of the Union Jack flag.
I wanted the layers to wrap around the middle wire flag, all connected in one unit. The process for building was meaningful because I have Scottish heritage and a love for the United Kingdom. Combining three flags is a poetic notion of the joining of nations together. 

*From The Official website of The British Monarchy: "The Union Flag, or Union Jack, is the national flag of the United Kingdom.
It is so called because it combines the crosses of the three countries united under one Sovereign - the kingdoms of England and Wales, of Scotland and of Ireland (although since 1921 only Northern Ireland has been part of the United Kingdom). 
The flag consists of three heraldic crosses. The cross of St George, patron saint of England since the 1270's, is a red cross on a white ground. After James I succeeded to the throne, it was combined with the cross of St. Andrew in 1606. The cross saltire of St Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, is a diagonal white cross on a blue ground. The cross saltire of St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, is a diagonal red cross on a white ground. 
This was combined with the previous Union Flag of St George and St Andrew, after the Act of Union of Ireland with England (and Wales) and Scotland on 1 January 1801, to create the Union Flag that has been flown ever since."

Framing the Past | Part II

The sister piece to Framing the Past | Part I
Wood and Metal. Old and New.

I designed and built two frames, one wood with metal rod and another made of all metal. The wood frame holds two pieces of 1/16" glass within a half frame atop a stand. Between the glass sits a transfer image of a historic scene from the early 1900's (see above). The metal frame sits at a distance behind the wood frame and holds a modern photograph taken in exactly the same location as the historic image.

The materials speak of the industrial developments over time, a.k.a. "progress". The woodworking process was more approachable and easily constructed compared to the modern lines of the metal frame. Welding metal was a more involved process, using much more technology but also more labor. 

Brand | Grace Episcopal Church

I designed and organized the Grace Episcopal Church website during my employment (Dec. 2010-2015). The website went through two iterations based on funding for web hosting. The brand design is minimal to reflect the basic architectural structure of Grace Church. I managed and created content for all social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

  • New Logo
  • New Website
  • Social Media Incorporation
  • Consistent Branding  for All digital and Print Materials
  • Monthly newsletter and creation of Event Banners & Ads
  • Photography for events and member database

Gandhi

Using textured objects, I "painted" this portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. Each shade variation is a different bead, fabric, twine, or paper. The opulent materials create an unnerving and opposing picture of Gandhi's initiatives against poverty. The value is not held in the superficial materials but within the man himself and his efforts to support his mission.

Invitation | Peace of Thread

My design for the annual "Peace of Thread" gala invitation.

"Peace of Thread...empowers women who have come to the United States seeking refuge from war, persecution and poverty to make a new life for themselves and their family. The women of Peace of Thread hand make high quality and one-of-a-kind accessories using top-of-the-line, refurbished fabric."

The invitation used photos from Morocco, where some refugees hail from. The purple design embellishments speak to the event's main goal of making a purse alongside a refugee woman. The color palette complimented the evening's decor. 

Bentonville Film Festival Poster

My submission for the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) poster. The festival celebrates women and diversity in film. Presented by Geena Davis in Bentonville, Arkansas, the inaugural festival was held May 5-9, 2015. 

My design was created from a charcoal drawing of a ponytail joining the same woman's hair on two sides. She is grounded. She can go in any direction she chooses. And it signifies that every woman is more than just one definition. We are different, we change our minds, and we work together.

The creative team gave inspirational words to be used within the design.* At least three were required. I used the list of words given to create the top and bottom borders in the BFF theme colors. "Women | Different | Together" appear below the drawing. 

*Championing, Women, Diversity, Beautiful, Fresh, Storyteller, Artists, Imagine, See, Picture, Variety, Advance, Voice, We, Unify, Empower, Inclusion, Different, Celebrate, Declare, Assert, Collaborate, Passionate, Advance, Future, Stand Up, Strength, Join, Change, Humorous, Inspire, Influence, Thrive, Innovate, Powerful, “Make A Difference”, Equality, Dignity, Illuminating, Spark, Progress, Engage, Represent, Discover, Evolve, Dynamic, Initiate, Succeed, Circle, Support, Yes