I made it.

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A quilt from 2014+3 test fabric prints+3 vintage inspired, hand sewn aprons with images printed and transferred+3 dish towels with transferred images+an old kitchen table with various books placed as reference (books not pictured)= I made it through my first critique.

I felt prepared, but also nervous and unsure of what to expect.  The past two weeks I have seen and participated in critiques, but the success of the critique really depended on the artist and what they had to offer, so truly each one is a sort of “surprise.”  Overall, I got what I would say was some great feedback from my peers.  Praises, criticisms, suggestions, but most importantly, encouragement to keep pushing and to do even more; to take the subtlies of life and use them in my artwork, to use personal experiences as a means to impact my work, and to not get caught in the echo chamber that is feminist art and domestic conversation.

I am excited to continue to move forward- to research some more installation/creative space artists and to continue to explore these ideas and different ways of using imagery.

 

Cheers to the next 11 or so weeks!

Where I’ve been and what I’m up to

I’ve decided to get into exploring this theme or concept of the pressures, burdens, and dirty work that is domesticity.  I’ve begun to print different images on fabric related to house hold chores, for example, doing the dishes.  I am inspired by the beautiful and detailed aprons that many women wore in the 1950s and 60s while they did such household chores.  They’re often beautiful with patterned flower fabric (which is something I have always loved), and ruffled edges or patterns and yet they would be cleaning and scrubbing floors, vacuuming, ironing, and cleaning greasy dishes in them.  Keeping up this beauty and happy wife persona even while doing such laborious and unglamorous tasks as household chores is very interesting to me.

I have started to make an apron of my own out of purchased fabric and plan to also make an apron or small sample out of the pieces that I printed on personally, (see below).  I plan to explore a photographic process using SuperSauce (Supersauce demo) which is a type of photographic transfer, on the fabrics that have floral patterns already on them.  I am concerned the fabric I bought may be a bit too busy, but we shall see.

I also plan to use the Supersauce to do some transfers onto dish towels as well.  In addition I will be exploring what happens to film when it is soaked in certain cleaning products over a period of time.  I currently have a digital print soaking in water and dish soap at home… I am wondering if it has started to fall apart yet.

 

 

A creative and personal manifesto of sorts

Looking at various manifestos and the definition of what an exact manifesto is, I was a bit overwhelmed.  However, upon continued research, note taking, and brain storming I came to the conclusion that I wanted to make one that was written with declarations and commanding statements.  I wanted to make pertinent not only the things that inspire me or that I care about but also the daily struggles I have as an artist.

Below you’ll find my manifesto as well as some references to ones that helped me reach the final result of mine.

 

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10 Game Changing Manifestos

How to write an Artistic Manifesto

 

Grad school is hard

Having to read articles over and over while still not fully understanding what they mean is stressful.  Especially when something in regards to one such article is going to be on a written exam in the next few months.

Not having any artwork made or any clear idea of what the hell I am doing is overwhelming and making me anxious.

 

I know that I am an intelligent individual.  I know that I am a creative artist and a hard worker.  Someone saw some sort of potential in me in order for me to get into this program, so I guess I just need to believe in all of that.

But right now, I feel very unsettled.

 

A Visual Essay

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