I believe in the art of expressing yourself without censorship. Something that evokes emotion that can sometimes be on a personal level.
I like to deal with the idea of personal demons in women’s everyday life with dry humor.
Being patient and open minded is very important as a designer because the final product may be far (and better) from what you initially had in mind.
I wear my heart on my sleeve, allowing my choice of color to be based on my mood, and my content derived from behavior. I have a valuable understanding of light, shadow and color, helping me to create strong conceptual work that can be personal and relevant.
I tend to focus on more serious and uncomfortable subject matters in my art forcing the viewer to reflect on their own set of values, hopefully leaving them more open-minded. My style is more so cartoon-like satirical illustrations, usually presented on a large scale.
I’ve never known exactly where I am going, but have enjoyed and embraced where I have been and what I have experienced along the way. I believe when art is driven by process, we are able to experiment and learn. This method not only helps us discover new paths, but leads us to a destination we truly want to be at.
I am a designer adept at managing heavy workloads while focusing on designing creative, visually-appealing graphics. My interests are in illustration, print, web and three-dimensional design. I am attending Wayne State University for a Bachelors in Design with a minor in Art. I have experience using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I also have interests in leather working, metalsmithing, and foamsmithing.
Inspiration within my creative process as a designer is derived from encountering new experiences. Adventures with loved ones and strangers through music, travel, and alternative forms of expression help me to develop my voice and style as a graphic designer. Everything begins with design and through design I aspire to inspire others within their creative processes.
Graphic Design, ultimately, has the potential to act as a service and a solution. My intention as a designer is to push that potential. Working with materials that are familiar, such as books, prints, and printed media, there is a joy in using familiarity to confront subjects that are uncomfortable and difficult. The opportunity to look at graphic design in a conversation that’s bigger than aesthetics is exciting, making it a medium that can be instrumental to activism, day to day functionality, and for pushing ideas forward.
I value design as a creative process that is intended to solve a problem. I want to fill a need for the people that will interact with the design. I believe that design must be rooted in reality. You must have a deep understanding of the end user. When it comes to design there is not a standardized process, there is no such thing as “one size fits all” when solving a problem. Design should communicate an obvious function. A person should be able to easily determine how to use and interact with it. Design should combine form, function and value in order to create an intangible emotional connection.
My work ranges from publication to print layout work. I am interested in the “analog” components that can enhance digital work, as well as stand alone. While designing for print is my first love, I often explore digital realizations of my designs and create vector graphics for use within layouts. Influences to my work include my background in journalism and photography, alongside my interest in the handmade or process driven artwork utilized as design components.
The concept behind your piece matters just as much if not more than how it looks. I’ve always been obsessed with media and the way that it affects our thoughts. That being said I think that our overexposure to media has caused a degradation in or thought process. Giving us various ailments from anxiety to issues with the ego.
I like to focus on the handmade aspects of design and establish curiosity through various mediums, and when I present work to people they are often very inquisitive of my intentions. Exposing my vulnerability through my design work excites me because it is one of the only ways I open up.
Personal growth and exploration are concepts that I consistently try to consider when creating my work. While not always obvious, a vast majority of my work incorporates elements that act as a manifestation of my emotions as I attempt to process them.
John Maeda once said, “If there were a prerequisite for the future successful digital creative, it would be the passion for discovery.” I have always been curious. I ask questions that stem from the answering of questions and I remain passionate to learn more. I will never know everything there is to know about design and neither will you. That’s the beauty behind it. We have the ability to be in a field that is consistent with change and we have the privilege to learn something new every single day.
I value design as my instrument to influence the way people view art, by creating impressions that are accessible and malleable provoking association and inspiration. I look to design elements such as balance, form, emphasis, texture, and color to inspire unity in my work. Each design should be one of a kind, successfully communicating one’s passion towards a problem for the end user and the industry/company as a whole I will strive to provide design services of the utmost quality and create designs of lasting graphical value.
When it comes to my work, I want to put a little bit of myself into every piece. One of the things I think about on a daily basis is-if I were to die today-would I be missed? Would I have made a connection with anyone on this earth outside of my family? Would I have passed away with no one knowing the real me or my story? Or would anyone know how I really feel? This is ironic because naturally I am really shy and have a hard time communicating how I feel. My art allows for me to express myself and my feelings-as an extension of myself. Art is therapeutic for me, helping me sort through my thoughts and emotions. By making a physical representation of my emotions-I can connect with the viewer in a way to form a bond or connection. Making these connections with people brings me comfort and joy-which I hope it does the same for the patrons of my work.
To answer to my visions. To let the universe be my inspiration, my community, the plant kingdom, the sea, the air, the sun, the creatures that surround me. To listen to what they say and interpret this in the way that only I know how. To be a communicator of the things that are of the in-between, in order that we may all understand each other better. To not ignore the inspiration, a gift from the collective mind. To let my intuition be a guide in order to explore and discover. To not fear the old or the new, but respect each for for the lessons it teaches. To create ugly and see the most beautiful thing. To let the thing that comes from my hands, the vision, be what it is. To be the creating guide of the thing, a tool perhaps and not have to understand why.
When I create art I want the viewer to feel the rhythm of my designs. I often listen to music to inspire me when I am creating art and I want the beat of the music to be communicated in each brush stroke, or each and every line and shape drawn. My art is unique because I put the emotions that I am drawing from whatever melody of music I choose to inspire me at that time, spills out onto the artboard I am creating. Whether I am painting, drawing, or digitally creating art, I have to be inspired before I can communicate my designs and inspire others. When you see my designs, you have an understanding of who I am as an artist.