Anya is a sweet friend of my neighbors. She spent a few hours with me a couple mornings during the summer to learn how to make paper. We had a great time together! Here are some photos from the session. She loved making paper! (Isn’t she just adorable?! And she’s just as sweet, too.)
I had the pleasure of teaching a 14 year old girl named Anandi how to make natural-looking hand-recycled paper a couple weeks ago. She was so sweet and full of creative ideas. Anandi also used a template of Mississippi that I made in graduate school to make Mississippi-shaped paper. Of course we had to mix color pigments together to find the right mix of Mississippi State University MAROON! We had a lot of fun!
I haven’t posted any updates in too long. I intend to change that this summer.
I have great news! I am teaching papermaking workshops for kids and teens ages 7–14 in Starkville, MS this summer. Class size is limited, so pre-register soon to be sure to snag a seat! Each workshop is a 3-day event from 9:00 am–noon, costing each student $100. All materials will be supplied.
Students are encouraged to wear “paint clothes” as these activities can be a little messy! Parents and guardians are also welcome to attend, but are not required.
To give you an idea of what to expect, here’s a video featuring my little buddy Shivank making his first sheet of hand-recycled paper under my instruction.
I will also have copies of my self-published children’s book A Girl Finds a Flower featuring my hand-recycled paper illustrations for sale at the workshops for $20. They are also for sale online at Lulu.com and Amazon.com.
I hope you can join me to create fun, exciting art! Please contact me to pre-register at email@example.com.
Sometimes in conversation with new people, when I tell them I am a graphic designer they ask me to clarify what that entails. I have even had graphic design students enter my intro course fumbling to define “What is graphic design?” on the first day of class. I was one of those students years ago, because I felt graphic design was such a vast field that couldn’t be defined in one sentence. I have shown this video to each of my intro classes, because it really sums up what graphic designers are capable of in terms of design and output in 6.5 minutes:
With school gearing back up, I would like to share some local projects I have done. My younger twin brothers just finished high school, so my skills have been of use to them the past few years.
For example, I added a contemporary spin to their sports ads for the annual football program with my original photography:
As a horizontal ad, it was interesting to watch the crowd to see who turned their books sideways.
BOOM. Double trouble!
I can design an ad that makes your child stand out from the other pages!
I also can design senior graduation invitations, with my original photography:
Senior yearbook pages:
The plan is for their pages to end up on the same spread, as if they are sitting back-to-back.
I can even design classroom posters for school teachers with their favorite quotes:
Now is a great time to contact me for your back-to-school design needs! If you are unsure if I can try something, give me a shout out. I just may surprise you!
I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to lead a kids’ papermaking workshop through the North Central Louisiana Arts Council last month. It was such a success thanks to Matt, Jacob, and Jaime’s help. We all had a blast! My friend Jaime was kind to make photos of the action. (By the way, check out her awesome work: jaimejphotography.com/) Check back soon for a video!
In my blog post Workshop Coming Soon, I made an announcement about a papermaking workshop I was leading for children to make Christmas ornaments. Time has flown by, and I’m excited that the workshop is tomorrow!
I want this blog to not only feature and document the work I’m making in grad school, but also keep a record of what inspires me. I stumbled upon some TED Talks that I look forward to watching that will inform me in the topics that interest me such as creativity, the childlike spirit, and happiness.
The one I watched tonight and thoroughly enjoyed was Tim Brown: Tales of creativity and play.
At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play — with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn’t).
Are you looking to buy a Christmas gift for a child or someone in need of encouragement? Consider adding my self-authored, self-illustrated, and self-published book A Girl Finds a Flower to their literary collection. I put a lot of heart into this book, and hope it will inspire and lift people’s spirits.
My friend Matt Ramsaur (www.ramsaurfilms.com) is a talented videographer and photographer, so I hired him to do a short film of me in my studio. I demonstrate a bit of my hand-recycled papermaking process, discuss why I enjoy papermaking, and what inspires my work. Even Bailee makes her appearance throughout the film! I will have this embedded into my portfolio website’s home page soon. Enjoy!