Monday, May 4, 2009



In the beginning my experience with making this book was a rough, but towards the end proved to be valuable.Throughout the year I felt sort of scattered and lost, holding onto a solid concept. The more I sat around and thought and stretched for ideas the more I got the impression that I should NOT have the book be anything but a fluid stream of my own experiences over the year. Before this realization, I felt trapped within different aesthetics, i didn't know where to go in terms of color or overall look. It was more a mash up of randomness and frustration. It was also pretty difficult at the end of our four years at Ringling to dig within myself and pull out imagery and content that meant something and said something about me as a person and designer.
However, the more I fought letting go, the less content I had. It was only when I stopped really CARING about the profound meaning of things and just let my concept of the parallel between humans and nature BE that I found my images, phrases and colors. Everything then sort of started to fall into place. My whole look and feel of my book started to come together and I ended up with a piece that I am very proud of. It was a stressful and frustrating experience at first but in the end became liberating.


This section of the book was made using the tattoos pics my friends gave me. Since all of them are artists, I made the background ink, like a paint brush stroke. Also this ties in with tattoo art itself. I think that tattoos are very mysterious, soulful and personal to the people that get them. Everybody as a reason behind why they want to display a particular message or symbol permanently on their bodies. Btw, the boyfriend wasn't too happy I made him front and center shirtless for the whole world to see:)


For this last section of my book I posted a question online asking my friends what they thought about the sea. Whether it was a good memory or a bad one, or just adjectives or words that reminded them of the water i asked them to respond in a sentence or short story. I then compiled them all into an old sketch book and scanned them in.
I had found while doing some reading, two sentences close to each other that when combined read " The sea and the rhythm with night descending." and thought it fit with the theme of my book since it is all about parallels and light and darks of nature. The blackness of the waters represented the night in my studies and the swirls in the beginning were done using a wacomancient and non polished.
tablet. I wanted them to look very ancient.