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TEXTILE PRINTING



In the Fall of 2019 I studied textile printing through the fashion and textiles department at Maine College of Art. During this semester I was able to apply my illustration, design, and composition skills to a different (and more hands on) medium which allowed for more exploration, messes, and experimentation. During this semester my practice focused on endurance – surviving and thriving. Embracing the silver lining and facing every challenge head on. 


BLOCK 

PRINT

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BLOCK

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Our first assignment reinforced basic printmaking techniques utilizing firm erasers to substitutive a linocut block. We were tasked to carve a design that could be abstract enough to be manipulated and become a new language with each adjustment. I chose to design a Mondrian inspired grid. Utilizing different pattern techniques I was able to design three drastically different prints using one stamp.

BOTTLE

LAYER

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For this assignment we studied repeat pattern drafting in all its various forms. For my application of knowledge learned I opted to create some funky bottles inspired by memories of vessels over the years.

MONO

PRINT

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PIGMENT

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Out of all the projects and techniques we learned this was by far the most experimental and process driven. We began with understanding the mechanics of monoprinting. We did a bit of science and created our own pigments. We were prompted to let the material move us and try to begin with little concept. 


Given the watercolor-like movement and bright pigments I created what I like to call the rainbow mermaid angel. Upon completion I found it resembled my friend, a blonde long haired free spirit with a colorful heart. 


It is not often you get a project in art school where you can play from start to finish and only analyze at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this experiment with new techniques and niche materials.


MY FAVORITE PART: The cleanup. I have never seen a more fun tub.

THRIVE

FINAL 

INSTA-LATION


When it came time to complete our final project I wanted to incorporate this narrative that I focused my semester on while exhibiting the skills I have acquired. As a graphic designer, for the majority of my work I have the luxury of command Z along with all the other beautiful tools that help my work be as clean as possible while keeping it accessible and easy to access/distribute. For this final installation I challenged myself to create a series of screen printed designs that were so crisp and clean they could be perceived as done by a machine. I then added the second and third layer with a more human touch.



CONTEXT: If you notice, each square has a designated color and personalized thrive written in handwriting. Each square is dedicated to a person in my life who encourages me and helps me thrive despite any obstacle. I asked each person to give me a Pantone color that reminded themselves of their spirit as well as their handwritten thrive. 


Once this assignment was over, each mentor, friend, family member received their cotton print to use as their heart desires – some are now framed, some are pillows, and some are incorporated into various sewing projects. I thoroughly enjoy the fluidity that art embodies, it can live a millions lives and take endless forms. Art is everywhere, just make sure you're looking close enough.


This project took a total of 48 pulls and 14 different screens.


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MY MISSION IN LIFE IS NOT MERELY TO SURVIVE, BUT TO THRIVE; AND TO DO SO WITH SOME PASSION, SOME COMPASSION, SOME HUMOR, AND SOME STYLE .  


- MAYA ANGELOU

This semester was a challenge – but there is nothing I love more. There are lessons to be learned during failure just as much as success. I worked my butt off, created some funky art, adapted quickly, had some great laughs, and learned more limits and capacities within myself. 


I hope to continue to play without judgement and work physically within my various practices.