I have had a great time working on this project. The image that I am showing here is for the cover of the concert program but I am also creating images for projection in a massive way as background for the concert at the BYU-Idaho center.
The concert explores traditional christmas music with other music from Africa, the Caribbean and Brazil. The paper cut addresses the traditional and the warm painting of colors in the background address these warmer cultures.
This is my submission for the Brigham Young University-Idaho Art Faculty Show (summer of 2013). 3 Inkjet prints, each print is 24 x 34 inches
Diamond Point 1
Diamond Point 2
Diamond Point 3
Skoughtee Texture No.002 available September 9
Skoughtee Texture No.002
Painting created using Skoughtee Texture No.001. Download
Here is a repeating pattern created in a vector drawing program.
Folding paper has led to my discovery of Joseph Albers and his ideas about teaching. The more I read about him the more I like him. The article Experimentation, Not Replication by Oliver Barker is a great article that clearly articulates the teaching philosophy of Joseph Albers.
“For me education is not first giving answers, but giving questions. And if a student comes to me with a question, I consider if very carefully whether I should answer him or not. When I give him the answer to an execution, then I take away from him the opportunity to invent it himself and discover it himself.”-Josef Albers
As a design educator I have been trying to decide how to educate the next generation of designers in a world that is requiring a higher and wider level of skill within the limits of a four year degree. One solution that is often suggested is to make the degree longer but I have come to the conclusion that a degree is not a point of arrival, it is just a push start. There is no way to provide all the skills and information that a student seemingly needs and so instead of delivering a fixed set of skills, the delivery needs to develop students with an adequate set of skills and the ability/flexibility to gain the skills as they need them.
Design education cannot be a series of “paint by number” projects that produce artifacts without understanding.
Design education cannot be a series of “paint by number” projects that produce artifacts without understanding. As a teacher I need to be open to student solutions that I have never seen.
What do you think about the current state of design education? What is necessary for a graduate to create a successful career in todays world?
Mixing physical and digital media can produce some wonderful and unexpected results. This Ted Talk by Marco Tempest is a wonderful example. (Motion Design: Alain Renold, Pop-up Design: Peter Dahmen)
I had a great day in class today. It was great to see the students work and see great potential. I have a really great bunch of students this semester.
A pewter checkerish pattern. I will print it out and live with it for a few days to see if I like it. I did hear today that my first fabric samples are on the way. If all goes well I will have some new bow ties soon.
On my way to work this morning all the trees and grass were covered with white frost crystals. It was beautiful.
The frost crystals on the trees inspired me to try a pattern for todays art-i-fact. There is not much frost but it was beautiful.
There is a beauty in the bare branches of trees in the winter.
Today was the first day of classes so my artifact for the day is my syllabus for the identity design class. Sometimes you just do whatever it takes.
Just in case you are interested it was a good first day of class. I am looking forward to the semester.
At a movie theater in Colorado a man committed a crime. I am choosing today to tune out of all coverage. I don’t want to know why he did it. I don’t want to know what was in his mind. I don’t want to know because it won’t give life back to the people who are gone. It won’t change anything to give him a soap box to relive his crime. I know my influence is small but I suggesting that you might consider doing the same. Reverence those who lost their lives. Reverence the wounded. Deny him any attention. Please tune him out. No good will come from wallowing with him.
My Jot Pro from Adonit has arrived and it is by far the best stylus I have used with my iPad. It was a project through Kikstarter and it is a great product. The package is hard to open and apparently it sticks to some screen protectors, but it doesn’t change the fact that Adonit designed an amazing product.
If you have ever used your finger of a stylus with the iPad you will have discovered that precision is a bit of a challenge because your finger or stylus blocks your view. Adinit solved this by making a fine point stylus with a flat clear disk on the end. The disk provides the width that the screen needs to recognize the input but because it is clear you can see exactly where you are drawing. An amazing great product!
“This past month I started taking a class from Camp Pikaland | The Sellable Sketch, taught by Michelle Fifis of Pattern Observer and have discovered a few things that should have been second nature to me but for some reason didn’t click until Michelle pointed them out.
I have had hopes of designing patterns for fabric without really knowing who I am designing them for. Basically shooting arrows without a target but hoping to score a bulls eye. Luckily I have hit the target once without aiming but can clearly see that if I really want to design patterns, I need to know which industry I want to design for and who my audience is inside of this specific industry.
I have decided to target the quilting industry and have learned how little I know about quilting and the industry.
My first research with keywords in Google produced results that were a bit discouraging for me. It all seemed so prepackaged and cute. This experience was a disappointment for me because I couldn’t see myself enjoying designing for it. I could it just didn’t seem like it would be satisfying.
This experience was a disappointment for me because I couldn’t see myself enjoying designing for it. I could it just didn’t seem like it would be satisfying.
This experience was a surprise and left me feeling really lost. The discovery that I knew nothing about the quilting beyond my personal experience with quilts made by my relatives. I tried quilting once and honestly I am not interested in the process at all. It seemed like a lot of work for a blanket.
During my research, I did discover an amazing series of quilts from Gee’s Bend. The quilts are amazing and worth a look. This discovery was the highlight of my research for this lesson.
At the beginning of the chat session for lesson 2, I didn’t know what or who I was planning on targeting with my pattern designs. During the chat, Michelle recommended trueup.net. What a great blog. I went to the blog looking for current trends and found a side of fabric design that I was excited about. It was refreshing and I felt like I could fit into this world. This is a new world that I want to discover.
It was refreshing and I felt like I could fit into this world. This is a new world that I want to discover.
I am going to continue designing fabric for quilting and I am really looking forward to digging deeper and discovering the great designers and their work.
Tomorrow morning at 5:30, I will be having some surgery on my right arm that result in a lack of mobility in my right arm for a short while. So with a pen in my left hand I will start Left Handed Drawings. Stay tuned …
Surgery went well and I actually have some use of my right hand. But as an experiment I am going to give this left handed drawing a shot. It can’t hurt and could be interesting.
The right arm is stiff and sore but doing much better than expected. But for now the experiment goes on.
A semester has just ended. Although there are always things that can be better it was a good semester. I had a discussion at lunch with Brian Memmott, a faculty colleague, about typography. My mantra for this semester has been, “Invite the reader into the content.” In the past my typographic mantra has been “You need to learn to see.” I still believe that students of typography need to “learn to see” but the statement itself is abstract and difficult for students to grab ahold of. All of them can get ahold of what attracts their attention and invites them to come in for a visit.
Invite readers to come in for a visit.
While the students are still in the beginning stages of learning about type, I am hopeful that observing typography from this new vantage point will invite and encourage them to learn to clearly communicate the content as they are learning to see.