Yesterday was the Fall 2011 Work Share at Visual Studies Workshop. I shared the photobook I have been working on for the last seven months. The response was positive and the criticism that was made, I was expecting. This book is definitely not finished yet. If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed this tweet – which I can’t help but laugh at myself about now. “I feel really good about this one!” Really? Really, Megan? Now, with each book dummy I print I am getting closer to a finished book, but my instinct has always been to finish up a project at the end of the semester and move on to the next project. This is a mindset I need to get out of. This book will be finished when it is finished.
I still need to come up with a title – bane of my existence second to writing an artist statement! I also need to work on my statement. I did reach a “moment of truth” in thinking about my artist statement, and my work in general. I am interested in the way in which images speak to each other. I am interested in design and formal relationships. When writing artist statements I always feel pressured to make the work personal even though the work is not. I write the artist statement as I feel others want it to read, rather than being honest about the work. This is a problem. Now that I have owned up to this shortcoming on my part, I know I can finish this book strong.
Next semester is Graduate Project I – Research Seminar and my last semester of classes before I start working on my thesis. Spring 2012 I will not be participating in Work Share as I have the last three semesters, but will be presenting at the Graduate Review which is when I will be proposing my thesis project. My colleagues in the VSW community will vote on whether I can start working on my thesis. I am closer and closer each day to becoming a Master (MFA). No pressure.
I am officially on semester break until the end of January and plan on giving myself a couple of weeks off from working on my book. I will keep you all posted! Also, with the end of the semester means more blog posts. A lot of exciting things are going to be happening around here in the next few weeks! It’s amazing how this personal blog has grown in the last year. Thank you all for reading!
This past Wednesday night was my final Lovin’ Letterpress class over at PABA and I designed, proofed, and printed a HELLO! note card. These photos do not give that green ink justice – it’s a beautiful emerald green. LOVE it. As for the design, I’m sure it comes to no surprise to you by now that I went super minimal. Just my style! I’m so excited to use them! Handwritten notes are the best. Yay!
Next week I will be putting together a re-cap of the 10 weeks I spent in the print studio. I will miss it!
FYI: I do plan on taking the second part of the class in the spring! Already counting down the days…
I came across BOOK/SHOP today and, damn, I’m in love. They sell books, art, furnishings, and small goods. I just added the Chair Side Bookcase to my wish-list. Honestly that beauty might end up on my need-list soon! Love.
Apart from a beautifully curated shop, BOOK/SHOP also leads a Book Club! Now, I just need to find a paperback from 1954…
all images are from the BOOK/SHOP website
Radiant Labs is an artist-run darkroom in Long Island City (I used to live only a few short blocks away!) organized by Stephanie Prussin and Johanna Wolfe and they’re looking to EXPAND! Check out their Kickstarter page for more information…and to donate of course! Good luck ladies!
Oh, how I miss printing in the color darkroom…
Yep, I have been on this earth for 26 years. I can’t help but focus on the fact that I am now closer to 30 than 20 and I have A LOT I want to accomplish before the big 3-0 hits. Looking ahead to these next 12 months I put together a list (in no particular order) of 26 goals that I would like to accomplish before I turn 27.
1. Edition and self-publish my first photobook (January 2012 is the goal)
2. Stock and open my shop – FINALLY
3. Explore San Francisco, CA (trip pending)
4. Explore Portland, OR
5. Visit my aunt in Fort Worth/Dallas, TX (trip pending)
6. Try a new food
7. Try a new drink
8. Pay off my credit cards (dream big!)
9. Learn to *comfortably* walk in heels
10. Take a beginners poetry class
11. Take a yoga class
12. Take a spinning class
13. Get a massage (I was given a gift certificate for a 60 min massage for my b-day!)
14. Organize my books
15. Be a guest-writer on one of my fave blogs
16. Have my writing published (in print)
17. Adopt a puppy
18. Move into a 1-bedroom apartment (tired of the studio scene)
19. Earn my MFA (December 2012 is the goal)
20. Teach a class
21. Get a new tattoo
22. Learn to cook
23. Apply to an exhibition
24. Apply to a portfolio review
25. Apply to a photography competition
26. Re-design my website (and this blog!)
OK, let’s see how the next 12 months treat me! The last 12 were pretty fantastic.
Last night was my second-to-last Lovin’ Letterpress class over at PABA and I designed, proofed, printed, and trimmed a new bookmark! Even though I had already designed a bookmark I just had to make another one – partly because I love them, and partly because with a minimal project I was able to walk away with a finished product in 3hrs. I like being able to use what I make. Immediately. I can be super impatient sometimes. Ideally I would have let the prints dry and trim them next week, but I didn’t and there is some slight lifting of the ink from when they were in the guillotine being cut. I’m OK with this – it gives them character! Ha!
As for the design, I knew I wanted to type-set “Think, Make, Think” and when I was going through the type-specimen book I came across this man with the pointed finger and glasses and couldn’t resist. As a student, I like to remind myself to slow down – the creative process can truly be broken down to: Think, Make, Think. From the first time I saw Clifton Burt’s think-make-think project (based on a haiku by John Maeda) on flickr a few years ago I made “Think, Make, Think” a personal mantra when I get stuck in a creative rut. Do you have a mantra to motivate you?
Next week is our final class and I’m not sure what I want to make. I can’t believe it’s my last night! Who knows, I just might have to sign-up for Lovin’ Letterpress II. I’m hooked!