A Flower For Your Thoughts

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My SEA project ended up being a real learning experience for me. At first I was really nervous about talking to a bunch of strangers about Future Bear and the environment but I actually really enjoyed myself. I ended up making adjustments to my project before I performed it.  Originally, I had planned to fold my screen printing cars into notes to hand out but I decided instead to leave them unfolded because the paper was pretty thick.  I also decided that instead of having them write a note that I would give back to someone else I would give them my note and them have them write theirs on a flower cutout which is were the title of my project some from.

Future Bear help me launch my conversations and gave me a frame on which to based the discussions that I had with my participants.  During my project I gave out two double sided screen printed images to each person. One print had a blooming tree and the other had a poem/quote and a fact about how we are hurting our environment.  There were 6 different poem, quote, and fact combinations that I handed out.  In addition, while the people were writing the notes I would talk to them about Future Bear and the environment.  After the conversation they gave me back a flower-shaped note saying what they loved, appreciated, or wished was different about the environment.

IMG_0937This project made me realize that I don’t just have to make art to please myself, but to also do something for the world I live on; without it I would not have resources to make any of these things.  One thing that I realized during my project is that people are always rushing around and it was initially difficult to get people to stop for a moment.  The interesting thing was that when they stopped to participate they would also look around at all of the beautiful nature at Lake Eola and really think about what they liked about it.  It was very satisfying to see and it made me feel like my art and what I was doing mattered.  As a result, i feel like it is something that I definitely would like to do again and the people I talk to were asking me if I did this all the time of if I had a Facebook page they could join, so I felt like it was well receive.

I feel like the strongest elements of my project were conversation and collaboration.  A lot of the performance was just talking to people and informing them while giving them something in exchange for listening and responding.  The collaboration potion of my project was the flowers.  By contributing their ideas to the project they became a part of the artwork.

If I did my project again there are three things I would do,  I would hand out different images so that everyone does not get the same one and print more.  I would also perform the project for more days.  It was fine this time because I handed out all of my prints, but next time I would like to visit other parks and outdoor areas to reach more people.

Out of all of the different things in the mission statement, I felt like my project help me embody social responsibility and environmental stewardship.  My project allowed me to acknowledge my responsibility as a citizen of the world, and it also gave me more awareness in regards to my own carbon footprint and how I effect the environment.

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A Flower For Your Thoughts

SEA Check-in

old treeRight now I’m playing around with the idea of a tree, a really old and twisted tree.  I want to do the line work for the tree myself and then do a spilt run of leaves as the canopy for the tree.  Right now I’m thinking blues, greens, and pinks but I’m still figuring that out. I wanted to use organic lines and shaped to fill the parts of the trunk that are supposed to be light. This image would go on the first page of the notes.  I also want to include a transparent flower on the first page, probably on the back an layer slashes of color on both side of the page.  I’m interested in creating an imaged that is bright and attractive so that people will keep the pages and, as a result, keep a reminder of how wonderful the earth is.

SEA Check-in

Love Notes to the Earth

For my project I will be writing and creating love notes to the earth.  From me with have a line of poetry and a fact about our environment either written or screen printed in them.  The other side will be a screen printed image and the notes will be folded as shown. So each not will include two pieces of paper.

For the performative aspect of my project I will have a hat box and a clipboard, and I will walk around asking people to write a not to the earth and exchange it with me.  In that way they will demonstrate how they have learned something about the environment they live in and they also gain something from the experience.

The images of the notes will be beach, floral, and forest scenes overlaid over each other. Each note will also have a slightly transparent image of future bear on it. I think that I want to be pretty flexible with the color schemes.

Love Notes to the Earth

Primpin’ Like a Peacock

Primpin' Like a Peacock We often associate animal characteristics and human characteristics.  Man sees elements of itself in those animals they contribute traits to.  Humans are limited by right and wrong, social expectations, and norms.  But animals escape this, relying on instinct and what they have always done to survive.  Humans are forced through the strainer that is society while animals run wild.

This piece is called “Primpin’ Like a Peacock”, and it is meant to humorously gesture at the fact that Peacocks are male yet we associate it with being feminine.  Feminine being a very human characteristic.  I juxtaposed this face by making the Peacock more “hip hop” which is associated with hyper masculinity, the antithesis of feminism.

Primpin’ Like a Peacock

Hoarding Nuts

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My second project was the “hoarding nuts.”  Basically, the squirrel is frantically running, trying to keep them all to himself and in the process looses everything he is holding dear.  Some types of squirrels are known for hoarding, where they hide food in preparation for the winter. It is a common animal survival technique.  In humans it is seen in a much more negative light where the person is considered greedy and neurotic.  In this picture I wanted to make a comparison between those two ideas

my next image may be a dolphin or and elephant.  I’m not sure yet.

Hoarding Nuts

Morley’s Art

“Forgive Someone”

Morley is a graffiti artist and screen printer.  He started his career in 2011.  His goal is to remind social climbers and capitalists of the things that really matter in life. His messages are about life and love and specifically how you shouldn’t beat yourself up too much. Morley often includes his own portrait in his picture.  He says that he doesn’t want his art to be mysterious, he wants people to know exactly who did it, and if the police catch him he’ll just apologize.

“Time Machine”

He is a member of an art collective called The Outsiders.  The group is made up of various artist that use many different mediums.

“Part of the Plan”

I really like the audacity and the messaging in his prints and graffiti.  Making illegal graffiti in urban areas is really bold and when combined with the strength of his messages it is really impressive.   He isn’t worried about getting caught. His pieces literally have his face on them almost like in every piece he is caught creating his image by the viewer.  You tell he care about both his message and his viewer.

“Divorce (Yellow)”
Morley’s Art

Michael Michael Motorcycle — Screen Printer

“Portals” Romance and grief; another print from the 2007-2009 “Blood” series

Michael Motorcycle is a screen printer, painter, and illustrator.  His artwork contains the themes of the misuse of power, the human environment, and love.  Michael believes in the importance and he includes it as a main theme in a lot of his work. He often includes the themes of the exploitation of the defenseless.  He was abused as a child so feels like it is important to portray the issue in his art.  Blood is often included when he contemplates the misuse of power.  It represents grief and life force. Lastly, he looks at the human environment and the way civilization uses up the resources of our planet.  he often reflects on the mistakes made during the industrial revolution in his art.

He is inspired by the things he collects such as animal skulls, beautiful bugs, musical instruments, art noveau, art deco, French Pachoir prints, and fashion magazines.

I really love his artwork because of the illustrative quality to it.  The color pallet often includes bright colors, particularly red, and organic lines and shapes.  His work has an emotional quality to it and I find that I really enjoy looking at it.  I feel like his work gave me some new ideas about color usage in my next print, which I am pretty excited about.  His prints have this really cool, almost symbolic, quality to them, and that is something that I really find appealing.  I can definitely see the before mentioned themes present in his subject matter and color usage.

Michael Michael Motorcycle — Screen Printer