Saturday, March 27, 2010

Art and healing

Last Spring, when Grandpa passed away, I was near the end of my semester at MCTC. In my Drawing 1 class, our assignment was to use pen, ink and ink wash to create a graphic novel — a short graphic novel, thankfully. As I was in the midst of my grieving, all I could see were images from the hospital as we all gathered around him to be in his amazing presence at the end of his life and to say goodbye. As the anniversary of his passing gets closer, I am reminded of how strong and good a man he was, how much he accomplished in his life with how little he had to begin with, and how much I love and miss him. The pages of the graphic novel, above, are what I created to help myself work through the process of losing him from this life.

Friday, March 26, 2010

I heart Zenon

A T-shirt I would likely wear. Proudly.

Do you all know about Zenon Dance Company and school? Yes? Well, I will reiterate their fabulousness just in case you forgot.

Although there may be more dance companies in the Twin Cities that are known not only for their artistic innovation and community outreach but also for their dance school open to any and all of whatever previous dance experience, I know them not. I am, therefore, here to sing the praises of Zenon. Tra-la!

If you live in the area and have not experienced them in any way, classes or performances, I highly recommend partaking. And, if you are like me, and find exercising for exercising sake to be at least boring and at most completely dreadful, then you might find moving your body in an artful, kick-ass way to be just the thing! Works your mind, as well, I might add, since dance is not like walking or jogging; you must think harder than left, right, left, right, left….

As my 6-year-old nephew told me last night, "There are many ways to go: over, under, around and through." If you dare to dance, you will find how many variations on over, under, around and through there really are. And, in those variations you may find your creativity, your joy and your strength.

Be inspired. Dance.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


For any designer out there who is not a member of AIGA, I say go! Join! Network! Swim in the creative sea of the design community! Seriously, they are a fantastic resource for all things design, and if you are looking for networking events or a job, they have a substantial listing for both. Networking! Yea!

Okay, I will be the first to admit that networking is not a strong point of mine. It is, in fact, a rather noodley point. I am, like many introverted people — introverted, Midwestern people, I might add – loath to walk up to someone with the purpose of making a professional connection, especially when it involves talking about my own skills. Yikes x2.

The fabulous thing about AIGA events, however, is that they make networking crazy-easy. You show up. You put on a name tag (oh, yes you do). You mingle with other like-minded individuals. You make a connection or two. That, friends, is what makes it easy: the crowd has been previously winnowed down for you to include those people with whom you already have something in common.

Lest I get unnecessarily windy about this particular point, I will just reiterate: Join AIGA. You will be so much more than just "not sorry."

Testing…testing…one, two, blog.

Hello all. This is my very first ever blog. Huzzah for me. As it is 2 a.m., I will reserve waxing poetic from another less insomniatic night when I may actually say something coherent—which is clearly not tonight since I am already making up words. Insomniatic, indeed. In the meantime, sleep well. Have a fabulous tomorrow.