reflection: make one

for the first ‘make’ of the making learning connected MOOC, i proposed to a friend that we hang out and drink wine and MAKE! glorious idea, no?! so, that we did! the inspiration provided to us for the first make was a ‘toy hack.’ awesome idea. though, being that i just recently moved and purged quite a bit in the process, i don’t exactly have an abundance of toys lying around to hack up, so i decided it would be fun for us to construct a toy of sorts (a hack of a toy hack): let’s make a mask!!! yeah! fun·times! masks lend themselves to asking questions about identity, which most certainly speaks to me. . . i am constantly asking myself and others questions about identity: what makes you, you?! and why?! what drives you?! this deep inquiry is important to me and it’s a fascinating sort of exploration; one that i don’t think i’ll ever tire of exploring. plus, mask·making is awesomely fun because it’s like playing dress up, and for anyone who has known me long knows that i am a bit of a fashionista! fashion and aesthetics, in general, have been a part of my core from a very young age (even through those horrid middle school years!)!

my mask ‘make’ was influenced by alyson fox, whom i spoke about here. i decided to bring an illustration of hers to life! alyson is a prolific pattern maker- in this illustration, she layered a beautiful transparent pattern over top a pencil drawing, creating a mask·effect.

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{illustration by alyson fox, title unknown}

Photo on 2013-06-26 at 23.39 #2

{my inspired ‘make’}

i think it’s a little superhero meets suzy bishop, which i obviously adore! . . . i began playing around with the comparison of my ‘make’ to the original illustration and i came up with this image:

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i declare my first ‘make’ a success!

p.s. here’s a little in·progress ‘make two’ teaser + an image i’m thinking about. . .

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alyson fox

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alyson fox is an artist who has inspired me for many years! i identify with her path: she began college in a science·oriented field: nutrition. me? pharmacy. a desire to explore her inherent creative potential led her into an art class and it changed her whole direction; the same happened for me! uncanny! for the span of her career, she has been making beautiful things, never defined by any particular medium. there is such freedom to what she does and i identify with her un·boxed approach to making. she says, “i like making things from paper, found objects, thread, packing materials and plaster. i like designing things for commercial ends and designing things for no end at all. i have a degree in photography and a MFA where I focused on many mediums. i am inspired by hardware stores, building sites, empty rooms, peoples messes, stories, fabric and quiet days. . . “

there is something ethereal + methodical about her work that i return to again and again! too, she collaborates with other artists i am immensely inspired by, like mociun + verabel. i am lucky to own a necklace she designed with verabel three years ago; it is a constant in my wardrobe!

IMG_0110as i am currently taking part in the making learning connected MOOC, hosted by the national writing project, the focus of this MOOC is on making, creativity, and learning. with weekly ‘makes’ on the agenda, i’ve been considering my artistic process. for the past two years, as a teacher with a full plate, i had found my personal artistic practices fading. this MOOC has been a breath of fresh air that’s awoken my desire + motivation to make things again!!! it’s thrilling + invigorating! as i begin/continue to explore what in the world i want to make, i found/find myself drifting back to alyson, ever inspiring. (plus, she’s a fellow al/y/i/son! hello! <3)

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here, i can return to a favorite quote of mine by gilles deleuze + felix guattari, “let’s go further still, we haven’t found our Body without Organs yet, we haven’t sufficiently dismantled our self.” creative processes + creative material(s) are always in·progress/process, so let’s go further still!

as alyson has, it is a personal goal of mine to some way/some how/some day collaborate with another/other artist/s in an inspired, meaningful way. . . i’m thinking about a way to make that happen. baby steps. meanwhile, my ‘makes’ shall soon unearth themselves, and i’ll be sure to share. xo.

p.s. check out alyson’s amazingly beautiful house (tour) + more house/studio + alyson’s obsessions (design*sponge). and, i’m in love with her photo series, meals. the photos are kinda wonky, yet still ethereal + methodical. . . they make me think!!!

a tiny haiku

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this is my first ‘make’ for the making learning connected MOOC! to introduce myself, i’ve made a video with vine to show you a bit of my office space/gallery of curated student work and a tiny haiku which is my response to the question, “what is art education?”

i hope you enjoy!

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