Thursday, June 5, 2014

Art Journaling

My art journaling assignments were:
1) Darkness
2) A trip you took to somewhere

Land Art

Emma, Hannah, and I all wove flowers and various plants in to a tiara for our Land Art Project.

When did you step back and analyze you work during this project? 
After nearly every flower placement, Emma&Hannah had to stop and be sure it wasnt going to fall off and bring the whole thing down with it.  We ended having to stop and completely start over with a new tiara at one point because the other one was so destroyed. Some flowers and leaves had to be replaced since they were falling down, which took some time.

Did you consider how ideas would work before you tried them?
Emma had originally tried to create the circle (the foundation of the tiara) from a different branch of some kind of plant (sorry I know nothing at all about plants..) and tie them together with a hair tie.  This quickly failed, and we used thicker, longer weeds as the base for the crown.  We ended up having to both wrap my hair around that base and stick the flowers around my ears to get them all to stay in place.  

Did you find inspiration from another artist or culture?
I do not know where Emma came up with the idea of a flower crown, I suspect she just knew she had roses/flowers in her yard and had seen the idea somewhere.

Did you use technology as a tool?
Except to take pictures, the only non-naturey thing we used were the hair ties and the flower cutter scissors that Emma used to cut off weeds/flowers from their plants.
Did you participate as an art community member?
Being the model there was not much I was able to do except be poked with plants...but I was able to catch all of the flowers that fell and do my best to not be stabbed with the thorns.  I helped to keep the crown from sliding completely off and helped adjust the flowers when necessary.


For my project, I am curling ombre-colored paper in to wearable jewelry.   The twisted paper is meant to represent life, and as life goes on it gets more and more twisted. This is also represented in the color, with life getting darker and more twisted, so the bottom is continually darker than the top.

After making and attaching the earrings, I used a clear-drying glue and added sparkles (I think embossing powder?) I used white powder on the top 2/3 of the spiral, and a dark blue powder on the last 1/3 which was black.

1.How did you use your own unique ideas?

Originally, I hadn't wanted to do wearable art. But, once I got an idea I liked, I wanted a way to make them. A necklace would look weird, a bracelet would likely come undone.  Earrings would be perfect.  A small spiral would be more likely to hold the shape, and they would be easy to get the wire around. The ombré and and ombré glitter were my idea. 

Did you use a source for inspiration, then combine it with your own ideas to make it original?
The idea of spiraled paper was mentioned to me by Emma-all I needed was a story to go with it. I chose to make the spiraled paper in to jewelry (wearable art) rather than relief art. 

Did you ask another student for feedback during your work process?
The idea itself came from Emma, and I got her feedback throughout the process.  I even had her try them on to see how they actually looked on, and made adjustments (mostly referring to the wire) after seeing them realistically. 
Did someone help you understand important information or inspire you?
The idea still came from Emma, but no, no one really explained any part of the project to me.  Most of the time I was explaining the project to them! Clearly, you cant really "see" the message, but I still like them at least by appearance, even if the message isnt evident.