Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Remembering Dale Regan

Yesterday, March 6th, the Episcopal community and the education community at large lost a great leader and inspirational individual. Dale Regan, the Head of School at the Episcopal School from 2006, was shot and killed in her office. We remember her today for her devotion to education and the Episcopal School and how many lives she touched because of her vision. I spent 4 of the most important, challenging, exciting years of my life at this school and never once did I think something this horrible could happen there. I am who I am today because of my time at Episcopal and if I was given the chance to do it all over again I would. Dale was the Head of School for my senior year, and although I did not know her well, I know she still had a huge impact on my life. She will certainly be missed and impossible to replace. Yet, in the end, I will never let something like this taint my view of Episcopal or all the wonderful memories I have there. Episcopal is, and forever will be, one of the greatest and safest schools in the world. Thank you Dale Regan for everything you were and still are. Because I knew you, I, and thousands of others, have been changed for good.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Big City...Here I Come

In a week and a half I will be heading to New York! This will be the 4th year in a row that I have gone to the big city during my spring break and I am very much looking forward to it. This time the whole family going so it will be a lot of fun for sure. My sister has a new place that we will get to visit and we have several other plans while we are up there and I'm sure some celebration on St. Patty's Day will take place as well. And don't worry, photos from the trip will be posted for sure so stay tuned! Thanks for reading.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Experimental Inkjet Printing - Fabric

Check this out! Even more experimental printing! These pieces above are black and white photos that I turned into silhouettes printed on fabric samples. When I was going through this process I thought about the material and most of the fabric I had to print with had bold colors, which I knew would clash with any type of photo I tried to print on them. It was then that I decided to print these silhouettes on them instead because they would not clash as much. The result turned out more like a graphic design project and I quite like how they look. I think I might try to do more work like this. Not necessarily on fabric, but the same process of printing a silhouette onto a surface that is already bold or patterned would be very interesting and would make for very unique pieces.

Experimental Inkjet Printing - Digital Skin

Here is another example of the experimental methods I have been exploring in my class. The pieces above were made with two of the clear CDs that come in the large stacks, covered with digital skins. The skins were made with gloss medium painted onto a carrier sheet (cutting mat from Wal-Mart) coated with ink-aid and printed on. I then peeled off the skins and adhered them to the CDs using spray adhesive. Its hard to tell from the scans above but they are translucent due to the clearness of the CDs. I sprayed the backs with white spray paint to give them more substance but they are still very unique pieces. Let me know what you think.

Experimental Inkjet Printing - Sandpaper

Here is something pretty exciting. So, I have been in this experimental inkjet printing class this quarter and have learned a lot of different printing techniques. A couple of my favorites have been transferring onto wood as well as printing on aluminum flashing and sandpaper. The above examples are images I printed on 3M 100 grit sandpaper. The images I printed look wonderful on the sandpaper because they already have the same light brown/orange color of the paper and the subject matter is of this parking garage in Miami (original story here) that has rough concrete surfaces that work great on this medium. I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more experimental processes and outcomes. Thanks!