Archive | October, 2011

Rings and Ornaments

29 Oct

A lot has happened since my last post!  First of all, I am now the proud owner of the long-awaited for ONYX!!! Ring dinner was an incredibly fun and exciting night that including getting dressed up in my fancy dress, having a delicious meal, and, of course, finally being able to wear my Meredith ring! Isn’t it lovely? My big sis surprised me and came to Ring Dinner and brought me pretty colorful flowers!  I was not expecting her at all and it was really nice to catch up because I hadn’t seen her since she graduated. Needless to say, it was a fabulous night.

My Beautiful Ring

My Beautiful Ring

Meredith and I with our Rings
We were so excited to put them on at last!
Me and My Big Sis

Me and My Big Sis

Another fun event this week was our AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Christmas ornament decorating party. On Thursday night, a bunch of us got together and listened to Christmas music, enjoyed homemade cookies, and painted glass ornaments. We are planning to sell them at the Holiday Art Sale, an annual event hosted by the Art Department every November.  At the Art Sale, some of the proceeds go towards art scholarship funds for students, and the rest is profit for the person (or organization) selling the art. Our ornaments didn’t turn out exactly like we had expected because the paint was thick and difficult to swirl inside.  But I think they still came out nicely, and will look great on someone’s Christmas tree!

Swirled Christmas ornaments

Christmas Ornaments in Progress

At the Art Sale there will be a huge selection of items to buy, from handmade scarves and jewelry, to photos, paintings, ornaments, and ceramics.  Usually everything is modestly priced and you can find some great deals! If you are interested in checking it out, it is scheduled for November 11 & 12. It is a great opportunity get some of your Christmas shopping done!

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It’s Official…

21 Oct
My Onyx!

My Onyx!

…I am definitely a Meredith girl!  Tomorrow is the junior class Ring Dinner, a long awaited tradition where we get our class onyx rings.  It is a pretty big deal, and this whole week we’ve done things to lead up to Friday night, when we’ll slide our new rings on our fingers for the first time!

Ring Pop

Ring Pop

Mine is sitting in it’s box in my dresser, and I am aching to wear it.  I might have tried it on… even though you’re technically not supposed to until Ring Dinner (I had to make sure it fit!).  Everyday this week, we wear a different silly ring while we wait for the real thing.  So far I’ve had a cute orange plastic ring, a silly band ring, and a ring pop.

Orange Ring

Orange Ring

The main reason I am so excited about this small piece of rock and metal isn’t because of the ring itself, but because of what it represents.  Although I’ve had my fair share of bad days, drama, and frustration, when I think of all the things I have done at Meredith, my memories are overwhelmingly positive.  In my time at Meredith so far, I have grown as a person, I have been challenged to become a better artist and deeper thinker, I have developed treasured friendships, and I have had many adventures.  This ring represents all of these things, and will be a special reminder of them after I graduate.  Needless to say, I cannot wait for tomorrow night!  The countdown is now 17 hours!

Silly Band Ring

Silly Band Ring

50 Aliens

14 Oct
50 New Alien Planets Discovered

50 New Alien Planets Discovered

The most fun critique I’ve ever been to was for the last project in my digital imaging class.  In digital imaging, we scan and take pictures (film, not digital) and then manipulate our images on the computer with Photoshop.  For our last project, we had to find one real news story, and then make up two fake news stories that were similar.  For each story, the real one and fake ones, we created an image for a magazine cover with pictures that we took ourselves.  Our critique was fun because as we looked at each person’s work, we got to read some hilarious stories, and then had to guess which ones were actually true.

This is an image for one of my stories with the headline, “50 New Alien Planets Discovered.”  It is made of 4 pictures I took myself, and none of them are of space, the sky, or planets.  Actually, to get a nice starry space sky, I glued silver and gold glitter to a piece of black construction paper, and then I scanned and edited it.  And the planets are bouncy balls that I’ve manipulated, too.

All of my classmates’ magazine covers were fantastic!  There were headlines about vampire sightings, mutant animals, tipsy squirrels, and menacing cupcakes, just to name a few.  We had such a good time laughing over the far-fetched stories and being surprised at which ones were real.  Aside from the entertainment this project provided, it also helped us to learn and practice lots of new Photoshop techniques.  It is harder than you might think to combine completely different pictures and objects, and to make them seem like they all belong together in one seamless image.

Moon for Sale

Moon for Sale

Here is another one of my magazine covers, this time finished with the logo and headlines. For this one I was trying to be funny, and put little jokes in my image, like changing the name of the realtor or making up titles for other articles in the corner.

One thing digital imaging has made me think about this semester is how much we can trust what we see.  Practically every picture we see anywhere–on magazines, posters, in advertisements–has been edited in some way.  Sometimes this is minimal editing that is necessary to produce a professional looking photograph, such as adjusting the lighting or color balance, or removing scratches and dust.  Other times, this editing creeps towards the boundary of what is ethical and honest, and it involves things such as whitening teeth, lengthening models’ legs, or altering a scene in some other way.  In class, we’ve had a lot of discussions about professional ethics and about trying to determine how far is too far when it comes to manipulating images.  It can be confusing at times, but also very fascinating, and I am glad to be in such an interesting class.

Dinner with Meredith!

6 Oct

Meredith stirring the pasta!

When my good friend Meredith and I realized that we wouldn’t be living together this year, we were very sad because we knew that would mean we couldn’t see each other very much.  Last year we got to know each other while studying abroad in Italy, and became even closer when we were roommates back at Meredith in the spring, along with our other good friend, Shelley.  But I am a graphic designer, she is a chemistry major, and without being roommates, our paths never cross.  So we decided that we had to make a time to hang out every week, and we officially designated Monday night as dinner night together.  Now, every Monday night after class I head over to her apartment.  Meredith brings a few things, I bring a few things, and we put it all together to cook something yummy.  So far we’ve had something different each week, including chicken alfredo, tacos, and chicken fried rice.  There has only been one night that we both had tests to study for, piles of work, and no time to cook, and so we ended up going to Zaxby’s.  This week our menu selection was lemon herb pasta with tuna, a dish from my favorite Italian cookbook!

Me enjoying the deliciousness

But the best part about Monday nights has nothing to do with the food.  For an hour or two, Meredith and I get to talk, laugh, and tell stories from our week.  This is why I am always checking the clock towards the end of public speaking class on Mondays: I can’t wait to hang out with my friend!  I am looking forward to next semester even more, because hopefully then we’ll be able to have our dinners with our friend Shelley, who is away studying abroad in Costa Rica right now.  I am so thankful for these sweet friends, and for the times we get to spend together!

Yum!