INSPIRATION

Since graduating from undergrad, I have been working and making in the graphic design and craft worlds. And since I applied and got accepted into graduate school so close to the start of the school year, I haven't had much time to think about concepts and processes that I want to focus on at the start of the term (less than a week away!). 

My work has always had a fair amount of aesthetic consistency through many different and mixed media, so I have a general idea of the aesthetic that I will produce. I decided that today I would look through the internet to find artists and pieces that inspire me either aesthetically or conceptually, and I wanted to share some of them here. 

Kumi Obata

Kumi Obata

Kumi Obata

Kumi Obata

Kumi Obata

Kumi Obata

Kumi Obata

Kumi Obata

Onkar Kular

Onkar Kular

Unknown

Unknown

Angela Galvani

Angela Galvani

Hideaki Yamanobe

Hideaki Yamanobe

Andrea Galvani

Andrea Galvani

Hideaki Yamanobe

Hideaki Yamanobe

Do these images inspire you? All the images will click through to the original artist or page where I found the images, so feel free to explore more.

For me, I like the more organic shapes and edges, natural colors, and how you can feel the hand in all of these pieces. All evoke a sense of story and history that pulls me in deeper. 

I'll continue to occasionally post images and artists that inspire me, so stay tuned for more!

PAUL MULLOWNEY WORKSHOP

Just wanted to share a few thoughts about the workshop I touched on in the last post:

Last week I took part in the Print Media's workshop by master printer Paul Mullowney, assisted by Print Media alum Harry Schneider. Prior to this, I was getting excited about starting school, and attending this workshop ignited my fire even more. I was able to meet a couple people from the class ahead of us, half of our cohort, and of course, Paul and Harry.

Oh, how I missed being in a print studio with others who are just as excited about printmaking as I am! 

I didn't take out my phone to take any photos (just lots of notes!), so here are a few from PNCA's MFA in Print Media instagram @printmatrix :

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The number of processes we touched on combined with the use of Eastern papers was inspiring and eye-opening. I now have a much greater appreciation for using and printing thin papers. Paul was genuinely excited to work with us and share his wealth of knowledge, and Harry was also superb to work with - especially since he graduated from the program not too long ago. 

I want to give huge thanks to Paul and Harry for putting on the workshop and imparting their knowledge on us. It was a fantastic beginning to my time at PNCA!

WELCOME

“The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.” – Henry Hoskins

I'm not really into quotes, but this one seems appropriate enough. My MFA journey begins with being laid off from a job that I loved because the company couldn't pay me anymore. I was feeling heartbroken and gutted, and upon finding nothing inspiring in my job search, I nonchalantly started an application for the Print Media program at PNCA. This wasn't totally spur of the moment though. Since learning about the program a couple years before, I kept the dream of attending in the far back of my mind. Financially it didn't make sense. I mean, going to graduate school for art didn't make sense, right? 

And then I found myself without a job and nothing inspiring on the horizon. 

I want to give a huge thank you to Matthew Letzelter, head of the Print Media program, for reaching out to me about my unfinished application. The next day I met with him and fell in love with the studios, the program, and the idea of going back to school. I have now just finished a three day workshop with Paul Mullowney (more on that to come) and, although mentally exhausted, I am inspired and beyond excited to begin my time at PNCA. I know it will fly by, and I cannot wait to see what doors it will open. 

Here's to the future!

Lauren Goding