Mandie-Peace Poster Series

I think I will never forget this color study.  It began as intentional visual therapy without wearing my contact lenses following Graycee-Peace Poster Series from the previous blog post. I would have never thought that I would have to face my first vision emergency during this exercise. I always thought, "It'll come later in life."  My version of later was like 50, 60.  
On Wednesday 4/19//2017, I noticed a strange bubble stain in my vision while i was getting merchandise to fix a feature on the house ware floor at work. It covered 40% of the vision from my left eye.  I thought, "Oh, I guess I got some mascara on my contact lens this morning."  I figured after my shift I would go home and clean my contacts.  
I came up to my studio to color for a little bit. As I looked at the white and black lines on this color study I saw the stain again.  "Oh, yes, gotta go clean my contacts and let my eyes breathe.  Plus, this will be good vision therapy for me."…

Graycee - Peace Posters Series

I designed a series of peace poster coloring pages for a prayer retreat activity back in September 2016 for a group of senior leaders who were exploring ways to develop in their next stage of their work/journey.  
I've been meaning to color these pages in myself to sell as prints.  I took some time to pray and reflect over a friend who I thought might need some peace sent her way.  As I colored I was just uplifting her possible needs and just blessing her upcoming season.  
The little doodle in the center represents "identity".  Almost 90% of the time people only see the surface of who we are as a person.  A lot of other things are hidden beneath the surface:  our deepest pains, our experiential memory, our burdens, stresses, greatest joys, secrets, darkest evils, our greatest accomplishments, our worries, our greatest hopes and desires, dreams, wishes, etc.... 
Often times I wish that just one person would fully get it. 
It's a struggle to find peace often times, bu…

Colorful Woven Fish

I've been making woven paper fish to prepare for an activity I will be hosting next week. We're going to be making fishing line bookmarks.  The bookmarks will be a reminder about our communities and this quote:

"Give a man a fish, feed him for a day.   Teach a man to fish, feed him for life."
Part of this project is also cultural.  In Pacific Asian countries it is very common to find weaving and crafts with palm or coconut fronds.  Here are the two tutorial videos that I used as my references.

Woven Paper Fish Tutorial from azulchromis Woven Palm Frond Fish
I didn't have a paper trimmer so i used an Exact-o knife and scissors to cut the strips from DCWV Border Stack Textured Yardstick Brights  This was really good training for cutting straight lines, but after all the paper i cut, for efficiency I will be investing in to a scrapbook paper trimmer from Fiskar.

For the large fish I used 12 in. x 3/8 in. strips. For the small fish, I cut the existing strips into quar…

Screening a Tea Cup

I think its important to be a participant of local community projects.  Here knowledge is shared and passed on from one generation to another, all the while as working on building and learning together. Within community one you can find cmommrodieray, exchanged compassion stories, and local resources that are not necessarily found without face to face interaction.

One of those is learning skills that are harder to find in the STEM education system, and knowledge-based professionalism.  One of the things that I have appreciated about community development is the aspects of collaboration and cooperation.  I feel that these mentioned skills are harder to enrich in knowledge-based professionalism because most companies are looking for individuals that have strong skills in independence, fast paced, high demanding production, and self-motivated management with lack of better training and orientations from management.  
Part of coming back to America and working in the environment listed a…

Stepping Up to Starting Over

It's been almost 3 years since I have blogged about any design that I have committed to. Part of the struggle was that I didn't really know what I was doing.

I have two passion: 1) helping people and 2) making art. 
I needed a connection to bridge the gap between the two. I had overexposed myself to volunteering,struggled to build a small business on my own with lack of resources, no mentorship, no support groups, or guidance, and not getting hired into the professional knowledge based job. To make it worse between 2009-2013 American social media was pumping out article after article on topics such as "The Worst Majors to Choose", and "Lowest Paying Jobs in America."

Atop that, I was absorbing negative thoughts on my ability and skills: Conversations would start out with, "Hey, nice to meet you, what do you do?" I would reply, "I am a freelance illustrator." The usual response was, "Oh! That is so cool, it doesn't pay that well…

Keeping Inspired by Waking up my Worldview

As I am studying to Transformational Urban Leadership, my class Urban Reality has been challenging me to think about the city, the conversation, how it is being made, and what it is coming down to.  In one of my readings I was quite challenged about the very black and white perspective of today's reality in our urban society's development.  The very black is the low contrast in how we hire other hires to do jobs and deal with problem solving for us.  In which, they might not actually catch fire to the large picture or vision of things.  The reading was from Charles Landry The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovation.  The very white was that creativity, collaboration, communication work together to enable enrichment in where we lack.

As I hit my 2 and a half month in my field study here in Bangkok, Thailand, I am challenged to find an event to participate in write about it, use my world view, detangle my world view, and reassemble a new worldview and impact from the even…

The John's Wedding Tree

Congratulations Ted and Eunice! May you continually grow and be deeply rooted in your new home.

10 August 2013

Photography:  Caroline Yoon Photography
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