Working as a Graphic Designer satisfies my need for attention to detail and my precise nature. My design work is unified by its ability to communicate a message clearly. I would describe most of my work as thought provoking; my goal is to make the viewer think about its meaning in a different way. My main motivation for my work is the desire to please my client while creating designs that are organized and visually engaging.
My creative process begins with hand sketches, which help me visualize a goal to attain digitally. InDesign and Illustrator are my favorite tools because of their precision and the amount of control they give me over my design. This control allows me to create work that is structured and clean which emphasizes the message so that my work is very direct; I want my design to clearly communicate the meaning.
I was drawn to fibers because I wanted to challenge myself to create work that did not involve the computer. I wanted to create art that was personal and belonged to me rather than addressing a client or assigned design problem. The tactile nature of the fabric and the layering possibilities inspire and interest me. These properties are appropriate for my ideas because they are similar to my experiences as a human; I have many different identities such as daughter, friend, fiancé, sister and preacher’s kid. I am a product of different experiences and influences. The thread is also an important material in my fibers work because it not only holds the structure together but also creates texture and imagery.
All of my fibers pieces are very personal and contain elements of myself. Each piece conveys a personal aspect to the viewer. I am trying to show the real me, which is sometimes hard for me to do because I am an introverted and quiet person. By showing the viewer aspects of myself, I hope to allow them to make their own personal connections. I find my work meditative; I strive to convey who I am while hoping that the viewer will be able to appreciate the attention to detail and the personal manner of the work, ultimately connecting with it through their own personal experiences.