Hey everyone! I bet you all thought I was done talking about selfies, but as it turns out I’m far from it! This Thursday I’ll be participating in a panel discussion at ENGINE in Biddeford as part of the SELF/Selfie show. You should come if you live in Maine, it’s at 6pm Thursday, July 10, at ENGINE, 265 Main St., Biddeford.
To quote the Bangor Daily news so that I don’t have to paraphrase
"The diverse panel includes show curator Donna McNeil, social media blogger Rob Gould, and Maine College of Art graduate and creator of#ProjectSelfiePride Sabrina Volante. The witty voice behind the Black Girl in Maine blog Shay Stewart-Bouley, curator of contemporary and modern art at the Portland Museum of Art Jessica May, photographer Nathan Eldridge and Julie Longua Peterson, assistant professor of psychology at University of New England, round out this topical discussion.”
I’ve been missing design lately so I made this to get back into the swing of things.
I am creating work that encourages self-expression through selfies as a form of personal agency. I am interested in how people feel about selfies, and how people who take them are viewed culturally. Recently there has been a lot of backlash against selfies, where people claim that selfies are narcissistic and shallow. However there is a lot of evidence that suggests that taking a selfie can actually benefit the taker. I have created promotional-type materials that take the form of objects encouraging the viewer to take selfies. I am calling for active participation from others who want to reclaim their agency by taking photographs of themselves. In exploring these ideas, I have created a short-documentary where I have candid conversations about selfies with interviewees that have volunteered to give their opinions on them. My hope is for for this project to continue on in the realm social media and promote the positive aspects of taking a selfie.
A link to SELFIE can be found here.
The long awaited release of my documentary is here! As part of my thesis project about selfies, I created this video and presented it as part of #Projectselfiepride. This film won best documentary at MECA’s Second Annual Film Festival. I am incredibly proud of how it turned out and hope to maybe complete this short documentary into a longer more in depth film. Hope you enjoy it!
A break from thesis updates for some “other-stuff” updates!
PortFringe is a fringe theater festival in Portland, Maine which I had the pleasure of working on this semester. As part of my Visual Identities class we all brainstormed and came up with concepts for a logos and branding. The class narrowed it down to four concepts which we then showed to the client. The logo that I designed was chosen and then refined and new materials were produced for the client. Here are some of the finals mixed in with some of my original ideas.
To see my process behind the logo, see this post.
Here is some of the process behind this logo.
I started out inspired by the marquees of theaters and how the architecture could have a lot of movement to it and life. Something about PortFringe that I thought was interesting was that they didn’t have just one area where the show would take place, but rather a series of venues that you would walk to. I liked the idea of abstracting the idea of a theater marquee into a logo that had a dynamic feeling to it.
I started out with sketches in perspective but ended up taking a photograph of paper on a fold to really understand the angle. After that I combined type from the letterpress that other students had created to add to the grungy textural feel of the logo.
Here’s the trailer for “SELFIE” my short documentary for thesis. Catch the video at the film festival this Friday (Sorry you have to be a MECA student to attend that one!)
There will be more showings after this if you’re in the Portland area of all the films in the thesis show (mine included):
May 2 - (First Friday and Opening of BFA -Thesis Show)
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After Graduation Ceremony
Once my installation is up for thesis I’m going to have more photos but for now I’m doing some mock-ups of my work. Here is a poster that I recently did for thesis and used a free mock-up template (which are amazingly useful if you didn’t already know!)
Guess what guys! Looks like on June 21st I’ll be participating on a panel discussing selfies as part of the show SELF/selfie at ENGINE! Submit your selfies to the exhibition by tagging #selftheshow