These images represent the “new” me, or the me I’ve been working on since my departure from school. I’m trying to embrace who I am, leaving behind the self-criticism that became so toxic. When Nell told me to expand my valentine project, I decided again to make valentine’s to myself, but this time with a more optimistic and real feel.
I pressed all the flowers that were used for this project and took each photograph. I wanted to play with texture, but also create vivid/real images (which is why I decided to use photographs).
On a more technical level, I made a lot of use of layers in both Photoshop and Illustrator, which made it much easier to create precise images. I also had a lot of fun browsing through fonts for each of the images. I’m particularly happy with the “Hold On” font.
This project was a challenge for me both technically and emotionally. I wanted the valentine’s to be real, but I still struggle with being positive and kind to myself. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, but I’m happy with the results.
For these valentine’s I’m working with lots of different textures, man-made and natural.
Like the last series, these valentine’s will be addressed to myself. A study of attempted self-love, if you will.
Plenty more to come!
Working on these valentines has been so much fun. I’ve really enjoyed playing with texture, contrast, size, and detail. All in all, I have made almost 10 valentines based off of 5 key images: a mason jar, an embroidered heart, a ribcage, a skeleton and a human torso (view of our insides).
The text “I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.” is a quotation from the novel The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I just really felt that there was a strong connection between this text and the images of the heart and mason jar as well as a connection between the text and the message that I was trying to convey.
I am struggling with printing, I guess since all the computers have been updated there have been some issues, so I still have a couple large images to print, but hopefully that will happen soon.
The class critique we had on this assignment was really helpful – I started to play more with color and to really take every opportunity I could. Why not print 50 valentines??
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although I had some basic thoughts about what I wanted to do for this valentine assignment, I once again struggled with the purpose of my design. Who was I making a valentine for?
I realized that this would be a good opportunity to make something about me, kind of like a self-portrait through letters to myself.
While I feel a little exposed, I think this a good chance for me to say somethings I really mean and create valentines that aren’t limited by social boundaries — I can say anything to myself, I’m not limited by the rules of social engagement the way I would be if I were making valentines for another person.
It’s also a challenge – it’s not easy to make personal valentines to a person you don’t like very much. but maybe those are the people who need them most?
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This is the second heart i’ve started to stitch for this project. I was initially (and may end up) cross stitching a very similar but smaller and solid image before this, however I like the way that the embroidery looks. I obviously still have a lot of work to do.
I spent a lot of time looking through old anatomy textbooks and my original plan was to place this stitched heart into a rib cage, but i’m now working on placing the heart into a sealed mason jar.
I have a lot of thoughts and I really need to focus myself. This weekend will be a great change to take pictures and work on Illustrator.
i think this is the font i’m going to use for my valentine (prophecy script)
and i just thought the poem was worth sharing.
weheartit.com <– a “visual bookmark”
We Heart It allows you to create a photo album of images found online. I’ve found this website to be so helpful when looking for inspiration because it allows me to save the photos in a central location AND it creates a link to the original webpage the image came from. It’s like magic :)!