Thank God, I managed to get to California in once piece (albeit slightly disoriented), had a wonderful, if brief, stay (my friend was a beautiful, beautiful bride; I was able to catch up with some old friends; I spent lots of wonderful, and much-needed, QT with my boyfriend – and now am having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that I have to wait another two and a half months to see him again!). I arrived home late last night after another full day of travel (in this instance, due to time zone changes rather than to time lost because of flight delays), and am now in the full clutch of midterms. If only fall break weren’t so tantalizingly close! (Begins on Thursday). Or better yet – if only I’d been allowed to turn in these assignments / attend class remotely for two days and just remain in California after the wedding!
I have one midterm assignment due tomorrow for my workshop class that’s been a particular pain in the butt: write a manifesto concerning your work and your artistic philosophies.
And completely unmotivated to proceed any further than the two paragraphs I currently have on the page.
I’ve tried several times to start this assignment, and have always failed.
My two main problems:
– This is such a broad and all-encompassing assignment. How to choose just one aspect of my aesthetic beliefs to focus on, when the significance of them lies in their interconnectedness?
– I’m not sure that my aesthetic philosophies are well-formed enough yet to be able to write a manifesto with any sort of confidence. I’m still developing an idea of what I want my work to do, and how I want it to function. I’m still experimenting with different styles and techniques, and my interests change constantly. In fact, most of my current theories about my “aesthetic practices” consist of letting the mess of what I don’t yet know about my own work fall where it may, and trying to make sense of it one part at a time. (This is what I think I will end up writing about).
Oh, and there is a third problem: the professor is a bit disdainful/suspicious of the idea of such young poets having developed, grand intentions for their poetry, and understandably so. I’m suspicious of my own efforts to put any sort of grand artistic intentions on the page.
I have to write something, though – so we’ll see what comes of the next few hours.
In the meantime, here are the gift and card that I made for my friend’s wedding (I haven’t had time to post-process the photos from the event itself yet – I’ve had no time to do much of anything since my return; I haven’t even unpacked my dirty clothes yet!):
The gift. A prayer of blessing for their new home in the form of a paper cutout (I also sent them something from their registry; don’t worry, I’m not a cheapskate!) Some of the edges are a little scruffy – my X-Acto needs a new blade. Also, lesson learned: don’t buy a $6 frame from Meijer, even if it is real wood and looks nice in the packaging. The inside edge was not filed and caught up little specks of lint from the tissue I used to clean the glass, and furthermore, the backing was too small for the opening in the frame, and I had to prop the gap with a small cardboard splint (thanks to my roommate’s resourceful suggestion) to prevent it shifting out of its slot entirely.
Close-up of the design. I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the fact that the star in the middle looks like a Christmas star, but I tried a bunch of other shapes and nothing else quite tied in the composition as well.
The card; also featuring a handmade paper cutout (the bride and groom image were copied freehand from a silhouette I found on the internet, but the window behind them and everything else were my original concepts). The backing paper in the window is thin Japanese paper that looks very beautiful when the light shines through it (I could not show this to you, unfortunately, because the lighting in my apartment sucks, and the portion of my desk nearest the window was a complete disaster the day before I left). I made an envelope to match and sealed it with a silver washi-paper sticker (also hand-cut). The stick-on pearls are scrapbooking embellishments that were left over from making the invitations for her bridal shower. Please ignore the framed photograph in the background. That’s not the bride and groom – it’s a certain, entirely different couple (and a cute one, too, huh? If I do say so myself…). 😉