Title - Clio

During a cohort meeting with Bright, I brought in names of different mythical/historical figures that I could name my magazine after. Giving it the name of one mythical woman as opposed to using a pronoun (‘her’) doesn’t explicitly limit it to one group of people. Clio was one of the muses in Greek mythology, and she was the first to discover the guitar. I have been able to work the name Clio into a shape that suggests a guitar as my logo.

Progress report 2

After a cohort meeting with McClain, I have taken the initiative to make a creative brief for my project, which I have changed the title of from “Her Music” to “Our Music” because I want to be inclusive of all genders (like non-binary and genderfluid). Filling out the creative brief helped me narrow down a color palette (a combination of two of the 16 I made at the beginning of the year) and figure out what fonts I’m using and why. Before this meeting, I met with Brodeur, and he gave me advice of breaking up each topic by different colors. However, I hadn’t really put much thought into what the colors were. I went to Barnes and Noble and picked up half a dozen magazines of different styles and topics and I narrowed down why I liked certain styles and what the styles made me feel. Through my creative brief and my collection of magazines, I have narrowed down that I want my magazine to make people feel calm and peaceful, because it is aimed at young women who use music as a way to cope with tough but necessary subjects that many people face in their lives. Similar to how a certain artist may help people through their problems and feel solace, I want my magazine to do as well.

Lineage: tom flowers & Family exhibition

Being able to interact with a family where art has survived generation after generation was very special, especially since art is the reason the Flowers family is so close. The first piece that drew me in the exhibit was the large totem pole in the center. After spending time in New Zealand, I’ve learned about the highly thought out symbolism behind totem poles and that each section represents something specific, relating to the maker’s family or culture. This totem pole is symbolic of the Flowers family, bringing each of the artist’s styles together in a cohesive environment.

Tom’s son, Mark Flowers, welcomed everyone with a speech about honoring “dad” in his 90th year. He compared doing a group show to “herding cats” because everyone has their own style and their own schedule. But at the same time, Tom was able to pass down his talents and his ideas about art through the rest of the family. Mark said that “dad” never sat down and taught him anything, but every life lesson he learned from him always fell back on art. “We owe this connection to Tom,” he said. “Father, grandfather, and now great-grandfather. For family members who followed his example, he set a path for us to live a creative life. And for that, we are grateful.”

Being able to see the influence that Tom had on his family was special because each member interpreted the gifts he gave in a unique way.

Progress report 1

I got some helpful feedback from my professors and peers during midterm critique. I am definitely behind where I need to be, but if I keep working hard I know I can get there. My biggest weakness is not being assertive enough over e-mail. If someone doesn’t respond to me about a possible interview, I always have a fear of annoying them if I respond again. With the field I am going into, I realize this is something I need to get over.

I also know it would have been more helpful to have some examples printed out, but from now on I will be printing and working with my material hands-on. Now that my first interview has been transcribed, I will keep the ball rolling even faster.

scale: number of pages

After doing some cost analysis and outlines of my plans, I will plan on about 20 pages for each issue. I don’t want to have it any shorter because I would not be able to fit in all the content and photography. I am flexible to adding a couple more pages, but nothing past 28-32 because it will get too expensive. I found some websites (uprinting.com, printingcenterusa.com, and printi.com) that can print for a little over $2 per issue. Of course, I will want to create some mockups and get everything worked out before sending it off somewhere - or even if I could make them. Professor Bernabe will definitely be a good person to talk to, as Graphic Design II’s final project is a magazine. What paper do they print it out on? I still wonder how many I would need to print out for the gallery - would I need/want to sell them? I also would like to incorporate sound in there somehow. One thought I had is to provide small MP3 players with clips of the songs.

Edit: Izzy suggested using a QR code so people can listen on their phones - and I think that is an even better idea.

Matthew wilt: simple machines

Matthew Wilt began his presentation discussing how he is envious of writers for how they can articulately express the way they feel. As I am heavily looking at songwriters’ work for my project, I feel the exact same way. A writer he really felt drawn to was Tom Waits, who said “My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket.” I had looked at (and touched) Matthew Wilt’s work prior to the discussion, so I immediately put this in the context of a tactile, kinetic sculpture.

The rest of Matthew Wilt’s talk kept going back to writers. He mentioned that there is disconnect when you are able to see something without physically touching it, like when you’re reading a book and you can picture the setting in your mind. Matthew Wilt aspires to make people’s imaginations something they can actually touch. Our eyes and our hands react to things differently, and one just looking at the work of Matthew Wilt would not be able to experience his sculptures the way he intends us to. The act of flipping on a switch and watching a sculpture kinetically move activates a childlike, imaginative sense of wonder. When I flipped on the switches, I saw the moving objects as imagery of the inside of Matthew Wilt’s mind working, thinking, and imagining. The contrast of rough and smooth textures worked together to create a harmony, almost like showing the different parts of the mind. I imagine some of the best writers have minds similar to Matthew Wilt’s sculptures.

Towards the end of the presentation, Matthew Wilt shared a quote by poet Wendell Berry, “The impeded stream is the one that sings.” To me, this means that some of the best work will come out of a rough time in your life. Even through my most depressed days, it’s important to remember that my mind is still working, thinking, imagining, and moving - just like Matthew Wilt’s sculptures.

material: print vs online

Although we live in a world dominated by screens, print media remains the most personal. The physical act of turning the pages and being able to experience photography in a tactile manner is so much more meaningful than admiring it through a screen. While online magazines are cheaper, they also are typically updated very often and mostly based on current releases/current events. I want my magazines about women in music to be less based on current events and more based on deeper issues that women face and how music is a tool that unites people who share the same issues. All that being said, I have chosen my material to be (surprise surprise) print! Yay!!!

I have briefly looked into cost, and it’s looking like it shouldn’t be as expensive as I was expecting if I send it off somewhere to print. However, I did just get a job with University Communications, and they will be sending their magazine to the press very soon, so I could always get their advice on the best way to print it. I don’t know how many issues I want to do yet, but I will probably do several small “zines” either focused on a certain genre of women or a certain overall issue (like the #MeToo movement in the music industry).

After talking to Professor McClain, I have developed my plan. I will have 3 issues: the LGBTQ+ community, mental health, and sexual assault/the #MeToo movement. Each issue will have at least 2 interviews, 1 concert review (with photos), and 1 song or album review.

whom i admire

This post is more about what I admire rather than whom, and I figured it was a good place to start because it is the driving force behind my entire senior project. My biggest inspiration in life and behind this project is music itself. I have been surrounded by music since the day I was born. My parents, who were involved in Furman singers in the early 1990s, harvested my love for music even before I could speak. My mother’s first language is American Sign Language (her parents are both deaf), so she knew to teach me some signs before I was able to use my voice to make words. One day before I could speak well, my mom was tutoring a high school student who wanted to know the sign language for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz. I’ve been told I wanted to be involved in the music so badly that I cried. Once I could speak (in ASL and with my voice), I had this obsession with singing, and it was almost always “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” I didn’t realize at the time, but I think what drew me to the song was the hopeful lyrics that matched the melody of the song. It’s about knowing your life is headed to a more positive place and desiring to push yourself to get there.

The singing obsession turned into community theatre involvement when I was in kindergarten, and I was a member of the Lollipop Guild in SCCT’s 2003 production of The Wizard of Oz. Years of musical theatre helped me absorb the lyrics I was surrounded by, and getting into characters’ heads helped me hear things from perspectives that weren’t necessarily my own. Once I discovered that the visual arts were my calling rather than the performing ones, I began to channel music into the work I was creating.

I took my first photography class my sophomore year of high school. Around the time I learned to shoot in manual on my family’s DSLR, I had tickets to see my childhood favorite band (Switchfoot) perform about an hour away from my hometown. I was not expecting my photos to turn out the way they did (if you scroll down to the very bottom of my website you can see them). Through looking at these photos, I discovered how important it was to me to show artists’ connection with listeners and with each other. Once I learned how to get press credentials into shows, I was able to discover more in-depth the healing power music has on people and the tight-knit communities that have formed because of it. One example of this is a networking group I’m in that’s full of women in the music industry, ranging from performers, writers, producers, technicians, photographers, publicists, and everything in between. I plan on gathering interviews from this group, as I have narrowed my senior project down to Women in Music. (Edit: I have several potential interviews, 2 of which are complete thanks to this group!)

While my taste in genres has certainly changed from kid-friendly show tunes to slightly emo Warped Tour alumni, and to my current weird synthesis of offbeat music, one thing has remained the same: the passion and driving force behind the artists and the meaningful lyrics they produce. I hope to channel this same kind of meaning visually, through my photography and design work, so I can help more people understand the power of music.