For my third quarter the primary focus of my quarter was on spray painting, with a budding interest in fashion design.
Having enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania as a Young
Scholar, I was given many things from the University; the right to visit
the many prestigious libraries, facilities, and events on campus. More
importantly, I had to obtain a student ID card to fully utilize these
unique components of my experience at Penn. Having a Penn ID card
allowed me to fully utilize all of the resources at my potential and..
obtaining spray paint. My ID card for Penn didn't include my birthdate,
but just stated that I was an undergraduate at the University. Seeing
this as an opportunity to utilize rights and activities that minors
aren't legally able to take part in, I decided to buy some spray paint,
as spray painting and graffiti have always been a form of art I have had
an appreciation for, after seeing Keith Haring's mural in South Philly.
Though I have a great appreciation of the late Keith Haring and the
icons that he created, I wanted to create something unique that would
have an association with myself, while sustaining my own originality. I
did not want to do a tag or something of that sort, as I have no
appreciation for vandalizing property with a tag. I begun experimenting
with different stencils that I would spray paint. To better understand
how to properly cut and spray, I often did simple, symmetrical objects,
such as circles and squares till I become more comfortable cutting more
complex stencils, as I did with the sniper one and camera shutter.
This project was essentially an adaption of my final second quarter
project, which involved spray painting. I learned from that project
using cardboard cutouts were not ideal to use as stencils, as they were
difficult to cut, and got wet and weathered with each use of paint. I
instead used stenciling paper this time, as it would be easier to cut,
and much more durable, capable of dealing with bending and liquid, where
the cardboard was unable to. By modifying the material used as a
stencil, I was able to create higher quality artwork than I was able to
produce last quarter.
The first stencil I created was a circular, cartoonish bomb looking
stencil, similar in appearance to 'The Hundreds' iconic bomb. My bomb
lacked a face though, unlike 'The Hundreds' icon. After creating this
stencil, I had a request to create a Fluer De Lis stencil for Whitney.
For this I decided to play it safe and not free hand the icon, but
instead printed out a copy, traced over it on my stenciling paper, then
cut out the stencil. The second stencil set that I created was inspired
by an image I saw on tumblr of a camera shutter. This stencil I did
entirely free hand, creating several different parts of the shutter,
which ended at the center, to form a circle. This was one of my favorite
stencils that I made. After creating this stencil, I made a stencil
that was inspired by reading The Nuer, by E. E. Evans-Pritchard. I
created a stencil of that was inspired by The Nuer and by Keith Haring's
stencils. The results from this were a stencil that was similar to
Keith Haring's work, but very different at the same time.
My final stencil that I created this quarter were a variety of
different sniper icon ones. My process for this was to find various
different circular objects, and trace them on separate pieces of paper.
After I had a collective amount of different sized circles, I began to
trace them all onto one stencil. My original idea was to just have a ton
of circles, some that were sprayed, getting smaller and smaller. Though
the problem with this was that I would be unable to create this sort of
stencil. I know realize that this would have been possible, if I simply
cut out the original circular stencils that I collected, but no matter,
I was still content with the final result. Realizing at the time there
was no other option than to draw two lines between the stencils to add
the support and connect the different circles, my stencil began to take
the shape of a sniper icon. I was happy with this result.
Towards the end of this quarter, I began to develop a serious
interest in clothing. I've always been told I have quite an eye for
finding stylish and unique pieces of clothing, and I finally decided to
utilize my ideas for taste to create something. I began to develop and
design my own clothing line. Most of which are hats and variations of
denim jackets. I chose hats due to my new found obsession with Supreme
brand hats and their unique, 5-panel designs. Denim jackets I have
always loved to wear, and see them as a very versatile piece of
clothing. Though my ideas for these hats and jackets are still
developing, I have created two hat designs, and one jacket design. The
first hat design is a five panel hat with a more modern cameo design,
that is on the brim of the hat. The primary color of the hat comes in
three different colors, black, red or orange. The second hat design is
different from the other one. The brim and sides of the hat are a navy
blue, while the middle of the hat is a fluorescent red. I chose to do a
dark-highlight color scheme for this hat, as I believe if the hat was
just navy blue, it would just be boring, and if it were just fluorescent
red, it would be too obnoxious to wear. the navy blue helps tone down
the effects of the red.
Though I was never able to create my own iconic graffiti insignia, I
was happy with where the project went. Graffiti was a temporary
interest of mine, but I'm hoping that designing stays with me beyond the
third and fourth quarter. For the fourth quarter I plan on expanding my
design and items in the collection that I have created.