Going for Broke
March 17 – March 21, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, March 19, 5-8pm
Caroline Lares, 2014
Tiffany Valcourt, 2014
Whitney Chin, 2014
Nicole Reilly, 2014
Olivia Varney, 2014
Amanda Foley, 2014
Caitlin Hatfield, 2014
Whitney Chin, from Gloucester, Massachusetts, has been exploring textile design and natural dye processes. She has been experimenting with various craft methods, including crochet, macrame and shibori dyeing, which emphasize her passion for working with tool and hand. She hopes to leave her college experience with a strong concept for a future company/public workspace that exists for creating unique and artful textiles. The space will also bring attention to the technology of good craft and express it's everlasting relevance, even in today's digital environment.
Amanda Foley's workillustrates the exploration of unique story telling that utilizes different components such as recordings, videos, drawings, and code. My presentation will show the process of my project from pencil sketches to movies. The code language recorded will surround the viewer as they draw nearer to the presentation. The different mediums will be displayed all at once to expose the individual to new story techniques; it will show them that novels are not the only way to tell stories.
Caitlin Hatfield explores and exhausts a topic of your own choosing is harder than I'd ever imagine. Her work during this year as been all over the place but the topic I keep going back to is hats. She says, "For me, I have always been fascinated with the idea of hats, and how it can help a person blend in or create a statement. As of right now my work is all about considering hats as their own work of art. I have been creating hats but instead of using the classic materials such as horse hair, fabric or interfacing I have been using paper. It suddenly changes the idea of what a hat is. These paper hats are delicate and fragile, and If it were to be worn it wouldn't last. Besides the idea of the hats my work also touches upon using sewing and other sewing elements such as pattern pieces in unconventional ways as well. The heart of my work consists of finding a new way for me to express my passion for sewing in unfamiliar ways."
Over the past several months Caroline Lares's work has evolved from wearable technology to the concept of pain and finally high heels. She has been exploring their inner working by taking them apart, literally and figuratively. She began photographing the discarded pieces of the shoes she disassembled and found that instead of laying the pieces out nearly, they were far more interesting in a pile. Arranging them in a pile allowed for the viewer to be unable to tell exactly what the object was at first and also exposed the ugly and dirty side to objects that are normally considered beautiful and elegant.
Nicole Reilly expresses the loss of her father through a mixture of hand crafted typographic posters. She allows the viewer a glimpse of her own grieving process by using phrases that mirror her thoughts and memories of her father, as well as the words of condolences most frequently presented to her by others. Her love to typography and her connection to her deceased father grows stronger with each poster.
Tiffany Valcourt is a Senior concentrating in Graphic Design at Montserrat College of art. She inspires to become a children's book designer once she graduates later this spring. Tiffany had always had an interest in art ever since she was little and use to paint with her feet (with a paint brush) and she never stopped trying to learn different aspects in creating art. She fell in love with design during her long car rides to and from Virginia when she would see billboards while stuck in traffic. The ones that spoke to her the most were the public service announcement billboards because they were sending a message to people that needed help. Tiffany has been an active supporter of helping people Recover from self harm for years now and supports the efforts of the Butterfly Project. The Butterfly Project is what jump started Tiffany's senior thesis "Something that was once Lost" Tiffany came up with the idea of using the Grimm Fairytales with one of the definitions of the word Recovery - To find something that was once lost. She grew up loving fantasy and playing pretend and somewhat lost that part of her during her early collage career. Tiffany came up with collaging portraits of the characters from these stories by going back to her roots when she drew portraits and figures in high school.
Olivia Varney has been exploring her taken interest in mixed media while creating a series of collages using several different kinds of paper, as well as paints in order to make different textures. She is inspired by vintage images of people, old-school advertising, landscapes, and use of typography. Varney has also taken an interest in screen printing. Last February she started her own clothing line called Young Fellow Clothing. At first, she began using hand drawn designs as images for her t-shirts and continued to print these images through the summer. This past fall, Varney has decided to take Young Fellow Clothing into a new direction. Instead of printing t-shirts with vector images she decided to use her collages as images instead. Varney intends on making each shirt look like a collage of its own, "a teacher once told me, it's not a shirt until you wear it" she says. She has proven that when printing all the way around the shirt including its sleeves and collar that it indeed looks like a very abstracted image of a collage. Varney is preparing to graduate from Montserrat College of Art in May 2014 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts with a concentration in graphic design. She plans to continue screen printing and selling shirts for Young Fellow Clothing because she enjoys her experience with creating her own brand.
Whitney Chin - Gloucester, MA
Amanda Foley - Rockland, MA
Caitlin Hatfield - Milford, NH
Caroline Lares - Lindenhurst, NY
Nicole 'Nico' Reilly - Tewksbury, MA
Tiffany Valcourt - Marrimack, NH
Liv Varney - Wolfeboro Falls, NH
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