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    [4] Being and Company

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    A project exploring both screen-printing and graphic design. It is a tote bag company based on environmentally friendly practices and techniques. Being and Company was created to inform users of environmentally friendly practices.

    [3.9] Finding Your Why

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    When viewing a new piece of artwork, many people attempt to draw their own conclusions, make assumptions, and create a meaning for a piece that they had no hand in making. Yes, individual interpretation is an essential aspect of visual art, but how often do you stop and ask the artist “why?” Why did you make this piece? What inspired you? Why do you make art? Why are you like this? Who hurt you? Who loved you? What was your favorite color in third grade and why did you name your fish after a Disney princess? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? This research project, this documentation, this body of work, this zine is an exploration of the artist’s mind. It is meant to both inform the viewer of the deeper aspects of why an artist makes a piece, series, body, or exhibit and to raise new questions. I want you to question everything. I want you to ask why I did this. I want you to question every single decision you have ever made and then hate me for it because you can’t stop. My interest in the “why” stems from my constant and insufferable overthinking about my interactions and other people’s interactions. I hyper-analyze, I question everything, and I try to understand people. So, this topic really gives me the opportunity to do that. Through my research and documentation, I hope to have inspired those presented in my work to question their work and Find the Why in their practice. All rights associated with the works displayed in this zine remain with their respective creators.

    La celebración de día de los muertos

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    4 hr

    [3] Home Is Where The Art Is

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    The home is a sacred place, where we feel most comfortable. It’s where we perform our daily rituals, from the mundane tasks to the more complex routines. These moments are times when we pause and reflect. They are the quiet moments that have a surprising ability to ground us. My work compliments these instants. The pieces welcome relaxation and escape. They invite blissful memories of exploring nature with boundless imagination. My pieces bridge the gap of nostalgic memories to the present need for comfort in our own homes. My decorative functional ware is inspired by nature and science. For most of our time on Earth, humans have been surrounded by wilderness, with shelters made from rocks and trees. The idea that humans are more comfortable with biological elements around us—rather than clean, geometric environments—is known as Biophilia. This concept is the basis for biophilic design. Instead of rejecting nature as if we have no place in it, we should embrace the natural world by modeling our everyday spaces after it. Like the nature that informs it, my work embodies a balance of precision and fluidity. My process is a symbiosis of planning and coincidence, and I allow new features to come together throughout the process. I strive for my work to embody the simplicity of nature with precision and craftsmanship. I want my work to invoke comfort while being integrated as a regular part of each day. I make functional ware with the hope that my pieces will find homes and form connections with those who use them. When not in use, these items are also meant to decorate a space, because I believe home is where the art is. Keneddi Horn April 2021

    Instagram Play Through

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    The definition of a farmers market is “a food market at which local farmers sell fruit and vegetables and often meat, cheese, and bakery products directly to consumers.” Within this definition there is both simplicity and connection. In deciding to create branding for my market, Atlanta Farmers Market, simplicity and relational connection were the values I wanted my designs to communicate. I have grown up with an appreciation for the hardworking vendors at farmers markets and the community a market has the ability to create. Maybe it’s just the romanticism of the mundane in films, or maybe it’s a reality of the flourishing environment created when people come together to share their passions with each other. Either way, my affinity with this environment has combined with my desire to create things that look beautiful together. This is why I chose to create branding for both the market as a whole and individual vendors of honey, flowers, and bread. I wanted all of the logos, business cards, posters, pictures to speak to their own vendor’s talents and individuality, and work well together to make a successful group under the market’s umbrella. Throughout most of my work I am interested in the human experience, specifically in relation to the impact we have on each other, and how we move through change and dealing with our past. I have used Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop in combination with photography to create my work, and I have an appreciation for both the practical side of graphic design, like branding, logos, etc. and the artistic side of graphic design like collage. My concept for this body of work was to create simple and straightforward design that still had an artistic quality to it; I wanted the work to still communicate artistic effort behind it even if it was simple. I chose my color palette to be warm and inviting while also playing on colors that could be pulled from nature. These qualities both serve to emphasize the handgrown and handmade aspects of the products being sold in the market, and to create a simple path to connection with the company and vendors, therefore building trust. One of the most admirable parts of a farmers market is that you as the customer get to meet and interact with the person or people who have made or grown this product, are passionate about it, and are open with how they got here. This level of understanding people and why they are doing what they are doing is something that is easily accessible in the farmers market environment. The ease of getting to know someone is what I wanted my designs to communicate and make a way to happen.

    Chinese New Year Story

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    The project I am submitting for the Modern Language Competition is a class project that highlights the storyline of Chinese New Year. On the far left of our banner represents the beginning of Chinese New Year, where it all started. The legend of the Monster Nian. Nian had sharp teeth and horns. It lived high in the darkness of the mountains but around the end of lunar year he would go onshore to hurt people and livestock. Therefore, villages in China would have to run away or hide from the Nian. Until one day they could not keep this up anymore so they found a solution. They found out that the Nian did not like the color red and loud noises. So villages started to decorate their homes and gates bright red and prepared fireworks for when the Nian came. Once the beast arrived, villages would set off the fireworks to really scared it away. This was a success for them allowing them to carry on this tradition to present day. Now people that celebrate Chinese New Year throughout the world put up bright red couplets on their doors, watch bright and loud lion dances, hang lanterns and set off fireworks right at midnight

    El Campo español

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    2 hr

    La Belleza de la Cultura Mexicana

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    Amount of time involved: 28 hour

    Un Oso Alebrije

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    To sculpt and paint the alebrije, it took roughly 9 hours to complete

    Book Review: Black Handsworth: Race in 1980s Britain by Kieran Connell

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