Letterpress is so beautiful!
Letterpress is so beautiful!
My “Leadership for Change” class really allows me to open my eyes to the things that are going on in our world, and it allows me to realize more of who I am as an individual and as a leader. Through this class, I am able to have a deeper understanding of my passion for art and using it to impact our world in a way that helps the poor, broken, and hungry.
Reading news articles and watching video documentaries about people who are suffering from basic needs that we would never imagine not having access to makes me really uncomfortable in that I want to do something about it. It doesn’t seem right to just live comfortably here and ignore the things that are happening around the world. So many people are suffering from poverty, and dying of hunger or disease, and here I am living in a nice, heated house entertaining myself with reality television shows and wasting my time on social media outlets. Seeing these things going on around the world and looking at my life, I feel so thankful and privileged to have the things that I have, but at the same time, I feel motivated to do something that can help those that are in need.
I want to use art to make an impact. I want to be able to use art to wake people up to reality and allow them to see the rest of the world outside of their own homes. I want people to feel for these people to the point where it only seems right to do something that would help them in some way. I believe that art speaks to people and seeing that in our society, art is many times used just for the mere purposes of entertainment or to put up on walls, I think is not enough.
Although I am still in the process of discovering myself as an artist, I know that I want to use my abilities for things that actually matter. I don’t want to use art as a source of income that allows me to live happily and comfortably. I believe that art is a powerful tool in creating change, and I want to be able to go out of my comfort zone to make a difference.
After all that happened in Japan in the last couple of months, I had a strong passion to help out in any way possible…
So, I decided to design some t-shirts to sell as a way to help fund Japan Relief efforts.
Any donation of $12 or more will go towards relief efforts in Japan.
Let’s help out a country in need through an action of love.
It was a lovely day full of sunshine and happiness; a perfect day to do crafts!! :)
I drove out to Craft Warehouse, Joanne’s Fabric, and the Dollar Tree to buy a whole bunch of pretty buttons, ribbons and yarn to make a couple hairbands. I’ve never made hairbands, yet alone many crafts before, but this project turned out to be really fun and made me regret not making more of these before!
P.S. My sister spent the whole day helping me pick out some of the buttons and keeping me company! Yay for sisters! ;)
So I went to Joanne’s Fabric the other day and went straight to the clearance area because 1) I didn’t have much money to spend, and 2) there were are a lot of interesting fabrics in that area from time to time! Being the bargain shopper that I am, I ended up finding this mauve colored, sheer, soft, almost jersey-like fabric stuffed underneath a pile of others…I FELL IN LOVE. I haven’t seen anything like it in the store before… it was a work of art on its own.
I looked at the price tag…
4 dollars a yard!!! What a deal, huh? So I ended up getting 2 yards of this lovely fabric and took it home with me with a big smile on my face.
I decided to do a little DIY project! I realized that this fabric would make a perfect scarf!
So I got out my scissors and cut it into two long pieces. I didn’t even have to bring out my sewing machine because the edges of this fabric did not fray at all! All I did was tie a little knot with the the pieces, and voila! It was complete.
And I was happy.
Here are the results!
JR, a french street artist talks about the question: can art change the world?
Art might not change the world in the ways that business and politics can, but it can change the way we THINK about the world. In that sense, it is a very powerful tool to express our creativity and opinions in a way that people can see and realize what is happening in our world and what our world is all about.
“I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world…INSIDE OUT.”-JR-
Many times we doubt our art is “worthy enough” or “artistic enough” to get any attention or to “change” anything at all. And many times our voices tend to get lost in the depths of society, but I believe that art can really make a difference in ourselves and allow us to explore who we really are. Everyone has their own stories, and everyone fits in their own category of “art”.
Anything can be a piece of art, but what really matters is whether you have passion for your art and the issues that go on around in our world. Passion shows in the things you create and will get nothing but attention from society. Passion can drive you to make a clear statement to the world about what you believe in. You want your voice to be heard. So, why not do that through art?
So I came across this article on “Yahoo”, and a woman named Sung Yeonju spent two years making clothes out of food! I thought this was pretty outrageous and all the colors and textures in the clothes really inspired me. I loved that she used something way out of the ordinary to create art.