As a young visual artist and designer, my conceptual and emotional growth have expanded and evolved rapidly over the past five and a half years. My first two years at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts pushed me to focus on emotional response and purpose. Though simple in theory, communicating with myself proved to be extremely difficult. Art had always been a technique, and I only had a surface level understanding of myself. After years of fighting with myself, I realized the necessary balance between psyche and process. Where art was once a form of technical exercise, it became a new way of understanding who I was and what I wanted.
I finish my undergraduate degree as a costume designer at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts this year. Though I continue participating in independent art shows, I now usually collaborate in making film or theater. My work as a costume designer involves understanding stories and characters and how this affects the clothing they may wear. Design and Drawing class prepared me well for opening my mind to better understand the psyche of a character. While developing an understanding of character I must also work collaboratively with everyone else involved in creating the story. This has been a completely different experience to that of my fine art work. Costume design entails the same sort of creativity and internal/external research as fine arts, but also involves the skill of compromise and communication