I joined deviantArt just four short years ago and have been here more or less ever since. I honestly can't remember how/where I first heard about it, but once I learned more I wanted to join as a source of constant inspiration as well as a place to show off what I made. Since joining DA I have learned new skills, made a few friends along the way, and even learned about the world of commissions. It was an exciting time when I was younger and I took full advantage of the search feature to look up new ideas as well as fuel my passion for Star Trek (after the 2009 film came out I was smitten with the original series).
Although I recently took a very long break from DA, I have returned hopefully to continue to my art journey.
I just finished my first year in the University of Minnesota's College of Design's Apparel Design program with the intent of working as a pattern maker or costume designer/maker in the entertainment industry upon graduation. Showcased here I have three deviations that I am particularly proud of as they show some of the progress i've made through out the years.
1. Loki Hat and Scarf - I am proud of this deviation as it by far my most popular deviation! It was my first deviation viewed over 1000 times which made me incredibly happy and even more motivated to keep working my hardest. Although I have taken a step away from hats lately, I hope to return to them someday soon. The part I like the most technical wise about the hat was how I created the pattern and the inclusion of darts, which was a new concept to me at the time.
2. Gryphon Feltie - This was my first real attempt at a "art doll" using wire, floral tape, felt and stuffing I carefully crafted and sent off as a part of an artcrossing exchange. I was proud of all the details I had managed to create using new techniques and some help from tutorials here on DA.
3. Aviator Dress - This costume was my first ever garment attempt on a sewing machine. I finally had (mostly) gotten over my fear of sewing machines and got my first one for christmas and immediately fell in love with the pattern. With the careful help and guidance of my grandmother I laboriously sewed each seam and constantly learned new sewing terms along the way. I brought it as my first ever Clothes You Make project for my local 4-H clothing day and ended up getting champion ribbons in both the Cloths You Make and Fashion Revue categories and got to bring my outfit up to the Minnesota State Fair! From there on I was smitten with sewing costumes.
4. Loki Cosplay (WIP) - This is my third costume that I have made and the amount of time and attention to detail spent on this costume (even though I still need to finish the jacket!) was a whole new level for me. From working with difficult fabrics, sourcing so weird parts, and drafting my first pattern from a dress form using tape and determination. This costume really shows an escalation of my skill and is by far on of my best costumes to date! I also got champions on this costume in 4-H and brought it to the MN State Fair and earned my second ever purple ribbon at the state fair (an award they don't have to give out!).
5. Studio I Final Project - This project is a product of a little less than a month of research, sketching, 3 mock ups, final pattern drafting, sewing, plenty of tears, and little sleep. This project is by far on of my favorites as it is the first completely hand-drafted project I have made from patterns to final product. This project was presented at my portfolio review at school which earned me my spot in the apparel design program at the UoM! I also earned champion on this project at clothing day this year and am bringing it for judging at the MN state fair at the end of this month!
This is my adventure so far, and I can't wait to continue it, hopefully with DA by my side!