Friday, September 19, 2014

Interning at the Fringe festival

My summer internship was actually more of a fall internship, because I did it with the Ombelico Mask Ensemble and their Fringe Festival play that premiered on September 19th. I was supposed to have a three week internship that would've started on the 1st of September, but I ran into some personal problems and had to leave Philadelphia, so I wasn't available to start until the next week, on the 8th. My supervisor at Ombelico, UArts alumni Brendon, was nice enough to think things over so that I could start at the later date and still contribute as well as learn as much as possible.

I eventually became a sort of a “publicity intern”, working with contacting the press and other Fringe shows as well as distributing flyers and interacting with the audience to make sure the show received maximum exposure. This was for the most part fun to do since the show was not only free, but also very good, so it's not like I had to market a difficult product. The show was commedia dell'arte, meaning in the old Italian tradition of theatre with specific types of characters the partially improvised and masked comedy revolves around. As a big fan of both theatre in general and commedia dell'arte in particular, this aspect was one of the biggest reasons I wanted to do the internship in the first place and I greatly enjoyed seeing something like this performed live.

In terms of what I learned about this internship experience, I would say I understood how important it is to communicate clearly and honestly to avoid confusion or misunderstandings. As a non-native speaker this is always challenging to me both for lingual and cultural reasons, but having a two week opportunity to interact with people within the audience as well as the theatre company really helped me to see what I need to work on. I also now know a lot about what goes into marketing and promoting a theatre show so that all the work you put into perfecting the performance doesn't go to waste if there is no one to see it – after all, one of the main ideas of the Fringe festival is bringing theatre and performance to the people in some more unusual places like the park Ombelico performed in.

It was a challenging, but also very rewarding two weeks and as I embark on my second internship next week I know I can take a lot with me from this short experience that will make me a better intern than I would have been those two short weeks ago.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Experience with Kay Healy

It has been several weeks since my internship with Kay Healy has ended. The last week before my Senior year, I did a lot of reflecting on my last summer as a college student. The Summer Fellows Program was absolutely one of the highlights. Working with Kay improved my screen printing/sewing abilities and broadened my knowledge of fine artists and illustrators. It also made me realize how important it is to have a solid concept. Kay spends so much time gathering stories for her projects. A piece that is well crafted but says nothing, really doesn't accomplish much. Work that is beautifully made and tells a story is truly good artwork. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Kay through the Summer Fellows Program. Remember, her opening is October 2 at the Free Library of Philadelphia!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Final Reflection

Hi y'all.  I hope everyone has had a meaningful experience as a 2014 Summer Fellow.  My experience was pretty chill.  I helped out Shelley Spector for 2 months.  I assisted her in doing many simple things that she herself could do, but for the sake of time, I can replace her.  She would make the educated decisions in terms of her work and if something physical and minor had to be done, there I was.  She was very calm about everything she did, for she budgets her time well and is aware of when something needs to be done and how soon.  On top of being a full-time artist, Shelley is a mother and a wife.  She really balances it all out.  I do not know if I could have a family of my own and get really into my art. I think I would have to see where I go on my own while I am young and have the energy.  Sure I'll have a companion or something of the sort, maybe, but kids are just a whole realm I am not ready for.  My only offspring is my body of work, which I am still very much trying to render and define.  But Shelley is well into her adulthood, so whatever.
   I plan to continue helping Shelley out.  I think I will continue to learn from her and maybe even meet some nice people along the way.  I am also planning to intern at a local gallery, The Kugel Collaborative.  It is an art space provided by the Chabad organization of Uarts and surrounding Philly art schools.  All of the displayed work is created by Jewish students or graduates.  It is relatively new and we are trying to make it a dominant presence in the art community.  I have shown work there on occasion, and now I have the chance to have a part time position as a curator and gallery manager.  In the past we have only had the gallery open during receptions, because nobody really works there or anything; the Rabbi is a busy man and can not always be in there during the day.  But now if there are people who commit time to keeping the gallery open during daytime hours, who knows who could stumble on in and see the cool work that is exhibited.
I am really looking forward to the year to come.  I hope everyone has gained something from this and will proceed to prosper in the art community.

NCSU Learning Styles & Strategies Assessment

     I recently took the learning styles assessment on the provided link from North Carolina State University.  There are 4 categories of different scales. Active versus reflective learning; sensing versus intuitive learning; visual versus verbal learning; sequential versus global learning.
     My results show that I am both an active learner and a reflective learner. Active learning means that when I learn something new, I have to do a physical practice of this thing, draw it out, or tell someone about it, rather than just doing it.  Reflective learning is simply thinking about the newly learned skill.   This makes a lot of sense because while I tend to think a lot about doing something before I actually do it, once I actually do it, all of it clicks.
     I am more of an intuitive learner than a sensing learner, which means that I enjoy learning about possibilities and relationships more than concrete, factual things.  I like innovation more than repetition.  Hence, I want to do different things all the time.  The last thing I want to do is to work for the machine in a cubicle or something like that.  I want to do different projects and achieve different goals, all the time.  I want to travel and experience new, different cultures.
      On the scale between verbal and visual learning, I placed a 9 out of 11.  I am extremely visual, for if someone is lecturing, it would help if they had a picture to go along with it. This would explain why I do quite well in my art history classes. If I see something, I get it.
     Between sequential and global learning, I am sequential, meaning I learn better in small or individual learning levels, with steps on how to do something– as opposed to learning in large groups and getting the solution in unorthodox ways.  Although I sometimes, rarely, learn in a global manner, I am much more inclined to understand after rigorous explanation and visual aid, which includes looking at a list of steps.  Rarely will I present a solution without explaining myself.  This can be related to the art I produce.  The decisions I make are well thought out.  Sometimes it takes me a while to produce a solution, but when I do, it works.  And I am able to explain it when the time comes.

How have you observed your alumni host demonstrating leadership in his or her current position?

      Kay Healy demonstrates leadership in her work environment by having complete control of her studio space. She is dedicated to her work and I not only look up to her as an artist but a mentor. She is always open to ideas and will listen to what anyone has to say. The way she talks about her life experiences reassured me that I am doing what I love to do and headed in the right direction. The way she teaches and let's her interns and fellows learn form her is beneficial because she treats you with so much respect.   

· Describe a challenging situation you’ve experienced as a Summer Fellow. How did you handle it, and what did you learn in the process?

e   One of the most challenging things about working as a fellow was being a part of someone else's artwork and vision that wasn't my own. I enjoyed the new view on making because through school and my own experience it's always been about why am I doing X Y and Z, but as a fellow I did not have to pick my brain apart, all I had to do was think more about technique and the task at hand. That does not mean I did not have any moments where I thought or used skills that I have used in my own work. But overall that was one of the most challenging experiences to overcome.

Monday, August 25, 2014

What Art Sanctuary has taught me

With classes already started, summer  has finally ceased for us college students. However, my time outside of the studio was still filled with learning. My time at art Sanctuary has been an experience for since the beginning. Working with a group that is so involved with the community opened new perspectives as fair as art goes. Being opened to new art forms as well as ideas and inspirations, I met interesting professionals in their craft. They shared their advice as well as their stories and I learned about their journey. Through flexibility and professionalism, Art Sanctuary has shown me that while in the field of non-profit art organizations it takes both drive and patience to succeed. Holding this in mind, I hope to take the lessons I learned and move forward this year. It is great to know that even though this program has ended, I have been made a new addition to a great team

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Things I mdae while at Art Sanctuary

While working in a non-profit art gallery, seeing how I am an illustrator, I was asked to assist any way I can artistically. While in preparation for CBW, i was assigned the task to produce some images for an ad space that they took out to promote the event.

Another Field trip with Art Sanctuary

Back when I first started in April, I attended Art Sanctuary during their month long even called the Celebration of Black Writing. Throughout the month of May there was some kind of influential event or gathering that Art Sanctuary participated in. At the Barnes Foundation, the executive director, Ms. Valerie Gay, hosted one of the Barne's podcast shows

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Patterns, Patterns, Patterns

These are two of the patterns I made for Kay. The patterns will be printed on Tyvek and will serve as the "walls" of row homes. Using Kay's original line work, I arranged the patterns and colored them digitally. I had a lot of fun working on them and can't wait to see everything printed!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Well, The summer is coming to a close and sadly Machele and I have had our last day. I have to thank Machele for an amazing experience that has given me so much valuable information on what its like to be a designer. Seeing and being a part of the design process and building a brand has been incredible. Nothing compares to first hand experience and I had a summer filled with just that. The things I learned this summer I will carry with me not only into my junior year but also with me into the professional world. I cannot thank Machele enough for being such an awesome mentor and always making the projects about more than just churning out a product. She really took the time to explain and discuss things with me and gave value to my opinions as well. I also need to thank the Uarts Fellowship Program for giving me this opportunity. Have a great school year everyone!

Franklin Flea

This past Friday Machele and I came up with ideas for her display at the Franklin Flea. I came up with an idea to emphasize bookshelves by spray painting books in colors that would compliment each shelf. We chose colors that would bring out the color and detail on the shelf but not take away from them. This created a nice aesthetic for her display and gave it a nice cohesive look. Understanding how to display and present your work is important to understand as a designer. You can have the best products in the world but if you don't know how to present it well you wont get your point across to your buyer.    

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Last Day...

Unfortunately, yesterday was my final day working and weaving with Myra. Throughout the Summer Fellows program, I have learned many things applicable to artistic style, as well as give some fresh insight to another artist. I see the importance of planning, as one little slip up may lead to a big mistake later on that may prove harder to fix. Patience will always be more rewarding than trying to push through a problem quickly. Reaching outside of normal practices can lead to unexpected, yet great results. Though I still feel I identify myself more so with two dimensional art, I have the utmost respect for those artists who work in the three dimensional world. Myra is obviously very skilled in her craft and I appreciate her taking the time to teach me how to weave and letting me into her studio.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Weaving... Grass!

Myra has had this old loom set up in her studio for quite sometime and the warp is rather broken and tattered; too much so to make a tapestry or rug on it anymore. She has had this vision to weave grass, reeds, and other plant material through the warp and create a sort of eco-friendly weaving. I was very excited to work under a new medium of grass as well as expand upon my knowledge of weaving. Unfortunately, due to time restrictions and warp length, I will not be able to see the finished product. But I was able to help get the project moving along and weave about 4 yards.

An idea of what Art Sanctuary is about

Art Sanctuary is located on 16th and Bainbridge right off of South Street. There's an open gallery that you can come see the featured artist's work as well as live performances every third Friday which is called Art Sanctuary Live. Here are some the policies and values that we uphold as a non-profit gallery:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Something New...

We started working on the 4-harness floor loom shortly after I was able to understand the basic weaving techniques. This is the type of loom a person would typically think of when they hear the word 'weaving'. Using an array of foot pedals and other various mechanics, the floor loom is basically a glorified frame loom, but much faster to weave on. We have started a simple scarf to get the hang of the new loom. Setting up, or as weavers call it, dressing the loom, can take up to 2 hours attaching the warp-almost as long as it will take to weave the entire scarf.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Finally Weaving!

After preparing the loom for a few days with the techniques of warping and twinning, I was finally able to start weaving my tapestry. Tapestries on this kind of loom are made of yarn and an array of different weaving techniques. Here is what I have started so far just doing a standard weave.
The basics of this type of weaving are simple: over and under. But the process of combing down what you have done must be executed in a particular manner to avoid letting the warp show through. If you pull too tight (like one might do whilst weaving clothing when the warp is meant to be exposed) then the tan threads would show through the pink yarn weaving. Also: the toilet paper is at the bottom to avoid cutting through woven parts, saving hours of work!

Monday, August 11, 2014

First Meeting...

With my first official meeting with Myra, I was able to actually get to work in her studio. We started warping frame looms, which, if you can picture it, is just strings making figure 8's through and around an empty wooden frame. Warping the loom is the process of making the figure 8's so that this threading may be used as the base for the actual yarn to be woven into. The cross in the figure 8 is crucial as it keeps the threads evenly spaced and untangled through the rest of the weaving process. Once the loom is warped, toilet paper is woven for a few inches at either end. The toilet paper leaves just enough room to cut the tapestry off the loom at the end without having to cut through the weaving and ruining hours of work. On top of each section of toilet paper, a couple strands of thread are braided and twisted around the warp to further space out each thread. Going into this, I was under the impression that the string was simply wrapped around the frame, and you were ready to start weaving. But, as you can see, there is much, much more in the process and following this process is what sets asides a simple weaving from a work of art.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Philly Phair

Hey guys! so last Sunday I helped Machele with her booth at Philly Phair. I helped her come up with a display arrangement and helped set it up. While selling products was obviously a desired outcome of the trip the main reason was to get her brand out there and generate internist. Machele wanted use this booth as a chance to get a sense of her target audience and ask her customer questions. We did this by asking those who visited her booth to complete a short survey that asked what they thought about the products. To get an idea of the type of market she was aiming towards with her products the survey included questions on what occupation and interest the participant had. Here are some pictures of the booth!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Museum Trips with Art Sanctuary

As the summer went on we started taking on high school interns. During the week they are involved in small learning plans during the day. this time around they went to The Philadelphia Museum of Art to follow up on a previous lesson. Here are some pictures from the trip

Meeting Myra Reichel

At the start of working with my Alumni artist, Myra Reichel, I was a little unsure exactly of the type of work that she was in. Myra is a weaver and works particularly making tapestries, but I had only seen a few of her pieces online. After visiting her home and office, both of which she runs her studio out of, I saw that she has done more than I thought. From simple to complex, Myra has rugs and tapestries and even clothing around her house and office that she herself has wove. Being a photographer and mainly working in two dimensional art, I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and get hands on with some three dimensional work. I used to take a sewing class in middle school and I loved it, so I thought I would try my hand at weaving. Throughout my time with Myra, I will be learning to warp and weave a loom on my own, set up a large floor loom, and accurately learn weaving techniques form someone who has been in the business for over 25 years.

Friday, August 1, 2014


These chairs are the postcards that will promote Kay's installation! They were first printed on a standard postcard, but then were laser cut at the Imaging Lab. Here I am tracing the silhouette of the chair with the pen tool in Illustrator. The path was later used to guide the laser.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Planning, Pricing, and Launching

Hey Everyone! The last couple of weeks Machele has had me do a lot of research for a few of her up coming projects. We have been working together to identify some of the issues that each project will face and how to work though through them. Here is a little break down of some of the process we have been going through for the past few weeks. 

  • Planning: To plan for a product there are a lot of things to consider. Once the initial design process is over we have to make a plan for what materials are going to be used and consider the potential  constraints. Taking to consideration for example, how durable does this product need to be? how strong of an adhesive is necessary? what kind of printing process will be needed? what sizes will be appropriate?
  • Pricing: After we have answered the questions of materiality and process we have to do extensive research on what the cost of the whole project would be and come up with a price to sell it at. THe pricing process can be difficult because we often have to go back to the drawing board if we find out a particular route wont turn out to be cost effective.
  • Launching: Once we have all of the materials for a project figured out and the plan has been set in motion the product has to be launched. This includes updating social media and vendor websites to include and promote the new product. Online presence is important for a brand so that you can get the word out and generate traffic to your site when you have a new product. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014



Here you can see how this huge installation started. Kay first had to collect many people's stories before she could begin the undertaking of creating them. This object was Brooke's stuffed animal, Lionie. As a 21 year old still painfully attached to her favorite stuffed animal, I understand where Brooke is coming from. Once again, this object was a two layer screen print on fabric. In the photo, I am in the process of registering the second layer of the print. Hopefully Brooke will see the installation at the Free Library in October and get some closure over her lost Lionie!

Screen Printing Process

The premise of Kay's project is to recreate lost objects that people wish they still had. This object, a stuffed animal Teletubby, was lost by Tatiana. 

Each layer is first printed on acetate.  The acetate is taped down to the table underneath the screen. It acts as a printing guide. Before I print, the fabric is placed underneath the acetate and maneuvered until it is in the right spot. This is called registration and is particularly important when doing a print that is more than one layer.

The Teletubby was a two color print on fabric. First, a red layer was printed (what I'm doing in the photo), then a black layer on top. The flesh tones and silver were hand painted by Kay after the silk screen process was finished.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

This week in Kay's studios we had interviews with 3 women. Since Kay's project is all about lost objects that you wish were still around these women were telling their stories about their objects. One of the ladies had lost a glass vase that she had brought over from Germany when they had to flee from the Nazi's. After her sister took it when she married she died unexpectedly and the woman never saw it again. The way she talked about her experiences in Germany and then coming over here to Philadelphia was quiet amazing. At one point she mentioned how they wouldn't let you leave the country with more then ten dollars so her mother sewed coins in the hems of their dresses to conceal the money. All these stories showed me what this project is really about because when I am assisting Kay with her project sometimes I forget that it isn't about seeing if I can burn and print a screen in one day but more of the finished project and how it is going to impact people who see it.

Friday, July 11, 2014

My long term goals

I have a few goals as an artist.  I want to make a lot of work throughout my life, I want people to see that work, and to be able to live off of that.  I would make commissioned work for some outdoor setting, and sell individual works.  I would also make stuff out in nature or on the street that would be free to look at.  Most of my work will probably be like that.  Or I might just have a professional persona I put on for galleries, and have a whole different one for street or field art.  You can't sell everything you make.  Ultimately, by the end of my life, it would be pretty cool if I land an exhibit on the roof of the Metropolitan.  I could die happy after that point.
For now, I have so many ideas.  If I can manage to execute them while I am in school, that would be nice. A lot of them probably wont happen during that time though.  Some will, but I cannot always incorporate my own already solidified ideas into a project.  After I graduate, my plan is to go live in Croatia for a bit.  Probably a year or so.  My father emigrated from there while it was still communist Yugoslavia.  Now, however, it is a beautiful place.  It always was actually, there were just some bad ideas.  Anyway, I have a bed in the house my dad grew up in.  We live in a really nice vacation spot, it is packed with tourists and vacationers from May to October.  But the rest of the year, my town is pretty much locals only.  Which is good because I need to take a year or so just to isolate myself from people and institutions.  I have been in school for 15 years, pretty much all of my consciously aware life.  I need a breather, and I need to focus.  In school, I am trying to get a degree while making art.  But here, after I get my degree, I am simply making art.  However, in this setting, there is a whole new terrain, a whole new culture of people.  Different materials laying around, and different reactions waiting to happen.  Croatia has existed as a republic since 1991, so the art scene there is still pretty underground, or just not happening quite yet.  I want to start something there, I don't know about a life but a movement would be cool... I have a few friends there who are interested in the arts, so who knows.
One main thing that Shelley and I have been working on is making a visual sketch of what her exhibit will look like.  We are creating in her studio what she will hope to have set up in the museum, in the same fashion.  For example, she has some work that she wants suspended from the ceiling.  So in order to do that, we had to do a few things.  We went and bought a bunch of cheap two by fours.  Then we had to locate the wood studs on the ceiling, so that the wood is firmly attached, not hanging loose in a plaster ceiling panel.
Another big part of this project is the actual creative process.  Her exhibit is in a year from now, but there is still stuff she has not made.  That is because she is still finding her material.  She uses all sorts of found wood.  Some of which is due to my presence.  Since I too am a collector and finder of things on the street, I take note of things Shelley also might want.  It is as easy as taking a picture and texting it to her.  It is a cool feeling to contribute ideas and actions towards someone else's potential art exhibit.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Studio Art: The Financial Issue

      After spending time with Shelley, I made note of how she deals with the economic side of being an artist.  She was doing things that I have not really thought a whole lot about, such as saving all of the receipts from her purchases for tax purposes.  She also told me about the process of applying for grants when dealing with museum exhibits, for sometimes your ideas cannot be fully executed with sole monetary contribution.  A helping hand never hurt anyone.  I still have much to learn, however.  I have not been tossed into the ocean just yet.  I am perfecting my stroke, but, I am still in the pool, in the shallow on the shelf.  I can always wade back to land if need be.  I never forget where shore is.  But soon, I will be able to proceed into the deep blue, where only the cunning can evade the hooks and traps and predators.  To glide with vigor; silent rage.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The End of the Road...

My last day in San Diego was yesterday. I made new friends, had good Mexican food, enjoyed the beach and learned about dance from a totally different aspect. 

Here's a recap on everything that happened during my internship...

Week 1: The first week was a little rough. I did not end up staying where I thought I would stay. After about 2-3 hours of complete chaos, I checked into a hotel room in Pacific Beach. Then came the dance part...I had no idea I was so out of shape! My body became numb by the third day of intense training. Every muscle in my body was sore. 

Week 2: The second week was all about learning choreography for several performances. This part of the internship was also tough. Learning multiple pieces of choreography worked in my favor. I developed different strategies for retaining the material. After hours of rehearsal it was finally time to perform! My favorite part! 

Week 3: The third week was all about the business of dance. I must admit sitting in an office for several hours a day was not the most exciting part of my internship but I definitely learned a lot.  I did not know having a career in dance was this complex! I'm so thankful for this opportunity and I'm ready for the next journey! 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

This summer has really taught me that no  matter what day it might be there's always work to do! I am helping Peter develop a spreadsheet for his last three shows. The spreadsheet will tell what type of people enjoy coming to see his work. The data we've collected separates people by location,age,race and gender. Hispanic women between the ages of 51-65 seem to attend Peter's shows more than anyone else. The PGK Dance Project goal is to make world class dance performances, training and appreciation affordable. Peter is currently working on a performance in a neighborhood in San Diego County where dance is not easily accessible. The PGK Dance Project works hard to make their performances available to everyone!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Business of Dance..

Now that the dance intensive is over its time to learn more about the business of dance. Investing in a dance company requires a lot of hard work and money! Peter is teaching me about grants and catering to the needs of the audience. I honestly did not think operating a dance company would be so hard! From the outside looking in, it seems like a fun and stress free job! Owning a dance company is more than having great dancers and lovely costumes. What I've learned so far is not even half of what it takes to run and operate a dance company. I'm excited to learn more about the business of dance!


Hey, everyone! This summer is going by really fast and I've already learned so much. Working with Mechele is going great and I'm learning so much about the behind the scenes of bringing a design to market. From getting price quotes to identifying material costs, getting a product up and running is a lot of hard work. I am so glad that I have been able to work side by side with Machele and see this long complicated process first hand. The experience that I'm getting, like researching and contacting suppliers is really valuable to my education as a designer. I've learned you can have the best designs in the world but if you don't know how to bring them to life and work out all the kinks along the way your not going to get vary far. The summer is not over yet and I am exited to learn more and gain more experience! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

         Hello my fellow summer fellows.  It's been a pretty busy summer down here at 406 Fitzwater.  I am helping out Shelley Spector, who is actually really cool.  Her art involves structures composed out of found or weathered wood and textile.  To me it seems like creating an environment reminiscent of nature, yet its weird because these are all materials that did come from nature at one point, it was either a tree or a field of cotton.  We actually share a common love for found materials.  I enjoy them just because instead of creating an idea solely from scratch, you sort of have a starting point, or a visual brainstorm.  And it's sort of like recycling stuff that will just end up in a dump if nobody removes it from the street.  I would rather pick things up from the street than from the dump.  I'm sure there are some treasures out in the trash heaps, and I am not even directly shooting down the idea of going picking at a dump, I'll probably do it once or twice.  But it's way easier to just walk around the quarter with a peeled eye and a quick yet quiet demeanor, just to avoid making a scene.
        Ultimately, I am assisting Shelley in an exhibit at the Perelman Museum.  It's supposed to occur in a little less than a year from now.  Some of the things I have been doing to assist Shelley are: ironing blank t-shirts, cutting them up into long strips to be used as yarn, cleaning and sanding all of the found wood, taking wood apart or putting it together, drilling, and gluing.  Honestly it's pretty menial work but somebody's gotta do it, and I do it quite well.  While I do that, Shelley is typically sewing or weaving; i.e the actions that require the most finesse and artistic thought.  I enjoy it though, Shelley can always keep a conversation going and it's just been a really good month so far. PEACE

Dance into summer

Last night was the premier of Dance into Summer in Balboa Park. The summer intensive students performed repertory pieces by the PGK dance company and student composition pieces. I was given the opportunity to perform a piece by a choreographer from San Fransisco. The process was amazing! I can honestly say I grew during this process. Rosalia, the choreographer, was so fun to work with! The way she choreographs is very similar to some of the choreographers we've had at Uarts. I enjoyed performing and I'm ready to learn more! Here are a few pictures from the show last night. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This darn trash can...

It has been a few weeks that I have been working with Kay and I can't believe all the things I have learned and gotten to do. My first day I learned how to burn screens so that they can be printed and also how to reclaim them so they can be reused. Screen printing is a medium I had never incorporated into my own work before but just the other day I went and bought a small screen for myself. I also have been working diligently on Kay's trash can. I have about 6 hours into already and it is no where close to done. Hopefully I get it done before I see Kay next!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

An Introduction

I'm Molly Egan, a Senior illustration major at UArts. This summer, I'm lucky enough to work with the talented Kay Healy (see her work above). Kay has a meticulous process involving screen printing and sewing objects. Kay's attention to detail and ornate drawings result in these outstanding, large scale works.

I will be assisting her while she completes an installation for The Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Branch. Kay's work, titled Lost and Found, will be displayed from October 2014 to October 2015. This installation will be the largest she has ever created, measuring around 60 ft by 20 ft.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

This is only the beginning...

Let me start off by saying...I can't even feel my legs. Today was very intense! I was selected to perform in a piece by a choreographer from the Bay area. We started rehearsals for that yesterday. I have to add these rehearsals to my to do list on top of regular dance classes and the administration work. The work she is setting on us is very grounded and athletic. I think just about every part of my body has a bruise on it! I never thought about how demanding the professional world is. You rehearse for hours at a time for seven days a week for a eight minute show. Two days later you're back in the studio doing the same thing over again!! I definitely felt my body change. There was a point where my body said "I've had enough". My legs felt numb and I wanted to vomit! I pushed through and kept dancing. At that point I knew that I was strong enough to finish the day. The next day was a lot easier. It's only been three days and I have already learned so much!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Summer has Begun!

Hello, my name is Dianna Smith and I am a rising junior Industrial Design Major at Uarts. I have been working with Machele Nettles who is the creative director and owner of Talk Design Studios and also has sold her work through online vendors such as Amazon, Urban Outfitters, and Working with Machele has been an awesome experience so far. We have been working on online marketing and branding, creating pricing plans for upcoming projects, and also creating plans to sell in local shops and craft shows around Philly. It has been great working with Machele and experiencing her process first hand. I have learned so much already and I'm really looking forward to the rest of the summer!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Hello Southern California!!

My name is MaShante Nicholson and I am a Junior dance major at Uarts. Im interning with Peter G. Kalivas and the PGK Dance Project. While I'm in San Diego, I will be working under Peter and his staff to learn how to run a dance company. I will also learn what it's like to be in a professional dance company. I'm excited to see what this internship has in store for me!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

And Summer Begins

My name is Hailey Bryant and this summer I got paired up with artist Kay Healy. I just started and so far I have learned so much about the world of screen-printing and have added to my sewing skills. Working along side Kay this summer while she is finishing her two-year project for the Free Library in Philadelphia is bound to be a wonderful experience.


Hello, my name is Stephan Dobosh and I am currently interning with Michelle Kishita (BFA in Painting 1997 and MFA in Painting 2010). Since have started internship my in late MayvMichelle Kishita has began teaching me about what it means to be a good studio artist in the Twenty First Century and its not "Who has the best work". I believe the answer to this question is organization and planning . With out organization and planning you will inevitably fail. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My Time At Art Sanctuary So Far

Hello, my name is Adrian Paul and I am an illustration major at the University of the Arts. Ever since starting my internship at Art Sanctuary back at the end of March, I have already seen the great work that these people do. From working with others they held great and helpful events through the arts. I have even been to the Annenberg Performing Arts Theater. Their open mic nights are a wonderful place to network and experience new minds. All in all, this is turning out to be a great choice.