|Friday, April 20th|
Ashley Cook, Winthrop University
Faculty Mentor: Jason Tselentis, M.F.A.; G. David Brown, M.A..; and Becca Zerkin, M.F.A.
Children view the smallest pieces of the world as strange, yet unbelievably incredible. I want to spark that feeling of childlike wonder and bring those insignificant wonders back into the adult view by creating an absurd, yet beautiful printed world for users to play in. These interactive posters will use paper mechanics to generate movement and animation on static paper. Paper mechanics can be defined as any three-dimensional or movable part made of paper, such as pop-ups, transformations, pulls tabs, lever systems, and others. Each interactive poster will be a cross between a poster and a toy. Users can manipulate, transform, and play with the scenes by interacting with the paper mechanics. The goal is for the user to enjoy the beauty of the piece, as well as be inspired by playing with the movable parts.
Kelsie DeBruhl, Winthrop University
Faculty Mentor: Jason Tselentis, M.F.A.; Jesse Weser, M.A.; and Laura Gardner, Ph.D.
For my senior thesis, I will be making a series of stationery kits. Because it is often thought that personal moments and stories can best be told through the sentiment of a handwritten card or note, I want to make something that could inspire others to take the time to connect with others through handwritten notes. I also want these stationery kits to have a sense of organization and function because I will create different designs that will be used within multiple stationery kits so that each kit will include 1 notebook, 1 notepad, 5 vertical writing sheets, 5 horizontal writing sheets, 5 blank cards, 5 specified cards, and 20 envelopes. I am painting the stationery graphics using gouache, then retouching and laying them out digitally. I will also be branding these stationery kits, marketing my designs towards millennial women at a site such as Etsy, where people can purchase them online.
John Fry, Winthrop University
Faculty Mentor: Jason Tselentis, M.F.A., and Jesse Weser, M.A.
My thesis is a justification of my design practices. My ideas about design have developed rapidly in the last year as I have adopted an artistic approach. I’ve been developing a personal style and method that does not strictly adhere to the design process that I have been taught. Poignantly aware of my lack of professional experience, I feel the need to define my design practices before entering the workforce. Through design experimentation and reflective writing, I plan to understand and articulate my ideas in order to defend them. I believe that design should first be intriguing before communicating a message. In order for designers to most effectively reach their audience, they must catch their attention and present them with questions. I am creating an artist’s book that further discusses this approach to design and explores the value of visual spectacle through aesthetic experimentation. The marriage of essay and image will attempt to illustrate this approach and evaluate its efficacy.
Maria-Francesca Massaro-Guglielmo, Winthrop University
Faculty Mentor: Jason Tselentis, M.F.A., and G. David Brown, M.A.; Gokhan Ersan, M.F.A.; and Cliff Calloway, Ph.D.
I am creating a learning tool for students to better understand and learn the elements of the periodic table. Visual aids are important for visual learners like me, who need more than words and formulas in order to remember details. Not everyone learns the same way, and my designs will give visual learners an opportunity to see the periodic table in a new way. It is very important for everyone to understand science. One can find a periodic table hanging in any high school chemistry classroom, but no one ever looks at the periodic table with interest in learning about it. How can the periodic table be more than numbers and words? With my illustrations, I am making science more accessible, taking the complex and making it simple and entertaining. My illustrations go beyond numbers and words. I want to be able to entice and intrigue students into learning more about science and being able to easily understand it.
Asiah Fulmore, Winthrop University
Faculty Mentor: Jason Tselentis, M.F.A.; G. David Brown, M.A.; and Jesse Weser, M.A.
My thesis is a collection of six 18-inch-by-24-inch posters that chronicle significant events in U.S. History. It will include not only domestic events but also events that directly relate to U.S. foreign policy, ranging from the early civilizations in 12,000 B.C., to the end of the modern era. These posters will better educate K–12 students by updating the visuals that are used in history education -- the old drawings/paintings, and artist’s renditions – into content students can more easily relate to. I will also include a small deck of flashcards that could be purchased alongside the posters to augment the learning experience. Education is fundamental to a successful society, in more fields than just math and English; learning history is critical, because to understand our past is to understand our present. These posters will be a new level in history education – meeting students where they are, in a language they are interested in. These posters will help facilitate a generation of learners, who know their past and are ready to embrace the future.
Keela Lewis, Winthrop University
Faculty Mentor: Jason Tselentis, M.F.A.; G. David Brown, M.A.; Gerry Derksen, M.Des.; and Sanford Greene
I will write and illustrate seven, 11 by 17 zine pamphlets about superheroes I've created. A zine is a magazine or fanzine, a self-published work intended for a small, narrow audience. My zine will be similar to a concept book. There will be six heroes, each with his or her own zine pamphlet, and story line, with one villain zine. I want to introduce a new set of superheroes with storylines for each of the characters and then connect each one to a greater, more in-depth background. There will be areas where I will include pencil and ink, as well as colored pencil process work to introduce the characters. I will then describe and draw out how they will use their powers through hand and feet studies and fighting poses and interactions. Then I will show off their final rendering, which I will do in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Lastly, I will include at least a page of paneling to further explain some of their background, and their daily lives with their powers.
Kelsey Benton, Winthrop University
Faculty Mentor: Jason Tselentis, M.F.A.; G. David Brown, M.A.; and Michelle Soto, M.F.A.
My thesis is designed to inspire people, particularly younger people, to visit South Carolina state parks and experience the outdoors. South Carolina has parks in the mountains and beaches, among other places. Parks provide a wide range of services and activities for little or no cost. However, many people are unaware of the experiences they are missing out on. The majority of frequent park visitors are of retirement age. Occasionally, these visitors will bring their grandkids on the weekends or during the summer, but there is a wide age gap and few adult visitors who do not yet have their own families. I will make a poster series and sticker pack based on outdoor illustrations that will represent my experiences at each of three parks to encourage people to visit and experience these parks themselves. My anticipated audience is teenagers and young adults aged 18 to 35. According to my research, this age group typically is not aware of or connected to the parks. In large part, this target audience is much more connected to technology than previous generations have been and they don’t value time spent outdoors as much as other generations. My designs will be similar to movie and concert posters, which will appeal to their interests and hopefully get them to take notice of South Carolina parks.