Floral Repeat (Design)
My work is divided into two disciplines–– art and design. My artwork serves as the megaphone, exposing the inner workings of a toxic capitalist system–– expressed through visually dynamic and unfiltered messaging. My focus in design, however, explores the tangible, product-based solutions that promote a more sustainable future for our planet.
The digital illustration was developed using Adobe Illustrator and the finished textile was printed on canvas. The work reinterprets the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as nature’s retaliation to human-led climate change. In this half-drop textile repeat, a series of helpless flowers melt as global temperatures rise–– reflecting the natural worlds’ degradation at the expense of human negligence.
Receiving the Microgrant has helped me complete my project by providing the funds to print the digital textile print on fabric and provide the materials to sew the pillowcase, table cloth, and tote bag. The pandemic served as a reminder of how delicate we are as humans. Furthermore, how our respect for people around us (by wearing masks and quarantining) can determine the fate of our survival. I definitely support the idea of continuing this program for future CAL students. Financial support is very much needed and appreciated (especially during the pandemic). Beyond taking care of daily needs, it also provides students with the opportunity to explore their artistic ideas and encourages creativity and experimentation. On top of the costs of materials needed for art class, the money can be used to purchase materials/tools that would otherwise be inaccessible for a student.