more #shortgirlproblems

I finished the first draft of the book inspired by the Short girl problems tweets. I enjoyed it so much that I want to continue working on it. I am very pleased with the outcome so far, however I want to add much more content to the book. I have illustrated the entire book and enjoyed it much more than I though I would. I am now looking for more inspiration and I guess that means more examples of difficulties that the “vertically challenged” experience.  Originally the book was based on issues that I have personally had to deal with, but in order to make the book as interesting as I would like, I think that I am going to have to ask for help. If anyone has any ideas of “problems” that I can add, please leave it in the comments. Enjoy the pictures.

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#shortgirlproblems

I have recently taken it upon myself to delve deeper into the world of social media and make an attempt to learn to use Twitter. While perusing the endless world of twitter, I stumbled upon tweets tagged  #shortgirlproblems. Being vertically challenged myself  this sparked my interest. The tweets were intriguing because they were hilarious to read but also because I could relate to them. I felt slightly empowered knowing that I was not the only person who found myself in these embarrassing predicaments. I became immediately inspired by this, I felt that if I could relate to these tweets, and if there were so many short girls out there posting them, then clearly this is a major issue that needs public recognition.

Lucky for me this inspiration coincided perfectly with a publication design project for our typography class. I have decided that this project presents me with the perfect platform to launch my public awareness campaign on behalf of short girls everywhere. This book will illustrate many issues that many women, myself included are presented with on a daily basis. I plan to use and acknowledge these tweets as my inspiration as well as depicting the problems in a style that mimics the tweets themselves. The book will be divided into several categories and will have simple and cute illustrations to accompany the “problems” which we are faced with.

Check back soon for updates on the progress of this book.

Creativity?

Creativity is defined as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, and to create meaningful new interpretations. I have recently discovered two blogs that showcase many artists who exude the very definition of creativity. Happy Famous Artists, who dub themselves with the tag-line “Bad art for bad people”, and well as Wooster Collective, a blog that is dedicated to showcasing street art. Happy Famous Artists uses their blog to showcase many different areas of art, everything from architecture and fashion to street art. The thing that I love most about them is that they post a wide variety of subjects and offer intriguing and thought provoking insights on each. One of my favorite posts features David Cole, a Brooklyn-based designer who created miniature taxidermy deer head out of Lego. The posts goes into further detail about how psychology states that the toys we play with as children will determine our problem solving skills as an adult. Wooster Collective celebrates street art from all over the world. Their goal to bring street art out in the forefront of the art industry. The couple that is behind Wooster Collective uses images, videos and comments to document new and interesting street art. One of the posts that I found the most interesting was featuring an artist who is known as VINZ FEEL FREE, his street art style portrays the heads of birds on top of women’s bodies. Both blogs offer a unique and insightful perspective on various forms of art and culture.

Happy Famous People happyfamousartists.com/blog/

Wooster Collective www.woostercollective.com

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Positive Inspiration

It is easy to find inspiration, all over the world there are people; artists, designers who are not only creating beautiful pieces but also making a positive impact on their environment. It can be argued that the artistic community is more influential now than it has been at any other period in history. This is vastly because the way that the world functions these days, now more than ever it is important to have some sort of online presence. But has anyone stopped to ask themselves what kind of effect they are making on their surroundings. If  the world worked the way that these inspirational people did we would have less issues, more respect for our neighbours and in general, a safer environment.

This mentality was always in the back of my mind, but really solidified itself upon my visiting the site of an artist whose work I personally find beautiful and inspiring. Kal Barteski describes herself as an artist in every sense of the word. She paints, designs, photographs and writes. I originally discovered her blog lovelife.typepad.com from there I browsed her portfolio site, kalbarteski.bigcartel.com, and fell in love with her work. I think her work had such an impact on me because of her positive attitude towards her surroundings and the inspirational messages she conveys.

Kal Barteski

Another group of people who are making a conscious effort to positively impact the world around them is Free Range Studios. They describe themselves as just that, a group of “wildly creative” people who are focused in maintaining the integrity of the social messages that they are trying to convey. Their website www.freerange.com shows their variety of clients, their mission statement and boasts that they are “creativity with a conscious” and “that the right stories told in revolutionary ways can transform society.”

Free Range Studios