the transition between working as an artist and working as a designer has been difficult. my printmaking and drawing professor, erika schneider, is my biggest role model. she gave a lecture the other day on her life and i was absolutely blown away so i wrote her basically a love letter praising her. she is a master printer and worked her way through all sorts of misogyny and hate in paris, where she grew up and established her career. no women were ever master printers, and she kicked everyone’s asses and became one. she’s worked with artists like chuck close, kiki smith, and keith haring. she showed us a polaroid of her chilling with keith haring while they were working on a series of his prints. (!!!) i can’t believe i’ve been so honored to work with her and to have become close with her over the past couple of years. her life is like something out of a storybook. she is the one person who can reignite my passion for art just by talking about it and has kept me motivated through college when i discovered how much i love printmaking and when i was apprehensive about becoming a graphic designer. “design is art and art is design. you can’t be good at one without knowing the other,” she says. that’s what helped me the most, because i was so convinced i had to keep the two separate, but i realize now i don’t have to and don’t want to.
all semester in one of my studio design classes we’ve been redesigning an academic journal of our choosing and sent them to be printed by an online publisher. i get mine in the mail today and am so excited. i want to design books forever. i want to design books, make prints, and work in erika’s shop. dream life, seriously.