Saturday, April 28, 2012

Promote Love!

I found another great quote on Pinterest and decided to illustrate it myself.

Being a social justice activist it is easy to get caught up in the negativity; however, I strongly believe in "Promoting what I love instead of bashing what I hate."  Of course there are times that you should stand up against negativity and evil, but even in these situations I strive to do so in a way that may actually lead to some kind of positive change.


If you would like to purchase any of my posters or other art, 10% of all sales will go towards a good cause (The cause depends on the work you purchase.  I am still setting up which organizations will receive the donations).

If you would like to see more of my inspiration check out and follow my "Yay Life and Yay God" and "Creative Inspiration" pin boards.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Upcycling Inspiration for Earth Day!

For Earth Day I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my Upcycling projects, my Upcycling Pinterest Board and my  World Water Poster.

Circuit board inspired Art
More Circuit Board Inspired Art
Circuit Board Gift Created from an actual circuit board
Upcycled Shopping Bag
Upcycled Men's Shirt into a Shopping Bag Part 2
Paper Beads in Haiti

T-Shirt Necklaces
Dead Roses

Paper bead art lesson in Haiti
Some of the 150+ projects that can be found on my my Upcycling Pinterest Board include rubber band cards, Gumball Machine Fish Tank, Newspaper Art, CD Jewelry, toilet paper tube and plastic bag projects, Lego necklace, QWERTY key art, old window projects and many many more fashion, decorating and art ideas.


I am sure that these ideas will provide you with just the project inspiration you are searching for this Earth Day!

What are your favorite upcycling projects?

Friday, April 20, 2012

13 of My Photos to Keep your Imagination Soaring

The main purpose of this blog is to showcase my artwork.  In addition to fine art and social justice topics, I absolutely love taking photographs.  I have a camera on me as often as possible and take photos when I get the chance.  My photographs show up in my design as both main images and textures.

 I figured that these photos would be appropriate because beauty serves as a huge inspiration when it comes to the creative process.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Talent & Responsibility



I found this handbill design on Pinterest.com and thought that you might enjoy.  I beleive that everyone has talent and is certainly responsible for using those talents responsibly regardless of what the talents are.  My art goals are to learn more about how to use my talents to benefit others.


What are your talents and how do you use them responsibly?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My Bra Art

Felicia Follum, 24"x36" 1 in 8 Bras
This poster is for the "Support the Cure" art exhibition at the Artful Hand Studio and Gallery in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  All of the work in the exhibition feature or are inspired by the bra in some form or another.  I chose to create a graphic design poster, in a style inspired by Paula Scherr.

Through research I found that 1 in 8 women have or have had breast cancer.  This poster displays 8 different kinds of bras, one of which is specifically for women who have had a breast removed due to cancer.  The Mastectomy bra is the same color as the stat to show that it is the 1 out of the 8.

If you would like to purchase a print of this poster 20% will go toward cancer research.  Please let me know and I can set up an item on ETSY or we can trade in person.



Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bra Art


Tomorrow is the opening reception for the Support the Cure exhibition.

The exhibition was set up by Georgia Roswell at the Artful Hand Studio and Gallery in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  All of the art in the exhibition will be inspired by the bra.  I will have at least one poster in the exhibition and would love to see you there.

If you purchase any work from this exhibition, 20% will go to support breast cancer research.

I did not create the poster design.  Check out my blog in a couple days or check out the show to see my poster.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Creative Connections

"Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected."
William Plomer

"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things."
Steve Jobs

This quote really spoke to me about my creativity and life this week. I think that creating connections is something that I naturally do in nearly every aspect of my life.  I like learning why things are the way they are and understanding how various fields of study are interrelated.
Front of a business card for a graphic Design Project
based entirely on connections.



I just told my husband that “if I were a superhero I would want my super power to be the ability to understand how things work and how they are connected. Like Syler on “Heroes,” I have a desire to understand more about people and the world around me, but I don't like to murder, so no fears.  I like to contemplate the ways history plays a role in the present. It is great to see the basic impact of psychology and sociology on reality...

This search for connections seems to hold true in light of my current body of work and my creativity.

My most recent body of artwork connects American history with African American religious culture today and shows how things are related. I have a couple pieces that also tie in African American hair and colonialism (history).  Some of the work has helped people make connections between American history and present.

Back.  This brand deals with connections though out.

In addition to this exhibition topic my in progress body of work is dealing with the interconnectedness of modern day slavery, human trafficking, the sex industry, pornography, American children and self-esteem issues. Though my goal is not to make everyone understand all of these connections through seeing my work the interconnectedness of the seemingly unconnected is a huge underlying theme in my work.

Check out more of my graphic design work!

Friday, April 6, 2012

University of Wyoming Art Museum

My painting (See more watercolors on my Facebook page).  Be sure to like it...
I am currently in my first painting class at the University level.  I have really been enjoying the process of learning to work with watercolor and certainly plan to continue to utilize the media.  I love using ink to draw and think that the two mediums will work well together.  The painting of the American Heritage Center/University of Wyoming Art Museum was a study we did the second week of class.  Achieving the dark color was a huge challenge.
Photo by Jason Urban on Pinteresting.com

Sunday, April 1, 2012

6 Techniques We Learn about Going Viral from KONY 2012

I would love to create a successful campaign (click to read about the successes of the KONY 2012 campaign)on the topic of body image at some point…I will use the KONY 2012 viral campaign to get some inspiration, start brainstorming, and see what I can learn.

1. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. This campaign has so many components, from the variety of celebrities and politicians supporting the issue to the variety of apparel, action, information, and media options. Though not everyone will see everything, they will likely find something that they are interested in.

2. Have a street team who will help get your information out there.  This team should consist of influential people in their various niche.

3. Plan everything and have a sound concept (maybe a couple aspects).  if there is more than one concept, they should all tie together.

4. Have a website that is easy to find.  KONY2012.com

5. Ethos, pathos and logos.  Kony definitely possessed all three. 

From Mashable

6. Target Audiences -
     a. Freaks and maniacs - Those who are already interested will share your info
     b. The Mullet Strategy - Business up front is the issue.  The dance and Cover the Night would be the party in the back.

See more of my thoughts about KONY 2012 and purchase some of my KONY art.