Thursday, July 30, 2015

Force: Upsetting Rape Culture

My name is Kelsey Schneider and I am a senior General Fine Arts major and Gender Studies minor. For the Spring 2014 semester I have been working with Force: Upsetting Rape Culture in Baltimore, MD. I had seen some of Force’s creative “culture jams” in the media and heard the co-°©‐founder Hannah Brancato speak about consent while I was an Orientation Leader in Fall 2013.

I really enjoyed hearing Hannah speak and was very interested in the work Force was doing so I contacted her and applied be an intern with Force. Force is a completely volunteer artist activist group trying to upset the culture of rape and abuse and promote a new culture of consent. They are currently working on their biggest project, The Monument Quilt, which is a temporary monument and healing space made up of survivor stories. The quilt acts as a space where survivors can share their experiences and feel supported rather than shamed. While interning at the Force studio I acted as the Studio Manager, and my responsibilities ranged from keeping the space organized, working hands on with the quilts to prepare them for installation, and working with and assisting volunteers to make quilts. I am so proud to have been a part of this group and to have contributed to its growth, specifically the chance to help prepare the first hundred quilts and help install the min the first installation of the project in Washington D.C. 

The biggest take a way for me is the sense of accomplishment I have from knowing I helped make the project grow and that other people can benefit from its message. This experience has helped me realize that activist and community service work are very important to me and help me thrive as an artist and individual. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have worked with Force and plan to continue working with them on the Monument Quilt.

Under Armor

My name is Leah Tipton, and I am a junior Illustration major. During the 2013-14 school year, I’ve had the great opportunity to intern with Under Armour, based in Baltimore, MD, as a Production Designer. Under Armour combines all of my passions: illustration, design, fitness, and fashion.

On a flight to Los Angeles last June, I met Shannon Burch, director of women’s apparel at Under Armour, we exchanged emails and scheduled a meeting time when we were both back in Baltimore to chat about design and Under Armour. She asked me to bring my resume and portfolio, little did I know the next time she would see me, she would offer me an intern position with our women’s apparel graphics team!
This experience has been nothing but rewarding. I’ve learned so much about the company, fashion, production, working on a team, and was able to do real-life work and see my designs go from an idea to actual print. Over the last (almost) year, I have seen more than several of my designs in stores! It’s an incredible feeling. I love working with Under Armour, and I have become so passionate about the company. I definitely want to continue working with Under Armour through the summer and hopefully after I graduate!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fab Lab Baltimore

My name is Caroline Hazero Kim and I am a junior Interdisciplinary Sculpture major at MICA. During the winter of 2014, I was a Lab Assistant Intern for Fab Lab Baltimore, located in the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville. I found out about this opportunity on Job Search page from MICA network website. As soon as I saw this opportunity, I emailed the direct employer of the Lab, mentioning my strong interest in working with them and asking what kind of application form she is looking for. She emailed me back and I sent her my resume. After, she wanted me to stop by the office and I tried to visit the office as soon as I can. This was done toward the end of summer break.

Fab Lab Baltimore is a non-profit digital fabrication lab, community workspace, and educational center that serves as a resource for students, designers, artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, other professionals, as well as businesses and institutions in Mid-Atlantic region. As a result, part of my duty was to always be educationally learning from being a participant of the lab and help customers with questions they have when using equipment. I was involved in Fab Lab conference press kit making as well as coming up with my own press kit for other conferences Fab Lab Baltimore participated. There were smaller projects such as reverse-engineering customer’s order as well as designing window display for the lab.

Mollye Bendell was my direct supervisor and Hayley Evans was my manager. Mollye was responsible for most of activities at the lab and Hayley was mostly assisting the lab. Both of my supervisors were extremely helpful when questions arose about 3D modeling and fabrication. I’m really proud to say now I have more clear idea of what machine to use and how to fabricate my ideas. My biggest take-away is the knowledge I gained in 3D fabrication field and confidence that I can also be a tech-based artist I believe little details I learned such as how joinery works, how to design press kits and functioning of a router are going to affect my future artworks a lot.

My internship experience helped me visualize in what kind of environment I will be surrounded by if I were to work in fabrication departments of any companies or architecture/furniture/design firms. I feel more comfortable in the environment and am more clarified with what to expect from my future career.