"The University Scholars Program has allowed me to pursue a manifold research process that I find incredibly fascinating and provides a logical amalgamation for my dual majors of study. I plan to study artist books and William Blake, then design and create of an edition of 35 books, and learn how to promote artist books. I hope to learn traditional methods of letterpress and incorporate it with more contemporary ideas of design. My goals for the year are to expand my artistic growth, develop a cohesive focus of study, and prepare myself for future career opportunities by absorbing as much knowledge I can that surrounds me during my final year of undergraduate study."
English Language and Literature Bookmaking and Design Children's Literature Comics and Animation Digital Media Art 3D Modeling and Animation Graphic Design.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- College of Fine Arts Dean's List (2008-2011)
- Florida Academic Scholars Award
- Student Participation in the Harn Musueum of Art (2010)
- Digital Arts Media Network
- Circle K International
Circle K International is a service organization committed to bettering the community. My particular areas of interest in volunteer work in the Gainesville community are Adopt-A-Street Cleanup, Campus Cleanup, and volunteering serving food at the Salvation Army.
Hobbies and Interests
- Reading, photography, graphic design, interior design, and 1930's UB lwerks animations.
William Blake - The Man Behind the Artist Book: An Exploration into the Traditional Bookmaking Processes and the Creation of Original Artwork
The University Scholars Program has allowed me to pursue a manifold research process beginning with preliminary studies in the Special Collections Library in Smathers of artist books and William Blake, followed by the design and creation of an edition of 35 books, and ending with the engaging study of promotion of artist books. William Blake, cited as the first creator of self-published artist books, has been a primary inspiration in my multidisciplinary studies, primarily due to his poetic genius and awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind watercolors and prints. His books, revered by English scholar and art critic alike, create an engaging play of colors and words mimicked by many, yet never duplicated. Research and initial design begins by utilizing my resources made available at the Special Collections Library in Smathers with the aid of my faculty mentor, Professor Knudson, Associate in Book Arts. Designing the layout includes how the text will correspond to the imagery, what materials will be best suited for the composition, and how the book is created. Using the traditional methods of letterpress and typesetting, popular during Blake’s time period, I intend to create an edition of 35 books illuminating a historical fiction short story revolving around William Blake’s early life. From ideation to final edition, this project will require an exploration of design, discovering the fascinating practices involved in handmade books (such as typesetting, using the printing press, and bookbinding) and combining a digital and analog approach to arrive at the final creation. Once completed with the edition, the final step is to master the promotion of my own artist books. Through understanding of the business side of self-promotion and sales interactions, I will gain knowledge that will be beneficial in any field I pursue upon graduation.