Liam St.Laurent

thesis proposal (title pending)
15 May 2017

In Graphic Design Seminar, I would like to create a brand, with a focus on surface design, to create images linked together by use of limited color palettes and geometric shapes. I would like to use this brand as a way to explore both personal art focusing on gender identity and the transgender community, as well as my relationship to art, and the levity that I find and share in making predominantly humorous and lighthearted work. I want my brand to be emplowering, giving me the opportunity to be vulnerable in a way I've previously shied away from, but also to support others and offer them a sense of community and representation. I will be incorporating text in my work, exploring how words can add dimensions to a design, and when it's best to let the image speak for itself. I intend to heavily utilize screen-printing in my process, as the interactive element of printing the images by hand opens my work up to natural variation from print to print, as well as broad experimentation with each design — giving me the opportunity to discover how the process can affect the final piece.

Exploring surface design in such a concentrated way in Seminar will help me grow as an artist as I'm presented with new challenges surrounding limited use of color, and recurring design elements such as shapes or line. It will force me to think in new and creative ways, and will require me to be open and adaptable to changing my plans as the year goes on and my ideas develop and become more refined.

I draw much of my inspiration from modern designers and entrepreneurs, such as the poster designs of Olly Moss, and socially active clothing companies like Flavnt, Point 5cc, and OxDx. These designers inspire me to want to connect with my audience, be it via shared experiences or just be making them laugh with a bit of odd humor. It also influenced my choice of media, as I work primarily on various types of paper, and print my designs with screen or occasionally linoleum blocks. With all of my time at Montserrat, I've learned a lot about my creative process and how to play to my strengths when planning projects, and thus feel prepared to work in Seminar developing my brand and all the work that entails. All of my classes have provided me with the skills to create and execute my designs, and Seminar will give me the chance to further explore and fine-tune the relationship between my design work and the screen-printing process that I enjoy so much.

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