Jill Zaheer's JAZWORKS: A Tapestry of Mixed Media, Painting, Collaborations, Photography, and Poetry

Saturday, September 20, 2008

New Design for Our Juvenile Diabetes Walk Tee Shirts

This is the second year that I've made up tee shirts for the Juvenile Diabetes Walk. The first one was made on the computer. This year, I decided to make the design from scratch. I started by writing a poem, and then added the required JDRF logo. After printing it out, I made a collage and was almost finished, when I left to go see Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976 at the Jewish Museum.(exhibit closes tomorrow, Sept 21, 2008) http://www.thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/ActionAbstraction/events When I came home to finalize the picture, it just didn't feel right. So, off to the drawing board/okay- painting board where I proceeded to make broad strokes of blue, red and yellow acrylic paint on an oak tag file folder. (I was surprised by how mesmerized I was by some of the paintings at the exhibit- it appeared to be totally free flowing design and what appeared to be random placement of color in the paintings. Interesting though, when you begin to take a closer look at the paintings, more vivid aspects of planning and specific colors and shapes seem to appear from nowhere.) So printed out another copy of the poem, glued it on top of my new abstract painting, and with a few additional embellishments of hearts pasted on from cut out sections of the edges of the painting which I trimmed, and circular designs from rubber stamps which I then outlined, our new design was complete. Definitely a far departure from what I would have expected to paint - and the additional fun part is actually knowing what the painting looks/looked like under the poem!

1 comment:

seth said...

What a wonderful design. The poem is really creative and touching...words that every person at the walk will relate too. And the colors and design are so cheerful, buoyant, and free...just as everybody will feel when they find the cure!! A prize winning shirt in my book!