The GD MFA program just finished our visiting artist workshop with Keetra Dean Dixon. She was inspiring, sweet and passionate about teaching us how to misuse and abuse materials in 3 days. We were taken through different stages of material explorations, digital translations, experimentation and designing and gift giving…it was a full weekend! Here’s a general outline of the workshop process.
We shared all of our swatches as slideshows on our computers and walked around. During the walkaround Keetra told us to steal a swatch from at least one other person. AND THEN, she revealed the last step: create a thank you for anyone you’ve stolen from incorporating their swatch either in color or form.
I took all the groupings on the far left from Clara. The center is the colors I decided to use and the “feathers” are from my toothpaste studies. I ended up using all of her forms, but recolored them and rendered the purple bits to look like feathers.
I enjoyed every step and I like the final piece, so I’ve decided to use this process to create my own visual studies with the key. Well worth the work-filled weekend!