This week we are following mixed media artist Caroline Michaud to see what a day in her life is like.
) How do you start off your day?
As a mixed media artist, I usually start off my day trying to imagine every possible item or supply I may need to have on hand. I love finding uses for things that are usually discarded or not traditionally used in art-making. I love all things shiny, sparkly, plastic, and colorful. So before I even get to the studio I try to anticipate all the directions the work may lead me in.
2) What was your big project for the day?
I'm currently working on my final installation for my BFA presentation at the end of the semester. I'm creating a wall of bulletin boards similar to the one you probably had in your room as teenager, covered in in personal ephemera, photos, drawings, and strange objects. It's a work in progress, but today I was figuring out different uses for tinsel I scavenged from the recycling center and party supply stores.
3) Was there anything big you accomplished?
Working on a large project means that everything happens a bit incrementally, but today I finalized the number of boards and the the schematic for how they will be installed on the gallery wall. It just looks like a bunch of rectangles on paper, but it's the first visual representation of what the final product will look like, so it's really exciting. I can't wait to see it all come together, but the process is great too, so the next few weeks will be interesting.
4) Did you face any challenges today?
The heat in the studio wasn't working! Roger Williams University provided us with a beautiful space on the third floor of the old Byfield School in Bristol this year, but the building is rather old and the heating just wasn't making it up from the basement! After about 2 hours working with maintenance they finally got it on again, but that was the worst.
5) Did you do anything fun?
Everyday in the studio is fun! Even with no heat, I know I'm really lucky that I get to spend my days being creative and working alongside other really interesting, imaginative people. Plus everyone covered me in tinsel and I pretended to be Swamp Thing, which was awesome.
Five things I think you should look at today.
READ this analysis of how everyone is made up in Fight Club. FC is one of my favorite movies of all time so I really enjoyed this article.
WATCH this hilarious parody of 50 Shades of Grey by Sourcefed. I would much rather watch this movie.
SEE what it's like to be the only two third generation Oscar winners in history.
CHECK OUT this great article on what it's like to be a plus size girl whose boyfriend loves fat women.
All it took was a purchase from my friend Jay's store closing sale was for me to find my favorite trend for Spring. I bought this mens military style jacket just because I thought it was cool but I didn't realize that Army green was trending for Spring and Summer. Here are a few of my favorite looks sporting the color.
+ The highlight of this month was New York Fashion Week of course. I was only there for the first half but that was ok because the weather was horrible! I don't know what's up with this amnesia that comes every winter but I forget how cold it gets. Check out my NYFW photo roundup to see some highlights of the week.
+ Another big highlight was coming back from fashion week to celebrate the third birthday of the PVD Lady Project. My friend Lauren said it best: "When you walk into a room of 100 women and there's no judgement, or gossip - just a bunch of girls all rooting for one another, making some serious waves, hoping every girl makes it. This is how it should be. Happy to have found that tribe." My life has been so much better after joining this group. Empowering other women has become very important to me.
+ I started off the month with a cleanse. I'm really proud of myself. I really took it seriously. Too bad I hurt my hand badly halfway through so it definitely set me back on exercising like I wanted to.
+ I had a great Valentines Day with my lady friends in the East Village. We drank wine, read tarot cards, and played with a fog machine (every ladies night needs a fog machine).
+ I went to Social Media Week in NYC. I got sent a campus pass so I was excited to check out some of the panels. Some highlights was a panel on fashion's love affair with Instagram and listening to Rev. Jesse Jackson talk about the need of diversity in tech.
- This month has been mostly catching up on work. This month is only a few days shorter than the others but it seems like I had no time actually work on anything.
- I got sick with food poisoning and ended up in the ER for a completely different reason the next day. My body is definitely telling me to slow the eff down and treat it right.
- SNOW. STOPPPP.