Spring Break, Swirls, Spirals, and Screen Printing

Spring break just wrapped up a week ago, and as always, it served as a humble reminder that my job certainly has its perks. I know very well that the majority of my working class neighbors do not get a “spring break” and haven’t since they finished college, or high school. I remember what it was like to be one tiny individual of an giant entry-level population in the corporate world, to get only eight holidays and no vacation. Vacation was only a privilege available to those faithful employees who had already worked for the company more than six months. When you start small, you’re microscopic. I try to remind students of this when they look at me with pity after hearing that I won’t be going anywhere for the week and a half, and shock when they find out that my husband doesn’t even get a spring break.(And then I remember that the real world will hit them soon enough and they will pity themselves for ever complaining about college.)

So what did I do for my “spring break”? Well, my greatest accomplishment was designing a T-shirt for my staff, of which, I have to admit, I’m quite proud. I have no formal training in graphic design, I operate purely on armature status. But with a basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator at my disposal and an internet full of tutorials, one can teach themselves much. And this one, taught herself how to do some pretty nice swirls and spirals! (In case anyone else would be interested, http://abduzeedo.com/swirl-mania-illustrator-photoshop )

I love this design because not only does the type say “but perfect love drives out fear” (taken from 1 John 4:18), love is literally pushing fear out of the picture. I like the swirls and spirals because they represent perfect love to me; growth, hope, joy… love. When love is allowed to grow, there isn’t room for fear. I’ve been seeing this theme present itself over and over in my life and in the lives of those with whom I’m close over the past year, so I officially made it a theme. And when you have an official theme, the next step is to make t-shirts!

Just yesterday I got the shirts back from the printer. I must say, they look great (although, I think I’ve already said that once). It got my creative ambition chasing the thought: “what if I could do my OWN screen printing???” After a visit back to that same trusty internet that provided me with the tutorial on those glorious squiggles, I found some very helpful guides to do your own screen printing. I’m almost positive that I will be trying this in the next few weeks, so I’ll let you know how that goes! (again, for those interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee_8IMx0uMo&feature=related )

4 Responses to Spring Break, Swirls, Spirals, and Screen Printing

  1. d

    Already loved the shirt when I saw it…. appreciate it more to hear your thoughts on the design (esp. that love is literally “pushing out” fear). Keep me posted if you start your own screen printing… I’d be a customer!

  2. amy solava

    i really like this shirt! too bad you don’t have me for christmas, i would ask for one! :)

  3. kate

    Love your shirt design! Remeber the “friend” shirts? That must be where you talent all started… :) I still have mine and wear it on a regular basis. Those are black with white print as well, now that I think of it.

  4. Dad B

    Great T – girl, you make a daddy proud. Love you!

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