Week 11- Classmate Conversation- Emily Tomasello

This week I had the pleasure of talking to Emily Tomasello. Emily is a second year student here at CSULB and is working on her degree in fashion and merchandising. When discussing the event surrounding Demi Lavato’s fan art, we shared the same opinion. Fan art is made for fun from the fan of the person they are basing it off of. While when seeing the work Lavato may have been upset that it is not an accurate depiction of herself, it is not really her place to say so. The artist made that piece for their own and to express their creativity and talent. It was almost rude for her to publicly condemn the drawing and I am sure the artist was not expecting such a negative reaction. Fan art is all about using your creativity towards someone you admire. You make it your own and therefore should not have any guidelines. You can make it as realistic or unrealistic as you may. Fan art is not there to purely praise the person the drawing is based on.img_5346


Week 10-Fiber Art Social Network

I chose to divide my people into 3 basic groups: family, friends, and coworkers. This about sums up the people I interact with the most. I used pink to connect friends, red for family and blue for coworkers. I didn’t connect them all to me as that was a lot of work and if I was to write their name down it obviously means I am connected to them, I mainly focused on showing how the people I know interact with the other people I know.

  1. When i think of the term “social network” i think mainly of the online world. When i interact with people I don’t really pay attention to what world our’s connect in. And by that i mean whether we are in the same work world or family, stuff like that. To me people are people and I do not generally place them in certain boundaries.
  2. I actually agree with it. It is impossible to have 200 best friends. To be close to someone and develop a strong relationship, you must spend a lot of time together building memories and learning about each other. It is just impossible to do that with so many people and get on an actual deep level.
  3. Having facebook friends basically means you know the person or you know someone you knows that person. Actually you don’t even have to know them, you can friend a stranger. In the end it comes down to being connected with people you’re interested in seeing/ hearing their thoughts.
  4. When doing the in class project I was surprised to see how many strings there were and how disorganized is was as strings were stretching across all over the place to try and reach certain people. It is interesting to see the people I connected my strings with and see how many strings with different people they had.
  5. In my life I would say i have about 5 true relationships were I have really spent the time to get to know someone. I feel having a small number of close friends is better than having a bunch of distant friends because the close friends are going to be the ones that are always there for you.
  6. I am friends with all of my close friends on my social medias as well as I enjoy seeing what they are up to. I also like to get updates on my “extra” friends as I am okay with not talking to them all the time.



Week 10- Artist Talk- Alicia Keyworth

Artist: Alicia Keyworth

Exhibition: Oddments

Media: Clothing, fiber, recycled goods

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis  W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: aliciakeyworth.com


Alicia Keyworth is currently enrolled at CSULB working towards her BFA in fiber while also being in the process of earning her teaching credentials so she may become a teacher. She has lived in Southern California her entire life and looks forward to experience teaching as she begins to graduate the university at the same time. She hopes to one day work along side fashion companies.

Keyworth’s exhibit consists of various articles of clothing hung up and chairs scattered on the ground. All pieces are made from recycled material collected from the weaving department. Each piece of clothing has its own unique style as they are many different patterns sewn together to make an original pattern. Overall the whole process of collecting and creating had taken about a year.

Alicia Keyworth’s inspiration for this exhibit was the idea of is everything being utilized when creating something new? She noticed in the weaving department just how much fabric is wasted and thrown away. We live in a world were industry dominates and everything is made in mass production. Keyworth uses this exhibit as a protest of the mass clothing production that wastes so much. She wants to display her concern of conservation and how we humans cause so much unnecessary waste and destruction.

At first entering the exhibit I thought it to be an inspiration of fashion and all of the different styles. I found it very interesting to find out and realize it is actually the opposite. I never give much thought to how much is wasted when making a shirt or a pair of pants. it makes me feel uneasy about where I am getting my clothing from as I now know how much they waste.



Week 9- Art Care Package

I chose to give my package to my best friend Tal who is currently at UC Berkely. When i was thinking about what i could send to Tal, I figured I would base some on our inside jokes and memories. I through in some make up as a joke because Tal never ever wears make up and I would always have to do hers if it was a special occasion. I also had a photo from when we and our friend Jonathan went rollerblading. I also have a small sample of perfume because her mom always gave her samples which she then gave to me because she didn’t want it. I also have some concert tickets since it was one of our favorite things to do, and a pink bunny because she loves animals. It similar in a way where it is specifically meant for that person. Because if you send a snapchat to the wrong person, you’re in trouble. It is different though because a snapchat will disappear in seconds where as a package will stay forever. I think with what ever you put in your care package you will always find some sort of meaning in it, one way or another. When something is seen by few, it has more meaning. It is more special as people cherish the personal meaning. The effort means so much because it shows you care for the person and would take that extra step for them. An ACP definitely has love put into it as every aspect and detail you put into it was for a reason that you thought the other person would enjoy.


Week 9- Artist Conversation- Dalia Banuelos & Daniel Bonilla-Vera

Artist: Dalia Banuelos & Daniel Bonilla-Vera

Exhibition: Infraction

Media: Photography, installation

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: dbvphotography.com

Instagrams: @daliaeffect  @dbvqp


This exhibit was done by both Dalia Banuelos & Daniel Bonilla-Vera, however Daniel was the only one present at the gallery at the time. Daniel is originally from the Central Valley and is currently in his senior year at CSULB. He is an Undergraduate Studio Art Major and has dreams of pursuing his art in photography. Dalia and Daniel were both rejected from the BFA program and Dalia came up with the idea of the gallery and reached out to other students who might be interested in joining her. Daniel was the only one who accepted.

When entering the room, it is completely lined with strings crossing the room and hanging pictures off of them. There are two human like figures in the middle of the strings slumped over. Each and every photo used in the gallery was taken by Dalia and Daniel which they then put in their profile which was rejected by the BFA program. There are pictures hung up on the wall which are lined with the strings to form a frame. Daniel explained this was used to mock the BFA program as there is a very specific needed frame for every picture.

This exhibit is a beautiful interpretation of rejection which turns to rebellion. As we can sense by the slumped over hooded human figures, Dalia and Daniel were very disappointed by their rejections. But as we see on the walls, they rebel the BFA specific standards as they mock the framing regulations. It is soothing to find peace within this exhibit as you get the sense all of the anger and frustration was let out through the gallery.

I am very scared of rejection and it remains to be one of my biggest fears. I have worked very hard in my life and most of the time I receive what I work for. However int he beginning of the school year I was not accepted in to the school’s honor program and I was very angry as I knew I deserved to be in it, however someone else took it away from me. I think it is very important to have a way to release the anger and frustration that comes from rejection in order for us to move on to other opportunities.

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Week 8- Japanese Garden Sketch

I have been dreading the day that we draw in this class. Drawing and painting has been a huge struggle for me since I was a kid. It would frustrate me so much that I could not draw a realistic drawing at all while my two older sisters did with ease. They are the Einstein’s of drawing and it drives me crazy that the artistic gene in the family skipped over me. I was sketching next to my friend Alfredo and it was nice because he was also struggle a little bit in that his were not perfect. Made me go a little easier on myself. 30 seconds go by so fast and I was going through so many drawings. It was a bit refreshing as in general I am usually a bit of an impatient person. Time was flying and I was actually enjoying it. While my sketches were not realistic, you could get the general sense of what I was drawing and that made me proud. It was funny when it came to the hand drawing because I didn’t take my eyes of my hand when drawing and when I finally looked on my paper, it looked so bad! I had a good laugh. My proportions were off as some fingers were way longer than others. I sent a picture to my boyfriend who’s an animation major and he said my attempt was cute. I’ll take that as a compliment. In the end I had a fun time. I have never been to the Japanese Gardens but they are beautiful and I shall be returning soon.

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Week 8- Classmate Talk- Alfredo Gonzalez

Alfredo and I met as we sat together on a bench in the Japanese Garden together to draw. The first question was what piece of art would we share with everyone if given the chance. In the end we came up with the same answer. He doesn’t have a particular painting or sculpture that he finds to be his favorite. He said that he went to Coachella last year and he thinks everyone should experience that. People come from all over to be united by music. Everyone just wants to have a good time. The second question  was would you be supportive of you child if they wanted to pursue art. And ultimately, Alfredo would. He said it is very important to have a job that you enjoy because that is what you are going to be doing for the rest of your life. While it is a little nerve racking as art is not the most solid source of income, in the end you need to do what makes you happy. And finally your last question was to open our phones to the first page and see what similar apps you have. I personally do not have to many games on my phone, I just stick to the necessities. We both prioritize our messages, emails and music to be on our home screen.