We Can Do This

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I die every day you frown at me,
but smiling makes it flee.
Who knew that by loving you,
I’d find the better me.

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Garments Golden

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By: Rachel Wrathall

 

This life is made of threads of time,

with sticks and stones they intertwine.

It pulls you up and down, you see,

It pokes and prods, “Please set me free,”

 

The thread is coarse and rough, “and please,”

you say to the Tailor who sees,

“oh stop, desist, no more I say!”

We can’t see, but if we obey:

 

He’s making us garments golden,

soft comforting words embolden.

Whispering words sure come gently

“Trust in me” he says intently.

 

Faith in his plan will heal our hearts.

In the form of hope, fear departs.

Don’t be tempted to look behind,

What’s ahead is beyond a find.

 

The Tailor asks a lot, that’s true,

to weave and poke and prod us through

But if we have strength to molden

he’s making us garments golden

I won’t give up

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Clifford Still said, “One must accept total responsibility for what he executes. And the measure of his greatness will be in the depth of his insight and his courage in realizing his own vision.”

I talked with one of my favorite professors the other day about my upcoming graduation and plans to move to Charlotte. I was met with a discomforting reply as he recommended I drop out here so I can continue at a different university without paying the Masters degree price tag.

Maybe I’m not the best figure artist- yet. Perhaps my form and shadows are skewed and my tones are dull. My short two years as an artist has been extremely tough, but even more rewarding. I see great improvement in myself. Even better I see reason in my strides. I know that I am going to write and illustrate books that teach good morals to children. I will teach myself along the way and learn from challenges. Paying more tuition isn’t what I need.

I don’t need to be like Michelangelo when I leave here in two months, but I do need to know how to learn. So that’s alright, you can laugh all you want at the way I currently draw, but watch out because this is one girl who refuses to stop learning; My reasons and ambition are clear.

Graphic Design

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I’m working on designing a poster for an “event” using a famous artist as inspiration. Gunta Stölzl was an inspired weaver from the early 1900s. Her designs and drawings are to die for, and her journals show her deep devotion towards learning. What a beautiful soul.

I appreciated learning about Gunta Stölzl. I am especially interested in textile design, so to find someone who actually has paved the way for textile design is awesome! She’s really a mentor to look up to.

She was blessed with success through her life. Looking back, she wrote, “Even today, I believe that most important of all was life itself.” This encourages me because she spent her days probably not worrying if she was a successful artist. She did the best she could every day with her family and her work. This teaches me that design doesn’t have to be the absolute best at the beginning. Rather, the design comes like life, with ups and downs. Looking through her life’s work, I can see her process. The longer she developed herself, the better she got.

Near the end of her life came the most beautiful tapestries. This teaches me that good design comes with time. I think this can relate to other design students as well. We think that beautiful design comes with a recipe book. Once we learn it, we’ll be able to magically reproduce what we’ve seen. That’s not how it works. She has taught us that it takes a lifetime to perfect beyond beautiful weavings. I have a new mentor now because of her!

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Type and Design ideas based on time period and work of Gunta Stölzl.

Type and Design ideas based on time period and work of Gunta Stölzl.

Woes of a “Not just a Fitting Room Attendant”

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There are many occupations that most of us recognize as grueling, surviving solely on perspiring customer service. These jobs are from the common waiter/waitress, where the humble server is expected to fulfill every whim and need of yours, graciously, to basically any employee anywhere that pauses outside the restroom and sighs in defeat before holding their breath and sucking it up.

I am a Sales Associate in a clothing store: Plato’s Closet.

Now I know what you’re thinking. “Piece of cake job”.

Not really. Let me explain why.

“I’m gonna try these on.”

This is the line I hate more than anything.

I am not the only fitting room attendant who has the key to the rooms, so I am busy doing various tasks around the store. So when I’m running around the store and am stopped rudely by someone with an armful of 16+ items (she’ll only buy 2),  telling me the above mentioned, I am inwardly peeved. Don’t get me wrong! I am more than willing to help someone who asks nicely.

Another thing: To protect against theft, most clothing stores kindly put a limit on how many items are tried on at one time. While any extras are hung outside, it is time-consuming to count and hang the extras.. So…

Often, attendants will keep track of your items on a white board.

Don’t erase the number..

Just don’t touch it..

Please..

 This is just so annoying. Really? I am not your mother. Can you at least pull them right side out?

Usually there’s a rack on which rejected clothing goes. Only when there is no such rack in sight should you hang your clothes outside the door. It helps us out in the long-run, because then we aren’t wasting time playing hide-and-go-seek with your clothes.

Didn’t like those jeans? We don’t mind helping! Men especially seem to like to put away their rejected clothing themselves. I appreciate the gesture, but the reason we prefer to handle them first is because we like to hang them as nice as possible and transfer them back to the sales floor quickly.

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Can you spot what’s wrong in these 3 pictures?

I don’t know, perhaps someone must have pulled the try on, put away technique (with the tank tops?). Someone else thought it’d be a good idea to take a shirt off the hanger and lay it on top the rack. Hmm.. The sunglasses seem to be all over the floor … POR QUE?! NO INTIENDO CÓMO…

Fitting rooms are easily attained by asking an employee..

But often, it seems that the fashion of calling us over with the unceasing

sound of doorbells is the newer way to go.

I might be old-fashioned,

but I think that I speak for everyone when I say:

Never push the button.

We will hate you.

 Despite it’s many-many more ups and  downs, working is an overall happy experience for me. The only sure thing that makes me mad, but mostly sad, is when people steal. Please show some personal integrity and be honest. If it isn’t yours, don’t take it. It’s as simple as that.

The fact is, any job can be frustrating, rewarding even! From working a job where you are given little to no respect, you gain something. That is respect for all those you mistreated in the past, even absent-mindedly. It’s the understanding that we can all do something a little more to help each other out, lend a kind hand, think outside ourselves. It’s decent and polite, and as quiet as picking up a hanger.