Her last name comes from either Irish or German ancestry and is 21 years old. Fiona followed up with saying that her birthday is in 4 days, so the 22nd of September and that makes her a Virgo! Growing up in Rockford, IL, also known as Glockford, named after infamously insane mall shootings, as a high schooler, Fiona went to the mall with her friends and “not buy anything at all”. She told me that her sisters find her insane for even going to the mall because of the shooting, understandably.
Fashion, social issues, advertising design were Fiona’s top interests. Being a Communication Designer major with an illustration minor, she enjoys tackling social issues relating to feminism, menstrual health, and black lives matter. Currently, her thesis project is focused on social issue with menstrual health. People at MIAD may know her best from the project, “Period Party”. Sadly, the overwhelming amount of gender-based terminology of the project offended gender nonconforming individuals. This was hard on the project as it took a toll on the success of the project.
Taking a social media design class opened Fiona up to the world of bringing design and social justice causes. Since she works the best when, “being told what to do,” that was a no-brainer along with the advertising design class. She enjoyed these classes the most because of the aspect of raising awareness and the straightforward approach to designing. Another gift she has is copy writing. I asked her to come up with a quick slogan to sell her necklace and replied with, “dead aunt, at least you got a necklace”. This is the future she is focusing on, to work for an advertising agency and senior thesis. Her inner fire is being fueled by her exciting design classes. Being able to focus her excitement to her project is pushing her to keep moving forward.
McDowell Article Analysis
Old buildings are now replaced with parking lots. Spaces filled with cars are like ghosts of the previous building. This guy is really against the parking lots and talks about the love for historical buildings. These spaces are very personified in a way that passionately captures his feelings towards the situation. Every time this writer talks about a building, it has the phrase, “turned into a surface parking lot” which tells me that he really wants to create repetition for effect. There’s another concept the artist talks about that’s important in this article. He talks about the “bigger and better” idea. Milwaukee tried to implement this idea in modernizing the city scape but has ended up failing. In the name of increasing locations for parking but ended up destroying historical landmarks. To the writer this is soul crushing.
Does McDowell’s Article fit into OnMilwaukee?
The difficulty with this OnMilwaukee website is that accessing specific articles may be difficult. Because of the infinite possibilities to search up any topic by putting in “on/” along with whatever key word can be overwhelming. Therefore, searching out for McDowell’s article was not easy. It’s almost like the website would benefit in a category. Relating this back to McDowell’s reading makes me feel like the search engine is the soulless parking spaces since I feel like we can’t find specific articles of the past. For me, I would use this site for events, places to eat, and weekend activities, or current news. I think McDowell’s article was heartful and sentimental so that felt displaced with it being in OnMilwaukee. The guy’s article is filled with historical locations which would be great for a site that has a category for Milwaukee’ citizen’s concern with the city scape. His article conveys to the reader that parking spots erase the history and replace them with spaces that can create more danger and more soullessness in the city. Sincerely, I think his article feels too good to be in OnMilwaukee since it’ll be covered up by newer posts and impossible to find. For example, when he talks about concepts like “bigger and better” and the aspect of “soulless parking lots” feels out of place in OnMilwaukee. This article hold so much of a personal connection to the a part of Milwaukee that it sticks out like a sore thumb (and not in the good way) in the context of the type of topics that OnMilwaukee presents. McDowell piece is wonderful and filled with the wonder of the city’s historical building that deserves to be placed on a platform that can be found through a categorical system.
Looking through Todd’s work
His etchings are super realistic and detailed. Everywhere I look is filled with a meaningful mark within his etching. The use of color also adds a dimension of time and a sense of moodiness. Some of the etchings feel cold and sad yet are stinking all at once. I find the etching of the moon the most etheric. The subtle detail of the tiny dots on the plate creates such a contrast with the start black and the bright white moon.
Blog: The Natural Realm
The way he describes his paintings are so wonderous and poetic. While reading the beginning of the article was simple and as I got further, I felt like there were two different people. I think the way he writes is wonderous. Some of the word choices adds a layer of depth into what he’s trying to explain. I find it incredibly nice to read with the sprinkle of understanding the connection with the land.
The Power of Great Paintings
The way this guy writes sounds super excited about the paintings! Todd writes in a descriptive way. Essentially like a creative writer and not necessarily what I would expect as a journalist. He’s so cute with the way he describes the canvas to the contours of the peach. I want to travel back in time just to go to this exhibit. Usually, paintings can be boring, but I think having him as a guide through the museum would take looking at these old paintings to another wolrd.