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Poet Graduation
Poet Graduation

A combination of teenage angst and a romantic view of what beauty is in a union between the free flowing look of handwritten poetry and the bold finality of the word "commence." The duality of the colored handmade paper represents both the idea of leaving behind innocence as well as the uncertainty of the actual desire to abandon childhood. With the random placement of color there is an illusion of adulthood breaking through the bonds of immaturity.

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Poet Marriage
Poet Marriage

Marriage brings people together with a need to express how strong their love is. Within the paper is embedded moss that reflects the many directions a marriage may take as well as veins that sustain the heart of a relationship. Inside the veins of the L in the word "love" are statements of what true love becomes the source for in a marriage. The contrast of green and pink represent the male/female and how two elements that seem so opposite can work together to create something of beauty.

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Poet Birth
Poet Birth

The birth of a child is an event that invokes an introspective look into life. The color placement and its interaction with the word "innocence" represents the bringing forth of a new life. The importance of the word and the idea of birth is emphasized by the size of the letters themselves. The poem that spans the left side of the piece discusses the awe and reverence that the parents feel about the child that they are bringing into the world.

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Poet Death
Poet Death

The finality of death is an occasion that demands somber respect. The stenciled poem on the right side of the paper that, on occasion, bleeds off of the page, echoes the idea of departure. The red of the top color randomly bleeds into the letterforms that represents movement from one stage of life to the next. The poem itself contains a secondary poem within the text which is emphasized by scale of the words within the main poem.

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the poet

The milestones of graduation, marriage, birth and death were all approached with a sense of lyricism that grew and adapted with the life of a person who identifies with the poet personality. Common threads that move throughout each piece in this series contain handmade paper of two harmonious colors, stenciled poetry, and the scale of important words or ideas. Poet's relate to not only the poetry included in each piece, but also the beauty of the handmade paper iteslf. The simplistic nature of the layouts coincides with the ideas of a poet by applying their sharp insight and their ability to see the essence of beauty in the most common of events.