GirlGeek of the Week
I became interested in computers in 1998 after
realizing that it was becoming increasingly important to know how
to use one in order to be more marketable in the world of work.
I left my job as a floral designer and came back to The University
of Mississippi to take some computer classes. I had received my
BFA in painting there in 1994. Being an artist I, of course, wanted
to learn all about being creative on a computer. I also wanted to
learn page layout and graphic design.
From day one in my "Computer Image Making" class, I fell
in love with the Macintosh computer and Adobe Photoshop and life
just hasn't been the same since. As a result of this "love
affair," I gave my paint brushes, oils, and easel to my daughter.
I bought a PowerMac G3, a modem, and Zip drive. I have since added
more memory and purchased a scanner. I now do all of my artwork
on the Mac. Drawings, paintings, and collage done on the computer
offer a whole new way of thinking and seeing.
I have just finished designing the newest CD for a local band and
am currently involved in my own "artist's book" project.
In this book, a fusion of poetry and imagery will be created on
the computer and then printed on various traditional printmaking
papers. With these incredible new artist's tools, I can create for
hours and never have a "mess to clean up." Ah! Technology!
When did you first discover your love
and/or obsession with computers and technology?
How do you earn a living?
A "work" day for me is extremely varied, but it usually
consists of going to classes, working on projects for those classes,
and working in the Mac computer lab as a part time assistant. Those
projects deal with learning the PC and PC applications, planning
a new magazine launch, and working on my book.
On days I'm not in class, I work at home. For
example, this morning I worked on the cover for my book and was
on my Mac for 4 hours before I knew it! I had to be somewhere else
in an hour and I didn't really want to get up and leave what I had
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
Well I never thought of myself as one, but after taking your geek
test, I came to feel that I am somewhat of a geek and proud of it.
What is your favorite Website?
because of its incredible fonts, art resources, reading suggestions,
and extreme ease of navigation, rhizome.org
because of the extraordinary amount of interviews and exchange
of ideas offered relative to new media arts. (Sorry, I just had
to give you two.)
What do you do when you are not working?
My work is art and school at the moment and when I'm not doing
that, I'm researching my interests on the net, drinking coffee,
writing poetry, enjoying my porch swing, on the net, or reading
something really cool.