Mailbox >Re-Mixed-Media Valentines

Digital Art students are taking a little detour in the remix project, in response to the confession that many students today are inexperienced with using the US Postal Service. So, we’ve been making some remixed valentines, some digital and some in mixed-media. This week everyone is mailing at least 5 valentines via snail mail… and bringing another 5 to share in class. (of course, we are having a party on Feb 14!)

And do a little research about the history of the heart symbol… if you can!


You might listen to this podcast “WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE” while you work… (with some illustrations by Joellyn Rock)



Some believe the symbol is connected to the ancient use of the Silphium Seed in herbal treatments…


Project 1 : Climate Remix

Spring 2019 > Over the next month Digital Art students will experiment with ideas and methods of REMIX via collaborative image making on the theme : Climate Remix.


Step one will be creating a class imagebank on google drive. Each student will contribute at least one unique image to each of the 10 categories in the Climate Remix Imagebank. (Abstract, Biological, Botanical, Elemental, Maps, Migration, Seasons, Toxicity, Weather). 

All the images must be original, and at least half of the images should be created by hand, via traditional art processes like drawing and painting. The other half of the images can be photos or digitally generated images. We will use this project to explore various uses of remixed imagery: for prints, installation, projection, animation and mixed-media works.

Remember: each image you upload into the imagebank must be yours to share fully with the rest of the class, and that they have the right to use and alter creatively.

Please title each image to include your name: Category_YourName.jpg   Flatten files and export as jpg or png for the imagebank. If possible, please keep resolution good  enought for printwork, but no RAW files.

Tuesdays we will work digitally, Thursdays we will use mixed-media materials. Back and forth, we will mix traditional art with digital techniques. Plan to work fast and light, generating plenty of versions of your remixed collage works. Come prepared to work and play!

MORE INFO ON COPYRIGHT / CREATIVITY This project stresses the shared-use of imagery, as another way of understanding creative property rights and the creation of public domain content.

More info at:

Wanna Work Together? from Creative Commons on Vimeo.

View More about Remix Culture blog:

Cecilia Ramón / Works on Paper / Nov 30, 2018

Works on Paper by Cecilia Ramon On view 5-8pm on Friday, November 30, 2018. Downtown Arts Walk.  Rockingchair Studio  120 A W 1st Street Duluth, Minnesota.

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Cecilia Ramón’s creative work explores the cross section of art-making, ecology, and resilience thinking. Her recent focus is on ocean currents, water dynamics and organisms.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ramón is a visual artist, ecological designer and educator, currently teaching at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Department of Art and Design. Her training includes an apprenticeship with Master painter Anselmo Piccoli in Buesnos Aires, Argentina, post-graduate studies in Visual Arts at University Wisconsin-Superior, and MA in Ecological Design Thinking, Schumacher College, Dartington, UK.

Cecilia Ramón

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Artist Cecilia Ramón will be showing mixed-media works on paper during the final Friday of November Downtown Arts Walk.  Rockingchair Studio  120 A W 1st Street Duluth, Minnesota. On view 5-8pm on Friday, November 30, 2018. 

SDO Pop-up Shop on Nov 30!

Student Design Organization
University of Minnesota Duluth 
Holiday Cards, Digital Prints… 
for sale at this one night pop-up exhibit

Pop-up Shop > Open 5 to 8pm 

Friday, November 30, 2018
Rockingchair Studio
120 A W 1st Street
Duluth, Minnesota
UMD Student Design Org is fundraising Nov 28-30 to benefit The Trevor Project. They will be selling student-designed holiday cards and cookies in Kirby Student Center on Wednesday and Thursday 10-2pm. On Friday they will be part of the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk at Rockingchair Studio!

Proceeds to benefit The Trevor Project and SDO.
For more information email or Anna Servatius at


Rockingchair Studio

Rocking_studio_webMy little studio is included in the first Downtown Arts Walk. Please come see the new home base for creative projects, netprovs, and other collaborations on the final Friday of each month!

👉Rockingchair Studio    120 A W 1st Street, Duluth MN

Open 5 to 8pm for Arts Walk / Downtown Arts Walk / FACEBOOK EVENT:


Each month I hope to share some work by friends, students, and collaborators. The displays will be very casual, because it’s a working studio after all, not a gallery! For this first opening, I invited Karen Keenan to display some of her lovely pottery from Hemslöjd Studio.godwottery_jrock12.png

I have pinned up some digital prints from my Godwottery installation too.


Art2016 Final Project Plans

Art2016 Final Projects must integrate the concept of DIGITAL ART MIXED-MEDIA. Your approach may use tactile materials or traditional art techniques at the beginning or the end of your process. Final project ideas will be discussed in class on TUES APRIL 17. Please plan ahead to use last 2 weeks of class as work time on your final experimental mixed-media work. Read below for some possible choices. Bring what you need to make best use of class time. Please consider: Will you revisit an earlier assignment in your final digital mixed-media project? What materials and techniques will you use? What subject or theme or ideas will you explore? What do you need to purchase to gather materials needed? What will your step by step process be? Do you need to use the classroom printer or mixed-media work areas to finish this project?

Your final project plan outlines your step by step plan, and describes the final format you will turn in for grading.


(please title document: YourName_Final Project Plan )

Please write a short paragraph that includes your choice of final project options. (Not sure? see some ideas below). What materials and techniques will you use? What subject or theme or ideas will you explore? What do you need to purchase to gather materials needed? Outline your step by step process (like: First I will draw or photograph … then I will bring those images into photoshop… then I will print on lazertran… and transfer onto glass… etc) Tell me how large and what the final format will be.

FINAL PROJECT WORK is DUE at Final Exam on Tuesday May 1… By that time you can upload to google drive all digital documentation (include photos of work in progress, tests, and final results in clean photo documentation). ALSO due at FINAL EXAM : Final Project Reflection. (title document: YourName_FinalProjectReflection )


NARRATIVE MIXED-MEDIA  Revisit the Narrative project, using the imagery you have already created in an alternative format. This could take the form of a wearable work, or a mixed-media work using any digital transfer method on any materials… Some students may choose to work with experimental animation or video version using their narrative images. Explore and refine a specific image transfer technique to combine your digital imagery with a 3D object or tactile surface. Find inspiration in the work of other mixed-media artists and develop your own approach that transforms an object by merging it with your digital imagery to create a new experience or meaning when viewing the object. Possible techniques include using Lazertran, Ink Jet Transparencies, or other experimental transfer methods onto wood, glass, metal, plastic…

ReMIXED-MEDIA Your final project can revisit any earlier project (like the Mosaic project Or Remix project), or start with original fresh imagery. You might develop a small series of images or work on a single piece in a larger, more ambitious format. Transfer the best imagery to a tactile object or unusual surface. Experiment with alternative materials such as Fabric, Wood, Glass, Metal… Just remember to test materials and leave time to craft the final mixed-media work to high standards.

You might create a work of digital mixed-media art that explores the your personal relationship with technology. (As we discussed in the Digital Nation and Rip! Remix viewing assignments) Respond honestly to your own experience with digital media and daily life. Work with imagery and mixed-media to express your thoughts about balance in the digital age.

Work with personal ideas about sleep and dreams to develop a conceptual approach to the theme. Create original imagery on the sleep/dream theme using digital tools. Images may be illustrative, abstract, photographic or any mix. Experiment with tactile media and iron-on image transfer process to integrate digital imagery onto fabric. Use both compositional space and limited materials inventively to solve this problem. Craft a final mixed-media work that creatively uses both sides of a cotton pillowcase. Inspiration on blog:


Links to some Image Transfer Techniques:

Wearable Art Links:

Visual Culture Lectures / Tues April 10, 2018

Two guests will talk about their work next Tuesday as part of University of Minnesota Duluth’s  Visual Culture Lecture Series.

Don Clark and George Slade served as jurors for the Department of Art & Design 2018 Annual Student Exhibit in the Tweed Museum of Art. These events are free and open to the public! 

Tuesday, April 10 | 6 pm | Don Clark | Montague 70

Don Clark
Don Clark is an artist and cofounder of Invisible Creature, a widely respected and award-winning design studio based in Seattle, Washington. Don formed Invisible Creature in early 2006 with his brother Ryan. Together they have worked with clients such as Target, LEGO, Wired Magazine, Nike, Adobe, XBox, The New York Times, Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar and more. In 2008, Invisible Creature received their fourth consecutive Grammy nomination for packaging design.
Invisible Creature also designs and curates their own line of products for both children and adults alike. Their products can be found in stores such as Barneys New York, Walker Art Center, Nordstrom, SF MOMA, Super7, Whole Foods & more. Don’s love for mid-century design and illustration lays the groundwork for Invisible Creature’s aesthetic, although his range reaches far beyond any one, specific style.
He lives with his wife and their 3 children on a ranch 30 minutes southeast of Seattle.

Tuesday, April 10 | 6 pm | George Slade | Montague 70

Photo of George Slade

George Slade is a curator, art historian, writer, and consultant based in Minneapolis. He has served in curator and director roles for Minnesota Museum of American Art, Mia (aka the Minneapolis Institute of Art), Minnesota Center for Photography, and the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. He was the director of the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships for Photographers program for ten years. He has lectured and been invited to take part in portfolio reviews at art institutions internationally. His writings appear on-line and in print; he has written essays for numerous artist monographs and periodicals. He received his B.A. in American Studies from Yale University, and his M.A. in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University in St. Paul.