The text that I will utilize is a poem called “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou. This poem emphasizes on women empowerment and the beauty of women all around. This poem is intended to lift up the spirits of women and remind them that they’re phenomenal. It sends a message to women that confidence is key, especially in your own skin. Regardless of the societal norms of people having this “figure” that is determined beautiful or sexy, it’s the internal belief that woman are phenomenal no matter the shape, size, or skin color. When this is acknowledged, you’ll be more joyful and confident. This can also relate to men as they go through the social norms of what’s masculine and what’s not. It’s okay to show emotion and I think that’s important because a lot of anger is built up within themselves and they’re unable feel free. This poem makes me feel good because it’s something that was reintroduced to me last year. This poem helped me overcome a lot of obstacles in which made me an even more stronger and confident woman than I was before. Obviously people are going to feel how they want to feel when they read this poem. But my goal is to make people feel free, joyful and of course phenomenal when they see my final design.
I had a hard time trying to figure out if I wanted to do a modular or materials-based design. The problem with doing a modular design is that I’m constricted to a certain limit. Whereas with a materials-based design I’m able to be more creative and explore with a lot more options. It wouldn’t make sense for me to use a poem that emphasizes on the fact that it’s okay to be different. Or that my goal is to make people feel free when looking at my design while everything looks the same (in which translates to that societal norm I was talking about earlier). I’m for sure on the materials-based design as of right now. I’m still deciding on a couple of designs and I’m also deciding if I should draw out my letters and transfer them into illustrator or form my letters a different way. I don’t have that much experience using illustrator so this will be interesting to see how things turn out. Since I haven’t quite figured out my design yet, I can’t really say what technological aspects I would be using or what’s appropriate for my process of creating this design.