Gabrielle Schwan

The Art and the Artist

Class of: 2023

Major: Strategic Design and Management BBA

Medium: Plush animals

Faculty: Aaron Krach

Prompt: Create a project that operates in the realm of giftgiving and/or gift-receiving. Make something, do something, create something that is a gift and art. You can give this item, or service, to one person, a dozen, the class, or thousands. Push the definition to fit your goals.

For this project, I was inspired by the handmade cards I would receive from my younger cousins. I was fascinated by what they would draw and how “bad” but good they were. When I gave their drawings back with the plushies, they were slightly self-critical of their own work. But the imperfections were what I found most appealing and significant when translating these lines into 3-dimensional objects. In conclusion, I loved not only being able to give something meaningful but also something that is physical but captures the essence of their childhood to hold on to.