Will spring ever come to me again?
Will a beautiful flower ever bloom in my heart?
After this cold wind passes
And my heart melts down
Will it be spring again in my heart?
As a fan of the prolific Korean pop girl group 2NE1, I was ecstatic to hear the news of the long-awaited return of their former vocalist, Park Bom, in her first solo debut since the disbandment of her group, back in 2016. In celebration of her return, I set out to design a few pieces inspired by the music video of her debut song Spring. Sandara Park, known to all her fans as Dara, made a surprising return herself in the video, clothed in a burning crimson suit jacket accompanied with a forlorn look-Dara conveyed all of the pain that Bom fans the world over struggled with as they watched Bom suffer the harsh and cruel returns she received from Korean news outlets and fans alike, accusing her of smuggling her ADHD medication into the country.
In my latest design, I wanted to focus on flow while using as few colors as possible. My primary concern lye in allowing the woman to simply be a woman without the overt sexualizing of her figure. I wanted the woman to not be defined by her sexual appeal but by her presence as a person.
An illustrative memoir, Textured Dreams is a reminder of the dreams had by countless ethnic youth in their journey to love their hair-and in turn to love themselves.
I spent my journey in years of neglecting my long, unruly Dominican and Puerto Rican curls. I felt different, I felt unkept, I felt wrong. All because the white boys in class had straight. blonde and brunette hair, they looked like all of Disney’s Princes ready to save the day. I wanted to look like Marlon Brando with a nice slick back, or at least like one of Danny Zuko’s greasers with the cool jeans. leather jackets, and GREAT hair. It took the likes of Prince, Mario Lopez, Blaine, Jon Snow, and many others to develop a perspective with healthier standards.
In this piece, a young African American woman dreams of have long, breezy, straight hair. Though gorgeous and braided, she fantasizes of a less textured dream.