Capturing Olympians in Photos!

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Photos, Photo Story and Blog by Katherine Seghers Earlier this summer, people all over the world watched the Olympics, cheering on the best athletes from their country. Team USA was filled with top competitors in a variety of sports. Arguably, the most dominate sports team within Team USA was the Women’s Basketball team. They won the gold medal for their sixth consecutive Olympics. Weeks after the Olympics, Team USA athletes returned home, to their WNBA teams. After resuming the last weeks of the regular season, they found themselves playing against Team USA teammates. On Sunday, September 4, 2016, Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream hosted Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm. The game was exciting, especially the first half. The teams traded baskets, with the lead going back and forth, and the score always staying close. At halftime, Seattle was winning by the narrow margin of eight points. The second half was not as close. At one point in the third quarter, Seattle had a 26-point advantage over Atlanta. Angel McCoughtry’s team battled back but, in the end, it wasn’t enough. The final score was Seattle – 91 over Atlanta – 82. The three Olympians demonstrated why they were part of Team USA; they combined for 78 of the 173 total points scored. The athleticism displayed by all of the players was beautiful and exciting to watch. With less than two weeks left in the regular season, both the Atlanta Dream and the Seattle Storm could find themselves…

Getting Creative with Alicia Maynard

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

The country duo Big and Rich were looking for interesting cover artwork for their 2012 album, HillBilly Jedi. A brainstorming session between Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Big Kenny and John Rich steered the team to a song lyric, “Hillbilly Jedis with attitude.” Bon Jovi knew immediately that would be the name of the album. During planning for the album photo shoot, the team required body-painted models. Enter Alicia Maynard, a 1998 Graphic Arts graduate of Nossi College of Art and her portfolio of stimulating work, including body-painted models. “I get easily bored and love other people’s creativity,” said Alicia. “There are so many people who are creative but maybe not artistically inclined. I take someone else’s wants, feelings and emotions and transfer it into art for them.” Her assignment, create purple, alien saloon girls to pose behind the artists Big and Rich. She still considers working with the three models, creating their look and transforming them on set as one of the coolest jobs she has been commissioned to do. Alicia is always on the lookout for unusual, passionate and sometimes outlandish projects to create for people. However, finding interesting and well-paying gigs wasn’t always so easy. At graduation, she realized her fellow student designers were hired to work in offices with a set 9 to 5 schedule every day. That was never something she truly wanted to do; it was her first major decision after college. Artistic to the core, Alicia began practicing a variety of arts and spent…

A Innovation From Indigo, Series 3 of 3

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Harsh dyes are so 2013. Today’s fabric is often ordinary, cheap in quality and mass-produced with synthetic dyes. Sarah Bellos, the founder of Stony Creek Colors, is educating the world on the damage caused by synthetic dying practices, and how to replace them with natural, alternative indigo dye. Indigo is a non-edible plant used to make natural dyes for nearly everything from blue jeans to couch cushions and potentially even hair dye. Natural indigo is benign to humans, however, toxic chemicals can be absorbed through the skin after prolonged exposure to manufactured, synthetic dyes creating an endless amount of harmful possibilities. The danger of synthetic dyes extend far beyond a rash; fabricated dyes can cause dizziness, fatigue and even lack of learning skills in children. Upon production of synthetic dyes, inventors knew they contained disastrous chemicals such as dioxin, a known hormone disruptor, as well as chrome, copper and zinc, which fall into the category of carcinogens. You also can’t rule out the poisonous formaldehyde used in production of synthetic dyes. In addition to being a poison to humans, factory fires are also common when producing synthetic indigo dyes. Workers can suffer from several strains of cancerous tumors, as well as lung disease, and are 40 times more likely to fall victim to a terminal disease than the average population. It’s simple, I want to create a healthier more vibrant world. – Sarah Bellos Production of these harsh chemicals are eventually introduced to our lifeline—water. Fabrics are dipped in water…

The Resurrection of Indigo, Series 2 of 3

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Illustrations and story by Olivia Mamou The more we learn about the things we buy, we can not help but be shocked at what has become common assaults against nature, from our cleaning products to the food we eat. Despite harmful conditions perpetuated by the pursuit of profits, a growing number of individuals still want to make the world into a more safe, clean and environmentally responsible place to live. Many consumers are seeking opportunities to decrease their carbon footprint, but are not aware of the extraordinary efforts some are making in our own neighborhoods. Now, there is a new way to make a difference in the most American way, with our blue jeans! The production of synthetic indigo, used to dye our blue jeans (among other garments), is polluting the waterways of the earth. It darkens river water, starving portions of the ecosystem of precious sunlight and oxygen. Until recently, 100 percent of the dye used in our blue jeans was not made in the United States. Two countries have emerged as leaders in the market for synthetic indigo, China and Germany. One of the reasons this substance is not manufactured here is the cost of fusing coal tar with the toxic chemicals used in the process of synthetic dyes. Additionally, extreme working conditions to create the dye causes several cancers, cerebral vascular disease and lung conditions in workers. A 2007 report by CNN revealed high levels of toxic chemicals in babies and young children after wearing garments containing synthetic indigo. Interestingly,…

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