I’ve been a weirdo all my life. That’s probably not the most conventional introduction, but allow me to explain myself: you know how every kid has their awkward stage and eventually they grow out of it? Well, I never seemed to grow out of mine. I’m shy, awkward, loud, and obnoxious all at the same time. At this point, at the ripe old age of 20 years old, I’m finally come to terms with my oddities and my assorted personality traits. Instead of trying to isolate myself from others from fear of being judged as a weirdo, I welcome the judgement and even — dare I say — embrace it. Most of the time.
My name is Franchesca Pierre and aside from being stuck in my awkward years, I deeply enjoy the arts. I love drawing and painting in my spare time and I work at a craft store. Almost all the money I make from there goes straight to the art store. It’s one of my dreams to open up an art gallery where I can showcase the work of young artists struggling with getting their work noticed. I’ve also been teaching myself to play piano for the past couple of years. Nice to meet you.
I’m also very into cute things like dogs and cats and I spend a good portion of my time sitting at home watching YouTube videos while my cat wreaks havoc all around me. I also love me some Netflix and I’ve watched both The Office and Friends about 7 times each (let’s be friends and talk about how amazing Dwight is and how annoying Ross is). I’m a transfer student at John Jay College majoring in Forensic Psychology, but, to be honest with you, new friend, I’m kind of procrastinating in the whole psychology department. I’ve only taken Psych 101 and I’m a sophomore but I promise I’ll get my act together next semester. Scout’s honor.
Like many college students, I spend a lot of time enrolling in random courses to fill my elective requirements. This year, I tried my hand at a gender studies course and it turned out to be something that speaks to me almost as much as my art classes do. I have to admit, I’m a bit of an ‘sjw’ when compared to my friends and family, but enrolling in this class and finding dozens of other students with my same open-minded and compassionate views just about blew my mind. I always have trouble discussing social justice matters with the people I know, but things seem to click in a gender studies course, even at the 100-level.
|About My Design|
I went with a black and white marbled background to represent the intermingling of race, gender, sex, thought processes, social status, and more rather than to give strict boundaries. Life isn't just black and white: there are shades of grays and silvers and pewters and everything in between. The same goes for people. My black is different from my brother's black.
I want people to visit this site and feel free to come out and speak out. Come/speak out. That's what I am doing here.
The dark red started as a random accent color and, as I worked on my essays and firm opinions, I realized I wanted it to represent blood. We all bleed the same blood, as much as bigots want to deny it. But I also want us to think about bodies and flesh and whose blood gets spilled most. I wanted my design to appear clean and simple, but hold much deeper meaning when looked into.
|My Design Process|
As you can (hopefully) read in my design workbook down below, I had a few ideas racing through my head over the course a week. As I was fiddling and tweaking and playing with the site, things just fell into place. Originally I had decided on the black and white marble background and used it as a placeholder while I figured out the rest of the site. When I went back to work on the background, changing it in any way just felt wrong. Although I had arbitrarily picked it, I feel like my heart (or gut. probably gut) guided my brain to pick this background, this accent color, this font, etc and in the end it all worked and told a story to myself that I hope you can enjoy just as much as me.