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koentges design gallery

WWU Department of Design Portfolio Application
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Cathy Koentges

on 1 February 2013

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My own design, structured as a heavier dangle earring that is not too heavy making it appropriate for daywear as well as casualwear. I chose to use one basic shape—the square— but on the top square I tipped it on its point in order to add a little bit of a surprise when matched with the more typically-oriented bottom square. I find it is attractive to the eye to observe a slightly unexpected aspect between two simple squares, with further interest added by shallowly doming them, texturizing with stamps and a hammered edge, and oxidizing to bring forth those details. In addition, I fashioned extra-long, U-shape hooks soldered to the back at a low profile for comfort when using a phone (in an office setting in particular). koentges design gallery Fine Arts Metal Arts WWU Department of Design
Portfolio Application January 2013 Digital Arts Two-Figure Life Drawing
May 2012
Brown Conté
on Paper
35 x 38" This piece, taking approx. 20 minutes to complete, represents a culmination of techniques acquired through an intermediate life-drawing course, including perspective, broken line, line weight, shadowing and highlighting to create depth, and demonstrated knowledge of human anatomy. Floral Intaglio
February 2011
Print on Paper
(Copper Plate Etching)
4 x 6" Created as an “organic form” inspired assignment. Starting with a sketch of bunched plant bulbs, I etched heavily & gave the plate longer acid soaks to create intense lines and subsequently higher contrast between the organic plant forms and their surrounding environmental space, which resulted in a design more stylistic and almost abstract. Approximately 12 prints were pulled (i.e. state proofs & artist’s proofs). Self-Portrait
October 2010
Oil on Paperboard
8 x 8” Completed for the class The Art of Color. While using color in an expressionistic manner, I chose to incorporate the mirror itself as part of the composition. Then, while still wet, I pressed plastic wrap over the surface for a ripply texture, adding depth (and emblematic of my wrinkles!). Black & White Animal Logos
January 2011
Felt Marker
on Paper
14 x 17” In the course 2D Design & Color, we were to choose three different animals; then, utilizing photos as inspiration and felt markers as our tool, we reduced each image to its basic elements making it suitable for logo use. To expand on this technique, we then pursued four different expressions/logo possibilities for each animal. Square Drop Earrings
2005
Sterling Silver
1 x 1.75” Teardrop Earrings
2005
Sterling Silver & Malachite
2.6 x .9” Also my own design, a fancier dangle earring created for more formal functions. My design preferences lean towards Southwestern styles, as these earrings might indicate. The triangular malachite on top balances the reverse, or mirror image, in the teardrop dangle. I hand sawed each foundation component, doming them slightly, then scored each decorative line with the saw again. The soldered bezel was formed to fit the dome shape, and after the stones were set, the pieces were oxidized to highlight the scores. Hopi Bracelet
2005
Sterling Silver
1.15 x 5.5” Using a thinner base band, and a thicker top band, I cut the wave design I had chosen into the top band with a saw, then soldered the two components together in an overlay technique. The bracelet was then formed into its final shape, oxidized to highlight the wave pattern, and polished. Given as a gift to my son before going into the Navy, I intently researched Native American symbolic
designs for water. Watson Corporate Identity Package
January 2012
Digital Prints
Various (Sized to fit standard corporate identity collateral) A class assignment to create a logo designed to fit letterhead, #10 envelopes, and business cards while fulfilling the specific needs of the company of choice. There were landscapers, car dealers, etc. to choose from but I selected an interior design company. The use of two colors was allowed, however I chose black and white as this provided more interpretation and personalization on the part of the potential client than a suggestion with preselected colors. I thought utilizing a lower case typeface in the design, which I prefer, would appeal to higher end, sophisticated clientele as well. Boulder Creek
Mountain Bikes Logo
September 2011
Digital Image
Varies (Sized to fit corporate identity collateral) In-class designed logo for designated company to visually represent their demographic, with two to three colors utilized. I chose black to catch the eye with the strong outer circle (the lower right portion removed to fit around informational text), both symbolic and mirrored in the two inner circles on the bicycle’s tires.
I also selected an almost primary blue, as it is noticeable, yet pleasing, and is indicative of a blue sky on a nice day while out biking, yet is perhaps unexpected when depicting land features. The simple landform shapes were intended to be representative without being overbearing, lending a nice depth perspective, and allowing the figurative cyclist to contrast nicely. Boulder Breakaway Poster
May 2011
Digital Print
16 x 10” The goal for this assignment was to produce a poster for an event using only two colors—my chosen colors being red and black—and to utilize graphics to convey the mood of the event in order to encourage attendance. I selected red as a color that both catches attention and conveys excitement. I converted the center graphic to black in keeping with the assignment parameters, but picked and placed it specifically for its sense of movement and tension as the cyclists sweep around the corner.
Of course all pertinent data had to be included as well (date, time, location and cost), but needed to be easily legible from a distance. This was nicely accomplished by keeping the top portion of the poster white to have the darker title contrast well, and then reversing the technique below with a darker background and a light tinted typeface. The gradation from top to bottom also kept to the color scheme without dividing the poster portions into chunky, heavy color blocks. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Posters • November 2011 • Digital Prints • 16 x 10”per poster NSAI
Self-Mailing Catalogue
April 2012
Digital Print
8.25 x 4.25” In the course Publication Design II, we were to create a self-mailing catalog, the size, number of pages, and colors (only two) to be determined by the student. Further instructions detailed the inclusion of specific furnished text, photos changed to duotones, a center registration sheet, and a back-page mailing sheet meeting USPO requirements.
I employed the colors forest green and a buff yellow to represent the summer season as well as to invoke an aged, rustic feel. The antique style border adds to this theme, while providing ease of reading, plus hopefully appealing to an artistic demographic. The borders were also utilized to divide the various class descriptions, again, increasing legibility and organization. Each poster was design to be distributed individually, but with unifying colors and formatting (i.e. borders, etc.) so as to be identified as part of an associated series. All colors were allowed and a posterized technique was applied. My particular image choices were of the emblematic wild animals of the Rocky Mountain region, also representative of the animals that would be found at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. I kept the visual space as clean as possible, focusing only on the animals in order to make the posters identifiable from a distance and to avoid the introduction of miscellaneous “noise.” The background and detail colors were selected to reflect the natural colors of the mountains, and I chose to “break” the borders for the purpose of artistic interest.
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