Recently, my college had thesis preview night, which I guess was a bad time to go, because juniors and sophomores have to see them during the next week. The college hosts an event that I've only been to once, so I can't definitively speak to the purpose of this gathering, except maybe to torture us while we're struggling to work on our finals.
Anyway, so since Wednesday evening, I've been thinking about what I could possibly do for my own thesis. I'm worried about costs--I'm barely able to pay rent right now, and I'm lucky that the manager is so understanding. This summer, I'm unfortunately stuck working the most dreadful job at school. I should just try to get a real job, but I'm not even positive I could get a different job, or if the pay would be any good. Saving money is also hard for me. I would probably have to open a savings account....on top of my checking account and IRA....lol. I got the IRA to withdraw on one of my two monthly paydays, so it comes right off the top. I could probably get something similar for a savings account. I might, over the summer, put a little extra into my IRA right away (once your account reaches a thousand dollars, they invest your money, I think in a life-cycle fund, which would be immensely helpful) (at twenty bucks a month, I'm certainly not getting very far very fast at this point).
So, with all of this, I feel like I want to start working on my thesis right away junior year. I definitely want to print a book and a few postcards. I want to make my own business card holder, and of course, use my own work for the back of my business card. Stickers are a must, absolutely a must. I'm still not sure if I want to show my BJDs for thesis--even if I get extremely good at sculpting them and cast them in porcelain and suddenly my sewing skills blossom. I think I would most worry about them being damaged, perhaps in spite of being in stands. Also, I obviously don't know what kind of space I would be assigned. I feel like I have an idea, but it's kind of a long way off.
I want to use my drawings as much as my sculptures.
I had what I thought was a great idea: I would make my own suit, a OOAK BJD, dress and wig. The shoulder of the jacket would have an open slit and I would make a sort of seatbelt for the doll. I would carry the doll on my shoulder all evening, and with the strap hidden beneath the dress and the jacket, it would look like magic....or velcro.... I would probably spend a few weeks learning to do my own makeup, which shouldn't be hard, since I know a little makeup theory, and a little color theory--I know enough about makeup to choose colors that would look good with my skin and eyes. I know enough about color to push the look a little further. I would probably put my hair in a tight bun and slick it. To finish the look, I thought it would be hilarious to wear basketball shoes or something. Maybe boots.
Without knowing what my space might look like, I probably wouldn't want to put together any scene ideas or try to figure out how many dolls I would use. I would probably make some digital background illustrations and some shelves which would be appropriately adorned (miniature carpet/rug, furniture, or faux grass, or whatever). Then it would be a matter of choosing the best of my dolls, making some wigs and appropriate costumes.
Maybe instead of publishing a book, I would use a black folio and put the prints in as if it was a book.
But the idea changes depending on if I get one wall, or a corner, or a niche. Also, it's very much likely that my ideas will change in the next year. Or they'll develop or adapt.