“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.“— Dr. Mae Jemison
As the weather grows colder, Seeds continues to warm hearts with more stories from inspirational artists and young students who aspire to enter artistic fields. The November issue of the Seeds of the League Newsletter presents stories from aspiring animator Joshua Myguni Hong, art director Erna Balayan, and tattoo artist Jadeyn Madhere. We also highlight students who detail their uncertainty of the career path they would like to pursue, but nonetheless practice their art skills to figure it out with the help of the Seeds program.
In addition, “Spinky” Alston’s Spiraling Red Clay by Seeds Editor at Large, Vanessa Hernandez, chronicles the life of Charles Alston who was the first black Art Students League instructor. Alston, influenced by the red clay soil of North Carolina, has been the focus of many progressive artistic ventures for Harlem’s black art community. We also have inspirational stories from Kent Monkman, a Cree artist, known for paintings that“disrupt
s clichés of Native victimhood” and Little Amal, a ten-foot-tall puppet part of a theatrical project representing a Syrian refugee girl.
Juliet Margaret Sochilin
floating in zero gravity
As I drew, I entered an automatic flow state, giving me a sense of hyperfocus, as if I was floating in zero gravity, aware of the three-dimensional space of my surroundings. Never in all my years have I focused so hard on drawing in a room full of professionals.
Joshua Myguni Hong
as a kid
As a kid, I was most drawn to animation films that depicted real-life stories and situations. My fondest memories were watching the characters come to life and recognizing these were not actors but, in fact, illustrations drawn by people with big imaginations.