Autism is a mental disorder that causes challenges with communication, social skills, and behavior. Many people fail to see that autism is a treatable disorder and uses multiple types of treatment in order to help develop different challenges. My cousin is autistic and while researching all of these different treatment methods I learned that my family explored many therapies involving motor skill development and behavior. However, there are treatment options like the Picture Exchange Communication System that focuses on speech through pictures. I want this infographic to show families that children with autism can develop if treatment starts young and families work hard to use many of these different methods.
Bethany Dunn is a current student at Pratt Institute in Utica, NY, studying Communication Design with a focus in illustration. When she is not in school she can be found exploring different art forms in her hometown Mesquite, TX. She strives to be an illustrator loving the work she produces.
So April is Autism Awareness Month and in honor of this month I would like to create an infographic for families to let them see that there are options to help autistic people mentally develop. Statistics show that 1 in 68 births in the U.S. are autistic and about 40% of children with autism do not speak. Being in a family with a cousin who has autism makes covering the different forms of treatment very important to me. My cousin’s parents have not put the effort into personally helping my cousin and so in her 20s now she has not been able to mentally develop as much as she could have if her parents helped her more as a child. I want to make an infographic showing parents that there are multiple options to try in order to treat autism.
My dollar sign was inspired by this poster I found on Pinterest that is playing with color channels, and I looked at old advertisements that used fonts playing with exaggerated forms.
I started out with drawing different dollar signs with an ink brush and I made a vector out of my scanned design. The final piece is to the right was done y putting the vector image in photoshop and changing the values of the RGB channels.
I made more progress on the Home piece, but have decided that I want to redo this piece when I learn more about proper embroidery techniques.
This week I have been adding more pages to my process book and changing the overall layout of all of my pages.
This week I have looked up Japanese stab book binding for my printed process book on Sea Lemon’s youtube channel.
Over the break I decided to develop a design for my process book. I have decided to keep the illustrated embroidery hoops and use them as cover pages for each step.
This week I took a break from everything related to my personal project and researched different storyboard artists from Pixar and Dreamworks and watched some short documentaries on the process.
I have the Home Sweet Home design transferred onto the fabric and have started out using a split stitch on the letters, and am now going over them with a satin stitch for a smoother look and more volume.
This week I decided to play with different stitches and strand counts. I practiced ten basic stitches three times. The first one used only one strand of floss, the middle used three strands embroidery floss, and the one on the far right used six strands of floss.
I have not gotten to start any embroidery as the to students I am working with have yet to respond. But, I am taking this opportunity to gather thread and other materials I may need to at least start the pieces. Also, my group and I have been coming up with ideas for Skopje and I have begun doing research on Home Sweet Home hoops for one of our designs. I have learned of some different styles, stitches, and patterns that reoccur in these pieces.
Opening doors to create a healthy community
By Bethany Dunn
ACR Health is a non-profit organization offering services to create healthier communities. Their name stands for AIDS Community Resources as they remain large contributors to AIDS awareness and prevention education. For 33 years this organization continues to promote volunteers from the community to help spread their knowledge, educate, and provide support in nine areas located throughout New York state. Many of their services revolve around prevention and support to people with chronic diseases like HIV/AIDS and mental illnesses. Also, they empower individuals of all ages with community groups like the Q Center, which gives a safe space for people in the LGBTQ community to come and meet.Additionally, Safety First, is peer-based out reach program that that provides HIV/AIDS and STDs by offering resources in local neighborhoods.