Various Artifacts Found in Crystal’s Bedroom

Lot 001. Framed photograph of Crystal and her friends wearing 8 different college tshirts corresponding to the different colleges they would be attending. Taken in August 2012. Sits on Crystal’s desk.


Lot 002. Antique jewelry bought in the last few years. Includes pearl necklace, pearl-and-garnet ring, and silver bracelet. Links on bracelet are coming loose. Ring is adjustable to size.


Lot 003. Daily Makeup. (Pictured from left) includes Victoria’s Secret gold shimmer eyeshadow, E.l.f. black liquid eyeliner, Ulta 4-pack eyeshadow palette (with taupe, golden brown, dark brown, and black, though golden brown is nearly empty), N.Y.C. liner pencil in jet black, Dior Show mascara in jet black, and a slanted eyeshadow brush.


Lot 004. Empty pill bottles. Found on Crystal’s dresser.



Lot 005. Hand-sewn elephant pillow. Made by Crystal in the summer of 2011 when she thought she was going to die of boredom. One side is navy pattern with pink felt ear. Opposite side is pink pattern with navy felt ear. Sits on Crystal’s bookshelf, unless she finds the time to make her bed, in which case it sits on her bed.


Lot 006. Disposable wooden spoon from Anthropologie. Given to Crystal by a friend in the winter of 2011 because they “felt weird to eat with”.  Has been taped to the wall next to her bed since then.


Lot 007. Halloween Card given to Crystal by a friend in late September 2012. Message on front reads “Holy Sheet”. Message inside card reads “it’s halloween!” Message from friend reads: “hehehe….I feel like you’ll either really love or really hate this card but I thought it was funny! I hope you’re having a fun and safe and studious junior year so far!! I miss you, I need to come up and visit and meet Nick! Okay bye love you! –Your favorite Baltimore resident.”


Lot 008. Dreamcatcher. Given to Crystal by a friend in the fall of 2011. Red and blue beads and blue feathers. Sits above the head of Crystal’s bed. Some feathers have fallen off.


Lot 009. Postcard from London featuring Buckingham Palace. Given to Crystal by a friend studying abroad in England in the fall of 2012.



Experiment #6: Stapler

Johnny carefully filed away the papers into one single stack, measuring each up and placing them underneath the stapler. The simple machine’s buck teeth bit down hard onto the papers and released a single staple, bringing the items together in one neat pile. The handle was well-worn from use, befitting Johnny’s job as a file clerk and storage manager. Everything kept neatly together, everything in their own individual pile. Johnny carefully cleaned his teeth with his finger before opening up the stapler, making sure that it hadn’t run out, so that it could keep working. The slide holding the staples in place slid back and forth as he opened up the top and closed it repeatedly. He closed the stapler, happy that it was sufficiently loaded with staples, and placed another stack of papers between its metallic teeth, preparing to slam down his hand on top of it and release another staple to bind the papers together.

Julia Hanson “i” Constraint

This experiment was certainly a bit harder than I expected, though I still thought “I” was one of the easier vowels as we discussed in class. I tried to focus on unusual words (Imrigh is defined as a strong Scottish soup, who knew?), Ictic, and ibis (in the picture) in order to convey the strangeness of the text through words which also evoke unusual images.

It isn’t instinct, this trick. It’s ibis

sighting, trying, fitting, swimming!

Ictic! Imrigh! Insipid it isn’t, Icy in its

i.d. Idly I illicit ilk in its insidy

bits. Ill with minty imp,

pin in mind, singing,

wishing, fling ill


Julia Hanson SPX Review

Upon entering SPX, I was immediately struck by the wide range of artists and writers present in the convention. What also struck me was that distinction in general: the difference between artist and writer. Some people I talked to defined themselves as artists and some as writers, and some as both. As a newcomer to the graphic novel/comic narrative world, I thought this difference was really interesting. The idea that these people express their thoughts and experiences, or those they have fictionalized, through graphic design is fascinating to me because, as an English major and creative writing minor, I would not think to use images to convey thoughts or expressions.


One man I talked to wrote a few different comics about his time living in New York City in the 1970s. The way he wrote the text on the images was very sparse/almost messy compared to the details of the images, which dealt with sexuality, race, drug use, and the chaos of the city at the time in general. The images depicted the issues he went through, and the people he experienced the times with. I found myself much more engrossed in the images than the text, although the stories were engrossing and the dialogue was well written. Perhaps it is just because I am not yet used to the medium, but I sometimes find it distracting to have the juxtaposition of detailed images and scene-heavy text because I feel one takes away from the other.


Another artist I talked to had written a comic about her first year living alone in Philadelphia. It was called “One Year” and was a really interesting juxtaposition of change of seasons, relationships, emotions, etc. about moving and growing up. I thought it was a great story and talked to the artist about her work, and she told me about how she considers herself an artist instead of a writer. She attended art school and talked about how she became interested in comics then, instead of before. I thought that was interesting because she had such an effective narrative in the book.


Chris Ware’s panel was also interesting to me. Our class had already talked about his self-deprecating personality, which definitely came off in his interview. It was really interesting to me that although he has had such success, he was reluctant to talk about his plans for the future or his regard in the community. I think, though, that many of the artists I met or spoke to shared this demeanor and overall, I think it really helps the work. Many of the themes I noticed in the work were depression, loneliness, rejection, feeling out of place, etc. It makes sense that confident writers or artists wouldn’t be very good at conveying these feelings, so while it was strange to see someone as successful as Chris Ware, for example, putting down himself and his own work, it personifies the work as a whole and ultimately has the right effect in conveying the themes and the personal experience of the comics.



The one who gets the last laugh/ and is able to recreate/ an important aspect/ of lowering one’s self/ to be more personal/ is left only with his other senses for comfort./ Being a career driven woman/ is deemed as/desperate/ and/ weapons themselves./ A moment of joy is not attainable or capable of being controlled; it is something passing through, like the wind./ This/ successfully separates the/ evidence of passionate feelings/ from/ the emphasized importance of/ overshadowing/ success/ and/ is an essential part of/ serious/ and powerful/evaluation considering/the eroding of/ feelings connecting/ to the history of/ experience.

Works Used:

Woman of the Year, Surprised by Joy, The Last Laugh Indeed, Jane Eyre’s Class.