I rode a track bike when I lived in Minneapolis, and I felt like the actions of riding my bike downtown felt a lot like the actions of a hummingbird— a constant, quick, light, darting movement.
I'm a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, studying user experience and information design. I enjoy creating collage pieces because I can juxtapose many different ideas and images, discovering fascinating relationships and analogies in the process.
The images I use come from a variety of sources. I "cut out" the images using Adobe Photoshop, a process that takes a considerable amount of time and patience. I also do my best to study the anatomy of what I'm trying to portray (be it animal or machine) so that my configuration of images makes sense.
I spent one summer working at a bike shop and reinvigorating a junky old cruiser bike. I fell in love the feeling of cycling, and the bicycle as a designed object. The hummingbird in my poster is a collage of bicycle parts. The flower is a collage of bicycle tools.
I often feel like a hummingbird when maneuvering through downtown traffic on my bicycle. Downtown cycling requires a lot of stopping, starting, weaving and hovering, which I think of as characteristics of hummingbird flight.
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