Thanks for checking out my blog. My name is Michelle Slaven. I am nearing my 33rd year of life and this is the beginning of my process of becoming a (hopefully successful) multimedia artist. Since the moment I had coherent thought, I have been an artist. It took me a long time to call myself that, though. I went through large portions of life not thinking, or knowing, if I was good enough to be considered an artist. I just kept trudging through those feelings and creating something anyway, because honestly, my character wouldn’t allow me to stop.
Besides being a young child who draws a lot with crayons and markers, my first creative passion was writing. Stories, poems, my everyday thoughts (I have a journal for nearly every year since I was 12). As I became older, drawing was more my focus, then painting, sculpture, music, e.g. I felt like a living sponge who wanted to soak up every different medium of art I could. I still feel that way!
So I continued through my twenties experimenting with various art forms trying to find whatever it was that would really dig its teeth into me. I did fire-dancing (performance art), leather-working, metal-smithing, welding, and more. And while I had a love for all of those, something still wasn’t quite right.
Then I found MultiMedia Design and it all fell into place. It allowed me to finally see that I can combine all of the things I am most passionate about, AND maybe have a solid chance of finding work doing what I love! I started school here at Lane six months later and couldn’t be more excited to start this new artistic journey.