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Personal Narrative: My Parson's Challenge

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For my Parson’s Challenge, I decided to use one of the more personal pieces in my portfolio; my fashion illustration collage. This collage is a layout of several of my original designs inspired by my mother.
When I was born, my parents made the tremendous sacrifice to leave me in China while they returned to the United States to finish graduate school. I never fully understood how big and difficult this choice would be for my then-new parents to leave their two month old daughter nearly 7,000 miles away from where they were. A few months ago, I found a diary my mother kept while she was in Texas back in 2001, featuring a collection of emotions and dialogues between phone calls with my grandparents and I, along with some sketches of me from photos. These diary entries inspired me to create a piece dedicated to my mom’s sacrifice all those years ago.
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Instead, she always supported my love and desire to become an artist, leading me to actively explore my creative limits through drawing and painting classes. By creating the collage, I wanted to express my mother’s love through my art, and I incorporated a blend of light and dark colors influenced by my image of her personality and identity. I brought out the blue tones in this piece not only to add contrasting colors, but to also signify the peace and wisdom found in my mother’s character. Furthermore, I researched different flowers and their meanings to add into the piece, bringing life and beauty into the
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