In the Spring of 2010 I was nominated to submit a proposal for a Form of 1973 Mentor Fellowship which was established to provided funds for personal development for members of the SPS faculty and staff. I was chosen as one of the recipients based on my proposal to create a Form plaque for the graduating class of 2011. The following is a brief summary of the proposal to serve as an introduction to the project:
My proposal is to work with selected students from the Form of 2011 to research the design concept for the decorative center plaque that is placed above the name plaques for each graduating Form. Using resources in the SPS Archives, I would introduce the students to the tradition of the Form plaques and how specific aspects of the School’s history have been represented in the past. Using Ohrstrom Library resources and my own experience as an artist, I would help guide the students in choosing the symbols to best represent their Form year. A brief, one page description of the symbolism would be drafted with the students to document the process of conceptualizing the design. After allowing the students and the appropriate administrators to approve the concept, I would then design and carve the plaque. I would complete the carving by the end of 2011.
While at work, my job involves creating web services for the Library and assisting with the School Archives. When I am home I spend my free time developing my skills as a wood carver. The Form Plaque Project is an intersection of my professional interest in preserving School history and my creative process of wood carving. The Form of 1973 Mentor Fellowship will provide me a rare opportunity to combine these interest into one project. I am grateful for the opportunity and look forward to getting the project underway.
Image: Interlaced Birds: An example of the wood carving of L. Laughy