Come Extra Fly book
I discovered voguing through Youtube. As someone who identifies as gay, it was inspiring and uplifting to see members of the LGBTQ community perform with such energy, attitude, and confidence. During my time at Art Center College of Design, I researched more about ball culture and developed an even deeper appreciation and respect for it all. I seized the chance to attend balls in LA, like the Banjee Ball, and even took beginning vogue classes.
Then, in the summer of 2016, I participated in my school's study abroad program to Berlin. For the collective class project, which was centered on the vibrant life and culture of Berlin, I chose to make a book about the ballroom scene there. I was curious to see the differences between the European scene and the scene in the United States from which it all originated. I got to meet with the members of the House of Melody, attended a ball as well as a panel discussion about vogueing in Europe. The illustrations I made for the book were inspired by participants from that ball. To capture the essence of these dancers, I simplified their gestures and forms and portrayed them using a lo-fi printmaking technique I developed in school. In making these, I hope to celebrate vogue as an art form and its practitioners.
My final product is comprised of those illustrations, juxtaposed with photographs of that ball event, and supplemented by some transcripts of the panel discussion.