We are so excited to announce our new full-time member of the Cathy Heck Studio team. Julianna Heck. Yes, she is related. Julianna (sister to Ellen and Margaret) has been working for the studio part-time for two years. When she first began her college career, she was headed down the athlete path. But, lucky for us, and although it was hard at the time, we are so happy that she set aside her lacrosse stick to pick up a pencil and a mouse. Graduating with a graphic design degree this weekend, Julianna will continue to help us develop new collections, as well as use her skill with all things digital to update our shop site. (And, we might still utilize her fast legs at trade shows to run back to the room and get more flyers.)
For Julianna’s first official assignment, we have asked her to write a guest blog post.
by Guest Blogger, Julianna Heck
The day that I thought would never come is finally here.
It’s over. After two college degrees, one high school diploma, one 8th grade certificate, a couple of gold stars, and several huge sighs of relief from my teachers throughout the years, I am finished with school. In a few days, I will be graduating from VCUarts with a graphic design degree. In order to graduate from the graphic design program at VCUarts, all graduating seniors are required to present their work in a collaborative show.
Here is my display. I presented a piece inspired by a children’s book I wrote and illustrated for one of my classes, The Apartment at the End of Stitchington Lane. I chose one of the characters and recreated him to be the size of my allotted space within the gallery, and included three copies of the book, so that viewers could read the masterpiece if they wanted, since it’s not published … yet.
Opening night is now over. The angst-riddled days preceding the show have now transformed into feelings of complete shock. The first-grade me would have been so excited for this time in my life to come and go. However, things have changed since then. I can now read, which is great. And mixing up letters while reading doesn’t bother me. I now view my Dyslexia and ADD mind as a ‘gift.’ (Well, my mom and dad do, at least). I didn’t realize it was really the last time I would be in a classroom until thirty minutes before my last class was about to end. I looked up, and instantly felt like I needed to say goodbye to everything in the room. Not just the people, but the things too. So, my inner Goodnight Moon came out.
Goodbye to all my midterm reviews.
And to the stinky bathrooms.
Goodbye fluorescent lights.
And to the janitor who works at night.
And to the noiseless speakers.
Goodbye art school.
It’s time to put on my big girl shoes.
Part of me thought I should be sad. I remember asking myself, “Are you sad? Should you pretend to be sad? How about a tear?” The answer is, “No!” Hallllelujah! I made it. I did it! It is time to move on to new adventures in the cutest place on earth–Cathy Heck Studio, of course!
P.S. I know this isn’t a letter, but if it was, I would like to say thank you to all of my teachers, homework enforcers, mentors, coaches, friends and family over the years who have watched me struggle and now succeed. Your help has made me who I am today and I am so grateful that I wasn’t ever left behind. (Mentally that is, because if this was a foot race, we all know who would win).