"My favorite thing about my major is getting to show off my work in a physical form. There’s nothing more satisfying than finishing a project and being able to show people what you created."
Through her choices of fashion design as a major and photography as a minor, Lacey DeJordy is tailoring her aspirations based on her passion for these subjects. "I am an artistic and creative person and after I graduate in spring 2019, I plan on moving to New York to pursue a career where I can do both of those things" she says.
Lacey chose Stevenson because of the fashion design program, particularly because of its curriculum, which made her look forward to her classes. "My favorite thing about my major is getting to show off my work in a physical form. There’s nothing more satisfying than finishing a project and being able to show people what you created."
She also found the same satisfaction in her photography courses, and during summer 2017, she worked with Chris Metzger, Assistant Professor of Art/VCD, on the Inside Out project at Stevenson. Inside Out is an internationally acclaimed project known for its themes such as hope, diversity, gender-based violence, climate change, Black Lives Matter, and more. Photos representing these ideas are plastered on the sides of buildings to bring awareness to the community.
Inspired by the project, Metzger brought it to SU, and Lacey played a significant role in bringing it to life. "My job was to edit all the photos that had been taken for the project, select the final photos, and create several mock-up designs for potential installation sites,” she says. “I also created the project proposal that we submitted to the higher-ups for approval. It was a really interesting project to work on -- I had never done a community/public art piece before. I learned a lot about the technical stuff that goes on behind a project of this size."
Because of these experiences, Lacey says that she already feels prepared for life after Stevenson. "I still have several semesters left so I know I'm going to learn even more but I think I'd be prepared to go out on my own even now. The wide range of classes and skills that I've had to learn cover so much of what I could encounter when I really get into my career. My problem-solving skills have improved immensely since I've been at Stevenson and I think that's the most important thing college should teach you."