What is visitor’s first experience of the Ipswich downtown? Whether motorists drive through quickly, or pedestrians walk home from the train, what calls to them to seek out a new shop or turn off into a local farmstand? These are the questions that run through my mind as I conceive what types of images would most invigorate the experience of downtown Ipswich.
About me: As a native of Ipswich, IHS alum and true farm girl, I have always drawn and painted the local scenes and produce of the town. Since moving to Beverly, I have sent many friends and colleagues to my home town encouraging them to buy local, and to experience Ipswich. As a high school student at IHS I had my roots in supporting the creative economy of our town, both through commissioned work such as a mural to illustrate the fundraising goals of the library, to volunteer at S.A.F.E. studio. For years I have dreamed of proposing banners to hang in my home town that would give people a visual slice of all that the local community has to offer. My proposal for the banners includes preliminary mock-ups to give a general idea of styles that would be visually eye catching to motorists and pedestrians. To give a range of examples, some of the banners are more realistic, some are more stylized. I am excited to work with you to create bold designs which will communication a call to action, integrated into a compelling image that will leave the viewer excited to go experience the Ipswich scene. In working with you on this project, I have developed a quick sketch of bold, fresh images that would be visible to the motorist, pedestrian, and commuter.