Fire Ant Frolic

I’m very pleased to announce I’ve got some new freelance work lined up with something that’s become very close to my heart lately.

In January last year, during my last semester at UT, I was required to take a senior seminar course. At the beginning of it, my professor gave us all an assignment to go do something we had never done before and to write about it. It was supposed to be something communal with a bit of history. I struggled to find something to do until I got one of those many event emails from UT for this thing called Contra Dance. It said it was a sort of English folk dance and that one of the UT student organizations would be hosting it. Figured, hey, I love dance; I did drill team in high school and ballet/tap when I was itty bitty, why not.

I went to the event and I fell in love with it.  The live music by the Lost and Nameless Orchestra (heads up: it’s one of those sites that plays music right away) was lively and a refreshing change from the type of music I’d be listening to. The dance steps were easy to pick up and the people were welcoming. I knew instantly I wanted to go back for more, but little did I know my last and most challenging semester as well as job searching would keep me from going back for almost a year.

I finally went to a Contra dance hosted by the Traditional Austin Area Dance Association in December and have been going as much as I can ever since. I’ve even made a couple of friends there and I can’t get enough of it.

Now what does this have to do with freelance graphic design? Well, in October of this year, the Fire Ant Frolic committee – a board within TAADA – will be hosting their yearly Fire Ant Frolic, and I’ve volunteered to design the T-shirts as well as the flyers.

I couldn’t be more excited. Not only do I get to get some design practice, but I get to do it for something I really love.

I’ll be sure to post all the work I do for it once it’s done! I’m sure the FAF Committee wouldn’t mind some more publicity for it. Who knows? If this works out well, I might help TAADA with some more graphic and maybe even web design.


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