Haines’ alphabet art featuring animals on display at Belcourt

C is for Cat

C is for Cat

Associate Professor Leslie Haines continues to inspire not only her Visual Communication students but the local community as well. Haines’ new animal alphabet series, “Animal Abecedary,” is on exhibit throughout September at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville. Haines spent her summer completing 17 of the 26 planned pieces. Each collage features a different animal with a letter of the alphabet.

Leslie Haines

Leslie Haines

“This series began while I was flipping through my well-worn book of Victorian engravings,” Haines said. “I came across an image of a stout walrus with a human face. … The image was so startlingly weird and wonderful, I knew I had to work with it.”

Using magazine images, photography, drawings and engravings, Haines pieces together her designs in Photoshop and prints the final product on bamboo paper using archival inks. Each piece of 16 x 20 before framing.

G is for Gorilla

G is for Gorilla

Haines is an award-winning designer and has produced work for colleges, country musicians and national retailers. Earlier this year, two of her hat  designs, created for MakerWear, were sold at select Target stores across the country. Her artwork was also featured in the 2014 “20 Collaborations in Book Art” group exhibition at the Nashville Public Library.

The “Animal Abecedary” series was made possible by a grant funded by the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee (FRCAC). Haines plans to complete the series by May 2015.

Prints of “Animal Abecedary” are for sale. For more information, visit: http://www.lesliehaines.com/


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