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We met on The Hill


Item#: 2008SYR14

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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We met on The Hill

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We met on The Hill—
Now we hear our daughter play
Jazz at Crouse College

A lot of my poems end up being about my family, and this one is about my daughter, Katie. I should start at the beginning: My husband and I met as students at Syracuse University. When Katie was in high school, she went to a summer program at SU in jazz, and the final concert was in Setnor Auditorium in Crouse College.

She's a trombonist, and is now in graduate school studying trombone. It was just really cool for us to go to the Hill again to listen to our daughter play. Katie started with the trombone in fifth grade. She wanted to play the saxophone, but when she saw this big horn on display -- bigger than she was -- she said, "It's so beautiful. Can I take it home tonight?" Now, it's taking her all over the world.

I got the influence for the design from Alphonse Mucha. I learned about him from the history of illustration class in my sophomore year. Looking at Mucha's paintings influenced my layout and design for this assignment.

I chose the poem because I was working on another illustration that depicted Crouse College as the topic. This haiku project gave me an opportunity to explore an alternative way to handle the same subject matter.