emoji index

I, like most people living in the smart-phone/internet-culture-dominated world, am obsessed with emojis. So I started painting them. 

The regularity of this project is sporadic, to say the least, but there is a method. I use the Apple emoji designs, I paint them in the order which them appear on the official Unicode list, and I include in the painting the description that Unicode provides. When I post them to Instagram, I write some sort of personal interpretation of the emoji as the caption.

So far, I've painted/posted 6 of them. One day, in the distant future, when emojis are totally obsolete, I will have painted all 1,704 emojis (not including the new emojis that have yet to be officially released in an Apple update).

Here they are:


I remember hating printmaking when we did it in middle school and high school art classes, so I avoided it in college. But then I realized that I do a lot of printmaking - in the textiles I've made and the patterns I've created on paper - and that what I actually don't like about it is creating editions. I don't like the idea of creating duplicates of the same image, though I understand its purpose. I like printmaking because it allows me to create repeating patterns of images that aren't perfectly identical. 

So here's a little taste of what I've been up to these days: