Cassie Hester

Get Back to What Matters

Merit Award 2015
Get Back to What Matters

Get Back to What Matters was an outcome of Cassie Hester’s thesis research for her MFA in Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The semantic elements of Get Back to What Matters evoke a simpler time, when drawing and being creative was a source of delight. Placed in the high-stress environment of the university’s design department in the midst of the last few weeks of the semester, the fleeting crayon installation was a reminder to students to get back to what matters: making with your hands, interacting with others, and exercising your imagination.

Cassie Hester

Dig Deep

Merit Award
Dig Deep, MFA Thesis, Virginia Commonwealth University, Cassie Hester

Dig Deep, a typographic installation created by MFA candidate Cassie Hester, is a study in the power of simplicity. Installed on the exterior wall of the Pollak Building, a design facility on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., the 16- by 4-foot typographic installation consists of two sheets of 4- by 8-foot treated birch plywood, three coats of white high-gloss outdoor paint, 500 plastic straws, 8,064 pilot holes, 8,064 nails, and pink and white outdoor sequins.

Cassie Hester
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