Sarah Vernon is a student at Virginia Tech in the Visual Communication Design program and comes from Marion Virginia. We asked Sarah to tell us a little bit about herself and how she came up with the design for the 2012 Steppin’ Out t-shirt.
Q: How did you hear about the competition?
A: One of my professors, Meaghan Dee, used the t-shirt design competition as an extra credit assignment.
Q: What inspired your design?
A: I was sitting in front of Henderson and started to sketch and I think that the Lyric is a well-known part of downtown Blacksburg so I used that street in my sketches of possible t-shirt design and ended up using that in my final drawing. The green frog I used in my design was inspired by my mom because her favorite color is green and frogs are one of her favorite animals.
Q: Have you ever attended Steppin’ Out before? Will you be attending this year?
A: I have attended Steppin’ Out for the past three years but unfortunately will not be able to attend this year.
Q: When do you graduate?
A: I will graduate in Spring 2013.
Q: Anything else you would like us to know?
A: I have been drawing and creating things for as long as I can remember. My whole family is artistic. When we were little my mom let us watch Pappy Land which is a children’s show about drawing and creating art. Art is my passion. I love animals I have a cat named Kitty and a dog named Lola.
Steppin’ Out t-shirts are a fundraiser for Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. and the proceeds go directly into helping to pay for the festival entertainment each year. The Steppin’ Out t-shirt has become a collectors item and each year the t-shirt is ordered from several countries worldwide in addition to being sold in downtown Blacksburg before, during and after the festival.
2012 sees the 32nd annual Steppin’ Out and will include 230 arts and crafts vendors, over 40 downtown stores and restaurants on the the streets and three stages of live entertainment. For the first time ever there will be extended stage time on Friday August 3rd featuring a late night Zydeco Party with Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience until 11pm.
For more details about Steppin’ Out 2012 please visit our website: http://blacksburgsteppinout.com/index.shtml
Interested in submitting a design for the 2013 Steppin’ Out t-shirt?A $500 prize will be awarded to the winning designer. Details of the contest will be announced by September 1 on www.downtownblacksburg.com.