Hi, I'm Hannah Dinero
I'm a multimedia artist with a background in film and digital photo, graphic design, video production, and social media and digital marketing. Moving between Washington State and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia throughout my adolescence influenced my decision to double major in Media Communications and Global Studies. Growing up as a third culture kid allowed me to develop a knack for communication and the skills to efficiently navigate new and unfamiliar environments. My experiences abroad have also further enabled me to become a highly adaptable, flexible, and resourceful individual. My goals are to work a diverse and creative career post graduation combining my interests in international affairs, fashion, and the digital space. I strive to use a multi-cultural perspective and an open-minded approach in all that I pursue.
University of Washington Bothell June 2018
B.A. Media & Communications, Global Studies
Visual & Media Art minor
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University of Washington Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Learning Objectives
Collaboration and Shared Leadership
Clamor is the University of Washington Bothell’s student-run literary and arts journal. I learned about Clamor in the fall of 2016, and eagerly joined the editorial board the following quarter. I’ve been involved with the journal ever since. Through Clamor, I have learned the value of a truly collaborative and creative process.
Each quarter, different members come to Clamor with their own unique skill sets and interests. At the start of this school year, I was able to use my background in design and social media marketing to kick off the Clamor 2018 rebrand. Each year, I believe it is important to brand the journal in a distinct way that candidly considers the aesthetics of the editorial board. As Clamor did not have an active presence on social media, I became responsible creating original designs for and updating our various platforms.
As a whole, however, the editorial board reviews literary, visual, and audio submissions, and ultimately designs and produces the journal during spring quarter. Each editorial member’s artistic styles are reflected in the journal, allowing us to produce a professional-grade literary and arts journal that includes diverse works from the UW Bothell community and beyond.
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Critical and Creative Thinking
Every UWB IAS course required students to stretch their critical and creative thinking. For me I found this skill useful in two different art courses – photography as art and interdisciplinary art. There were a handful of assignments that included open-ended prompts, allowing students to come to their own perspectives and assumptions within these projects.
In photography as art, we were required to create images that represented “metaphor.” I chose to create a series of collages entitled Rx, reflecting the institutionalized struggles that women face regarding body image issues, and the pressures women feel to look and act a certain way. This collage series was also published in Clamor 2017.
In my interdisciplinary art course, we were assigned to create a “portfolio of interventions.” The objective was to “engage with the idea that photography creates the moments that it captures.” I decided to take selfies on the photo booth of my MacBook to go back to the origins of selfie culture. I’ve been taking selfies for the past decade, and I decided to create collages with my lo-fi selfies and other images that represent my identity aside from my physical features. I combined the selfies with different objects, people, and places to create mood boards that visually represent my thoughts, interests, and ideas.
Diversity and Equity
Issues of diversity and equity raised discussion frequently among various courses I took at UW Bothell. In the interdisciplinary art class required for most students in the IAS program, I was required to create a series of poetic collages that reflected the idea of surrealism. As this was assigned only a few days after the recent Las Vegas shooting, I chose to design a collage entitled "Thoughts and Prayers," that represented our nation’s current gun control policies. Or lack thereof. This is a heavy topic that resonated with me, and as my communication skills lie within the visual realm, it only made sense for me to show my feelings toward the issue through visual art.
Additionally, the final exam prompt in an international relations course tested our knowledge on the different international relations theories. I chose to focus on liberalism, realism, and the normative international relations theory. By assessing these varying theories, I was able to have a better grasp of various world governments and have a better understanding of why each country applies their own sets of rules and regulations. The assignment diversified my understanding of theories with polar views of how nations should be governed. The second half of the exam was to report on any current global event. Having grown up in Saudi Arabia, I decided to focus in on the weapon ban at the time, new OPEC policies, and the ongoing feud between the KSA and Iran. I can confidently say that with my knowledge of diversity and equity, I am prepared to take on life after college with the fervor for diverse communities and intersecting identities.
Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Research
In a Japanese popular culture course, students were assigned an open-ended research paper. The only requirement was to choose an area within Japanese popular culture that we were most interested in. Because I aspire to work in the fashion industry post graduation, I based my research paper on the Japanese fashion and creative forces who have and continue to influence streetwear culture across the globe. I explored the careers of Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, and NIGO, and learned about how these individuals became game changers in the world of fashion and street style. As Japan is a traditionally conservative country, it was fascinating to learn about how these names were some of the first avant-garde designers in the luxury fashion industry. This research paper was a perfect intersection between my double majors in media communications and global studies.
Moreover, another prime example of interdisciplinary inquiry and research can be reflected in a paper I wrote surrounding Jeffery Sachs and his quest to eradicate poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa through his Millennial Villages Project. In the intro to global economy course, I did extensive research on Sachs, and other important economists including Dambisa Moyo. This research paper was a challenge for me as this area of knowledge is not my strong suit – ultimately, though, it allowed me to grow as a writer and student as I was able to delve into unfamiliar research to stretch my knowledge and thinking.
Writing and Communication
Participating in the UW Communication León, Spain study abroad program allowed me to further develop my personal visual and written communication skills. This program, led by the founders of The Seattle Globalist, required students to follow and blog about a specific beat throughout our three months abroad. I chose to raise discussion about millennials in and around León and compare their experiences to those of my own living in the States and created my blog series, #GenMillenn.
I spoke with millennials participating in various subcultures within the realms of art, fashion, the internet, and more. My interviews included an owner of an independent sneaker supplier, the first nail artist in Madrid, Mormon missionaries, a vintage clothing store manager, and more. Along with the interviews, I also produced original visuals that ranged from photos, videos, and mixed media.
This body of work is one that I’m most proud of from my time as a student at UW. I was able to produce a project that was meaningful, diverse, and most importantly to me, creative.