It really started with that first box of Crayola crayons.
JoBeth Crump, a Berry College double major in digital communications and studio art, received her diploma during Berry’s graduation Saturday, and her sense of creativity started at a young age, she said.
“Ever since I was little, I was into art,” she said, laughing. “It started with the Crayolas and grew from there.”
The wide range of opportunities at Berry actually expanded her original college plans, she said.
“I have always been interested in design, whether studio, costume design or graphics,” she said. “I started in studio art. I’ve designed costumes for Berry theater productions.”
Crump just designed costumes for Berry’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” last year. She has even spent summers working with the Georgia Shakespeare Company as a craft artisan.
“I’m not really sure if that is what I want to do now, though, work in theater,” she said. “I’m kind of leaning more towards graphics and animation now.”
She is also interested in photography, as she has spent the past semester as an assistant photojournalism editor at the Berry newspaper, the Campus Carrier.
However, she still loves studio design, she said.
Her current studio show at the Moon Gallery at Berry is an example of her fondness for mixing media.
“It opened this past week,” she said. “It has a lot of mixed media such as wood burning, cloth and such. I’ve had a busy week, with getting ready for graduation and setting up my show and making plans for my move.”
Crump is moving to Atlanta next week, she said. This will be a big difference for the Model High and Berry graduate.
“I have feelers out to some of my contacts, but nothing solid yet,” said Crump. “It is a big change, because I’ve always lived in Rome.”
Her contacts may prove helpful. Some of her former co-workers at Georgia Shakespeare now work on the set of “Walking Dead,” which films near and in Atlanta.
“I would love to do something like that,” said Crump. “Of course, my dream job would be working for Disney or working on the set of a TV show like that. I’m hoping my experience pays off. I’ve thought that if I’m on the set of a movie and they ask, ‘Can you sew?’ Why, yes, I can.”
Her creativity and love of art doesn’t really run in her family, she said.
“The closest I can get is my grandfather was an architect,” she said, laughing. “My brother and sister are both really Type A and he is an accountant and she wants to be in the medical field, so I’m kind of out of left field.”