Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Three Legged Stool: The Relationship Between Client, Designer + Craftsperson.

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In studio this semester, we are working on a very real-life-applicable project called "The Three Legged Stool." It involves playing the part of client and designer while searching for and working with a real crafts person. I have a student-client that I am working with and another student is acting as the designer for me (the client). I am in the early stages of designing what will become a set of porcelain vessels. Their intended use is as catch-all containers in my client's kitchen. She can use some of them for utensils and some for succulents, which she loves.  The possibility of using the 3D printer came up today to make molds for the pottery makers to use. I have been itching for a chance to 3D print something, and this might be the perfect opportunity!
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Weekly Sketch: Christo + Jeanne-Claude.

whaaaat....!!!! I mean - excuse me - have you ever seen Christo + Jeanne Claude??... Amazing.

In an exploratory assignment this week, we were asked to recreate one of their earlier sketches. I was extremely intrigued by "Valley Curtain" because of its striking color and relation of the textile to the hillside. Here is a picture of the actual installation, from 1971:
Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado, 1970-72

Final: Illustrating Building Codes.


I enjoyed working with Illustrator to complete this assignment. You can see my initial progress here.

While there are definitely more advanced options within Illustrator, I wanted my codes to read as simply as a text book.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Progress: Illustrating Building Codes.

I've watched almost all of the videos introducing the class to the current project as well as Illustrator in general, and now I am finishing up the basic outline for my illustrations. I have been playing with a border using the rulers and guidelines. I hadn't used these before! I can tell I still need to adjust the borders a little. Text can be tricky, especially when using the justified setting for the format, but I finally got the codes in and I like how neat they look in the top right corners.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Playing with Adobe Illustrator.

When I work on styled photo shoots, I often sketch a ton leading up to the actual shoot. It helps me imagine poses as well as illustrating the sort of styling I would like. When the team sets up to shoot, it is easier to show a sketch (or direct from looking at my sketches) than it would be to verbally describe or try to think on my toes with no reference. While my sketching is usually by hand in my sketchbook, I decided to try my hand at Illustrator for the Audrey Hepburn shoot. Here below is my digital sketch and one of the actual photos from the day:

Isn't that fun?! Now we are working on Illustrator in IAR212, and I am working on more technical aspects of the software. I like how versatile it is!


Weekly Sketch: Michael Graves.

For this week's weekly sketch, we were asked to look at an article that Michael Graves wrote for the NY Times several years ago, along with a portfolio of his hand sketches. I reproduced the above sketch of Domus Augustana. I loved the variations of gray tones and enjoyed exploring them further.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Studio: Wood Samples with Tiny Bowls.

This little guy is about 5" wide and makes me so, so happy. To kick off what is sure to be a fantastic Studio this semester, our professor is having us find scraps of wood to cut down, mount to the lathe and then turn small bowls into. Maybe it doesn't look like much just seeing one, but just wait until there are 22 of them from all of us! We will be installing them on a wall. I was amazed at how fast the process was to make this, but even more amazed at what I learned about dealing with wood. For example, my piece of walnut came from a strip that had been axed away from a larger log, so it had tons of irregularities. You would never buy a piece of wood at the store that looked like that....and up until this point in life I have only purchased "pretty" wood from a big store and sheepishly put it together (sadly, in most cases I made the pretty wood "ugly" in the end). Rigging this uneven piece took time and it made me actually think through each cut, each decision much more than I have in past wood shop explorations.