Personal Narratives via Sneakers and Shades

I’m applying for this internship with this fascinating company called GloWing Communications, and they specialize in helping organizations tell uplifting stories that nurture people’s souls. I was reading one of their articles and thought it might be worth sharing: click here.

It’s about a former NIKE sneaker customization designer trying to create a similar model for sunglasses. I felt it related to this class because as an art&design course and in talking about narratives, it’s interesting to assess how we tell narratives just in what we wear. The colors, designs, and background of where your clothes/accessories come from say a lot about who you are and where you’ve come from, which is fascinating. So when we create art or design something, we’re already building a narrative about the person that’ll be using it or what purpose it’ll be for.

The wonders never cease 🙂

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The Power of Memory

I’m just having a reflective moment when I marvel at how incredible the human body is. I’ve been thinking about memory because as the summer session 1 comes to a close, we all have our own memories of how the class has been going on how we all feel about each other. However, at least for me, I have almost no recollection of specific feelings or detailed accounts of what occurred, even though some of it was as recent as 2 weeks ago. Because classes only go for 6 weeks, one would think that it’d be easier to retain information and to also reiterate everything that you’ve been learning. But I’ve actually found that my information retention has been about the same, if not worse than during the regular school year and I wonder why that is. If anyone has any clues, please do comment below. It’s been a fantastic summer class guys!

Identity

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For our final project, I’m considering working with something that can help classify identity. Identity is so complicated, but I feel like these two images do a great job of trying to tie identity in with (1) expressions and (2) where people live. The first is more commonly thought of – so and so always smiles this certain way or makes this certain funny face, but the second isn’t always thought of; trying to identity who lives where and humanize a non-human building. It may seem like just another government project but seeing images of those who live there really gives insight to the demographic and ethnocultural composition of the building’s residents which I find quite intriguing. So perhaps that will help me with my thoughts.

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I saw this on Chipotle’s door and it reminded me of Project 4. Many people saw this sign, looked into a fully operational Chipotle and then turned and walked away. They saw the sign and thought: they have a power outage. But in reality, it’s just stating that there’s an outage of certain ingredients at the restaurant. I just think it’s amusing how a simple sign can be misinterpreted and make people think twice about doing something.

Wall Lamps

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I’ve been thinking of what the best way to situate my lamp for this project will be and there are pros and cons to each alternative.

  1. I could make legs for it the way Brian did – but the colored paper that I’m using for the frame of my lamp is all finished. I’d have to use a different color paper and I feel like that would rob the project of its aesthetic beauty.
  2. I could also hang it on hangers, but then I’d want it to swing back and forth or twirl 360 degrees or something.
  3. There’s the option of hanging it on the wall, as depicted above and that could be very, very cool. But I don’t want to buy 3 more extension cords just to do it…

In reference to the image above, I like how it’s very simple and actually looks like something one might want to have in her home. For now, I’m leaning towards placing it on the wall…but also maybe using hangers  and hanging that on the wall…

So I’ve decided that I’m going to get some portable LED lights and attach those to the wall and then place the lamp wherever i want once the light is attached to the lamp.

Ceramics: Relieves the Tension between Art and Design

Having done wheel throwing and ceramics for 4 years, the tension between art and design has been part of my artistic struggle for the longest time. When you create a piece, say a bowl-like form, you have to ask yourself: what will be the function of this? And I didn’t always ask myself that. It wasn’t until I reached a certain point of developing my skills that my instructor started encouraging me to give my pieces a purpose as well. Ceramics are a unique space to accomplish that kind of work because it’s a craft that lends itself so easily to purpose and function. So that even though it can be a fine art, it also has elements of design that are impossible to ignore. So maybe they don’t have to be in two different worlds in other parts of art. Perhaps fine art in all areas can also seek to serve a purpose sometimes, and not other times and have that be okay.

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This piece is fully functional in additional to being beautiful. It has an ergonomic handle that works very well with the way human hands work and it also looks gorgeous. The green glaze and it’s gloss draws awe from as as we’re natually attracted to glossy objects. This ceramic piece encompasses the kind of technique that crosses art and design/ form and function/ fine art and craft.

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This piece is beautiful and catches the eye – but has absolutely no purpose but for display. Some would view it as more refined art, and while there is a place for sculpture and non-functional art, it definitely is not as prized among regular people as functional pottery. Simultaneously, hi culture values nonfunctional art like this highly and people often pay hundreds to obtain a handmade, nonfunctional piece. So perhaps it’s just a matter of preference and wallet size.