Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sample Paper Collages for Dining Set

Business Card.

I created this image of a cactus and was thinking about cutting out this shape with my information on the back.  I thought it'd be a unique look for business cards and would stand out in a wallet.

Cool artist.

I love her work.  It's very illustrative and has a lot of character.  Very elegant and simple yet intriguing.  She also does a lot of 2D work.

Metal Cactus

Here are the rough cut-outs of a freestanding cactus I will be making.  It will be flat but I'm going to paint and draw on the surfaces to add dimension.  It will take on a more illustrative quality

Wall Pieces

Here is a sample piece of a wall.  I am making these pieces to mount my desert sage smudge sticks on for my senior show.  It is made out of Red Oak wood and then I painted on a layer of a white wash

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dining room set sketches for pattern

Here is a visual for the pattern I'm thinking about for the table and two chairs

Sagebrush accessories

Picture of Sagebrush


Sagebrush! Duh!

So I have gotten to a point in my projects where I don't have too much farther to go before they are complete.  However, there was a restlessness in me that felt there still needed to be something else added or juiced up for my projects.  I thought,"I can't be this far a head, with almost two months left, with nothing else to do."  So after a good conversation with my stepmother, we brought up sagebrush.  It was really an obvious solution that I should have thought of before.  Sagebrush is an important icon of the southwest.  It is known for floating across roads and its beautiful blooming in the fall.  However, most importantly, it is know for its pleasent smell.  You can buy small bundles of sagebrush at most aroma stores. 

More importantly, it is a completing solution for my thesis (senior project).  What I have become interested in is not neccessarily design but what a piece or pieces can do experiementally.  I have always been interested in memory and how we feel about our past.  Some examples of what I am talking about are things like:  how the feeling of Christmas has changed as I got older, or how the feeling of home has changed. 

So more specifically, in my thesis, I am interested in recreating the experience and feelings I have when I'm in the southwest.  There has been something truly spiritual and enlightening about this area that has sparked so many new experiences.  There are also some very interesting things about how the culture relates to its surrounding land.  The community in this area really tries to blend into the geography and not tear it down or undermine it.  These new feelings and experiences I have are what I want to incorporate into my pieces.  I want to recreate these experiences for people who may relate or spark curiousity for those who haven't visited the area.

Yay for Sagebrush!

Sizing up the chairs

Here are new revised chairs after some editing.  I cut down the backs of the chairs so that there is more shoulder space. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New Puppy! I got a puppy on the way!

Here is Cristo!  He is a Blue Merle Shetland Sheepdog

I am soooooo excited I am counting down the days for my new companion :)

The makings of my Antelope, soft sculpture

Here is the middle of my progress with my soft sculpture piece.  Along the back side is a hidden zipper to put secret items in.  It is roughly 3 feet tall and 3 feet long.  The part of this process that I am most looking forward to is painting it.  I haven't decided what type of pattern will go on it yet but it will be colorful and show influences of Central American imagery(Oaxacan carvings).

The body is fabric and stuffing, with armature and the legs are wood.  The legs and antlers will be painted white to match body.