Academy of Art

I’ve got some lovely blog posts planned for this week, so check back in a few days for a real update about what’s been happening in my world.  For today, I’m playing catch up on homework and trying to finish some neglected laundry and housework.  This working outside of my house has taken a toll on all of that not fun house stuff, but goodness, it’s done wonders for me in general.

Onto the music – Fade Into You, by Mazzy star – probably my all time favorite song.  I’d venture to say that I’ve listened to this song at least once a week for the last ten years.  And of course, you have to love the so distinctly 90’s video.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Florence and the Machine and I just adore the styling for this video.

And lastly, Mumford & Sons, The Cave.  
I hope you’re all having a lovely Monday and now I’m back to writing a compare/contrast essay of Andrew Loomis and Virgil Finlay and wondering why I thought “history of american illustration” was going to be a liberal arts course I’d enjoy.

As my winter break is starting to wind down, I decided it was about time to enroll in my spring classes.  It may seem like I’ve been working on my degree forever, and I kind of have – I’m taking classes about 3 at a time because that’s what my financial aid allows.  After this semester, I’ll have exactly 10 classes left until I’ll have my BFA and can start working on getting NCIDQ certified.  This semester I’m taking Fabric & Fiber Technology, History of American Illustration, and Sustainable Design.  I’ve been feeling pretty burned out with school and antsy to finish, but I did get my copy of my Associate’s degree in the mail a few months ago – so that sort of made me feel like all of my work (and $$) was going towards something..

Anyway, I don’t think I’ve really blogged much about my school, or any of my projects, which is odd since it’s been such a big part of my life.  So I decided to post a bit of what I’ve worked on over the past few years.

This was a semester project for a design studio for a clothing designer.
These are from a residential redesign project from 2009. 
You might notice some etsy finds in some of those if you look real close… 
 This is the part I don’t like so much, but I’ve gotten pretty fluent in AutoCAD and Google SketchUp.  I literally have hundreds of files that look like this on my computer, but I’ve gotten to the point where I can actually read and understand them. 

These are just a few of the things I found stashed away in my school folder on my laptop.  Most of my work is on our desktop computer.. maybe I should upload it all to flickr.  Oh, one of these days..

 A quick sketch of a living room.. 
This is a simple Balsa wood model – I do these for most of my projects to help visualize the flow of a space.  The next two photos show one of the more complex models I did a few years ago.  It was for a two room redesign.. I used tons of old jewelry on the model.  Fun but SO much work.. and goodness, now I don’t know what to do with all of these models that have stacked up around the studio.  This one took over 60 hours to complete.

 This is a gouache study for my Sacred Geometry & The Golden Section class.  Every aspect of this design utilizes the golden section ratio.  I ended up also making this piece digitally and sell it pretty regularly at shows. 
Lastly, this was the concept board for my most recent kitchen redesign project.

It’s been a long, long ride, but I’m really happy that I can draft a floorplan by hand or with AutoCAD, make cut sheets & color boards like nobodies business, and all of the other valuable things that I’ve gone into immense debt for learned.

I have some pretty big news to share later this week, so check back!

I’m finishing up the last 5 weeks of school and preparing for a busy, but exciting summer.

I finished a new series of prints this week. The colors are actually much nicer than the scan shows, but my camera is sadly broken. I printed an edition of 10.

One of my other classes is now taking up about 2-3 hours a day of my time and probably will until I turn in the final on May 14th. However, I received word from my other teacher today that my midterm (a rough draft of the final project), was complete and I did not even need to change anything, so I guess I will only have 2 finals to work on! That’s fabulous news and will give me lots more time to focus on lots of new prints!

Have I mentioned how much I’ve fallen in love with printmaking?

I’ve also taken up the new habit of coupon shopping.

This weekend is Eastern Easter/Pascha and the husband is off work tomorrow for numerous Good Friday services, a vigil, then Saturday holds the main events. I’ve made a lovely Pascha basket for him full of goodies. Actually so much fun stuff that it over-flowed into a second basket! He asked what I want in my basket and I told him not to make me one since I don’t really go to church with him, but secretly I hope that I still get one. Maybe with some pens and pencils. I seem to have lost everything to write with except my fancy drafting supplies and I really don’t like to use those for making lists. Pascha services start at 11pm Saturday and last 3-4 hours. I’m typically really bad at church attendance, but I usually try to make this service as it is the husband’s favorite.

Next Wednesday I’ll be selling my wares at the TU Conscious Consumer Marketplace. Stay tuned for more details.

Then on Friday, we head to Fort Worth for Funky Finds Spring Fling! The husband and I are celebrating our 5th anniversary on Friday and after the drive to TX, and my booth setup at Funky Finds, we’ll be heading to the Kimbell and out for a nice dinner.

I got my NeoCon info in the mail yesterday. Excited.

I’ve missed blogging about a bunch of things over the past few weeks, but I’ve been working on schoolwork so much that I have not been blogging/twittering/playing online really at all. Really, 3 classes does not sound like a lot, but I’m working 7ish hours a day on schoolwork and I’m still struggling to stay caught up. My intent here is not at all complaining, I really love what I’m learning and I feel fortunate to be studying art/design, but one of my classes has an overwhelming amount of work…

So, a few things. In list format because that’s how my brain is working right now.

Thursday – Tulsa Craft Mafia article in Urban Tulsa!

Friday – Craft O Rama show at OU. Really nice people, neat building, but I didn’t sell all that much.. lots of MLM vendors.

Saturday – Tulsa Art Studio Tour – loved it! Really, this was one of the most fun things I’ve done in a long time. I’d wanted to go to this for a few years, but schedules conflicted.. This year we were finally able to go. Really fun and inspiring. We came home that night and worked on my studio (yeah, I’m changing it around again already!). I’ve decided to separate art from craft! I’ve pretty much taken over our theater room with the “craft” and left my studio for fine arts. And fabric storage.

Sunday – Tulsa Craft Mafia meeting – Sadly the last one at the Collective as we received word Monday morning that our favorite spot closed. I’m really, really bummed about this. Definitely going to the “cry and get shitfaced with us” party tonight. $1 drinks, yo!

Couponing… I’ve been studying the ins and outs of how to use coupons and save money.. In fact.. I’m going to the 918CouponMom party tonight before the party at the Collective. That’s right, a coupon party! I’m actually pretty excited about it.

Indie Emporium 09 – I finished working out the details today, we will be at VFW again and dates are October 9/10. Going to work on the new applications and website asap.

NeoCon – I’m registered!!! I’m more excited about this than I probably should be about anything, but seriously, I cannot wait!! For those that don’t know, NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair is North America’s largest conference and exhibition of contract furnishings for the design and management of the built environment. Showcasing thousands of new products from hundreds of the world’s top manufacturers in commercial, residential, hospitality, institutional and government design products, NeoCon promises to impress its design-savvy audience with the latest trends throughout the world. ” CAN NOT WAIT! I think a group of students from my school will be attending with the head of the IAD dept, and I’m hoping to join them.. or go alone, whatev, just so long as I’m there.

Funky Finds – I’m going to be setting up at Funky Finds in Fort Worth on April 25th. The husband and I will spending our 5th anniversary there. Fun!

I registered for summer classes today. I’ve been putting off 2 classes for quite some time and I’ve decided to take them both in summer (ie 6 week) format. It’s going to make summer no fun, but I’ll be glad to have them finished. AutoCAD and Building Construction (drawing plans for how to build cabinets, door frames, etc.. things I never plan to do).

There are more things floating around in my brain that I’d love to share, but I’ve got to get ready for my coupon party! I’ll leave you with some of my recent prints and the plans I drew for the San Francisco Visitor’s Center today.. Thrilling stuff, right??

This one is from one of Adam & Sommer’s wedding photos that I stole from his facebook.. I’m pretty sure that he doesn’t read my blog, but the husband did let him know that I was cropping him out of his wedding photos for a project I was working on.

There hasn’t been much to update with since I have not left the house since Sunday and it’s really been some lazyish time at home. I’ve been experimenting with some soup recipes. Two batches of homemade Chicken&Noodle, one tasty, one not so much.

My classes (Designing Careers, Design of the Built Environment B, & Printmaking) started on Monday and I’ve been reading up and getting prepared and organized for the semester. I’m actually really looking forward to each of these classes and think that they will all help me with some of my current aspirations. Last semester I took Design of the Built Environment A, which included design work and space planning for a residence. The “B” section is designing a commercial space, so I’m really pretty excited about all the daydreaming I get to do.

I’ve also been knitting, sketching, and watching too much television. The television has mostly been cooking shows (yeah, a few month ago I decided that I want to go to culinary school) and old episodes of Cold Case. The downtime has been nice, but I’m antsy for the ice to melt so things can get back to normal.

I’m feeling heartbroken today because I just got word that Domino is no more. The magazine and website will be cease to exist in March and I’m so disappointed. We lost Blueprint (and bluelines!) last year, which was really sad also, but now what is a young designer to read and find inspiration from?? I like some of the other design mags, but Blueprint and Domino were much more my taste than other Martha mags or Arch. Digest. At least I still have Readymade & Craft.

On a happier note, has anyone read the current issue of Domino with Zooey Deschanel? Browsing magazine covers at Border recently, I noticed that she’s on 4 or 5 covers this month. Isn’t it adorable that she’s engaged to Ben Gibbard? I’m pretty sure they are the cutest couple in the whole world. I’ve kind of loved him since I saw him singing with Jenny Lewis and then a little more when I saw this video.

I guess with that I’ll get back to the pressing matters ahead of me for the day. Maybe some reading. And some coffee. You’ll notice this little green mug in just about every picture from today. That’s because I love it and I especially love the cinnamon hazelnut coffee that I recently discovered and can’t stop drinking.

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