Archive for October, 2009


October 29, 2009

Working on ideas of eating taboos….could you eat this? Based on a photo of my beloved late puppy….


Art Theft

October 28, 2009

This is absolutely ridiculous….


October 24, 2009

They’re done! There is one more 7″ one that wasn’t glued at the time of photos. One panel of the second 5″ didn’t cut through for some reason, so it’s on hold for a while. I can’t wait to try them with actual candles! They took sooo long to cut. Also it doesn’t help that I accidentally cut 12 bottoms instead of 6. Dummmmb!


October 20, 2009

So I got my files all prepped for lasercutting. Today I thought I would go to Crosscut Hardwoods and buy some wood! But it turns out Trimet is incompetent at getting to that location before 3:00. It gave me this gem:

Sorry, but if I get on at Chinatown at 12:15, I will not be able to get off at Chinatown at 2:45. Oh Trimet. So I guess I’ll be going after class tomorrow. 😛

Here is my file. I’m making candle covers that are 3, 5, and 7″ high, 3″ square. I hope they won’t be too hard to glue! I don’t have much experience with this sort of thing.

Design Remix Notes

October 19, 2009

Sorry for the photos, my scanner’s not hooked up yet.

Here are my notes on the Olivetti Valentine typewriter.

And here’s the idea I had based on my research….a purse!


October 19, 2009

Here is what I made in Lasercutting class this weekend! This was just a test run. 3.5″ square on wood. I used my personal logo for the test! It’s a sun with a C.

I was also really enamored with the cut out part, so I appropriated some leather and a bead from a small bag I had, and made a necklace.

I think for the project in this class, I want to make other objects with my logo cut out, like a lantern cover that you could put a candle in.

Reading Response 3

October 17, 2009

My Conception of the Bauhaus is written by the founder of the Bauhaus, Walter Gropius, and goes into detail about how the Bauhaus school worked. This was interesting to me because I remember studying the Bauhaus years ago in Art History, but never in such detail about the students’ training process. The Bauhaus is a four year program, like most colleges, but the experience is much more intense. The students start with a 6-month training period, where they get to train in all different types of handcrafts. Then they train under two masters for three years. I would have loved such an opportunity, to experiment with so many different crafts, and then get direct attention from art masters. I feel a little behind because I jumped straight into drawing and graphic design, and am only now learning things such as lasercutting and vinyl-cutting.

Dieter Rams is an artist who was heavily influenced by the Bauhaus principles. After the in-depth explanation about the Bauhaus training process, I was disappointed that Rams did not talk about his own artistic process. Rams is very short and vague with most of his interview answers, but he did mention that he likes to mix materials. It is interesting to note, though, that he studied architecture for only one year at the Werkkunstschule Wiesbaden, then left to learn carpentry. This is different from Bauhaus students with their six months of preliminary training, and then three years of workshop training. The interview does say Rams graduated college, but it does not specify how long he was in college. In his interview, Rams talks about how he believes form following function, which was a big part of the Bauhaus. This also makes me think of my remix object, the Valentine typewriter, designed by Ettore Sottsass. He wanted to keep the functionality of the typewriter, but make it portable and stylish. It still has the basic typewriter form, but it is much sleeker, and can fold up. The plastic material also makes the Valentine typewriter portable, like a laptop.

One major principal of the Bauhaus is that design is an integral part of life, necessary for everyone in a civilized society. This is very different from Adolf Loos’s view that “no ornament can any longer be made today by anyone who lives on our cultural level.” I agree with the Bauhaus principal over Loos’s view. Even in the simplest and most un-artistic pieces of furniture, there is unavoidably design, which Loos fails to see. Rams believes that design is a culture, but that the word “design” is over-used in society. Another Bauhaus principal was to eliminate “art for art’s sake.” This reminded me of the practices of Irwin, Wortz and Turrell in Seeing is Forgetting, who also didn’t want to just make art, but instead art came out of their research experiments.

Near the beginning of the article, Gropius says the Bauhaus does not have a style. But near the end he says homogeneity was part of all Bauhaus products. This gives all Bauhaus products a similarity, a unity. Their goal was to design things “simply and truthfully in accordance with their intrinsic laws.” One could argue that this is a Bauhaus “style,” even if it is not a visually similar style. By saying that the Bauhaus work is homogeneous, it means that somehow it is recognizable, despite how different the products may be. Rams also talks about style; he says he did not invent the “Braun style,” but he does not deny that it is a style. Part of the Bauhaus goal was to improve industrial goods and buildings. Rams certainly does this with his products and furniture for Braun. Whether or not it is a “style,” Bauhaus principals of design have clearly influenced many artists.

Portfolio Site

October 14, 2009

I finally got around to updating my online portfolio for the sake of internships, and in preparation for the studio visit. Mostly, I made individual pages for each project. Also, I’m so enamored with my blog name, I changed the name of my portfolio. Well, before it didn’t have a name. So the main page looks cooler! And I figured out how to make a address bar icon. 😀 Next step,, heh.

Portfolio Site

Reading Response 2

October 12, 2009

Foreword to The Herman Miller Collection is about how Herman Miller creates an honest product with furniture that is not designed for the market. This makes their furniture original and innovative. As an artist, I appreciate how they strive to stay true to the designer. Reading this reminded me of the video Merchants of Cool. This movie was all about marketing, and how companies would hold research groups with teenagers to try to figure out what “cool” is. Then they could design their product and advertising around “cool.” This practice caters to the customer, and is the exact opposite of what Herman Miller is doing. Herman Miller is obviously a very successful company, and proves that design can surpass market research. This is encouraging from an artistic standpoint. Usually I don’t notice furniture as art, but I agree with what this article is saying about Herman Miller’s furniture specifically. I found their chairs to be the most striking, notably the Eames chairs. Creative design has definitely been pushed in these chairs, more so than their desks, which are sleek, but very straight-edged. The “Nelson Marshmallow Sofa” is made from many circular cushions, and is very unique.

Ornament and Crime by Loos was highly opinionated and offensive. I gather that Loos has no appreciation for design, and is clearly not an artist. He goes on and on about how ornament is a waste of time, and says that people who find ornaments beautiful are not cultivated. Loos also thinks that a plain cigarette case is better than an ornamented one. I doubt any advertiser would approve of that. Package design is part of what entices consumers to buy the product. For example, with wine there is no real way to tell what’s good and what’s not. So the packaging makes a big impression on the consumer. I love looking at the different wine labels, and don’t think that “slows down the cultural evolution,” as Loos so ineloquently puts it. Loos says art has replaced the ornament, but ornaments have design in them. He complains about ornaments on his shoes, and makes fun of the shoemaker who would want to make him ornamented shoes. But I think Nike designers make art through their shoes, so how can Loos say ornament is not art? Loos also classifies people with tattoos as “degenerate.” This is a view that has been changing over the years. While some people still get tattooed to show how tough they are, others design a personal, artistic symbol to ink on the canvas of their body. This by no means makes them degenerate. Loos also puts down graffiti. True, some graffiti defaces public property and has no artistic value; but graffiti style can also create great works of art. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but it bothers me that he writes this essay like his opinion is scientific fact.

I enjoyed Design and Crime because it disagrees with Loos without ever directly saying he is wrong. Foster’s writing style is very different that way. He talks of the values of packaging that I agree with, and that Loos does not understand. Foster says, “Design is also inflated as the package all but replaces the product.” This made me think of the product Aquapod in particular, which is marketed towards children. It’s only bottled water, but they are trying to sell the fact that it’s bottled water in a round water bottle. Bottled water is about as unoriginal as a product can get, but the way Aquapod is marketed, you are supposed to think it will make your life exciting. When Foster says that “the product is no longer thought of as an object to be produced so much as a datum to be manipulated,” that again reminds me of Merchants of Cool. I agree with Foster’s views far more than Loos’s.

Design Remix

October 8, 2009

I got the Valentine Typewriter.

I have some ideas already, possibly involving sewing and poodles. When I flesh them out through sketches, they will be posted. I’m kind of excited about it.

Also, this makes me laugh every single time. 40 Worst Rob Liefeld Drawings. It always makes me feel better about my art!