We are approaching our last week for full classes and the beginning of a lot of studying and projects for finals. I have been busy all day writing a research paper on Richard Hunt who is an artist who works with iron and makes large-scale sculptures. On Monday the Metal program is having a Mother’s Day Jewelry Sale and I’m looking forward to buying some jewelry to wear this summer at Michael Kors. I also made this ring!
In the next week I am going to be experimenting with some enameling by dying white pigments with tea. I am hoping to change the colors a little bit.
Until next week!
This week I was very busy with a project that was due on Thursday for my Process and Experiment 1 class. The objective was to use electroforming which is a process in which copper grows over wax, plastics, papers and other non-organic materials. For my piece I used tracing paper and wax. I created a wax dome as my base and then crinkled little papers and glued them all over the dome and left an opening on the flat side. Next I painted the shape with electrodag, which is copper paint and let dry over night. After it was completely dried, I placed it in a blue acid bath that has an electric current running through when turned on. I left the piece in the bath for 12 hours and when it came out, it was covered in copper metal where I had painted the electrodag. From their I burned out the wax and paper bits and was left with a copper shell.
For my project I used the copper shell as the outside and enameled a dome set on the inside. The shell had a black finish and the enameled dome was jewel toned. I wanted the sharp outside to be the opposite of the smooth inside. I turned the piece into a broach as if a play on a boutonnière. I wanted it to look like the outside shell was closing in on the jeweled enamel piece.
Here is the finished piece:
In other news there are 31 days until I start my internship at Michael Kors!
I also just returned from tabling with Invisible Children club at Rock Against Racism!
Until Next Time!
Today was the Student Art Alliance Bus Trip to New York City. SOFA NY, which is a Sculpture Object and Functional Art exhibition, was held this weekend and students had the choice to use the trip to go to the exhibition or visit the Museum of Art and Design. Only a few students attended the trip today though and most of them are part of the Metal department. I had a fun time spending the day with my friends though and this was my first time at SOFA NY. I was slightly disappointed by the small size of the event and under impressed by the work. I did find a few things I really liked as well as hear different people talk about jewelry and work. I was especially drawn into the glasswork displayed today and I recognized some jewelry pieces from slide shows during classes. Also there were many art works for sale with a price tag greater than the tuition for college.
On Friday night I participated in Cover The Night, held by the Invisible Children organization. We hung these posters and stickers around town and campus to make KONY famous.
Until Next Time!
It’s been a really great two weeks but very busy. In between a lot of homework I managed to have some really fun days hanging out in the studio and with my roommates. Here are some of the highlights:
The Roadies came to campus from the Invisible Children organization on April 2nd. There was a good turn out of people who attended the event to watch “KONY 2012” which is a video that has gone viral and has over 80,000,000 views. Also Boni came from Africa to share his story.
My Summer Plans
This summer I will be interning at Michael Kors in the Jewelry Design Department, which is really exciting. I had the interview last Tuesday in the city and they called me later that day to offer me the position. Part of the interview was held in the jewelry department, which was amazing to see, since there was jewelry, and story boards everywhere. My responsibilities will be too organize the office, assist in renderings of pieces on the computer, and attend meetings. I start on May 29th and I am working three days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, ad Thursday from 9am to 6pm. I will also be commuting to the city on these days. I am looking forward to the experience of working with other designers and in the fashion industry.
Walkway Over the Hudson
Since the weather was warm and sunny on Friday my roommates and I decided that we wanted to spend the afternoon outside. We decided to walk on the Walkway Loop Trail which is a 3.6 mile walk that starts at the Walkway Over the Hudson and circles around to the Mid Hudson Bridge and back. It was a fun adventure for us since this was our first time on the loop. We were all really excited and a little skeptical as to how the loop would take us from one bridge to the other and back but there were plenty of signs pointing us in the right direction. It was also the first time in a few months my roommates and I spent time all together since out schedules have been really different. Overall I had a fun day and I ate some green tea ice cream later in the night.
Im currently working on a few different projects most of them involving tea. I realized that I am exploring the concept of teaware and using it as a material lately in my work. It is a good start to next semester since I will be developing a thesis for my senior year.
Until Next Time!
This has been a long week but it has been fun!
Starting with Friday:
Open Studios is where all art departments display student work and open their studios to the public. It is a great opportunity for students to see each others art work and mingle with other students. There is even a little competition among the departments as to who will have the best food. Last semester sculpture made grilled cheese sandwiches, so metals was on a mission to beat them this time. Unfortunately we fell a little short with sculptures hot dogs but still came in second best with our ice cream sundaes. It was also fun to spend time with friends from different departments and check out what they are working on.
Accepted Students Day as a Student Ambassador was a lot of fun! I met a lot of prospective students and even recognized a handful from my previous tours. I enjoyed answering questions about my experiences here and spending some time with the other blogger Tim and Grace. Unfortunately no videos were made with blogger Ashley this time.
The Metals department set up a jewelry table at Water Street Market today. Unfortunately it started raining so we packed everything up early. We sold a few things though before that. I also spent some time in the Water Street Market which was a new experience. I never really walked around in that area besides going to the antique store. They have some really cute eateries such as the Mud Puddle and The Cheese Plate. I really would love to go back there on a sunny day.
This week coming up:
The Invisible Children Roadies are coming on Monday night.
I have a test on Thursday.
I am also traveling into the city on Tuesday.
Until Next Time!
It has been a quick two weeks with the start of spring and a break at home. The weather as been really nice and everyone has been out and about enjoying the sun. There have also been some optimistic dressers in flip-flops and shorts. Although today was a little colder and rainy this morning on the way back to New Paltz, the sun is slowly starting to come out. It was perfect for a walk into town for lunch at Yanni restaurant café.
The week before spring break:
I had a lot more free time than I was use to since my metal classes had been cancelled. I was able to enjoy some time in the studio and work at my own pace throughout the day. I worked on a casting project of a tea strainer, and jewelry that I want to sell at the upcoming sale at the Watermarket in town. The highlight of the week was the field trip I took with my Contemporary Ideas class.
We went to Mike & Doug Starn Studio in Beacon. It is a photography studio of two brothers who work together on projects. We didn’t meet the brothers though; we met their studio assistants who showed us the work, the process, and their installations. Their recent work is “Big Bambú” which is a climbable sculpture of
bamboo and climbing rope. We got to climb throughout the sculptures that reached as tall as the ceiling. It was a lot of fun and interesting since most work is usually untouchable and behind glass.
Here are some pictures from their website!
This past week I spent at home on Long Island. It was great to see my family and spend time with them especially since it was my mom’s birthday! My mom, aunt, and I went to lunch at a cute café in Bayshore called Milk and Sugar to celebrate. I unfortunately only saw two of my friends since most of my friends have different breaks. I did watch the season finally of Pretty Little Liars with my friend, Crystal, and ate frozen yogurt at Red Mango with my friend, Olivia. Most of the week I spent cleaning my room. I decided during winter break that I wanted to repaint and redecorate my room, which has not changed at all since second grade. I first needed to completely clean my room and by the end of the week I accomplished the whole room and got rid of a lot of stuff that I didn’t need.
I am looking forward to the end of the semester especially with the warmer weather and the cute spring outfits I cant wait to wear!
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” ~ Margaret Atwood.
Until Next Time Readers!
Only one more week until spring break and some of my class are already cancelled. The Metal Graduate students and my two professors are going to Germany for the week for Schmuck, which is a very popular Jewelry Exhibition. I hope to someday attend this event, but since my professors will be away I do not have my metal classes this week. I am excited to have more time to myself and work in the studio.
In other news many of you may have seen the new Invisible Children video that has been trending on facebook and twitter. There has been some positive and negative feedback from the video. Check out the video if you haven’t seen it yet and make some comments about what you think!
Until Next Time!
Instead of writing about my week I documented the highlight of the day through a picture. So here are my highlights:
Monday: Process and Experiment 1, project 1.
Tuesday: Working on Waxes
Thursday: Crafting in Virtual Space, samples
Friday: Process and experiment 2, coin design
Saturday: I had two of my friends’ birthdays this week to celebrate!
Until Next Week Readers!
Highlights of this week:
- I continued working on my projects
- I have three projects in progress
- I spent a lot of time in the studio just trying to brainstorm ideas
- My brother came to visit SUNY New Paltz on Sunday
- I had a lot of tours and met a lot of new people
- My roommates’ birthday is this coming Tuesday and I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone
- I electroformed more crumbled paper
- I experimented with paper pulp
Next week I am hoping to take a lot of pictures!
Until Next time
We have a long weekend and I am currently home on Long Island. This week was a little uneventful compared to last week. I am still working on three studio projects and brainstorming ideas for my London Art Seminar project. For one class I am learning a new technique called electroforming. It involves growing copper. I have a test coming up during the week that I am studying for. I am also figuring out my summer plans.
I also found a new website called Pinterest. It is pages similar to a bulletin board of all different images. You can click on the image and then it will bring you to the site where you can find the instructions to a craft or where to buy an item. I have been spending some of my free time on there. They have good jewelry and crafts.
Here are some craft pins:
Until Next Time!