Since, I felt as if I didn't completely succeed at my goal of translating graffiti into a positive manner for design, I decided to give it another go. Second semester, we were told to pick out a designer, any fashion designer we wished. Which of course, led me to having to do quite a bit of research. I decided, to just go off instinct, and purchased a magazine in the schools bookstore during a break from class. Followed by meeting a friend in the Cafeteria and doing some browsing through the magazine, I asked which design he found most attractive of three I personally liked. He chose something that I saw potential in, and decided to run with. I decided to try and include something of the process of the making of the clothing, by introducing the hand flair the designer (Thakoon Panichgul) had incorporated into this particular dress, and created a flagship store around this singular shape and style. I have an even longer story to this particular design. Including the use of the shape to create custom furnishings and display racks, as well as columns, and fitting rooms. And a color scheme so minimalistic to draw your eyes even further to the design details. I have so much more in this project, perhaps one ambitious day, I will post all the information on the project.
I found a site, using Stumble! that showed how to make cans more gift-like. So here they are....a gift can. Inside are Peanut Butter M&M's or Regular M&M's depending on who which can is for. I think they are cute and a nice gift, that clearly took time to make (not to mention money? I didn't expect it to cost as much as it did, but since I didn't have the cans I had to buy canned fruit, and empty the cans-without wasting the fruit- and I also had to purchase special glue to re-glue the metal on the bottom, luckily my grandmother had the special can opener, which would have added up to $21...) But, they turned out nice, and I can't wait to see the faces of the people who will receive them!
Here's a sample of some work from first semester, sophomore year at the College for Creative Studies. The project was to create a hotel for the city of Detroit, to attract new tourism to the city. My idea was to bring in elements the city already has, and maintain them in a positive manner, while introducing a few new ideas. The hotel features an indoor skate park, a concert hall, graffiti which guests would be allowed to be part of in specific areas, an artist gallery for showings of new works from local artists, a hookah bar, and cafe au bon pain. It was inspired by the Detroit Riots, and I wanted to take the idea of the movements and energy and refresh them into a more positive manner instead of violence. And, seeing as most see graffiti as vandalism and then link to violence, I thought it would be a nice way to introduce graffiti as an outlet, and something that is not necessarily violent, it can also be seen as art. I thought the energy of the skate park would create a movement, and understanding for further positive energy, following the idea that the exercise you get from the actually skateboarding releases endorphines leading to happier guests, and also introducing the "Zen Zone" with the Hookah bar, Gallery, and Cafe where guests can go and relax.
I have two binders of information, and countless ideas that could go further with this idea, so if you have any questions, send me an email.
And sickness is only weighing me down and causing me to stop working almost all together.
Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow. 6am shifts are just to early.
For now, here's a continuation of some old projects.....
Your personality type:
Quiet, reflective and idealistic. Interested in serving humanity. Well-developed value system, which they strive to live in accordance with. Extremely loyal. Adaptable and laid-back unless a strongly-held value is threatened. Usually talented writers. Mentally quick and able to see possibilities. Interested in understanding and helping people.
Careers that could fit you includes:
Writers, artists, counselors, social workers, English teachers, fine arts teachers, child care workers, clergy, missionaries, psychologists, psychiatrists, scientists, political activists, editors, education consultants, journalists, religious educators, social scientists.
Mostly, this will be used for my art work, and photography, which, none the less is art work. Perhaps a little up date here or there on other things going on in my life currently.
To begin with, it is summer, and I am out of school for the first time since my junior/senior year of high school in 2003. It's kind of strange, to have a whole summer. I've mostly been working and trying to keep busy and up to par with my work.
Doing a lot of research for design. I love finding all these new ideas and trying to see where they could lead to even further. I have not yet been motivated enough to paint since May however.
I'm currently studying Interior Design at the College for Creative Studies with a minor in Fine Arts. I really enjoy the relaxation I get from the Fine Arts work, I.E. the minor. It's something I never wanted to do as a career, more or less something I'm not sure I'd be motivated enough to do every day. Interior Design is something I'm fairly new to considering I didn't even realize it as an option until just before I began studying. I really enjoy it, and find myself more and more dedicated to it each day.
However, today was completely dedicated to family. And it was quite a day. Hopefully I'll be able to update this in some kind of decent time manor. We'll see how it all goes.
In the mean time, here are a few photos of previous years work...
I will eventually add more. It's something I intend on keeping up on as a personal measurement of achievements through the two years I have left at CCS and whatever life might bring me beyond...