Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Olivia Observation Pull Tabs

Hey guys, here is my first observation. I chose to use pull tabs so I could continue a little of the play I began with them during the Orange project. The second and third image are a rough draft from last week.
The last two images are my final product. I already glued the three tabs down, but underneath them they say Happy Valentine's Day. It turned into a larger version of a pull tab, but also a valentine. The text is where the game winning possibilities would already be, but I switched them out and made him an automatic winner.
Also I used Nori glue for the first time! Excited to see how it dries fully.
These pull tabs are something I want to explore more of, making my own, all kinds of different versions. They're curious little objects in the first place.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A day with out technology

Since my never done before had to do with using no technology, I stuck with it and wrote my blog post by hand, so here is an image of my written experience.

Before I went to bed and created this blog post, I turned on my phone and took a screenshot of all the notifications I had missed through out the day. There were 3 Twitter, 11 Facebook, 10 texts, 5 emails, and 7 snapchats. I can't believe how many I had, probably because I normally check them right when it buzzes.

Below is a screenshot of the app advertisement that inspired me for this assignment:


My Orchestra Experience

Never Done Before

I decided to leave a note on a random person's car. This note said, "Hey. You don't know me, and I don't know you, but I hope you have an awesome day. And if you're having a tough day already, know that someone is here thinking about you." I decided to do this, because being kind is so important, and often forgotten. I hope that person was having a good day, and if not, I hope that my note made them happy. I hope they feel important, and loved... Even if it's by a stranger.

***photo coming***
My Never Done It - full presentation in pdf


Don't be Chicken.

 I have never made a "real" meal at college before so I attempted to make one...

Sewing Nightmare

Never Done Before: I Went To a March

On Saturday I attended a women's march for the first time. The large amount of passionate people is what stood out to me. It surfaced a lot of different feelings for me. I was proud, overwhelmed, happy, sad... all of the above.

Never Done Before: Living without a Microwave

Living without a microwave and lessons in slowing down:

·      Shortly after settling into new dorm realized we didn’t have a microwave
·      Have been only using the stove to cook things for 4 days
·      Reminded me vaguely of being a 1950s housewife
·      At first, kind of annoyed: couldn’t even make hot chocolate without having to heat up the milk in a pot first
·      After a while though, started to enjoy it
·      Forced me to slow down and spend time in the process of making food
·      Spent more time contemplating the food I was about to eat, and was to become a part of me
·      Learned that mindfulness of cooking makes the meal more enjoyable – appreciation  

Filmed a Wedding for the first time (NDB)

Just this past Friday I helped film a wedding for the first time. It was cool to see a new perspective on a day like this just because you aren’t directly involved in all the chaos that comes with a wedding. You’re more just there to witness and capture all the events that happen. Below is a summary video that was created of the footage me and Alexis Lund filmed and was sent to the bride and groom to send to any friends or family to show a recap of the big day.

Never thought I would... but I always wanted to...

... cut of my almost waist length unprocessed hair and donate it.



Meaty Baby Food ;)

So my daughter recently started eating "solids" and at first, they didn't look too bad. There are a variety of flavor combinations available and I would most likely consider an adult food version; like a fruit and veggie mix of some kind. But when she started eating the next level baby food which has meat in it, I said to myself, "this is where I draw the line...I'm not eating that." Then here comes along Abbi Allan and her assignment to try something we've never done. I thought, hell no! I'm not eating the meaty baby food! But then I thought about it. If I'm giving it to my daughter for dinner and she eats it, I should at least taste it. So with a big glass of wine and a GIANT baby spoon, I took the plunge. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Orange Experience

This is what it looks like when you take apart an orange to make it into a book.

The necessary tools

First step: Stab the orange.

Cut a slit



Get all the pulp out

All of it

until there is a nice empty orange

it looks a little strange

The Result

Monday, April 11, 2016

DNA Data Storage


Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram

 Here is the links to the article on DNA being used to store images. Hope you all enjoy!!

Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram


Sunday, April 3, 2016

Never Done Before: C.Roby Dog Sledding Experience

Never Done Before

Experience: Dog Sledding

Something Gained: My expectations for this trip was to find something that challenged my dad and I.  We are both adrenaline junkies, highly competitive and bond over shared experiences.  This could make us great partners, but often end up competing against each other. 

I needed to find something that provided no frame of reference for either of us, so we could completely surrender to the experience.

So, I took my dad dog-sledding in Ely, Minnesota.

The entire experience was incredibly sensory.  Instead of being given a freight team, we were given endurance runners.  This means instead of four, thick and fluffy dogs built for pulling.  We were given six slender endurance dogs built for racing.  We took turns driving the team and remained completely silent except bouts of laughter and giant exhales after seconds going by of breathtaking scenery on the trails.   

We ended at the lodge with cups of cocoa playing with the dogs by the fire.
We walked away grown and grown closer.

Don't know what I'll have to do next year...skydiving? 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Chiharu Shiota

"Chiharu Shiota is known for her performative installations in which she weaves human-size webs from black thread, turning entire galleries into labyrinthine environments and often enclosing personal objects or even herself. Inspired by the installation and performance art of the 1970s, Shiota left Japan for Berlin to study under Marina Abramovic, whose influence can be seen in Shiota’s endurance-based performances like Try and Go Home (1998), in which the artist smeared her body with earth, entered a hole, and fasted for four days. Shiota’s work is also influenced by and aligned with that of Rebecca HornAna MendietaLouise Bourgeois, and Eva Hesse, revealed in her use of materials and performative exploration of states of anxiety, oblivion, and remembering."

As mentioned in class this week, I took a class from visiting artist Chiharu Shiota when I studied sculpture at CCA back in 2011.

When you experience her work, you feel a sense of depth that reaches further than your imagination, inviting you to explore the depths of your own mind. I not only admire her as an artist, everything that she's accomplished, I admire her as a human being as well. She is very humble, very sincere, and very quiet. Yet she is strong- a strength that is felt, not shown.

Chiharu Shiota is an internationally renowned Japanese artist and has shown works in museums such as the Smithsonian in Washington DC, The MoMA PS1, National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and participated in the 56th Venice Biennale.

Although my classmates and I assisted with installing in a gallery in SF, the show isn't even in her CV on her website- as it must've been "too small" to include between her shows in Australia, France, Germany, China and Italy back in 2011. She had an opportunity to show at the Berkeley Art Museum while she was in town for the semester, but used the opportunity for us, her students, to pitch our installations instead- which, by no surprise, none of us received.

Here is a photo of her when she took us on a field trip to Fort Funston in San Francisco. We took a bus limo there, which was pretty cool. It was on the way back though that was interesting. She had us give her our phones and walk along the beach experiencing it without any distractions. We were also not to talk to anyone. We could sketch, but that was it. Thankfully, I had a camera so I could take pictures. For two hours, we were to get closer to knowing ourselves. 

We all went our separate ways. Even though it was about 40 degrees out, I soaked in everything around me. 

Fort Funston is absolutely magical. Between the cliffs and the ocean, you walk along the beach, feeling insurmountably small. There were hundreds of crabs, sand dollars and other random things. I still have an old Budweiser beer can that I found from the 70's. (not shown for some reason)

I simply lost rack of time. There was no one else in sight for stretches of miles. I felt like the world was at my finger tips; and it was mine. It also felt like it was starting to be around the time to get back, to I went up into the dunes to head back to the parking lot. 

I underestimated the labyrinth of the dunes. Sure, there were paths, but they have been completely changed from decades of strong winds.

At this point I was really worried- it was nice not to have anyone around me for a little bit, but now I just didn't know where ANYONE one was. Not even someone walking their dog to tell me what time it was. Even if we weren't supposed to talk. 

I had no idea what to do- if I should have walked back along the beach, or keep following footprints in the dunes. I realized how far away from the city I was with no phone and felt even more lost. At least the mission I was sent on was accomplished- I had to find my way when so many paths were directing me in different directions. 

I finally found some dog owners and eventually a friend of mine from my class. The bus had already left, but since I didn't have my phone, my friend stayed behind until I got back. A while later, Shiharu shows up in a taxi, we all jammed in the back seat together, and drove back to the city. 

I will never forget what she told me once during a one-on-one: I have a fire inside me, and that I need to keep it going.

She is hands down- the wisest person I have ever known. And I am so lucky to have had that experience.

Articles on her work: