Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Just as the new design students in the first year drawing class have been asked to share where they find inspiration, I thought I would share a few sources of inspiration that I have used while designing over the years. I have always been inspired by those people around me, whether they are classmates, fellow designers, faculty, or artists. I am inspired by the motivation to continually raise the bar and adopt new skills and techniques exhibited by my community.
I am also inspired by the shear joy that design has brought and will continue to bring to people. I love to find a design or environment that instantly brings a smile to my face and encourages me to explore. These are traits similarly found in nature, which makes in so surprise that many designers are inspired by nature.
To find out what inspires our student designers visit our class blog for Studio and Design Visualization and simply click on their names!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
In taking some time to think about a design that I would love to improve, I have come to the conclusion that it would have to be my mother's kitchen. In my search for a place that I would truely enjoy and be happy redesigning, I wanted to pick a space that meant something to me. My mother's kitchen has been the common gathering place for our family get togethers, filled with laughter, serious discussions, and, of course, not so serious discussions. The kitchen has functioned as many spaces other than a kitchen. It has been a makeshift sewing room, a laundry folding station, an art studio, an office, and even a dance floor. Even though it has satisfied so many important functions it has fell quite short in the expectations a person would want for a kitchen. I would be happy to redesign this space to better suit the needs of its user(s) while still allowing for all the makeshift functions it has accomodated in the past.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Juggling was the theme of the afternoon yesterday. We had laid out three juggling sacks on the table to use as a discussion point and interest my brother. He, of course, was intrigued by the juggling sacks, which we said belonged to my grandmother. He proceeded to attempt to juggle in front of us. He was unsuccessful and his fiancee gave it a try. She too was unsuccessful at the task. Acting as though I have never juggled before, I too stepped up to to attempt the task. After struggling with the task for about three tries, I then went into serious juggling mode and completely surprised by brother and his fiancee. His face was absolutely priceless. Needless to say, he spent the rest of the afternoon trying to master the art of juggling with helpful tips from me.
My mother made these gorgeous orange sweet potato fries, with rosemary, salt and oil. They were not only delicious but also great to photograph. I think food photographs can be really great so I decided to take a stab at photographing these fries fresh out of the oven.
We were hit with 6" of snow on saturday, which is the day we were expected to drive to PA from NC. We decided to leave a day early and were lucky we did.