Monday, January 31, 2011


I put the paper clip in the book store on a very large piece of paper so the size of the clip would work with the size of the paper.


Replica Project: Public Interaction

Replica Project: Public Interaction

I brought the burger to McDonalds and asked to take some pictures at the counter. The workers thought it was funny and a girl asked me if the burger was real. A little old lady saw the burger and asked me what I ordered and tried to order the same thing!

-Viv Hsu

Cardboard Fire Hydrant

- Rico Macias-Zepeda

Big Banana

Lindsey Dixon

Replicas Project - 'Portland' Sign

Olivia Serrill


- Sarah Seitz

Flamingo Lawn Ornament

-Veva Campeau

Replicas Project

The first thing I did was measure the original light switch. I then multiplied those measurements By 10 to come up with my new measurements. Originally it measures 1.75 inches by 3.5 inches., The new measureme3nts are approximately 17 inches by 35 inches.
For materials I used a 1 inch thick piece of foam core board, a piece of 1/2 inch foam core board, and semi- gloss house paint.

After measuring, I cut the pieces for the plate part of the switch out of the 1 inch foam board. I then cut the pieces for the switch itself from the smaller foam board. I used a hot glue gun to assemble the pieces together, because the edges were pretty rough, I used painter's tape to smooth out the edges. I then mixed a batch of paper mache' paste and cut strips of newspaper which I put on two small water balloons. I set these aside to dry.

Then next step was to cut the center hole for the switch. I glued the switch in place, and then painted the entire piece using semi-gloss house paint. It took three coats of paint to get a uniform finish. When the paper mache' was dry, I measured and cut out the screw heads and hot glued them into place. I then painted them using the semi-gloss paint for the main body, and acrylic paint for the screw divot.

The problems that I had with this project were that the inch thick foam core board, was very hard to cut. Even with a utility knife and a good straight edge, it was difficult to get perfectly straight lines. The biggest problem was the corners. the outside edges of the light switch plate are curved, and I really struggled to get the corners right. They still are not perfect, but I did the best I could.

Overall this was a pretty fun project.
Teresa Neal

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nagi Noda

Artist Nagi Noda's 'Hair Hats'

-Veva Campeau

Monday Night Lecture

Last night I attended the Monday Night Lecture where Mark Allen was the guest speaker. He runs a nonprofit, artist collaborative called Machine Project where he provides a space in Echo Park in Los Angeles for events and workshops and also collaborates with his group for shows in museums. His shows are mostly participatory where he uses music, performance art, media and other exploratory methods to study interaction in museums.

Although I don’t know very much about performance art, I admire Mark Allen for 2 things that I think he has accomplished as an artist. He is able to create whimsical and lighthearted art that has a purpose and well thought meaning behind it that people are interested in. I thought his art was shallow entertainment at first and even stifled my laughter at his wacky projects of educating kids on auto theft and holding dog operas in his gallery space. But as he began to describe the meaning behind his work and his thought process, I began to be inspired by his creativity and how he allowed his imagination to run wild but translate it into art. He created paper mache replicas of the art in the LACMA and tried to reverse smuggle them back in to imply that antiquities are always being recreated. He held a plant vacation at the Hammer Museum where he allowed plants to stay overnight to experience a cultural experience to explore how different audiences experiences are subjective and varied.

I think his second accomplishment is translating his art to experiences that museums would be interested in without compromising the nature of his art. The Machine Project came from a small community project with unique methods of producing art and Mark Allen explores the museum space and the museum experience and tries to solve problems within the museum while still preserving these methods. He still holds synthesizer and other random workshops in museums and tailors his performance pieces towards small intimate audiences. By replicating an ancient arch from the LACMA and holding a metal concert outside underneath it, he was able to create his art in a creative way while still working under the constraints of the museum. I was definitely inspired by his unreined imagination and ability to turn it into lighthearted but meaningful art.

-Vivian Hsu

Monday, January 24, 2011

Coolest. Thing. Ever.

These are some sculptures from a book I just bought called 'Playing With Books' by Jason Thompson. It's a book entirely dedicated to creating decorative and purposeful art made out of found books and features the work of many artists who use books as a medium.
^^Word Hive by Cara Barer
Encaustic, book

^^The Woodcutter's Hut, 2008 by Su Blackwell

^^ Webster Two Point Oh, 2006 by Brian Dettmer
Relief sculpture taken to the extreme.

Here's a look at the book:

Also Brian Dettmer's website. Check it.

Olivia Serrill

Monday Night Sermon: Mark Allen

The Monday night 'lecture' wasn't really what I had expected. The speaker was Mark Allen and he runs this thing called 'Machine Project' and to my understanding it was a venue for art performances, displays and artsy events that he and his friends run and it just kind of evolved into an organization. The Machine Project is a collaboration between many artists and as he explained they come up with many ideas and they either work on it all together or they will find someone to make their ideas come to life. I think that Mark Allen is a really interesting and unique person with a lot of great ideas but I wasn't too impressed with his work, to be honest. He kind of has a really minimalist perspective in a way, which sort of intrigues me but yet kind of bores me at the same time. The coolest thing he did in my opinion was this interactive (I don't even know what to call it) art performance including 180 volunteers. What he and his team did was have all these people sleep in the Hammer Museum and have them wake up and share what they were dreaming about. Later, they had actors reenact the various dreams. To me this sounds like a lot of fun and something that I would definitely want to partake in. The oddest thing to me was his idea of a 'plant vacation'- where people could literally bring in their house plants and have them sit with other people's house plants and ... vacation together. People would come and do these performances for the plants. When he explained it it made it seem like it was art but it kind of just made me sad. I think it's probably cool if you're into that stuff but I kinda thought that this piece was strange. He made himself sound smart by using words like 'subjectivity' like five times in describing the piece, but without the elaborate descriptions it doesn't really seem like much to me. Regardless of what his definition of art may be, I would still probably be entertained by his projects if I ever went to a museum featuring ... whatever it is he is doing.

Olivia Serrill

Here's a link to their website:

Link For Heather Herberg

-Heather Herberg

Hello everyone,
This is the link for my little box with lights.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Replicas Project Due: Jan 31

Looking at the world around you, re-make an object, preferably one that exists in the public sphere (what is a public? Good question! We will discuss...), out of an unlikely material, and in an unlikely scale.
Photograph the object next to/near its original inspiration. Observe & document how the public reacts. Bring it to class on Jan 31st for a critique, along with the documentation posted to the blog.
Think about:
Attention to detail/craftspersonship
Changing meaning & function through material use & play in scale
What kind of playfulness (or lack thereof) does a particular medium/scale embody?

(Almost) any material is welcome, so if you have questions, let me know, and I can demonstrate.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

iPhone Case

Monday, January 17, 2011


My projects were lightswitch and power outlet covers.

I found and purchased the blank covers. Then I spray painted them a flat color. Then I put vinyl cutouts of different shapes onto them and spray painted them again, peeled off the vinyl and then used ink, acrylic and collaged stickers that I had into the completed covers. For future refererence though vinyl pulls up spray tape pretty easily so if you don't want the appearance to be rough and uneven when you tear  off that layer, maybe some other material might be better to use.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Wednesday: Wood Shop Demo 9am sharp!

Hi all,
Please meet a few minutes before 9am this Wednesday, January 19, in NH 255- we will walk together to the wood shop so we can have a comprehensive demo. You are then free to use the shop whenever you want- a great resource! There are always people to help, too.
Next we'll go over the next project, and work in our notebooks if there is time.
Please be sure to bring your notebooks in- I will be checking.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Can Decor

My project was the smaller can wall design with just the yarn and fabric in it.

Here is the link to the instructions:

Amy Grider

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bottle Cap Table with Poured Resin Surface

Note: I used super glue to glue the bottle caps to the table and Envirotex Lite resin. If you ever use resin and never have, be sure to follow the directions to the letter. Besides being a gnarly chemical it is a pretty cool product and I'd work with it again.

-Lindsey Dixon

Screw Bowl:Nail Bowl

- Enrico Macias-Zepeda

Instructables Project: Sun Jar

Michelle Caldwell

2nd project paper construction by Ayman

Instructables Project

-Vivian Hsu

1st Thursday assignment By Ayman

I pass by this statue every time I ride the green or yellow line max downtown. I really like the way both bronze and granite work together. The curvilinear shapes of the two figures interact well and the difference in scale gives ads variety to it. I especially like the fact that I can imagine this piece as a painting and the fact that this is a three dimensional piece rather than a two dimensional one is quite interesting in addition to that the fact that the artist made the sculpture life size makes it stand out

Ready Made Project: Can Decor

-Veva Campeau

Kara Walker (First Thursday Assignment)

I went to the Portland Art Museum and decided to review a piece by Kara Walker titled Burning African Village Play Set With Big House and Lynching, done in 2006 using painted laser cut steel. It consisted of 22 separate, delicately cut steel silhouettes of figures, trees, and buildings. They ranged in size from about 2 to 16 inches tall and about 3 to 12 inches wide. The best way I can describe it is by saying that they almost look like 2 dimensional figures that were cut out of steel and stood upright, transforming them into 3 dimensional figures. The figures are interacting within the foreground, middle ground, and background of the scene, and while there is no main focal point, the piece is intended to be viewed as a panoramic scene that is balanced evenly by the placement of the figures.
As far as the content of the sculpture, it appears as though the people are running around in madness and chaos, due to the burning huts and trees. This sense of chaos is heightened by the fact that they are all running in opposite directions. None of the figures are interacting with one another and they all seem to have their own crisis. There is an angel that appears to be an African woman on top of a tree which gives me the feeling that either people are dying and going to heaven or there is this sense of hope for the people running around and that she is their guardian.
The most striking thing about this piece is the role of the positive and negative space. Not only is it used within each of the individual sculptures but also used to create space and depth within the entire composition. It is also interesting to note the way these solid black figures contrast against the white background. You have to position yourself in a way to be able to see each of the figures fully, without any other obstruction behind. So there is a sense of shifting space and values within the composition because in order to see each one clearly you have to move your eye in and around the entire piece. This simple interaction with the piece gives each figure it's own unique attention and makes it special.

Olivia Serrill

ReadyMade Wine Glass Bell Jar Project

Really great project. I recommend it if you want to get really crafty with what you choose to display inside the mini bell jars.

Olivia Serrill

Post It Note Orgami Flowers
Orgami flower balls

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Instructables: Partner Table (Beta Version 0.2)

I have based my project on the My Funny Valentines Day Partner Table (Beta Version) instructable.

The purpose of this table is to place two people in close proximity where they can engage in a creative process, play, eating or any other activity that a small surface such as this would be used for. It hopefully encourages positive interaction and cooperation.

Fearing the fragility of the fabric and thin board I decided to go with a thick board with fabric omitted. The author suggested making adjustable strings and linked to a tutorial for making a cord, but it is not adjustable. I had to improvise by selecting soft rope with a greater thickness to distribute the weight over a greater area of the neck. The rope is crimped together at the ends, forming a circle. This is then connected to the bottom of the board where it is allowed to slide back and forth through channels so that the table can be leveled in reaction to the heights of the users.

Of course this will be visible in class where it will make a lot more sense.

Instructabes Project- Newspaper Taxidermy

-Kristen Petsche

Create a Custom Cruiser

Materials – skateboard deck, new griptape, jigsaw, sander or sand paper, blowdryer, chalk, spraypaint, a pencil, paper.
  1. Draw out a board shape with your pencil and paper.
  2. Once you find a design you like, use chalk and draw your design on the grip tape of the skateboard deck.
  3. Next, use your jigsaw to cut out your board design.
  4. Once your design is cut, peel off the grip tape from the top of the board (it may help to use a blow dryer to loosen up the grip tape).
  5. Next, use your sander to round edges and take off the bottom graphic.
  6. Use your spray paint to create your board graphic.
  7. Apply a new sheet of grip tape, and you have your very own custom cruiser!
- Jordan Lane

Instructables project I have been wanting to learn how to do this and this was the first time I have found the instructions.

Christina Van Holland

Instructables: Polygon Lamp shade

"Universal Lamp Shade Polygon Building Kit".

Instructables link

IQ Light link

Instruction jpg on how to make various shapes

-Emily C.