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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Lightbulb Concept Map on: May 19, 2009 01:07:12 PM
I wasnt sure if this would fit anywhere else, i mean its made of glass lightbulbs, but its 3D concept map for a class project.

Anyway, in one of my Design lectures in college or final project was to make a concept map connecting different concepts we learned in class, and then visually represent it anyway you wanted to. My overall concept was Cognition and Perception in Design, i made the map on paper, and then used lightbulbs (=thinking=cognition, get it!?) i learned to hollow them out from multiple tutorials on here and in intructables.

its made up of 29 hollowed out light bulbs, and 1 painted lightbulb, and took forever to put together, but its really quite stunning in person and i thought you all would appreciate it!

*NOTE: the 29 hollowed out bulbs have a paper pendant dangling in the center with the term, only the bulb that lights up and says Design was painted

the middle bulb lights up!

I love this in person, and would love to hang it in my room, but since it is just so massive and I dont want to stare at a concept map everyday, i plan on making a smaller version (7-ish bulbs?) with the left over bulbs and put in pictures/designs that go with my room to hang it Smiley ill post pictures of that when i get around to it!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Change the world? on: March 16, 2009 10:45:21 AM
So another surface design project! we had to illustrate how we would change the world, what the issue was and how we would solve it. I chose a pay it forward kind of thing, do three really nice things for three people, and instead of them doing something nice to you in return, they do three nice things for three OTHER people, spreading joy and happiness around the world! i represented it with light bulbs and electrical sockets, my silhouette jumping in joy and lighting up three bulbs which in turn are making their way to lighting up three more, yayyyyy

anyways on to the pics!

First material: plexiglass, this is the original design, but some got scrapped off, our acrylic inks dont stay permanently on the plexiglass

i dont know if you can see it in this picture, but the blue is printed on the back of the glass while the yellow and black layers on top

you can see the shadow from the black on the blue to get a better idea here, it looks really awesome in person, pics do no justice

material two: a sweatshirt! i changed the layout a bit to wrap around the sweatshirt

i had been in the screen printing lab for 8 hours strait working on this, so near the end i got a bit exhausted and made some pretty dumb screw ups and got blots on the sweatshirt, oops Sad
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / NANERS!!!! on: March 16, 2009 10:35:38 AM
so long story short, my boyfriend and his roommates constantly yell NANERS at each other and put bananas in each other's rooms and leave notes saying naners and they go nuts. I make them fun crafts based off inside jokes with one of their faces on them, but the kick is, everyone EXCEPT whos face is on the craft knows about it and then everyone surprises them.

ex: i made them mugs with chodi's face on them:

and now, it was andrews turn! so i made them naners shirts!

close up of one of the final shirts

the stencil i exposed my screen with, which took FOREVER to get right

my beautiful screen Smiley (i was gonna put a banana on the back shoulder of all of them, but once i was there for several hours and burned my elbow on the iron while heat setting, i said screw it haha)

watching them dry a bit after the hair dryer crapped out on me

dry dry dry!

ta-da!! done! Smiley

unfortunatly, i lost my camera between then and when i gave them out at his party that night, so i didnt get a picture of them all together Sad

but heres the picture of andrew i started with for reference:
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Edward Scissorhands Story on: March 07, 2009 04:15:28 PM
For my surface design class we had to retell a story in four compositions using a monoprinting technique... it was my first time screen printing, and i LOVED it! we had to work with a partner though (randomly assigned=dud) which made the process pretty stressful, but it turned out just as i hoped! anyway, onto the pics!

here's the set

1) Peggy making her way up to the mansion

2) this is to represent her taking ed home with her and caring for him, the mother she is, and teaching him about live in the suburbs

3) to represent when edward flourishes with his topiaries and eventually haircuts, and just to show his acceptance in the neighborhood
(sorry the colors got so weird in this one!)

4) then finally to represent the ending, when the nighborhood turns on him, shunning him out, and forcing him back up to the mansion where he came from

so glad to have started screen printing! and now that ive taken the class, i have full access to my schools screen printing lab for the rest of my college career, yay! let me know what ya think!
5  COOKING / Dessert / awesome sculpted dog cake!!!! img heavy :) on: January 08, 2009 03:29:37 PM
alright, second time using fondant. i made a guitar cake for my dad, and wanted to try something a bit more 3D this time. My boyfriends mom's 50th birthday is coming up, and she has two ADORABLE mini daschunds that she loves. they always cuddle under a blanket together, so we decided to make a sculpted cake of the two.

and ta-da!

it came out better than i expected! except that the proportions are a bit off, but shh

a couple of progress shots:

and for reference, here are pictures of the dogs we modeled them after!



and the two together, we took the covers of of them too quickly and woke them! but look how they cuddle... awwwww

this cake came out so much better than i thought it was going to, and after 5 hours of decorating, thank goodness! its going to be a center piece at a restaurant for the birthday for a party of about 20! then theyre eating it back at home, but unfortunately, i cant make it to the party, ill be out of town Sad so hopefully i can get my boyfriend to take some good reaction pictures i can post!

comments welcome Cheesy
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Etched Wine Glasses on: January 03, 2009 12:03:44 PM
i am KICKING myself!!! i made these amazing etched wine glasses, with marbles and silver candles inside for christmas gifts for my boyfriends sisters, and after i finished wrapping them... i realized i FORGOT to take pictures!!!! they turned out 100 times better than i thought they were going to, and was a little sad i had to give them away!

but the wineglasses came in a set of four, and the stencil was still usable so i etched the second two for myself, but i dont have the beads or candles to fill them, and being it was the fourth time around on the stencil and 1 in the morning, they didnt turn out as well either, i gave away the two best ones.

so heres some pictures of one of the ones i did for myself, and a couple of the the left over metallic beads....

(thats a fake plum, i just wanted something dark behind it so you could see the stencil better)

i used the same city skyline stencil i used on a set of glasses for my apartment:

and the candle i used inside were the same i used on a previous project as well:

they were beautiful with the right amount of marbles and the silver candle, trust me!! Smiley
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Etched Clear Glass Ornaments on: January 03, 2009 11:31:45 AM
so last year i made an ornament for my mother for christmas, ended up with 5 left over ones because they only came in packs of 6. I posted a question of what to do,


and FINALY used them this year to make gifts for my roommates... but now i still have one left!

Here they are on our little 4ft tree in the corner of our apartment, eventually i got these giant foot long candy canes to hang on there with them, they looked awesome on the tiny tree!

i etched the back half of the ornament with some festive designs and our apartment number

then hung a picture of the four of us at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in front of the famous spoon and cherry Cheesy

Smiley they each loved them! and i love each of them!!
8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Painted Shoes -- Abstract Self Portrait on: January 03, 2009 11:20:48 AM
for my Drawing and Illustration class, more considered Image Making, our final project was an abstract self portrait, and in the process of making the image for my portrait, i painted a pair of high heels that i was going to arrange in a whimsical, magazine-like layout, but any who, here are some pictures of the heels. i would take better ones but they are at my apartment and im staying at my parents for a while.

they started out as black heels, with a tan bottom, and then became this:

the two shoes are identical, and the outside and inside of each shoe is the same as well

the heel of the shoes have a white ball on a black tee, representing that im a golfer, its a big part of my family

down the sides of the shoe is a simple representation of an eye, being im a visual person and my one biggest fear in life is losing my sight

on the toe of the shoes on each side, is the minneapolis skyline. the suburb i grew up in had a view of it, and now i attend the U of M in the twin cities, my apartment has a view of the skyline, and i intern at a PR firm in the heart of down town

on the sole of the shoes is a snowflake, im a december baby, love the snow, winter, holiday season, and i never get cold, i can stand it fairly well

there is more to the layout that represents me, but im just throwin the shoes up here Smiley
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Frosted Beer Mugs! on: January 03, 2009 11:11:29 AM
For a "house warming gift" for my boyfriend and his roommates at college this year, i made them a set of beer mugs!

the mug has a picture of one of the roommates, the goofball of the group, it might look weird at first, but he's holding one of those big champion wrestling belts over his shoulder, and doing a tiger woods-like fist pump in victory, and if you knew him, you would know that the face looks EXACTLY like him, everyone is amazed with it.

then each mug has a different quote on them, a funny inside joke with the roommates that the owner of the mug said.

all five

the mug for chodi, and the man whose face is on the mugs, we only put "solid" on his because he HATES it when people say that haha



Paul, my boyfriend's


the men celebrating! Andrew in front, Chodi behind him, my boyfriend with the beard, Joe who is standing in for Zach, and Casey

they love them and use them every chance they get! even for water, juice, and sometimes coffee!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / hovering foot rest?? on: September 07, 2008 06:07:19 PM
so i got a foot rest from ikea for my bedroom at home, except the feet didnt look as good as i thought :\ so for a while i just had them off and set the footrest on the ground, except it was then a little too low and was not comfortable, and looked awkward.

so if those legs didnt look good.... then how about... NO legs! Smiley

a family friend who does interior design work inspired the idea for this, and my father did the actual construction, but i did all the measurements and finishing touches Smiley

so now... the magically floating footrest!


no flash


i bought an extra cover so the fabric would match, cut it down and stapled it on:

pictures dont really do it justice, it looks really amazing in person, but you get the idea Smiley
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