Studio Update!

So I realized that I have been doing a bunch of cool stuff in studio and I haven’t told you about any of it!

If Mozart Was a Landscape

An assignment we had a few weeks ago was to design a landscape out of a figurine head that we 3D scanned in the Digital Fabrication Lab in the basement. It’s super confusing to explain so don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense. First, I took our dude and made him into a 3D model that looked like this:

Then, I cut his head apart and did a bunch of crazy things and made these weird looking ‘landscapes’:

 

I picked one of the two to render and ran contours from top to bottom on it which took forever! Then I ran 5 foot contours from one side to the other to create section cuts. This linework was exported to Adobe Illustrator and I did a bunch of stuff and it turned out super crazy! We rendered a plan and perspective of our “landscape” and plotted them out on 30 in by 66 in! Which is pretty big!

The Future of New York City is Potatoes

Our second project started with a trip to NYC. We walked around and looked at different memorials, including the 9/11 Memorial, Washington Square Park, and the Irish Hunger Memorial. The FDR Memorial was also on the list but after a subway ride and a decent amount of walking, we discovered it was CLOSED on Tuesdays! Luckily, we go to take the giant gondola back from the island which was really cool!

For this assignment, we were to choose a memorial and imagine a future for it. Not a reasonable future but something super radical and insane. We created a graphic timeline that took us 100 years into the future of the memorial and a poster advertising the memorial at the end of the timeline. A lot of people imagined a future of nuclear war, robots, and underwater cities but I that was a tad too depressing for my taste.

I picked the Irish Hunger Memorial and imagined a future where all the dirt is in the city is gone, except for what remains on the memorial. People in a nearby building complex begin planting potatoes on it and as science advances, the potatoes get bigger! (Read the timeline to get the full story). This is what the memorial looks like today:

©Peter Aaron/OTTO

 

The Timeline of the Irish Hunger Memorial (If you are having trouble reading this, here is the PDF link: Zoe Roane-Hopkins_ACT3 NYC_Timeline)

The poster for the Urban Spud Coalition:

I am extremely proud of them and will likely frame them to hang in my room.

Yesterday, we went to DC to look at more monuments and to talk with the National Parks Service about how they maintain the National Mall which was really interesting. Our next project will be editing out a memorial from the landscape to see how it changes. Update to come on that project.

LABASH Logo!

LABASH is a big networking event hosted by a college every year and this year, Penn State is hosting! Only problem is, I can’t go 😦 I’ll be in Germany. BUT I did get to design the logo!

The theme for LABASH is “Identify”. The concept for the logo is idea of a leaf rubbing, the leaf being of the iconic American elm trees on campus. I’m sad that I won’t get to see it printed but I’m hoping to get a free t-shirt out of this!

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I Went to a Bar and I Fell: Two Unrelated Events

Hello Friends! It has been a busy week! I’m gonna start with last weekend!

I Went to a Bar

On Friday night, I went to the BARS! Like the kind where people drink alcohol. First, my friends and I went to Pickles which is on Allen Street. There were two bouncers and two policemen standing out front which is pretty intimidating. Pickles was loud and crowded. My friends ordered beers and I got a sprite. After some casual chit chat, we changed venues. That’s right. I BAR HOPPED. haha! We went a very short distance to Zeno’s, located beneath the Corner Room also on Allen Street. Zeno’s was much quieter. I got a water and also ate some of the soft pretzel, fries, and mozzarella that my friend brought.

Extremely Mild Racism

Saturday morning, Logan (the boy I date) and I were walking down the street, headed to the HUB to get some textbooks. At no later than 11:30 in the morning, we passed a student house. Five or six clearly drunk guys were sitting on the porch drinking (what a shock!). As we passed, a bottle flew by our heads into a bush.
“Hey, a White and and Asian!” Yelled one of the guys.

There was a pause. And all I could think was what a perfect moment to say something incredibly clever like, “Great observation!” or “Wow! No way! I had no idea I was Asian until you pointed it out to me!” Unfortunately, I didn’t think of anything quite fast enough before Logan yelled at them to shut up.

I just think it’s hilarious that they were trying to be rude but utterly failed to say anything that was actually offensive.

I Fell

Last Tuedsay, I was riding my scooter home from studio. It was dark and it had just rained. These dark and wet conditions are not particularly ideal for scootering, but I wasn’t too worried. But as I sped down the mall between Old Main and the HUB, I hit a big bump in the sidewalk and went flying off. I got all scraped up. I thought about walking home, then texting Logan but after a few steps I decided I should probably text Logan to let him know. Here is the actual text conversation:

7:56 PM

Me: “I fell”

Me: “Ack blood”

Logan immediately calls me to figure out what happened. He told me to wait.

*The call ends*

7:59 PM

Me: I see a skunk!

He came and walked home with me. Don’t worry, I cleaned all the cuts out and put a bunch of band aids on them.

 

 

How Does the Sun Trim His Toenails?

Eclipse them!!!

Yes, I am back at school for the fourth year! It will be an interesting one I’m sure! Today was the first day of classes but luckily we got out just in time to go to the arboretum and watch the solar eclipse! (Shout out to my parents for getting me fancy eclipse glasses!) A ton of people showed up to watch the event! (About 1,000 people according to a credible source/friend).

I was hoping that it would get darker out, but the change in lighting was pretty subtle since a storm was passing by and it wasn’t obvious whether the darkness was from the clouds or the eclipse. It also got a little cooler as the eclipse reached it’s maximum coverage point. Before it started, the heat from the sun was pretty brutal, but as the moon moved into the sun’s path, the temperature definitely lowered.

I actually got a few picture of the eclipse happening by covering my phone camera with the eclipse lenses! They aren’t very good but still pretty cool!

And here’s a cool thing that happens during an eclipse: the shadows of leaves turn into crescent shapes! Strange right!? I’m not sure why it happens but it was pretty interesting to see.

So all in all, a pretty good first day of 4th year!

Second Sunday at the Governor’s Residence

Yesterday was Second Sunday at the Residence. They open up the mansion to the public and have different stands and activities for people. This month’s theme was “Creature of the Garden”. The 4H Club brought in bunnies and goats. Zoo America brought cute owls, a skunk, a snake, and a turtle! The humane society brought a dog, and some bee keeper people talked about the bees that are kept on the grounds. I was also there with my newly-painted rain barrel and informational signs about the rain gardens. Here is the PDF of the signs in case you were curious (They are also in the previous post): Gov Rain Garden Boards

My setup

Talking to awesome and very nice First Lady Mrs. Wolf about the rain garden and rain barrel!!!

Me helping kids put their handprints on the rain barrel

I also got my boards printed out at the state print shop!

Rain Gardens at the Residence: The Installation

Wednesday, August 9th

Today we excavated the first rain garden! The soil was amended with this cool thing called BIOCHAR. Basically is charcoal. Wood is burned without the presence of oxygen (a process called pyrolysis) which burns off almost everything in the wood except the carbon. Biochar has an incredibly high amount of pore space and when mixed in to the soil, helps retain nutrients and water for plant uptake! It also stays in the soil for hundreds of years. Besides biochar, we also added sand and compost to improve drainage and add nutrients to the soil. Anyway here are some pictures of dirt:

The bobcat is breaking up the clay soil, making it easier to mix with the soil amendments

Here is a close-up picture of me holding some biochar in my hands

 

Here you can see the broken up subsoil about to be mixed with the biochar, compost, and sand

After all the amendments were dumped, they were mixed together with the Bobcat, then more thoroughly rototilled into the soil.

Friday, August 11th

Today we got to actually PLANT the rain garden!!! Very exciting! After many revisions of the plant species, I finally got a plant list that was in stock! Here is the final planting plan. We only planted the larger bed today.

Also, I designed informational boards for the Residence to display during tours! Here they are: Gov Rain Garden Boards

My mom came along with me to help out. And, of course we had the assistance of the maintenance guys!

The plants have arrived!

Me holding some marginal wood ferns

Loading the plants up

Laying out the pots

Finished the pot layout!

Little bluestem eagerly waiting to be planted!

This lucky guy is about to be planted in the ground!

Planting is finished!

We finished planting around noon and had a nice lunch with the Resident’s staff. After lunch, we needed to mulch the bed. Despite the rain on the radar and clouds hanging low in the sky, my mom and I decided to stay and keep mulching while the maintenance guys had other responsibilities to tend to. To no ones surprise, it started to rain. Then it started to downpour. But my mom seemed pretty determined to finish so I wasn’t going to say anything. By the time we were done, the rain was hammering down and visibility was minimal. Also we were soaked. But at least there was a rain garden to capture all that water!

Rain Barrel Painting

The Governor’s Residence wanted me to paint a rain barrel! So I did! Here are some pictures:

 

The Residence has an event called “Second Sunday” where the grounds opens up to the public and activities happen throughout the day. The theme for August’s is “Creatures in the Garden”. I will be bringing in my rain barrel and letting kids add their hand prints to the sky and the clouds. Yeah, I’m a little nervous that they’ll mess everything up but at least I got pictures first!

ALSO!!!! You can follow my facebook page creative wake to see more pictures and video of my rain barrel and some of my other on going projects!