Hey, I’m Not Done Yet

That’s right! I may have graduated but school is still in session. I’ll be heading down to Savannah to do a short master of arts in industrial design program at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). It’s only a year and a quarter but I am very excited to be living in a completely different city all the way down south. Right now I’m packing, and even though I’ve had five years of experience to get this right, it’s still a complete and jumbled mess.

I Did A Lot This Summer

It’s been way busier than I expected for not being employed. My mom and I traveled to China where we spent time in the city I was adopted from and also toured the absolutely sublime and awesome karst mountains of Guilin. Here’s a pic of that:

Since I didn’t have a job but wanted money, I did some freelance residential planting master plans for a few clients. It was way more work than anticipated but it was cool to feel like I owned my own business. Here is my summer workspace:

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Also, the Log and I went to Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. Actually, he asked if I wanted to come along and I told him that I didn’t really want to be very helpful and he said he still wanted me along anyway. Our campground was next to one of the smaller lakes so it was nice and quiet.

We did a lot of hiking and wandering, but it was too windy to go canoeing which was disappointing. Especially since the logo for the park is a guy carrying a canoe.

Unfortunately, we ended up leaving early because the forecast had predicted rain for the rest of the evening so we couldn’t sit outside and have a fire or really do much of anything without getting soaked. It’s ok though because we saw a moose on the way out of the park! Very exciting! Also, we stopped at the filming location for the motel in the TV show, Schitt’s Creek. It was pretty cool!

Here is a picture of the motel.

We also stopped at Niagara Falls. Amazing! But it’s kind of disappointing how close the buildings get to the falls and river.

What else… I hung out with Log and his cool family during their vacation. We went fishing and hiking and winery touring! I also got to spend a week with Log, moving him in to his new apartment outside of DC before he started his swanky new job. We were both sick for the whole week but still managed to see the Smithsonian, the zoo, walk around the National Mall, and spend a day in Georgetown where Log’s office is located.

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Recently, the family all flew to Texas to visit some family in San Antonio. We walked along the River Walk in the city and saw the Alamo (which was not the most exciting) and the other missions around San Antonio. I had a great time talking with the family and playing with my little cousins!

Most most recently, me and some of my LARCHie friends all went down to Logan’s bay house and we just hung out and talked and had campfires on the beach. A final get together before I have to head down!

Today

Today I am baking bread and packing. I’ve been trying to move my life in a more sustainable, less wasteful direction for a while now and there’s lots of waste in food packaging. I’m also trying biodegradable silk dental floss which will be interesting and invested in some mesh, reusable produce bags. I’ve been trying beeswax wrap to replace plastic wrap and got some reusable ziploc bags for my birthday. A present which my sister responded to with, “I used to be jealous of the presents you got.” Or something to that effect. My favorite thing though are my collapsible takeout containers that I bring to restaurants so if I have leftovers, I don’t have to waste the disposable takeouts. I also started carrying around silverware in my backpack and purse, as well as a small cloth napkin. I get quite excited about all of it.

So there you have it! My summer highlights. Stay tuned for next week when we trek down to Savannah.

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Spring Break in Savannah

[Written I think two weeks ago]

Spring break is now over and the clocks have already jumped ahead. I’m currently sitting in the Intramural Building, chilling out while Logan and Ben play what I’m sure is a rousing game of racket ball. Before that, we attempted some of the climbs on the bouldering wall but were met with minimal success. Very fit people in leggings and sneakers and tank tops keep walking by and making me feel super lazy as I sit on my laptop. It’s ok. I have practice tonight.

Over spring break, I traveled down to Savannah to look at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) accompanied by my best buddy Log. I got the rejection letter from RISD (the Rhode Island School of Design) a few days before but its just as well because it’s much easier for me to make a decision. And guess what. Savannah and SCAD are both wonderful! That means that YES! I am going to grad school for industrial design! I cannot wait!

Logan and I flew in on Sunday and got to stay with my aunt in her super cool and old house. It poured all evening. We tried to go to the Crystal Beer Parlor, apparently a local food favorite, but even in the rain it was an hour wait. So we got tacos.

The next morning, Log and I walked around the historic district. I took some pics with my new lens. We ate breakfast at Clary’s which was delicious! Then walked over to the SCAD Admissions office where the tour started. The inside of this building is SWANKY. There is funky decor and bright colors. I got a cool lanyard. Here is a picture of the room we started in. Logan kept saying the tables were “substantial”.

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So I’ve been on a lot of tours and let me tell you, the SCAD tour was easily the best organized and most helpful one I’ve ever been on. The campus itself is spread across the city in 80 or so different buildings, most of which have been historic and renovated. So instead of the usual walking backward tour guide, we went on a shuttle. We got to see the fibers building, the animation building, and the industrial design building.

Then we walked around town. I love all the trees.

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In the evening, Logan and I went to the Crystal Beer Parlor. I got shrimp and grits and it was so delicious but it has milk in it and my belly was not too happy. It was worth it.

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I am so so so excited to be going to grad school! And, that means I get to keep my blog for longer! Yay!

 

 

Spring Break, Spring Ahead

Where is this “Spring” anyway. It is a cool 30 degrees Fahrenheit right now in always partially sunny State College. Despite the cold, I have been busy over the break. (It is now the Friday of my first week back at school).

Painting Underwater

I was very excited for spring break because I got to paint a lot of furniture and try out my cute new electric sander. (Thanks internet!)

I painted a small shelf and table in an “under water” theme, which was an interesting and new challenge since the only things I’ve really painted are flowers.

Here are some progress pics of the shelf:

And here are the final pics of the table and the shelf:

 

 

Android Defector

I broke my iPhone screen right before break, and my nice mother offered to buy me a new one. I have been considering the switch from Apple to Samsung for a long time and after an extremely long case of indecision, I finally decided to try out android. It’s taking me a little getting used to but I think the switch was worth it and that battery life is no joke.

Birds

More bird pics!

 

Time for a Short Break

I have been pretty busy over break, even though I did a very very minimal amount of school work.

Bookshelf in the Style of Frida Kahlo

This took FOREVER. But I did it! Actually I need to go put another layer of clear coat on it soon. Anyway, this book shelf is a Frida Kahlo-esque painting. Her life was actually kind of depressing so her art has some macabre undertones but I tried to avoid the depressing art since it is a piece of furniture that people will be looking at and I also didn’t want to paint depressing things.

So here it is. The pictures are not great quality but that’s ok. (PS you should follow Creative Wake on Facebook cause I guess I’m now a shameless self-promoter. Sigh. LINK TO FACEBOOK PAGE)

A Visit to the Governor’s Mansion

I figured since I was on break, I could stop by and check on my rain gardens. Everyone was so friendly! Hugs and everything! The rain gardens are actually in pretty good shape as well! Here are more terrible photos:

A Small Cat

Or “kitten” has made a home here for the week, while my sister is watching him for her friend. He is nice, but he climbs on my keyboard while I’m typinaefj; adf. At least he’s cute…

Update, he just sat down on my computer:

Oh, and Thanksgiving was lovely and delicious. Dinner at the grandparents in State College.

So that’s about it. I have to go back to school tomorrow 😦 Ugh. It’s fine. Two more weeks.

My Third Spring Break

Well I have really been quite terrible about keeping everyone updated on my happenings. But then again, everyone said that this year would be the most difficult and time consuming year of all and I have yet to disagree. A majority of my meals last weekend consisted of chicken tenders from the commons and breakfast sandwiches from Au Bon Pain. After a grueling couple of weeks, I have finally reached that beautiful checkpoint of spring break. YAY! So, here is what I have been so busy with that I didn’t have the time to let you all know:

Studio Stuff

Our latest studio project was a to design a mixed-use community with different housing types and a commercial district. I designed a community that gave creative and educational opportunities to lower-income people. I wanted to call it “the starving artist community” but felt like that was too on the nose. Haha. Anyway, here is a pdf of my project boards if you are so inclined to view them 🙂 [EDIT: Just kidding, it’s not a PDF anymore it’s a document viewer]

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Our next project will be on the “scenic” Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY. If you are unaware (as I was) this canal is not scenic. It smells. And apparently has a dark sludge residing in its murky bottom which is affectionately called “black molasses”. We’re going on a site visit soon, so that should be interesting.

Photography

The last assignment we submitted for photography was a “narrative.” The goal was to create scenes that told some kind of story that the viewer didn’t understand. Think sci-fi fantasy kind of deal or The Twilight Zone but in color. Here are the two photos that I submitted:

My next assignment is to choose a photographer (famous) and imitate their style. I chose Ansel Adams who photographed beautiful landscapes of California and the South West in black and white. I almost feel bad trying to copy them because mine are no where near that caliber. Also, I need some mountains.

Apartment Life

So you may or may not know that my lovely little apartment is not equipped with a washer and dryer. I recently decided to start washing my clothes in the bathroom and hanging them on a clothesline. This has proved largely inefficient due to living in a basement that is always slightly humid so that nothing every really dries. So, my dear mother decided to purchase me a tiny electric dryer and a crank washer. I am very excited to be washing clothes in my apartment and will update you on how everything works out!

Have a nice day!

Winter Break is Over…

So I still have not leaned my lesson about backing up all  my files to multiple places. For Christmas, I bought/was gifted a very new, very fancy, very EXPENSIVE Lenovo Yoga 710 laptop. I’ve had it for maybe two months, and ya know what happened… THE MOTHERBOARD FREAKING DIED!!!!!!! It died over break, a few short days before I had to go back to school. After a extremely long and not super pleasant conversation (which mostly consisted of being on hold) I took it in to Best Buy to get it looked at and see what my options were. They are not great. And, I still haven’t been able to even try to get the information off of it because it has a stupid special tiny hard drive that not even Best Buy’s own Geek Squad has the compatible hardware for. So that’s great. But probably what is most upsetting is that I put a bunch of cool stickers on my laptop which have now gone to waste.2017-01-04-12-40-02

Oh, how was my break, you ask? My break was splendid. Visited some old friends. Hung out with my lovely family before they all left for New Zealand after Christmas (with out ME I might add, since I had to go back to school before they planned to return but I’m not bitter or anything). Luckily, I didn’t have to spend New Year’s alone! The family of my charming boyfriend (yep… I have a boyfriend) let me stay with them for the week before school started! They were so nice and fed me a TON of food! And we went hiking on New Year’s day!
2017-01-01-11-01-07Also, before Christmas, I painted a table and chairs set for someone and they gave me money!!! You can look at it on my website: www.creativewakeart.wordpress.com (Also follow me on facebook hahaha. But I’m kinda serious. I even put a link). https://www.facebook.com/creativewakeart/

Unfortunately, I am now back at school. Sigh… Tomorrow is the first day of classes. Yaaaaaaay.

Skipping Out on Finals This Year

Not really. I actually only had a take-home final so I decided to come home. I am very happy to be home with my pets and my lovely parents (sister to arrive at a later date). However, the last few weeks were incredibly stressful. Also, Happy Thanksgiving because I forgot to post on the great day of giving thanks and watching dogs with makeup run around on a carpet. Saw “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” over the break. Loved it. Good stuff. Anyway. You may or may not be curious about what I’ve been up to in studio. I have be very terrible about posting things about my ongoing projects but this year has literally been terrible in terms of time for doing things other than studio.

Anyway, we have been doing a cool project in the Spring Creek Watershed (which is located in Centre County, PA) all semester. We are learning ArcGIS which is a cool and very difficult to figure out mapping software that lets us analyze and create different maps to help explain different features of the landscape we are studying, which is the Spring Creek Watershed. For most of the semester we did a bunch of analysis mini porjects that identified and analyzed things like the area’s topography, the different streams and how they were connected, the uderlying geology and how that informed what kind of soils were present in different parts of the landscape. I know it may sound boring but I thought it was super cool. So after a TON of analyzing things, we started coming up with a design solution to a problem in the watershed. I talked about forest fragmentation. Here is the final board for the project. There is a typo some where on the board. Don’t judge me. I was tired. Just click on the link cause I am too lazy to convert it to a JPEG. [EDIT: I am deleting things to create more storage space so can’t view these boards. HA. They were probably bad anyway.]

[Yep. The link is gone. Oh well.]

Also, if you’re curious, here is my honors project final that is a design of an agroforestry buffer.

[JK I deleted the link, sucka]

Enjoy the rest of your day!