Pink Foam Everywhere, Don’t Talk to Me Mr.

Since we last spoke, things have gotten busier. Like WAY busier. This is largely thanks to my model making class because our assignments are all overlapping so there are always multiple things due that all take up a lot of time. The project I finished last Tuesday was replicate not one, not two, not five, not ten, but fifteen objects in pink foam. In a week. If you can’t tell, that’s a lot to do in a week. He suggested that we pick objects that relate to a theme so I decided to pick objects from my days as a busker on the streets of downtown State College. The only thing is that I thought it would be really cool do a ukulele, even though the professor said that anything too detailed or larger than a shoe box would take too long. But yeah I did it anyway.

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I didn’t do the string though because I really just didn’t feel like it.

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Here’s the setup for my presentation. I tried do make it look like it did when I played downtown, except I had some extra items so I could reach 15 objects.

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I brought my real ukulele to class since we had to have some to the items we were replicating and my professor let me play a song after my presentation! I play Can’t Help Falling In Love because it’s a classic.

I’m also working on carving four elephants out of a material called “ren foam” which is really dense foam that is more enjoyable to do than the stupid pink foam that got scratched really easily but it is still really time consuming.

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I rode my bike to Gulfstream yesterday and it was actually a really nice ride. The street I go down in pretty calm on the weekends at least and then I don’t have to wait for the dumb bus to come. SCAD really needs to step up it’s game with the buses because they are absolutely not reliable. (Hey Mom, see my cool lock?)

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The other thing due very soon for model shop class which I should really be working on (but I took the day off) is for an event that SCAD has every year called Hard Core Foam Core. All the students taking this model building class are divided into teams and tasked with building some insane thing out of foam core which we then present in the form of a song or rap during a big event. If you don’t know what foam core is, it’s like thick poster board that is paper on the outside and foam in between. Our prompt is to design a robotic exoskeleton that a person wears and it is oriented toward a specific task. So a lot of people are doing combat exoskeletons that have all these weapons attached and such. Our group is still kinda figuring stuff out and I’m hopeful they figured some more stuff out today while I wasn’t in the bench room. (For future reference, the bench room is basically like the grad studio space where we work on all our projects. Did I already say this? I don’t remember. Anyway, it’s an ok space but there are no windows. Honestly, Stuckeman was way better but you didn’t hear it from me).

Don’t worry, I wasn’t slacking on my day off. On top of all the work I’ve had to do for all my classes (and I have group projects in all three classes), I’ve been sick for the past week. I have the coughing kind of sickness that is just really annoying and throat-irritating and loud and disruptive, both to me and all the people around me. A few days ago I took a nap in the bench room because I had a meeting there later but I was too tired to work on anything. I guess my coughing and complaining was pretty bad because my classmate felt so bad that he – unprompted- offered to drive me to Kroger so I could get soup and then drove me back to my dorm. My best buddy Logan also did a nice thing and ordered me a whole pile of Chinese food to my dorm when I got back from Gulfstream (where the bench room that I am not too fond of is located). Thanks Log, you rock.

I’m still sick and coughing all over the place but I felt a lot better today so I went for a run. It was hot and sticky difficult but at least I did it. I was walking around Forsyth park afterward and a random guy started talking to me. He seemed nice enough so I tentatively chatted with him for a while. It was ok but then he asked if I liked motorcycles and I said “no” and he said “that’s too bad because if you said yes I would ask if you wanted to take a ride on my motorcycle with me”. Yeah no, I don’t think so mr. weird fat guy. I told him I had a lot of homework and gracefully exited out of that very uncomfortable situation. The best part though is that I told my parents and my mom said, “you know not to go with him if he asks you that, right? Even if he’s a nice man.” Yes, Mama I know. I’m 23 and have a well-developed distrust for most people I encounter, especially man strangers.

Speaking of parents, mine are definitely best. Is the love your parents feel for you quantifiable by the amount of Regionally specific snacks sent to you while away from home? Because my parent’s love is. And the the answer is, they love me A WHOLE LOT. This package arrived for me unexpectedly. I had complained that I was out of chips and they said that they would send me more but I didn’t think they would buy all the chips in Central, PA!
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This afternoon I returned to Forsyth park to talk to more people, but on purpose. In one of the classes I’m taking, my team project focuses on researching sustainable tourism in Savannah and part of the research involves interviewing people and asking them questions about our topic. So of course we had to talk to a bunch of tourists. It’s actually really fun to talk to people but I probably need to be a little more assertive because I didn’t want to bother anyone. I did end up talking to a number of people though. No one offered me a motorcycle ride.

Right now, I’m just chilling now and pretending that I don’t have a butt load of work that I should really be doing. Have a nice evening everyone.

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!

 

 

It’s Cold and Pottery is Hard

Hi! So I’ve been back for… three weeks? Nope. Four. And things have been going pretty good. Except the university keeps cancelling school on some very important days in studio and I’m not too happy about it. My studio this year (which I think I told you was a collaborative studio with architects and architectural engineers). We were supposed to have this “charette” last week where we talked to a bunch of different important people about our site to help inform our research for the design. But then it got cancelled. And then it got cancelled again. Also, I am taking a seminar looking at a parcel of land in Musser Gap which is owned by the university and we were going to have a community meeting to learn more about what the public thing about the land and that also got cancelled. The stupid cold is ruining everything.

Practice was not immune to the school cancellation either. We had two practices cancelled right before our first meet at Temple so the stress was high and most of us had not actually practiced our routines so we were all quite surprised when we didn’t fall all over the place. I actually think A-Team placed first but we had to leave before awards because the meet was on Sunday night and I had a Monday 8 AM which is pottery.

Also. I’m so bad at pottery. Actually, I’m ok at sculpture. Here was our first project, a shoe made out of clay.

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Pretty good right?

But now we have moved on to wheel throwing which I know is “harder than it looks” but its really so freaking difficult. Our first assignment is to make a six-inch cylinder. Nothing fancy. just a cylindrical with a hole. And I can’t seem to do it. It’s been two three-hour classes plus outside time and it’s going so poorly. Six inches never seemed so un-achievable. Ug. I have to go in tomorrow to do it. Hopefully I’ll be done before the sun sets.

Good news though. Very good news! Some time ago, I applied for the MA in Industrial Design program at the Savannah College of Art and Design and I found out last week that I was ACCEPTED!!!!! YAY! WOOO! I still have to wait unit March for RISD though. And I don’t even know what I’m going to do. But it’s still quite exciting!

So it’s been a bit since this happened but the first snow day we had at school, Logan and I went with some friends to our friend Mike’s house to make pasta and sled. We led a little pasta making demonstartion from the stuff that we learned in Rome during our semester abroad in Germany. (That’s a different blog. If you wanna read about it click HERE)

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