C for Crayons

This is a post I’ve been meaning to put up for sometime but have completely forgot to do this.

I have put this off for too too long!

This is something you should know about me, in terms of my blogging anyway. On some occasions, there will be a blog post that I want to write, let’s say one about kittens. I will get excited to write this post about kittens… but then… I get distracted… Usually it’s not my fault. School comes in the way and that comes first in my mind (sorry blog followers but you guys come second).

Finally here is my post about another project I completed for my Typography class, actually a project I did before my Logo of my Initials. The task was to create a 3-Dimensional sculpture of the letter of your last name (in my case I had the letter C) using any medium you wanted.

I decided to use crayons! So I went to the Dollar Store, picked up some crayola crayons, and made this:

C for Crayon

Got an ‘A’ on this assignment so I’m quite pleased with the results ūüôā

Toothpick Tree

I really should have written this post a while ago about another project I completed for my university portfolio interview. Before I even began making anything, I thought long and hard about what I could create that would help me stand out. I had wanted to pay tribute to the environment, particularly useless products made from trees, but didn’t how to visually. Finally, I decided to make a tree using nothing but toothpicks an glue.

Excitedly I trotted to the store and got about two packs of 250 toothpicks and some white glue . I had only happy thoughts about this project.

Expectation: This is going to be a piece of cake! No Problem!

Reality: … … MOST TIME-CONSUMING PROJECT EVER!!!!

While completing the tree, I realized that the process was rather tedious, almost unbearable! Honestly, it was such a time-consuming task. The constant routine of taking a toothpick, putting glue on it, and holding it in place was really took its toll on my patience. If you ask anyone who was around me while I was working would agree that I became a little bit irritable. “WHY ME??!! WHY DID I EVER DECIDE TO F***ING DO THIS??!!”

Luckily, I placed the final piece of toothpick and declared that my tree was finished! (I think I heard the Hallelujah chorus and a light shine upon me). In all seriousness, I was glad the hard work was done.

After completing my toothpick tree, I met up with my art teacher and asked for help with photographing my pieces for my portfolio interview. I brought in my artwork and photographed them. Here is the photo of my tree I took:

When it came time for my interviews, the professors who interviewed me were quite impressed with my work, and definitely became intrigued in my toothpick tree, saying it was one of my strongest pieces.

Overall, the project was a success! Although I felt frustrated and irritated during the process, I do feel now that it was worth the agony. If you are going to attempt a project like this, don’t quit! Believe me, seeing the end result is amazing.

My tree is now sitting on top a coat closet underneath a window. It has a constant spotlight because it is just that awesome!

My Roman Holiday with Bernini

Rome Trip March 2011

I like going on trips like any other person. The feeling of getting off that airplane you’ve been sitting in for hours and walking on foreign ground is just an¬†exhilarating feeling. Honestly, the one thing I enjoy most is visiting a new place. This reminds me of the trip I took last year to Rome, Italy with 9 other students and 2 school teachers.

Rome is probably one of my favourite cities I have ever visited in my life thus far. Apart from the fabulous food, like their paninis, pastas, and pizzas, what I enjoyed most was the art.

It seemed like every where I went, there was something Bernini. If you don’t know who or what Bernini is, you obviously haven’t been to Rome before. Gian Lorenzo Bernini was an Italian artist who worked primarily in Rome as the leading sculptor of his age. He created many sculptures, much of which are featured in museums, churches, and fountains.

What I particularly enjoy in Bernini’s works are his representations of dramatic and dynamic moments. For example, the Apollo and Daphne (1622-1625) statue depicts the moment of Daphne’s transformation from a nymph into a tree, a true moment of change, which is difficult to sculpt. Another example is the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa¬†(1647-1652) in the Santa Maria della Vittoria. Immediately¬†when I saw the statue, I was in awe. Seeing something so majestic and heavenly is a feeling I have trouble describing.

The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa

If you have the opportunity to travel to a new place, I would definitely recommend going to Rome, Italy, especially if you like art history.