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Hansa’s five favorite things

15 Dec

1. Drea
I really enjoyed Drea’s teaching style. Thank you for teaching us.

2. Jasmine’s felting workshop
I’ve never worked with wool before and I really enjoyed obsessively working with wool to make a tangible art piece. Jasmine, you have no idea–you got me hooked on this!
I really enjoyed the whole photo-animation workshop. It was awesome the whole class got to participate and we were all engaged with it. It was fun.

3. Presentations
It was wonderful to learn from my classmates about things they were passionate about! Thanks for sharing. I learned A LOT.

4. Cooking
Food is always good in any event. Roxanna rocked at making risotto and we all know how much we enjoyed Irene’s spring rolls.

5. Blog
What a great idea and an incredible resource for us now and after we leave this class.


Inspirational Green Artists!

8 Dec

Here are some cool inspirational, eco-conscious work…

1. 70s building rehabbed in rainbow skin

Murtinho + Raby Arquitectos transformed an old grey 70s building in Santiago, Chile, into a vibrant new space. The rainbow-hued building is home to Caja de Compensación Los Heroes,which is a non profit institution whose role is to help retirees through small loans. The colorful panels on the outside work to trap solar energy using UV ray filters that protect the inside of the building from heat, thereby cutting down on air conditioning usage and costs. The panels required much less materials and energy than tearing down the existing structure or erecting a new one.

2. Holiday tree made out of shopping carts

The 2010 tree is made out of mostly full size carts with some smaller versions at the top to create a forced perspective of height. The 86 carts are supported by an internal structure that remains nearly invisible, allowing the carts to seem like they were merely stacked atop one another and left in that perilous formation.

“The shopping cart tree symbolizes both generosity and abundance, as well as acknowledging those less fortunate where their whole world may be housed in a cart. We see shopping carts every day and take them for granted. Individually the beauty of an everyday object may become invisible, but in quantity you can’t miss it,” says Anthony Schmitt of his design.

3. Affordable housing made from shipping pallets!

Schnetzer and Gregor from Austira, built upon what they learned from constructing modular pallet houses, and built these affordable housing in Johannesburg using shipping pallets. The pallets are used as floors, walls, ceilings and cladding and this round design eliminated some of the expensive wood beam structures. This provides insulation, and provide shelter even in drastically fluctuating temperatures.

4. Antique Silverware as Jewelry

These rings made from repurposed silverwear. Each of these spoon rings and fork bracelets has been individually designed, crafted, and polished into unique jewelry by artist John Marchello. John specializes in transforming ordinary silverware into the remarkable creations.

5. Camera made from a 150 year old skull

This is a really bizarre and dark eco product. Hands down, this pin hole skull camera crafted by sculpture artist Wayne Martin Belger is the spookiest thing I have ever seen. The piece, entitled Third Eye, is part of a small collection of eerie photography equipment made from metal, precious stones, and human remains.

The device works by briefly exposing film inside the skull, there are no lenses, battery powered flashes, or any ability to zoom in on a subject. Belger says he prefers this low-tech photo capturing method, because it’s the most “true representation of a segment of light and time – a pure reflection of what is at that moment.”He also states that each camera is intended to relate to a specific subject to be photographed; in the above case it is a grave site. As intended, the sepia-toned, blurry photos taken with the camera give on-lookers a chilling feeling, along with an appreciation for the odd and beautifully dark imagery.

According to Belger “the skull was from a med students study kit in 1900. Then for about a hundred years it lived in an attic in England. As far as respect for Human remains, I have respect for all of natures remains and honor them so. I spent a great deal of time in South East Asia, so I do lean toward Eastern views. The skull is the “left overs” of the soul and is a honored part of nature. It should be respected as an animal skull, an insect skull or a leaf. I think when you put humans and their remains above all other forms of nature, the separation allows for the thoughtless elitist easy destruction of nature. Ya get things like animals hunted to extinction, burning rain forest and oil spills… BTW the use of human remains in art is an old, wide sped tradition. Tibetans would carve skulls and do beautiful inlay work. They would also make flutes from human femurs.”

So there everyone, there are numerous ways to make eco-friendly sustainable work!

Funky, Innovative, Business Cards and Logo Design

1 Dec

Business cards are one of the best ways to market yourself. Take a look at some of these very creative, inspirational business cards.

1. A landscape architect company designed a card that can grow.

The before

The after

2. This one is for a map company:

3. This is for a pharmaceutical company:

4. Then there is this one for a personal trainer:

5. Greek restaurant promotion:

6. Asthma Specialist Uses Balloons:

7. Acupuncturist Uses Pin Holes:

Let’s talk about logo design a little…

One of the most dynamic tools graphic designers use to create great logos is the symbol. When designing a company logo one of the main things is to define the identity, i.e. to represent clearly who the company is and how it would like to be perceived.

A symbol is usually an image or physical object that represents something intangible, hard to define, or rich in meaning. A symbol, for us, graphic designers in the design world, is usually a combination of graphic elements that represent something to us, in other words, a picture that tells a story.

A logo becomes the symbol for the company’s identity; symbols gracefully create associations between a company and that which the company would like to represent. It allows people to identify, organize, classify, embody and make sense of the world. Symbols are powerful communication devices when used wisely. One smart symbolic element in a logo design can express everything, but the designer needs to be careful to express one thing well, not many ideas poorly.

Symbols are used to create brands. Creating brands is linked to understanding how humans communicate and express feelings through symbols. It is a matter of understanding the very basics of human communication. creating brands is linked to understanding how humans communicate and express feelings through symbols. It can be thought of as manipulation, but really, it is a matter of understanding the very basics of human communication. Communication is one of the most important skills anyone can have, in business and in life. As individuals and as a species, I believe we will be happier and more productive if we can improve our ability to communicate.

Let’s look at some cool logos and how they incorporated symbols, text, font and other numerous design elements effectively.

Each logo should communicate something.

Remember, a great logo, is highly effective, simplicity at its best, memorable, and informative!

Global Architecture: Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India

20 Oct

I am a traveler and I did a three month backpacking trip through India over a year ago. One of the places I visited was Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Jodhpur means blue city and it literally is, the city is filled with blue buildings. One of my fond memories of visiting Jodhpur is seeing Mehrangarh Fort.

Mehrangarh Fort is the largest fort in India. It was built in 1459 by Rao Jodha. It is about 400 feet above the city and was towering over everything and was built on gigantic rock cliffs. A winding road leads to and from the city below.

This is a clip I took by the fort with couple friends I made in Rajasthan. You can see the city below a little and hear Rajasthani music in the background.

In order to gain entry into the Fort, you have to cross seven gates some of which still bear the imprints of the attacks that these gates have withstood. These gates, were built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings, deep-terracotta colored, latticed palace complex and expansive courtyards which are beautiful examples of the asymmetry and symmetry that mark Rajput buildings. They house a museum, with a splendid collection of belongings of Indian royalty.

The palaces have very interesting names, such as the Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Sukh Mahal (Pleasure Palace), and Phool Mahal (Flower Palace). Pearl Palace was the place where the king used to meet his subjects. The Flower Palace houses the Jodhpur Coat of Arms. The Pleasure Palace was constructed specially for the women of the royal household. The latticed screens enabled them take a glimpse of the outside world without being observed. The inner courtyard was used for the Holi festival; the women in the Palace were able to view the festivities from above.

At the southern end of the fort, there are magical views and at times you can clearly hear voices and city sounds from below. There’s even a fort astrologer for consultation.

A contemporary non-western art: reverse graffiti

6 Oct
Reverse graffiti is a street art form where artists clean up the walls by “scrubbing” their sketches into the grime that’s there already.

Inspired by the works of Paul Curtis (a reverse graffiti pioneer), Martin Pace in Durban, South Africa decided to “scrub” the walls of his own town using a metal scrubbing brush on a 17 meter filthy freeway wall. The result was a reverse graffiti art in which he etched a pictorial time line of the town’s architecture

He was later joined by his friends Stathi Kongianos, JP Jordaan, and Nick Ferreira and they formed Dutch Ink.

Here is a reverse graffiti of a giant “Sardine Run” swimming across a city bridge by Dutch Ink.

The dutch ink also made beautiful mural of trees on a Durban North wall.

Here is Martin Pace, the founder of the dutch ink in front of one of their murals.

Some call this reverse graffiti “the eco-friendly new graffiti art.”  There is really nothing illegal about cleaning a wall. Could selective cleaning be considered vandalism?
Pace commented on the interactions between the group and the community:

“That’s the beauty of the whole project. We have had council guys in police cars stop us in the middle of the day while we are working and asking us if we have been commissioned to do this and when we answered no, they gave us thumbs up and said keep doing what you are doing.”

–via Inhabitant