From my mom aspiring to be a photographer, my dad being a pastry chef and my sister studying fashion design, art has always somehow seeped its way into my life. I hadn’t always noticed it. I never drew as good as my sister did, I hated cooking and I always preferred being taken a picture of rather than taking it. My interests leaned more towards music, science and speech competitions. I used to dream of becoming a chemist. Putting formulas together and creating new shampoo bottles. I remember when my mother would draw up a bath for me I would take all the soaps, shampoos, conditioners mix them all together. Knowing how much my mother loved lotion, I would look up at her, smile and tell her I would name my first lotion after her. As I grew older I realized that art is not only drawing or painting. It’s so much more. I realized that music was my art form, conducting speeches and chemistry formulas was all an art form within itself.
I always had a set goal for my future, but as life starting passing by I started to lose that a little more every day. After graduating from High School with IB chemistry not being my greatest friend, I decided I would go into communications. In my first year at The University of British Columbia I fell in love with my creative writing classes and that’s how it all began. Unfortunately UBC did not have a Communication or Creative Writing Major in the specific field that I wanted. So I moved to New York. My first semester at Lang I hated, so I decided to transfer to Parsons. I started drawing and making art that I wasn’t even aware I was capable of doing. I put together my portfolio and here I am, a Communication Design major.
The inspiration for my work often comes from pieced together moments of my life that I use to explore a theme of nostalgia as well as my home town. One of my first works in my Space and Materiality class was to pick a symbol that represents the way we are seen by society and the way we see and identify ourselves. I picked a shell as my symbol because I love hiding away in my own bubble. For this project we had to use linear materials in order to create our 3D symbol. I chose to use wood because I had never worked with it before and it had a quality and feel to it that I really enjoyed. I started making quick mock ups using cardboard, aluminum foil, wire, foam and thread. Once I had an idea of how I wanted it to look I started drawing sketches in order to visualize my imagination. This project was a real challenge, but I truly enjoyed working on it and I was very satisfied with my final result. I also loved experiencing with materials that I had never used before.
Another project that I really enjoyed working on was also a Space and Materiality project. The goal of this Project was to create a wearable object connected to one specific community of our choice. My initial inspiration was Cubism in the early 20th century. Cubism was an avant grade art movement that revolutionized European paintings and sculptures. I’ve always had a passion for structured and architectural designs, so for this piece I combined the both. After I had a good idea of what the form would be, I started by creating triangles and ate shape with paper and cardboard just to know how many pieces I would need. I initially wanted to use plexi glass but it was too heavy on the body, so I decided to use Polycarbonate. I cut each triangle by using a hook blade, then drilled two holes at the bottom of each triangle and used a chemical liquid to meld each side to each other in order to make a 3D triangle. I then traced the mannequins dimensions on muslim, placed the triangles and attached them with a piece of beige thread. Finally, I decided to keep the triangles see through because I wanted the models skin color to show through the piece.
It’s funny how when we are little we aren’t afraid to dream, but once we start getting older we begin to overthink about our careers, our parents, money. I never thought I would fall in love with Space and Materiality as much as I did and I have thought a lot about switching my major to Product Design. I hope to take more classes similar to this one and but I am not sure what the future would hold with that major. I’m also interested in advertising, which is why I am in Communication Design. However, maybe I could Major in Product Design and Minor in Communication Design in order to learn more about both fields.