Author / Kwaku
I shared a story with Steven about my mother and a specific dish that I have a personal heartfelt attachment to. With this story I’mm creating a cookbook about the food my mother made for me when I was younger with the exact recipe! It’s somewhat crazy to try and make this cookbook without getting hungry, well thats just me. I also think it’s very sad if you’ve got no story to share. (Where’s your childhood!)
First off i know the book is going to be the focus for the next ten weeks. The first grid was be simple. However, I know as the assignment progresses the grid will become far more complex (Like the one we are currently doing!): currently I have started designing & composing the Cookbook | Type Specimen | Memoir. The final will be a 16-page, saddle-stitched book with self-wrappers.
TRACE, DRAW, CARVE & PRINT ￼
Using the typeface Sabon, I printed an upper and lower case alphabet on 11 x 17 tabloid laser paper so the lowercase x (the x-height) is nine picas high (1.5 inches), the height of the caps will follow. 26 Uppercase letters A–Z + ampersand and 26 lower case letters a–z. I Adjusted my leading to fit U&lc on two sheets of 11 x 17 tabloid. Repeated the process for eight core fonts: Baskerville, Bodoni, Clarendon, Gill Sans, Helvetica, Futura, and Rockwell. Traced these alphabets onto tracing paper— perfectly!
Chose a typeface from our list—based on a specific æsthetic aspect of its design that appeals to me.
In my sketchbook, I drew a minimum of ten 4 x 6 inch boxes, drawing the character freehand to fit the boxes. I practiced until I could draw it perfectly. You have to pay special attention to the letterform proportions.
After tracing the best image onto tracing paper with a soft pencil, I now have to reverse the tracing paper onto the carving block and burnish the back of the paper until my image is transferred onto the block. The carved letterform could either be a positive or negative image. Using the finest #1 blade in the carving tool I outlined the image. I carefully removed the material. No need to cut deep. Blocks are somewhat fragile so handling with care is key.
After inking the image with the brayer I rolled out an even layer of ink onto the block. Trying not to over-ink. I then placed the block ink-side down onto the print paper and apply light but even pressure all-over the block. Pulled the block off the print slowly and ENJOYEEEEED what I call the eureka moment—the second a student views the print they just pulled!
My main contribution to this workshop was bringing the idea up for making collages, in my mind I thought my group members wouldn’t really welcome the idea, but I was wrong. The embraced it (maybe because we didn’t have to buy anything) however, it was a totally great experience, especially when we had to do the mock-ups in class before the real thing.
Initially my feeling towards the workshop was total boredom. I felt it was just going to be my group and I pulling our skills together to just create and complete a workshop and probably never talk about it again. However this was far beyond what I even imagined and I’m even sure what Jen imagined. We all worked together, not just in our individual groups, but as a big community. Taking and sharing pictures amongst ourselves, helping other groups with their ideas and also generally having a great time. Getting people to do the workshop was definitely not an easy task, but we all tried our best to get each other’s participants to try other group’s workshops, which I felt was awesome.
“Gardening always has been an art, essentially.”
The Central Garden, created by artist Robert Irwin, lies at the heart of the Getty Center. The 134,000-square-foot design features a natural ravine and tree-lined walkway that leads the visitor through an extraordinary experience of sights, sounds, and scents.
The walkway traverses a stream that winds through a variety of plants and gradually descends to a plaza where bougainvillea arbors provide scale and a sense of intimacy. Continuing through the plaza, the stream cascades over a stone waterfall or “chadar,” into a pool with a floating maze of azaleas. Specialty gardens encircle the pool. All of the foliage and materials of the garden have been selected to accentuate the interplay of light, color, and reflection.
Irwin began planning the Central Garden in 1992, as a key part of the Getty Center project. Since the Center opened in 1997, the Central Garden has evolved as its plants have grown and been trimmed. New plants are constantly being added to the palette. Irwin’s statement “Always changing, never twice the same” is carved into the plaza floor, reminding visitors of the ever-changing nature of this living work of art.
Robert Irwin’s work at Dia:Beacon may elude the casual visitor. It consists of a master plan for the museum and its outdoor spaces, as well as design work on numerous aspects of the project, most notably the extensive landscape environment, where Irwin was involved in every aspect of the plantings, paving and fencing, and windows and doors.
Most important, Irwin helped Dia consider the design of the Beacon project in experiential and environmental terms as a totality—from the visitor’s entrance, by car or by foot, down a driveway marked at its top by a gate and a new copper beech tree, through an orchard that serves as a parking lot, into a plaza that signals one’s arrival at the museum, into either a café and bookshop or the newly constructed entrance to the galleries, and from there down any of a number of possible paths through the museum’s interior and into the artists’ spaces, each specifically designed by the artist in question and/or by Dia to accommodate the work on view. Irwin’s work in Beacon lay across the borders of a number of different roles—landscape designer, architect, aesthetic philosopher—in a manner completely consistent with his practice as an artist, in which, among other things, he has questioned exactly where the boundaries lie around the role of the artist today.
BRIDGE PROJECT #1
OBSERVATIONS, QUESTIONS & REPRESENTATION
- Color is the thing that caught my eye most, there were several different fruits that constituted an array of vibrant colors.
Who decided to start sorting out the fruit in colors? What does it do to other people, does it attract them or repel them instead? When do the vendors sort them out? Where do the fruits that have odd colors go? Why do they have to be sorted out? How much time does it take to sort the fruits out?
- People often went to vendors that were close together.
Who came to the farmers market first? What time do the vendors get there? When do they all leave? Where did they decide the arrangements of how the place is set up, do they have a committee that does that? Why do some of the vendors have to be close together? How do vendors feel when they don’t get customers and see one person get them all?
- There were tents that had no names.
Who picks the name, is the vendor the owner even? What do the names do for the vendors? When do they put up the name on the tent? Where do the make the signs? Why do they even make them? How do customers feel when there is no name?
The people that only went to vendors that were close together, caused me to wonder if they had some close affiliation with these vendors? Whether they had formed some relationship with them? Whether they had the best goods? Whether they had the cheapest stuff? I don’t know what it was but, to me it sort of created some form of segregation in my eyes. You could see patches and patches of people surrounding a particular small tent and you’d see another vendor with a much larger tent and space, only attending to a handful of people. These people probably needed no help as everything had already been priced and labeled; however I don’t fault the vendors who were being particularly ‘extra’ nice to their very few customers at all, because it’s this same type of segregation that causes people to behave in a particular way, be it nice or even rude at times. We see it in even much larger communities, not just small ones like the farmers market. Well at least I do.
Most of the things on the map are more of questions and statements than memories, because I’m more interested in the questions, the ‘what ifs’ and the unknown than what I’ve already done. That’s just me. I did enjoy putting down some of the questions though because I feel they’ve been in my head for quite a while. Like the question about swimming at the part of the Hudson. I posed that question mainly because back in my sustainable systems class there was some speculation about people being able to swim in there, and this ended up in a huge argument. I still didn’t get my answer though.
Also putting ‘My School’ is basically literally what it is. I put my school on the map, it honestly wasn’t on there. My question about if there being dead people under union square is another question that has been on my mind ever since my teacher asked the class as well. I know about Washington Square Park, not Union Square.
Int. Studio Gift Project
Jie Ying Du, who likes to go by Kayla is my friend in my Int. Studio class. She’s a strategic design and management major and her intended minor is Fashion Studies. Observing her pictures I noticed quite a lot of things that led to my final decision of making her ‘The Ultimate Chill Mix’ which i put on Soundcloud.
Her sense of fashion really did play a very large role in my final decision, from her pictures I noticed how she was into Normcore fashion and also the primary colors she chose to dress in, which were mostly Black and White. To me that also did influence her behavior in most of the pictures as she was seen isolated in most of them and also seen without friends. So my idea was to make her a mix that did mimic her behavior and also put her in that chill sense of mind. Hence the name ‘The Ultimate Chill Mix’. The art work for this mix was also very important. I illustrated someone in decked out in Normcore attire in a white space mainly because of her close affection for snow.
Studio & Seminar Reflection
My Studio & Seminar classes for my first year here at parsons were very interesting, I loved every bit of it, not only because of the amazing teachers I had but also because of the awesome people I was fortunate to have enjoy this class with. There were tough times, like when we actually had to make stuff in Alex’s class or when we had to do those time consuming Talking notes for every one of Mark’s classes. It was worthwhile anyway and I loved it. Thanks.
TEMA: A MODEL CITY
THIS BOOK TALKS ABOUT TEMA, A SMALL CITY ON THE COAST OF GHANA. IT REALLY FOCUSES ON HOW IT CAN GO BACK TO HOW SUSTAINABLE IT WAS MEANT TO BE. TALKING ABOUT ITS HISTORY AND CERTAIN ISSUES TEMA IS FACING AND HOW THEY CAN BE RESOLVED. BRINGING UP IDEAS THAT AREN’T REALLY NEW, BUT VERY PRACTICAL IN SEEING THE CITY RISE BACK TO ITS RIGHT PLACE. THE BOOK ALSO GIVES US AN INSIGHT AS TO HOW THESE ISSUES CAME ABOUT, HOW THEY COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED AND HOW THEY CAN NOW BE RESOLVED .
THE AUTHOR BEING A NATIVE, ALSO HAS SOME PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH TEMA AND IS VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT SEEING IT GO BACK TO WHAT IS WAS MEANT TO BE, A MODEL CITY.
THE BOOK WILL BE UP ON THE iBooks STORE FOR FREE, FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN READING IT. HERE’S A PDF ABOUT THE BOOK. ENJOY 🙂