Environmental Project

For the Environmental Project, I visited Deborah’s house in 8th arrondissement. I took notes during my visit to her house. My notes are about her personal objects, textures and shapes she likes, favorite colors, meaning behind her personal objects. On Monday, we also talked about our personalities and how our homes are different from what we expect. We both find it difficult to be open to other people that we don’t know really well. So we decided to make a advent calendar. It is calendar which has windows for each day of the month until Christmas. We think that this object and its use represents our personalities. From outside, people don’t know what is behind the window without opening it and they have to wait that day. From outside people only see our clothes but inside there are more exciting things but we need time to open up and show these things to others. For each number, I put personal things about Deborah and I used the photos that I took in her house.


An advent calendar is a special calendar used to count the days of Advent in anticipation Christmas.

  • The Advent calendar was first used by German Lutherans in the 19th and 20th century but is now ubiquitous among adherents of many Christian denominations.
  • Historians estimate that Advent, which derives from Latin word for coming, has been celebrated since the fourth century.
  •   Many Advent calendars take the form of a large rectangular card with ‘windows’, one for each day of December leading up to and including Christmas Eve. (December 24)
  • Often the doors are distributed across the calendar in no particular order.
  • The calendar windows open to reveal an image, a poem, a portion of a story (the story of Jesus), or a small gift, such as a toy or a chocolate item.
  • Often each window has a Bible verse and Christian prayer printed on it, which Christians incorporate as part of their daily Advent devotions.
  • Advent calendar may also have puzzles and games printed on their reserve side.
  • Some Advent calendars eschew traditional Christmas motifs and themes, focusing only on Jesus as the central character of the Christmas story.
  • Other variations of Advent Calendar: Social media Advent calendars, string up reusable Advent calendars…




  1. My notes about Deborah’s house.

2. Photos of Deborah’s room.



3. Process of Advent Calendar.




Final Portrait:

  • There are 18 windows on the calendar because she is 18 years old.
  • The cover is black because when I look her room and clothes from outside I can see a lot of black.
  • Her glasses are one of the most remarkable thing about her so I drew her glasses on the cover.
  • On the back, I put Deborah’s self portrait so when people turn it around they can see who the calendar belongs to.
  • On the windows other than numbers, I wrote the first word she said when I showed her the photos.
  • Number 1: India (mixed feeling)
  • Number 2: Redbull (energy)
  • Number 3: Givenchy (vibe)
  • Number 4: Wood (hate)
  • Number 5: Hooks on her cupboard ( disappointment)
  • Number 6: White (favorite)
  • Number 7: Marble (room)
  • Number 8: Quiet (peace)
  • Number 9: Small light (safety)
  • Number 10: Fur (cozy)
  • Number 11: Bags (need)
  • Number 12: Headphones (personal)
  • Number 13: Dior (obsession)
  • Number 14: Spice (life)
  • Number 15: Rings (symbol)
  • Number 16: Card on bulletin board (love)
  • Number 17: Polaraid (home)
  • Number 18: Teddy Bear (chaos)

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