Monday, April 22, 2013

A project. Or two or three.

Life is flyin' by and I actually finished my chair a couple weeks ago, but am just now having a chance to post pictures. Check out how the final chair turned out below.

The meaning behind it: As stated in a previous blog post, my first goal was to create a strong base structure. That is where the grid idea came from. After making some larger models than you saw in the previous post, I decided to link the grid with two horizontal pieces at the top and bottom across the length of the seat. The other idea I wanted to stick with throughout was the symbolism of my sister's chair being a "mini-me" version of my chair. So that's exactly how I made them: identical but one big and one small. The back of the chairs form a circle when placed right next to each other, but in the sense that if the smaller chair grows to be the same size as the bigger chair it would form a perfect circle. Finally, I was trying to decide if I wanted to hook the chairs together but when thinking about the chairs based on the relationship I realized they should be able to be back to back, side by side, far away, etc. because my sister and I's relationship is ever changing too. Sometime she's in Wichita and I'm in Lawrence and sometimes we visit eachother. Sometimes she's mad at me cause I won't let her jump on my bed and sometimes I'm mad at her for throwing my shoes everywhere. Our relationship right now is just ever changing, and I wanted the chairs to reflect that.

// Art 133:
I am also enrolled in another studio this semester, Art 133, and which is the intro to textiles. A couple weeks ago we finished one of our biggest projects of the semester which was making a quilt. We had to make our quilts out of the fabrics that we had hand dyed in the class previously in the semester using various dyeing techniques. I was so happy to get back into sewing and it was really helpful having previous experience quilting.

The quilt, which is approx. 44" x 44" in size, was made all out of hand dyed fabric. Some of the block designs were assigned to us and some we were allowed free to choose a quilt block from the internet, or even make our own design as on the applique block. I ended up really enjoying paper piecing, which a couple of the blocks were made from.

Last but not least...
Our next project for BDS 102 is very graphics related and I couldn't be more excited. The project is to choose a designer in your field and make a two page book spread including an essay about your chosen designer. Then, our teacher will assign groups of approx. 5 people per group and we will use all of our layouts to each individually make a book. We will be hand making these books and each have our own to turn in for our final project. My designer is Bradbury Thompson. Our first assignment was to make a presentation for class about our designer. Check out my Prezi about Bradbury Thompson below. 


  1. ha! out of cardboard. How innovative. I'm very impressed. :) Lovely blog you have here ma'am.
    Your quilt turned out awesome as well!

    1. Thanks so much! I appreciate your feedback. :)