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18 December 2009 @ 11:02 pm

"some may think that the finest art is higher education, but the finest art is one that is self cultivated, growing from within, and education is merely a contributor. For all those who have not been privileged or given the choice or opportunity to recieve higher education, the beauty truly lies within. please don't let that impede the true growth."

- Anna Leung
09 December 2009 @ 01:19 am
WOOOOOOOOOOT! Studio is FINALLY over. I think I'm slowly getting better at these presentations, I'm not as nervous as I used to be and I don't get as hyped up anymore. I'm just like, "Oh yea, my turn." :D I was excited to hear what the critics had to say about my model though since I've taken a really different approach for this project. For my first two projects, Threshold and Path, I was missing the narrative that other studio-mates had, and they were simply portrayals of a definition. I felt that the more complex it is, the better it'll be. BUT, after the last critique where I got a couple of comments like, "You're not creative enough" and "You are too systematic," I tried to seek inspiration in other things and eventually found myself looking at chapels and churches for references. So my model came out to be this spiritual place meant for meditation, and it was very minimalistic - so much that it only took around three-four hours to build the entire thing, not including the time it took to attach the vinyl (because vinyl is a bitch just like cardboard). I guess I was just super happy that Lee loved my idea and two out of the three critics really liked it and said it was a strong and powerful model. One lady even went so far as to say, "This is the loveliest model I've seen the entire day." Thanks, lady, you made my day so much more happier. :D The guy that didn't like my model so much was a second year professor, I think, but he didn't like the idea because my path through the space was prescribed and he "doesn't like anything that makes me do something." Since I only had one entryway, the person going through this space could only enter and exit from that gap. But he liked my drawings though, so I guess it wasn't all bad.

Another thing that made me really happy was at the end when Lee took down three names from the studio to be published in CityWorks and he took down mine! CityWorks is this magazine of models made in each year, so basically the students that the teachers thought had well-done projects would submit their models and drawings to be photographed/scanned to be printed out in this magazine. I've never been in a book before! I'm so excited to see my name in it, because when I received a copy showing last year's models, I was trying to picture my name in the book but never really imagined it would happen. I promised myself I would finish this semester to the best of my abilities, and I'm just glad I pulled everything off.

As I was cleaning up, I did feel a tinge of sadness about leaving. I think it was the end of the semester and I've waited for everything to be done that when today actually came, it was almost a slap in the face. After presentations, I realized I would have to clean up and leave the studio that I had spent numerous hours in. It's only been one semester, but it's truly felt like forever. I guess I've learned a lot from Lee and some of my other classmates. One thing that I'll remember forever: Make a cut because you need to. Have the confidence to explain to me why you made that cut, don't do it because you 'have to'. And watching everyone change was also very inspiring and motivating. It was wonderful to watch these people who had smudgy drawings and creased papers turn into these really self-dedicated people who strived to improve so much - and they did. The drawings they turned out today were truly impressive, and hopefully, this will be a constant reminder for myself to do even better in anything that I choose to do. I think I might also miss some people surprisingly. I need to drop my habit of focusing on negative first impressions.

Which leads me to my final thought: having faith in yourself and others. Jonah asked me yesterday what I planned on majoring in in the future, and I had told him that I wasn't really sure. Graphic design is still a very sketchy idea, but it's all I have for now. But he came up to me after everything was over and it was just me cleaning up in my corner and he said, "Jeff, I know you'll do wonderful in whatever you decide to do in the future." I guess I was just touched because he didn't really have to say that to me. I know I would never say that to someone, and it's a wonderful feeling for someone to have such faith in you. I've had this feeling once before during this semester with Lee, when he said, "I'm not worried about you as a designer." In Jonah's case, I've always thought, "This guy is weird. He's always finding something to say about everybody." Like when he was leaving, he announced to the room how proud he was of everyone in our studio. But I guess if you think about it, it's more people like him that we need. If we had more Jonahs than Jeffreys in this world, I think it'll be a much more encouraging place.
Feeling: excitedexcited
Listening to: Dashboard Confessional - Belle of the Boulevard
02 December 2009 @ 11:23 pm

We don't want to prepare you for the real world, we want you to change the real world.

- Steph Hsu
25 November 2009 @ 09:47 pm
mottledpulp (9:45:19 PM): OMGAH
mottledpulp (9:45:22 PM): we cut into the cake
mottledpulp (9:45:23 PM): anda t the bottom
mottledpulp (9:45:25 PM): is like mad hard
mottledpulp (9:45:26 PM): so we're like
misterlouiie (9:45:27 PM): LMAO
mottledpulp (9:45:28 PM): wtf is it so hard
mottledpulp (9:45:33 PM): and then we took the slice out
mottledpulp (9:45:38 PM): there are FREAKING CORNFLAKES
mottledpulp (9:45:40 PM): AT THE BOTTOM
mottledpulp (9:45:41 PM): OF THE CAKE
mottledpulp (9:45:43 PM): JEFFREY

And this is why we will never buy cakes from Taipan ever again.

Feeling: draineddrained