“Sorry, what was that? I didn’t quite catch it, I think my wifi is dying or something…”
I lean in closer to my computer screen as if it will help hear better. We’re in the midst of discussion in my speculative design class. Seven of us are seated in our respective homes, crowded around our laptops with our notebooks out on the side, sketching out thoughts as we bounce critiques back and forth about our ongoing projects. We’ve been tasked to model our class in the past, present, and future.
Models have been ever-present and incredibly important to build an understanding around current events. Through examining data, scientists can visualize patterns and project possible futures, providing insight for actions and provoking further questions. Continue reading
I grew up in Northern California, a key home to some of our planet’s largest organisms– redwood trees. My family would frequently make the trek to Yosemite to visit the old growth forests of giant sequoias. My cousins and I traced trails through the base of Mount Tam in San Francisco in search of the tallest possible trees. When I learned to drive, my friends and I would often take to Highway 1 during long weekends, winding up in the midst of hundreds of coast redwoods. Continue reading
When It Rains, Restless Heart Syndrome, World So Cold…I scrolled through my finished playlist with decided satisfaction, hitting the spacebar on my bulky hand-me-down Mac and turning up the volume in my headphones. The soft guitar and choir voices of Yellowcard’s Paper Walls title track played through the speakers in my ears, coming to a quiet stop right before the amps kicked in and began to dissolve the churning sensation in my gut.
Sometimes I run out of words so I do art with words on it. Continue reading
December 14th, 2013
I’m enclosing in this letter another letter from my friend/suitemate, Tiana. (She wouldn’t let me read it, so what’s in it is a total surprise to me. If you want to tell me then I’ll love you infinitely.)
This year I’m taking an art class at school, which opens up a ton of time to explore new techniques and ideas through art. Taking an art class was definitely a fantastic decision for me (thanks, past Arya!) because it gives me a good chunk of time to sort of wind down at school and let my brain run wild and creative. I really like that the prompts we’re given in class are sort of open to interpretation (most of the time), and I’ve definitely been having a lot of fun. Here are a couple of things I’ve worked on over the past month (which you may also have seen on my Instagram). My art style recently has really been gravitating towards heavy pen lines and bright colors- I really like the look of filled-in spaces and doodle-esque things. (I don’t know if doodle-esque was a word before, but it is now.) Continue reading