Aesthetic Roots.

Students write about where their aesthetic (personal, or for their project) comes from.

Aesthetics In Tiled Zones

My project which I’m nicknaming “Tiled Zones” draws from a lot of my earlier influences in coding and generative art. In our first blog post: Aesthetic Exploration, I chose Algorithmic as my topic because I had had so much time to tinker around with it. Coding itself is hardly glamorous and in my opinion differs…

My Aesthetic Roots // Kensue Kiatoukaysy

My aesthetic roots for my main project is still revolved around illumination. I want to be able to turn on the project in a dim room and get the illumination feeling you get when you get pleasing lights lit up dark areas. With this idea of illumination I wanted to go ahead and make something…

Aesthetic Roots: Industrialism, Bohemian Styling

I’m from Portland Oregon and as a result, my aesthetic roots run deep with hipster designs. My whole time growing up I was surrounded by a constant barrage of the bohemian, industrial and eclectic vintage styles that come from the hipster aesthetic. While I never completely prescribed to the hipster aesthetics, it was hard to…

Wooden Sculpture Origins

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The origins of wooden sculptures started from woodcarving, one of the oldest forms of art. This art form is so old it is almost impossible to trace its origin, and has been seen throughout different regions of the world. Though it is so hard to trace there are many cultures that have used wood carvings…

Aesthetic Roots – Minimal Clothing

The aesthetic of minimal clothing come from the modern and minimalism movement. For me I think has been instilled in me from certain clothing brands such as vineyard vines ( pictured below). They have very small symbols typically or just one. It gives that simple and clean look that I like and that I want…

Aesthetic Roots

[1] Craftsman Style Home While I was raised in Colorado, my aesthetic roots don’t fall within the Craftsman aesthetic (a common aesthetic for Colorado). Rather, I was exposed to Scandinavian design at a young age as it was something that my parents always touted as the best design. My uncle’s house was actually the biggest…

Aesthetic Roots 2020: Minimalism/Modernism and Apple

Minimalism/Modernism and Apple Minimalism started in the 1960s in New York City. It started as a break from Action paint out of the Abstract Expressionism movement. The minimalism movement was to make the art about itself and not have anything too personal. So, minimalism used simplistic designs and eliminated any extra visuals; the art was…

Aesthetic Roots: A Mix

My aesthetic roots are a large mixture of nature vs nurture.  I grew up in a wealthy, affluent area of New York. My nature is more relaxed and hippie-like than a typical New Yorker.  While there, I was told I had a laid-back look and was often told I was undressed by my siblings. However,…

Aesthetic Roots: Floral Mobile

For my final project, I am drawing aesthetic inspiration specifically from the artist, Rebecca Louise Law, and the movie, Midsommar. Real flowers take center stage in Law’s sculptures and in the movie Midsommar. As far as relating these works to modern movements, I would consider this floral aesthetic to be rooted stylistically in the Arts…

Rustic Ocean River Table – Aesthetic Roots

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The aesthetic of a river table includes is rustic in nature with the natural/live edge aspect of wood/lumber, combined with a clean, glass like finish from the epoxy.  It is a mix between what nature has to offer combined with what man has to offer.  I have always been very attracted to this idea. Normally…

Back to the Roots: MTB jersey

Just a quick reminder of what my project is: I am working on making a mountain biking jersey that has the aesthetic of action painting. Below are a couple of action painting pictures. Figure 1. Lady smearing paint Figure 2. Example of action painting The roots of the aesthetic I picked go back to the…

Aesthetic Roots

When it comes to my aesthetic roots, it comes from a rich background of life curiosity. When thinking about what im drawn to aesthetically, the first thing that comes to mind is my photography. For me, this medium has been my way of understanding the world around me as well as connect to it. Through…

Aesthetic Roots: Modernist Furniture

As discussed in my previous post, my final project is too design lighting fixtures and a clock to go into a 3D rendered modernist-influenced bedroom. Modernism as a whole has it’s roots in the post-World War Two era. Post-WW2 was a time of rationing and pragmatism, as shown by modernism, the primary design movement to…

Aesthetic Roots – Simplicity

  My aesthetic roots are definitely grounded around the main aesthetic and overall idea of “Simplicity.” Exactly as stated by Leonardo Da Vinci, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” I truly believe in this statement along with the beauty found in simplicity. Not only is simplicity an aesthetic, but it is a way of life that…

Aesthetics in Minimalism

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I don’t see any aesthetic roots in myself. But as for my final project of making a hedgehog phone case , I’m choosing minimalism and perhaps a little bit of biomimicry, with that being said, it’s creating something with minimal shape that can represent its animal form. Above is the example of biomimicry, the product…

Aesthetic Roots: Cardboard Grabber

In the beginning my project was focused entirely around the mechanics of the hand, with the intention of the entire design being out of cardboard. This was aimed at being low cost, but more so to lean into the fact that cardboard is such a versatile creation and can be employed to do countless things.…

Aesthetic Roots 2020 – Steampunk Headphone Stand

My aesthetic roots for my main project have been steampunk always. I looked a few other aesthetics but when I started ideating the product, I could not associate any other aesthetic to it. My whole design process, my procurement, all key aspects have been derived from Steampunk aesthetic. In the beginning, I thought of different…

Aesthetic Roots: Industrial Chic

When one thinks of the aesthetic of industrial chic one might often think of a place like Rayback collective. Lots of exposed piping, lots of dark colors and dark metals, light bulbs in cages, etc. This is a really neat aesthetic which can be surprisingly expensive if one looks into getting an “industrial chic” table.…

My Aesthetic Roots

One of the aesthetics I like most is minimalism. I am not one to enjoy over-ornamentation. I think that this has its place in some contexts, such as historical architecture, but I would not purchase anything for my home of this nature. I prefer items with simple, sleek designs. This is especially true when it…

Aesthetic Roots: Homemade

For this post I chose to incorporate aesthetic roots in both my project but also my upbringing as a child and something that I think played a role in defining my childhood and shaped me into the kind of things that appeal to me. When I think of an aesthetic that I used and was…

My Aesthetic Roots

I’m so thrilled that I can share about my own personal aesthetic exploration, artwork, and style as it has developed over the course of my life. I have always loved art and just creating. Something that I have always been drawn to is intricate details, like in paisley designs and mandalas. The way that those particular…

My Aesthetic Roots: Why Just One?

I don’t like the idea of using a single aesthetic to describe a person. People are complex, multifaceted beings that deserve more than a word with a two sentence Webster definition attached to it. So I’ve decided to write about all the different aesthetics that I feel encompass what being Mary Rahjes is all about.…

Islamic Aesthetics

When it comes to aesthetics roots, my roots go back towards the middle east. The aesthetic in the middle east basically falls under the Islamic aesthetic which is mostly inspired by religion, language, and culture. It can be seen in many different forms such as paintings, sculptors, poetry (I think it counts), building decorations, …etc.…
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Aesthetic Roots: Harajuku & The Mode Style

The new aesthetic for my project being a mix between Harajuku and “the mode style” fashion illustrates the ability for an individual to express themselves through their clothing. Harajuku is a movement against strict societal rules and pressures to fit in with the norm. It created a sort of subculture community for anyone to be…

Aesthetic Roots 2020: Streamline + Modern/Matte, Red

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Streamline Moderne, Modernism Streamlining aesthetic has a very shiny, curvy, and aerodynamic look to it (As seen in figure 1), naturally intrinsic to electrical guitars I feel. The aesthetic emerged in the 1930s and was used in industrial design, namely: railroad locomotives, telephones, toasters, buses, appliances, and other devices conforming to the sleek and modern…

Modern Jungle my Aesthetic *Roots* 😉

In keeping with my obsessive love for houseplants it makes sense that my aesthetic has to do with the way they interact with their surroundings. As I have posted before I love modern architecture. What strikes me about the following instagram posts is the way that the black and white is such an outstanding color…

Aesthetic Roots – Modern Hydroponics

My aesthetic roots likely ~stem~ (you’ll get that one later) from my father. My dad has a structural engineering firm that focuses on innovative modern houses. From looking at some of his projects there are a few where you are surprised by the artistic functionality of the piece; such as the glass stairs in the…

Aesthetic Roots: Industrialism

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For my project, I’m creating furniture from industrial-type pipe. I chose to go with this aesthetic of industrialism because a lot of courses that I’ve taken and some jobs that I have worked have put me in contact with many things from an industrial world. The vast majority of engineering exists in an industrial world…

Aesthetic Roots: Folding Coffee Table

Minimalism I thought that by having an obscurely ovaled table top, copper legs, and a clean finish to my coffee table, that I would be incorporating an organic, steampunk, minimalist aesthetic into my design. In turn, after doing more research and speaking to people, my folding coffee table falls under the minimalist aesthetic. Even though…

Aesthetic Roots – Kawaii and Anime/Digital Drawing

To see the development of the “Kawaii” aesthetic I’ve chosen throughout the semester, please see my earlier blog post here. In this post, I’d like to explore what I consider to be the roots of this aesthetic as it pertains to me personally. Kawaii for me, is a slice of a greater medium – anime…

My Aesthetic Roots: Flat Design

My main project, Dopamine, is intended to mimic the effects of a “like” on social media for real life interactions. As an example, your shirt lights up when you waive to someone else. Therefore, my project must utilize a similar aesthetic as those utilized on Instagram, Facebook, etc. One look that I will be particularity…

Aesthetic Roots 2020: Modern/Futuristic Geometric Desk Lamp

Main Project Aesthetic Inspiration Prior to the pandemic, I had just finished re-watching the first season of Westworld with some future housemates in preparation for the season 3 premiere. In the teaser trailers leading up to the newest season, we were able see some of the first glimpses of the world outside of the wild…
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