Wooden Sculpture Origins

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…

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.…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Aesthetics in Minimalism

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…

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…

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…

Bamboo Fly rods: a Passion

When thinking about youtube videos that I enjoy watching about engineering, design, or building, my mind is flooded with many different videos about all different topics. I have always loved watching car videos and learning about automotive design and how everything in a motor and car work together somehow magically. Learning how things work is…

Main Project // Top 5 Constraints

As I have moved forward with beginning to design my wedding arch, I have identified some of the hardest parts of this project. Creating something that can be easily constructed and deconstructed on the day of my wedding is proving to be more challenging than expected. I thought that I could use threaded copper pipes…

Main Project Aesthetics // Plans and Alternatives

Having explored inspiration from other artists, brides, and Pinterest, I have settled on a desired aesthetic. I was predominantly inspired by this arch: Photograph by Anushe Low, styling by Rock My Wedding Particularly, I love the use of exposed copper pipes. I think these exposed pipes look industrial, rustic, and bring a nice juxtaposition to…

Favorite YouTube Builds: Adam Savage One Day Builds

featured image credit:https://hoodline.imgix.net/uploads/story/image/27361/Main_Image_Downing_Journeys.jpg?auto=format For many of us young engineering folks Mythbusters was an incredibly influential show on discovery channel. I personally was always enamored with the scale of objects that the folks on that show were able to build. Adam Savage was always my personal favorite mainly due to his unapologetically nerdy demeanor. The show…

Design Review 2 Covid Update (Kaleidoscope Project)

Oversized Kaleidoscope Project. Given the fact that a global pandemic has effected us, the project I was ultimately planning and in the works to create was put on hold. This project was something I was heavily planning on constructing during Spring Break, however given the situation with areas closing down and my material options dwindling,…

Design Review Part 2: Procedural Toys

In the wake of Corona, my last project idea was basically kaput. The “Pinion Twist” gear puzzle still had more prototyping to go through and more importantly access to a working laser cutter. My new project is to create a dynamic visual display of generative art through code. This display will be interactive to some…

Youtube Inspiration Jack Whitten “An Artist’s Life”

  Description: Jack Whitten is a material artist who focuses on how life events ultimately influence our work. This mini series follows Jack’s life from being growing up in the segregated south, to joining the Tuskegee in WW2, and then eventually developing in the art world. He discusses how it is import for the work…
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