I Run down pathways that aren't “mine”
always asking questions, always wanting
to know what other people in other worlds
are seeing, doing, dreaming . . .
Color plays an incredibly important function in design. Gamifying experiences can also make or break the success of a designed interaction. Creating an analog version of Blendoku 2 was a lesson in prototyping, game design, and interaction design as people reacted and behaved differently to the fidelity and size of my various prototypes.
*disclaimer: I do not in any way claim to own Blendoku 2
a Taste of Resistance
Why not teach kids about food while they're where the food is?
In the rush to create what is "cool" and "new" (and label schools as "tech-saavy and innovative"), important and broken systems affecting our daily lives are left broken. One of these areas is how people, children especially, are educated about nutrition and health. During this time, I participated in a Food Hackathon at this intersection of tech, education, and food.
Up & Up VR Adventure
Along with 3 Architecture students for 8 weeks, I built a puzzle-driven narrative in a VR environment inspired by Coldplay's Up&Up surreal music video: a shark-infested forest and moon inside a cave. The Architecture students had experience with 3D rendering software and I had experience with storytelling and game design. My teammates later expressed how much they appreciated learning about how IxD might be utilized in their own practice, and I got the chance to see how Arch students work and think!
Twin Stereotype Book
I wanted to capture the experience of my younger sisters and the stereotypes twins experience in book-form, from a negative (blue) and positive (yellow) experience. Video coming soon!
*disclaimer: This does not necessarily capture the reality for all sets of twins, as my sisters are identical, have similar personalities, and happen to get along very well while other sets of twins, triplets, etc. are fraternal and/or are not as similar personality-wise.
SUSTAINABILITY – NATURAL DYES
The industrialization of the fashion industry has favored synthetic fibers and dyes. Thankfully, gradually, the slow fashion movement promotes more sustainable methods of making and it's picking up in speed. I experimented with steaming eucalyptus on cotton and silk. By changing the pH of the natural product (with iron rust for example), pure oranges, yellows, and greens turn dark brown or blueish black.
ENGAGING YOUTH IN ART/DESIGN
I collaborated with another CCA student and 3 students from Berkeley High School to put together a Treasure Hunt at SFMOMA. Together we designed the experience, made a Treasure Map, and over 200 illustrated buttons to be given as the prize. In the future, I hope to engage in more opportunities with youth and share my love of learning and creativity.
As I have matured as an artist, then as a designer, I realized that I had much to learn from the Fine Arts world. I'm grateful to be able to take classes I'm interested in—not only because of the subject matter (sustainability, natural dyes, printmaking, screen printing, etc), but also because I get to interact with and learn from people who think differently, create differently, and care about different things.
Before I attended CCA, my years of dedication to synchronized swimming kept me from pursuing and exploring the art world. However, swimming 20+ hours a day gave me the discipline and confidence to make me the student and leader I am today. It also became helpful inspiration for the few but meaningful art projects I did in my early explorations of artistic practice. Left is my piece 19 Years. It took 3 1/2 spray paint cans, gobs of tape, and 200+ square-feet of paper creased in origami folds. The peaceful blue represents my happy childhood; the fiery magenta represents the dedication and difficulty I experienced as a synchronized swimmer; the bright orange represents the joyful and passionate life I live now, doing what I love (orange is my favorite color).