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Good Morning!

I just wanted to make a quick post on what I am currently working on. I’m doing a project called “10, 10, 100” (10 people, 10 questions, 100 answers). What it is is that I asked 10 people 10 questions about my topic, which in this case is childhood. Then I create a spread reflecting that person’s answers and/or personality.

Here are some snaps/sneak peaks:

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Good Morning everybody!

So I realized that I haven’t posted my more recent works…although by now, they aren’t so recent anymore. This is the book I did after “Irony of Psychology” titled “In Parallel.”

This is a Leporella (fold) style book, which unfolds like an accordion. I made a quick slip case cover at the time but I now know how to make a much better one, so I’ll try to make a new one in the future.

This book has two sides (when opened completely, front and back) each side representing myself and my twin sister. It’s told as a sort of metaphorical story of the journeys we’ve taken in our lives thus far and how they may have started out similar but end differently.

The book was made so that various sentences could be made between the pages. For example, you can change the meaning of a text by folding different pages as such:

The purpose of this effect was to demonstrate the complexity of words, and how words hold underlying meanings. Its also done to contain more content than what it appears to be and how different situations can change a perspective.

You can’t see it in the pictures but I also added some silver into the pages to give an extra touch (can’t keep it boring!)

The book makes a full circle, meaning the final page connects into the first page, with the statement “no exodus I am reborn again.”And that’s it! I’ll update another “book” I made after this one. I say “book” in quotations because the book’s form doesn’t look like a traditional book, but still functions as one…yeah I’ll tell you more about it in my next post! Haha

If any of you are interested in this book, here’s the link to the project on my Behance portfolio: Click MEEE!

You can check out some of my other projects there as well if you’d like. I’ll be posting them up here as well in the future. Till then, take care guys!

Hey everyone! Wow, long time no post. I realize I should get back into blogging, even though I feel like I don’t have as much time as I once did. I’ve been researching a lot of cool artists, mostly through my classes, and I don’t even know where to start! For today, I’m posting my most recent work I’ve completed and feel pretty proud about. This piece is called “The Irony of Psychology.” This is an artist book that deals a lot with how a lot of the times we human beings emotionally contradict ourselves. It is probably more of a personal piece than anything, but because of that, I feel like this was one of the first times I understood what it meant to “express yourself through art.” Of course, there were little issues with the actual fabrication of the book itself, but it was my first time making an entire book from scratch using materials and methods I hadn’t used prior to this project.

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If you want to see more images of the book and some of my other work you can visit my portfolio on the behance network or visit my website. This is a really short post today, mainly because I have a LOT of catching up to do… But I hope your day is going well and that you can find some inspiration to continue doing what you love.

Take care guys.

Good Evening everyone,

Its finally towards the end of the semester-something I have been waiting for for WAY too long, and with that comes my final project in WARP. I will admit that it is not the most proud piece that I have done this semester but when I really think about how the concept of it warped itself to bending me at its will…well, I can say that’s pretty cool.

So what IS the piece about? It actually went through a lot (a LOT) of revision as to what the idea was. The final product is the idea of how the attempt at attaining beauty cripples us – physically, internally, emotionally –  and the amount of money, time, and energy we spend to actualize that vision. So before going on, here is what it looks like:

This is made straight pins (those pearly needles that people sometimes use to pin point spots on a map). Over thousands of them in different colors, and on the back side of this fabric are the needles poking through.

As you guessed, it isn’t finished. One reason is because of how ridiculously expensive this tiny thing turned out to be and how much time and stress was focused on it. It even frustrates me when I talk about it because when I look at the piece, I wouldn’t even believe my own story and would think that the artist (which is me) is simply lazy. But there is no reason to lie about anything here so this is the cold hard truth: I hated working on this.

Remember the concept of the piece? Its ironic how the process of making this fits better than the actual outcome of the physical object. On my quest to create something pretty on one side, I became obsessed with it and that was all I was doing for weeks-working on pinning pins through a blanket. It took all of my time, it cost me tons of money (over $160), and hurt my back from kneeling over so much.  I think the act of creating this was the art itself, not like in a performance piece, but having this as the document of that labor. Anyway, its up to you to decide how you feel about it.

And here are some more detail pics

Hi guys,

I haven’t posted any inspirational art or artists for a while, so now’s a good time to get back into that habit. I was browsing around the web for inspiration for my final project when I came across the artist Haroshi. His series of works are made from recycled used skateboards in which he creates these beautiful wooden sculptures. They keep the wooden integrity while adding specks of color in the pieces. They are hyper realistic (which is incredible to think its made of wood in some of them) but keep a playful tone to it. His work just seems honest, honest to what he loves to do, in this case skateboarding and making art. They are simple sculptures yet extremely complicated within the sculpture’s simple form. Because of the duality of his work on being complicatedly simple, he creates this sort of elegance that sends you in awe. At least it does for me 😛

Here are some of his works, ranging in scale, complexity, and subject.

 

If you find him as amazing as I do, here’s his link to his website: haroshi.com

Stay motivated and inspired!

-Junli

I have decided that I should share more of my work on my blog, including any small project, practice, or process. Today I was playing with abstract photography. I did these for practice and based on basic principles of design such as composition, color, movement, and etc. I also just wanted to create something interesting and curious.

Today’s post is a little bit random, but I always find those to be fun. I have a fascination with pop-ups. You definitely have to have skill to create them and its actually a lot of work (trust me, I’ve done it) so when I see insane designs it blows my mind. I found this insane video on ABC3D Alphabet Pop-up book that is incredibly creative, well crafted, and clever design. The ideas are somewhat simple yet the execution of them are far from that! “ABC3D is an innovative and exciting new alphabet pop-up book by French designer, Marion Bataille.”

Some screen shots:

Definitely check out the video, its so much more impacting watching it in action than these pictures.

This one isn’t really a pop-up but I thought it was neat as well as this next one 🙂

I was going to share some other neat art other than paper/pop-ups which is why I initally said this post would be random, but I think the pop-ups alone is enough for today 🙂

What are some of your favorite  paper/pop-up art?

Hi everyone!

I finished my Belief sculpture a while ago but the reason I hadn’t posted pictures of it was because I wanted to get better shots, the way it was supposed to be. Sadly, I’ll have to do with what I have because as I was going to re-shoot the photos this weekend, there are several problems: 1) its still incredibly windy (my sculpture is made out of balloons so you can guess how that will turn out), 2) its raining this whole week, 3) my balloons are deflated.

As you can see, there’s not much to go on. And the sad thing is that I payed for the balloons to last a week, which is obviously not the case. Even now when I stare at them I feel a little depressed. Oh well, such is life =/  I do want to throw out this question however: If your art piece is meant to be outside to complete the work of art but the weather does not permit you to do so, should your grade be jeopardized? In my opinion, I don’t think so. Its not like I can control the weather, who can? And just because an art work is meant to be outside doesn’t mean it has to be waterproof, windproof, hurricane and tornado proof, there are other famous works that don’t necessarily withstand weather but are meant to be installed outside. Andy Goldsworthy’s entire body of work is made from nature and is completely ephemeral. So is mine, but if I had to show it to the class, how can I do that if its destroyed because I left it outside to die? Anyway, the point is, my teacher gave me a bad grade just because it wasn’t outside. Its as though he didn’t even take into consideration the actual piece itself, its meaning, and overall theme. well that’s motivating.
And I apologize for this not too happy post, I guess I just need to share with someone my disagreement and frustration. Here are some photos of the piece, although I’ll admit it doesn’t look too great because again, it wasn’t in the correct setting. Its based on spirituality, so I’ll let you all discover what its about 🙂 Try to image in it being in a big open field with the mirrors reflecting the sky…

Have a great weekend!

Some pics to help you imagine the sky in the mirrors

untangling my balloons…

There is the grey scale and then there is color. When you add color to a design, it creates a whole other dimension to the idea and function. Its always a good idea to add color to a piece because we humans are attracted to it and color will make your piece stand out in the blandness of a neutral wall or building.

As a designer, I personally love color. The brighter they are, the more attention grabbing it is (of course I’m not saying all great pieces have to be obnoxiously psychedelic neon). It grabs a person’s attention because it stands out from the city-scape backdrop and pleases the eye. For instance, pink and green are calming colors and promotes relaxation in people. Perhaps that is why some people feel at peace when surrounded by nature, and as Vicki Santillano and Divine Carolinehow state, “how angry could you stay in a bright pink room?” Red and yellow are high stimulating colors which is probably why they are used in traffic lights. They force your eye to notice it, like poppies in a field.

mmmm now lets see some cupcakes :]

Feel the difference? Most, if not all, people are much more attracted to the rainbow of colors in the second image, 1) because its bright, 2) it is associated with happiness and joy. Color also adds a sense of fun to a design, or rather, almost anything. That’s why so many children’s toys, furniture, and accessories are so full of bright colors- its carefree and not perceived as serious.

Going back to how it relates to design work and art, it creates more possibilities for the look of the piece. It also allows room for cluing in the audience to the entire message being given. A pop of color can instantly “brighten” the mood of a piece and ultimately affect the people who are surrounded by it, using it, or viewing it. It overall creates a more positive outlook in the audience.

I love this cake! It makes me feel like it was specifically made for artists because it looks like the color wheel :]

Color can also be used as a medium to unify the entire composition of an image as seen above. And here are some other photos just for the heck of it:

Filling your day with color ❤

Take care!

Hey everybody!

This was my second assignment I did for my sculpture class. The instructions were literally to sculpt the nude model in front of us out of a block of clay, with as much detail and correct proportions possible. Hmm, okay.

How much time do we have to build this? Two days.

What.

So I get to work, not to mention this is the first time I have ever really worked with clay and a model. Eventually I get to a point where I’m just doing it, building, subtracting, moving around the room and it begins to look somewhat like a person. I leave the first day and feel pretty satisfied with where I am with the piece. I come back the following class and lo and behold! Our model transformed into something COMPLETELY different. The only thing that literally remained the same was her gender. My instructors then tell us that because the model is different, we have to adjust our sculptures to look like this new model. Looovely. Haha, so I never got to the extreme details that I had planned but for the time given to us (basically sort of shortened to one and maybe a half days) it came out pretty well.

I apologize for the poor photo quality, I took these photos at night and haven’t had the chance to take some better ones yet. Here are some other views of it (I didn’t get a view of the back, oops).

So it isn’t a masterpiece, but I’m pretty happy with it. 🙂