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I don’t know if anyone still checks this…

April 9, 2010

But I saw this video and thought I would post it!


material alchemy – t.g.

December 18, 2009

Guillaume – Scanimation demonstration and lamp base

December 17, 2009

theodora liu – material alchemy

December 16, 2009

kim: dorm interior design blog

December 13, 2009

It’s still a work in progress, but I have about 10 posts, one of which is written by one of my friends.

Isabel – past projects

December 11, 2009

Light bulb tree

Chain mail

kaleidoscope – alph project

Guillaume – Cardboard Marionette Animated/Stool

December 10, 2009

I’ve animated a short clip of my marionette:

Also, here’s the stool I made in Tockwotten studio with the ripped 2x4s this weekend.  It was so much fun!

Adelle Material Alchemy

December 8, 2009

I changed the position of the fish because I decided that I liked it as a lying sculpture instead of standing. Also the tape broke, but I like it better this way.

Book Comes to Life

December 6, 2009

This movie reminded me of our stop motion project but using paper to do the effect. Really interesting…


Material alchemy photo – suzy

December 6, 2009

Too bad I didn’t actually make that word in a game. I would have gotten 136 points (between the double word score and adding 50 for using all 7 letters). One can dream.

Tiare Pimentel

December 3, 2009

For the material alchemy project, I made a venetian mask. I was inspired by the Carnival of Venice and thought that I would try to make a mask myself. I used newspaper paper mache to make the skeleton and I used my face as a mold so the mask fits my face. The mache part actually took a lot longer than I expected but it was fun! I needed help doing it though because I couldn’t see  once we started to mache. I painted the newspaper on the front and then used tissue paper and feathers to make the little head piece type thing with italian words ripped and glued to the inside of the tissue paper. I used foil and gold candy wrappers to make the designs on the mask and finished it off with some beads and material to tie it around your head. Overall, it was a lot of fun and I actually can use it/wear it if I wanted to.

Caroline Webb- material alchemy photo

December 3, 2009

Cool light bulb… Caroline Payumo

December 3, 2009

Caroline Flanagan – Material Alchemy

December 1, 2009

In this tree, the base is made out of cardboard covered with tissue paper.  The trunk is cardboard covered with tin foil and the branches are paper clips covered with tin foil and stuck into the cardboard trunk.  The yellow stuff oozing out of the roots is hardened glue.

kim arredondo: material alchemy

December 1, 2009

I made a mini trash can out of cut up and inverted coke cans.  I started out using the bending and cutting machines in List (after flattening the cans with my hefty Shakespeare book), but found a simple exacto knife to be more effective and precise, even if a little painful to listen to.  I used a hot glue gun and staples to assemble the cans, which ended up working really well.  I think a more invisible adhesive might have helped the final look of the trash can, though.

The versatility of the can makes it very usable for me.  For now, I will probably use it as a disposal for sugar packets near my coffee pot.  I did like the suggestion someone gave of using it as a piggy bank also.  I’ve been trying to find an attractive way to store my change, so maybe I’ll use it for that eventually.

Also, I am really inspired by the use of glass and light in this table arrangement I saw a while back on  I find it amazing that the glasses are only simple Ball mason jars (plus maybe some other kind that I can’t quite place).  They take on a whole new life when placed together on such a grand scale.  And I find it to be even more of a statement with the jars also used as drinking glasses here as well.

Illusion with light – Suzy

November 30, 2009

I’ve been thinking about visual illusions and the disparity between what is in the real world and the model of it that our brains create.  This is definitely worth checking out :

Newspaper Skirt / Paper Top – Caroline Payumo

November 29, 2009

I had decided to make a dress out of newspaper… I guess you could say I was inspired by the challenges of Project Runway, but really, I’ve had my eye on fashion for quite some time now.  Pleats, draping, beading, and woven materials have never ceased to fascinate me.  I chose to make a voluminous skirt out of accordion-type folded newspaper. I was lucky to find about 100 copies of the College Independent in J-Wal with a great color scheme on its cover.  As for the top, I needed something streamlined to contrast the volume of the skirt.  I didn’t want anything too plain, so I decided on a sweetheart neckline outlined with long twisted strips of paper.  I added a duct tape belt to try and make it look more finished.

This is the website I referred to when making my body form (the mannequin type thing I used to fit the dress on).  This was extremely fun to make, although I found it difficult to breathe once the duct tape reached my chest.  The good thing about this dress that it fits me exactly!

Guillaume – Cardboard Marionette

November 29, 2009

The head was the first piece I made. I really liked its character, so I decided to make a whole body for it, and make it a marionette. Inspired by a childhood toy, I decided on a form with two legs and no arms. I settled on a weird man-bird-thing.  The shapes of the body and feet were created kind of randomly and by convenience – however the shapes fell together I went with. I did manage to make little collars on both the body and the shoes.  He’s not rigged up as well as I would hope, his feet list a bit.  The main problem is that fishing line has inherent stiffness and can’t attach perpendicularly to a surface with any knots I know of.  But he works!

Street Art: Bag Monsters

November 28, 2009

I stumbled upon this and thought it was really cool!


Sam Dweck

November 28, 2009

Carrie Payumo

November 28, 2009

this reminded me a lot of the other video we watched, with stop motion on a whiteboard.  this video isn’t stop motion, but it’s still pretty cool.  Kseniya Simonova draws in sand and is able to illustrate a story just through moving around the grains.




I went to Philadelphia a couple years ago and they had the most beautiful mosaics decorating the sides of buildings.  In addition to this, they had random alleyways that were glittering with glass bottles and … well, trash.  I’m not really sure what the purpose of it was, but it was very nice too look at, and actually aesthetically pleasing! I’m not exactly sure how to post the actual pictures on here, sorry for the hassle of the links!

symbolic references to light, straight from my bookshelf – Suzy

November 27, 2009

I was having trouble brainstorming for the light project when, coincidentally, I turned on the TV and found that the movie The Golden Compass was playing, and the current scene was showing a person with what looks like rainbow light flowing into him from a pool in the sky.  One of the main characters explains that this is not light; it’s actually “dust particles” from a parallel universe, which invisibly drive events in the world where the story takes place.  This seemed to me like a reference to photons, or possibly string theory.

Ideas about the constancy and transcendence of the speed of light flashing in my head, I looked for a book in my room on astronomy.  Noticing the other books on my shelf, I found it curious how many titles reference light and color. The Sun Also Rises.  Bright Lights, Big City.  Born on a Blue Day.  Night.  The Scarlet LetterTwilight (don’t make fun).  Aside from titles, tons of famous literary references occured to me.  For example:

” The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“Then Tea Cake came prancing around her where she was and the song of the sigh flew out of the window and lit in the top of the pine trees. Tea Cake, with the sun for a shawl. Of course he wasn’t dead. He could never be dead until she herself had finished feeling and thinking. The kiss of his memory made pictures of love and light against the wall. Here was peace.” -Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

“Let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened:–Behold! human beings living in an underground den, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the den; here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, being prevented by the chains from turning round their heads. Above and behind them a fire is blazing at a distance, and between the fire and the prisoners there is a raised way; and you will see, if you look, a low wall built along the way, like the screen which marionette players have in front of them, over which they show the puppets.” – Plato, The Republic

The beauty of the colours in the dream was only a repetition of something seem in my memory.” -Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

The light which I see is not located, but yet is more brilliant than the sun, nor can I examine its height, length or breadth, and I name it ‘the cloud of the living light.’  And as sun, moon, and stars are reflected in water, so the writings, sayings, virtues and works of men shine in it before me.” -vision of 12th century nun and mystic Hildegard of Bingen, whom neurologist Oliver Sacks identifies in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat as someone who experienced migrainous manifestations because of the inclusion of “a shower of phosphenes in transit across the visual field, their passage being succeeded by a negative scotoma” in all her visions.

Right now I’m toying with the idea of capturing one of these scenes in painting.  In addition,  I noticed that some of the colors and light that these quotes illustrate (no pun intended) reflect individual characters’ associations, which is leading me toward the concept of how our memories of certain objects and situations “color” our future experiences of them.  I am also interested in depicting the symbolic role of color and light in metaphysical practices, like aura reading, chakra clearing, and visions like Hildegard’s.

Lyndsey – Material Alchemy

November 25, 2009

11-Allison Wigen: Material Alchemy

November 24, 2009

stop motion music video

November 18, 2009

I was just surfing youtube, listening to some of santogold’s music, when I came across this really stylish stop motion music video. 

The video is actually really intricate, so I’m kind of thinking the producers might have used more than stop motion.. but either way, it’s fun to watch.

– kim arredondo


November 17, 2009


November 17, 2009

People keep on telling me to get a Twitter. This is my response:


rachel – song dong’s “waste not”

November 17, 2009

Caroline Flanagan

November 17, 2009

Sorry, I don’t think it worked last time.

Caroline Flanagan

November 17, 2009

I thought this was really cool because from a distance you can’t tell that it’s completely made out of piles of junk.



Cool Stopmotion

November 17, 2009


Adelle Material Alchemy

November 17, 2009


Adelle Material Alchemy

This artist, Jen Stark, does a lot of work like this using construction paper. It looks pretty amazing to me I wonder how she does it.


Karina Alventosa- Material Alchemy

November 17, 2009

While researching sustainable design, I came across this website that displays various forms of art and architecture that is environmentally friendly and has a low ecological impact. This picture shows the work of  artist HA Schult entitled, Trash People as it was displayed in Cologne. I thought that this was a very interesting idea, as well as a way to promote recycling.

kim arredondo: practical origami

November 17, 2009

I always thought of origami as paper animals, but I found this origami spoon and was really inspired.

I’m working on trying to recreate it with paper right now, but I’m also thinking of putting together a spoon with foil and paperclip(s).  Also, a fork or plate might be nice complements to the spoon.

out of body experience: “material” alchemy (tg)

November 17, 2009

Most might already be familiar with this, but for those who aren’t, there was an amazing exhibit entitled “Bodies” that traveled around the US a few years ago. The exhibit hosted a wide variety of plasticated, real human bodies displayed in various positions that simulated everyday activities (playing soccer, running, etc). The show also incorporated several intricate displays of the inner parts, such as the circulatory system shown. While I have a hard time classifying bodies as “materials”, I do believe the human body is beautiful artwork that inspires alot of more traditional works. Therefore I consider the exhibit designers’ choice to re-use human remains as physical works of art is a huge creative risk that I can really appreciate.

material alchemy – Isabel

November 17, 2009


I took this photo at the Saatchi gallery in December last year. It was part of an art collection featuring Middle Eastern artists. The room was filled with hollow tin foil statues bowed in prayer. Yet as people entered the room they were aware of keeping the noise level down: their voices were hushed and their footsteps were softened. From this worthless material, not only was the artist able to create a piece of art, but he was also able to create a sense of atmosphere and an intense respect for the figures and their vocation.

Grace Dalrymple

November 17, 2009

i used to know how to make these but unfortunately I can’t remember anymore but anyways it’s essentially a bag made out of other plastic shopping bags

Shannon – Material Alchemy

November 17, 2009

I read this article on one of my nerdy blogs the other day:

Basically, a biomedical engineer was working on microfluidics, where she makes tiny, liquid filled channels on a chip. The materials to make these cost over $100,000 so she thought she’d tried making a temporary one out of “Shrinky Dinks“. Turns out that they work great for most applications (the expensive silicon ones are still used for more precision) and only cost a few dollars.

Sometimes we put items in certain categories (i.e. shrinky dinks are toys, not tools) and we don’t see what could be useful for other applications. I LOVE the idea of “play” like the TED video talked about, because we can allow our minds to be more open toward new possibilities in regards to materials/objects/ideas.

material alchemy

November 16, 2009

This is a little more abstract than the others, but this is from the book The Little Prince.  This is a picture of the prince with his favorite flower.  He is the only human on his planet, so one would think he’d get lonely, but he has befriended a little flower.  The flower appears to be an ordinary flower like all the others.  But because he loves this flower, has gotten to know it and has taken excellent care of it, he knows it is so much more.  This  type of transformation occurs in the mind, but nevertheless colors one’s perception of objects in the real world and maybe even betters or inspires them.

Ashton- Material Alchemy

November 16, 2009

These collages are by a Rhode Island-based artist named Tom Deininger.  He creates giant collages using found materials, old toys, recyclables, and many other things.  My favorite of his works are probably the recreations of of classic pieces such as Monet’s The Japanese Bridge because of the discordance between the classic image and its compository materials.  Indeed, as with the Damien Hirst piece we saw in the RISD museum, Deininger’s pieces also change dramatically depending upon how far  the viewer is from the piece.found-art-sculptures

10-Allison Wigen: Material Alchemy Example

November 16, 2009

Here is a cool example of Material Alchemy I found online.  This bowl was made out of postage stamps and newspaper.  Kind of like Frank Gehry’s easy edge chairs, I liked that the artist made practical and aesthetic use of these ‘found’ materials.


Theodora Liu – material alchemy

November 16, 2009

I was searching around the Internet about ideas on how to transform a piece of paper and I came across this artist – Peter Callesen. I think his works made from A4 sheets of paper are so unique and mindblowing. He turns a flat piece of paper into a 3-D form of art. This is one of the example of his works – ( check out his website-

peter callesen- time and distance


kim arredondo: book page wreath

November 16, 2009

I saw this (and a few other book page wreaths) on and thought it was so clever.  This is probably my favorite of the wreaths (you can see the rest here).


To me, the soft, organic arrangement of the pages makes me forget that they are in fact pages.  And, the fact that it doesn’t appear to have a pattern makes me prefer it over the other, more refined arrangements.

I guess I couldn’t really say that book pages have minimal worth, but the author of the article mentions that the creators of these wreaths used “mass market fiction or found materials,” which makes me think that they took materials that weren’t really valued as books.

Guillaume – Projector Art II

November 16, 2009

I finally finished my second projector art piece.  This took upwards of nine hours total to make.  It was exhausting and frustrating, but it’s always satisfying to carry through all of the way with an idea.  I think I’m going to count this as my material alchemy project and maybe start on the light and color one?  I have a vague notion that I’d like to make a lamp of some sort, so I could use the rest of the time for this project on that.


Also, I discovered that I could project pictures of people’s faces onto mine for a fun melding effect.  This is Obama-me.  Projectors are such fun.


comic and material alchemy

November 15, 2009

PictureThis comic was inspired by me talking to my brother and his girlfriend about ideas for a comic.  They kept suggesting weird ideas and I heard them talking about eating his roommate’s peanut butter so I just used that as an idea.  The idea they kept pushing was a JFK conspiracy cartoon – it didn’t make a lot of sense, but they sent me this and I thought it was pretty funny:


Finally, an example of material alchemy – melting words:

I really like it for a few reasons –  I like text in art, I think that ice is the perfect medium for expressing the sayings, I think that there’s an important and interesting disconnect between the ephemeral nature of ice and the permance of photography.



Isabel – Comic

November 14, 2009

This is an appropriation of the little red riding hood fairytale.


Frame 1:

mum: Regina Riding Hood go and study! Enough with this fashion business, you will never make it as a model. Don’t stray from the beaten track!

Frame 2:

Wolf Magazine: This is Allan from Wolf Magazine calling to inform you that you will be on the cver of next month’s issue. You are going to be fabulous!

Frame 4:

Wolf Magazine: This is Wolf Magazine calling; I’m sorry, we need you to loose weight. 100 pounds is just too heavy.

Frame 5:

Mum: you need to eat! you are skin and bone.

Frame 6:

Wolf Magazine: This is Wolf Magazine, I am sorry we dont have any work for you at the moment. You are yesterday’s news.

Frame 7:

Regina Riding Hood: The Wolf has eaten me alive!



Sam Dweck- material alchemy

November 14, 2009

Project Runway fans?


Guillaume – Projector Wall Art I

November 13, 2009

Here’s my first completed projector art piece.  I’ve always loved anamorphic art, especially 2-d projections onto 3-d surfaces that only resolve from a certain position.  With Ian’s help, I finally got myself a projector and went to work.  I settled on a penrose triangle design because they’re cool and don’t have too many lines.  The triangle resolves when you’re sitting in my desk chair.  It took me about 3 hours.  The second piece will be done in blue tape in the corner of my room and be visible from the doorway – I’ll leave the image itself as a surprise.  Hopefully that will be done sometime this weekend.


November 12, 2009


kim arredondo: how long i’ll hold it

November 12, 2009

I was kind of inspired by Demetri Martin on this one.  He incorporates a lot of visuals into his stand-up comedy.  But looking at Shannon’s post, I’m guessing it’s a pretty common format.  Either way, here it is!


My Comic -Shannon

November 12, 2009

This didn’t upload well because I took a picture of it. Maybe I’ll scan it later. I used to like making stupid comics about Brown. Here’s a few from last year.


if you cant’ read it:

1st panel:

1: “Dude. Class was so boring today. Have you ever just undressed your professor with your eyes the whole time?”


2nd panel:

2: “Don’t you only have Engin 9 on Tuesdays though?”


2: “Please tell me you have a hot TA?”



And here’s another. (I read too much xkcd for my own good.)


Suzy (comic)

November 12, 2009

This sort of plays with and challenges conventional conceptions of space and time . . . or tries to at least.  I know the first bubble is hard to read–it says, “Schroedinger’s cat: alive, dead, both, or neither?”  Please y’all, let me know what story you took from this because I’m not sure how clear (or pleasantly unclear) it is.Suzycomic

Ashton- Comic

November 12, 2009


Lyndsey’s Comic

November 12, 2009

walking man

Theodora Liu – comic strip

November 12, 2009

I was talking to my friend the other day and she told me how she procrastinated one night by searching tips on how to stop procrastinating. I thought the irony of the situation was pretty funny, so I decided to make a comic strip out of it.


Caroline Webb Comic Strip

November 12, 2009


Guillaume – Comic

November 12, 2009

I felt that my first caption for the Brown ID card was too blunt and obvious, so I tried to make a cleverer one involving Etch-A-Sketch.


Sam Dweck- comic

November 12, 2009

So, I wasn’t sure what to do for the comic and I asked a friend if she had any ideas. She suggested that I just draw something and then, like the New Yorker caption contest, ask people what they thought would be a funny caption. So that’s what I did and here’s the caption one of my friends came up with.

comic cropped

9-Allison Wigen: Comic Strip

November 12, 2009

Hi guys!

Here is my interpretation of the comic strip assignment. I didn’t want to do something typically cartoonish, or even comedic, since comedy is definitely not my forte. I was stuck until I remembered that a friend of mine has been asking if I would plleeeasse illustrate a short story he wrote for his Portuguese class. I don’t speak a word of Portuguese, but we sat down and went over a translation, talked about his vision for the story, and then he left me to my own devices. Afterward he looked over my drawings and chose extracts from the story to use as the captions in Portuguese. It was kind of an exciting collaboration, and my friend was really happy with how I had interpreted his vision. Enjoy!

p.s. sorry it is a bit hard to read at this size. I will bring the original and a printed version to class on Thursday!


November 7, 2009

These are webcomics that inspire me – click at your own risk; it’s addicting.

Guillaume – Birthday Video For My Sister

November 6, 2009

Here’s a video my girlfriend and I made yesterday afternoon for my sister’s birthday using a white board and markers. I thought you guys might enjoy it.

Background: my sister jokingly demanded that my girlfriend and I procure Emma Watson’s autograph for her 23rd birthday. We failed to do so, and instead are making her an automatic cat feeder out of a ratty takeout cup. Inspired by my recent stop motion work, my girlfriend suggested that we make her a video explaining why we didn’t get her autograph.

Part of the joke is that I have a terrible memory for names and dates and such, and actually thought it was my sister’s 21st birthday until my girlfriend corrected me.

home sweet home – caroline, carrie and rachel

November 5, 2009

if that doesn’t work, try this:

Team Hilarious: Karina, Grace, Tiare, and Kim — “germs that won’t die”

November 5, 2009

Team Modest: Adelle, Guillaume, Tatiana and Theodora – “Flight of Fancy”

November 5, 2009 So youtube has already disabled our audio.  I’m too tired to try to fix that, we’ve already had tons of technical issues tonight.  This is the best I can do at the moment, I may try a different venue soon.  Ugh. Attempted to embed this from facebook, don’t know if it will work.

I made a vimeo account and uploaded it there. If this doesn’t work… I’ll just play it from my computer in class.

Team Awesome: Sam, Isabel, Shannon, and Cameron – “Dinner is Served”

November 5, 2009

“Road to Ruin” by Caroline, Ashton, Suzy and Allison

November 5, 2009

tatiana gellein: “clay-mation”

November 3, 2009

Here’s one of my favorite “clay-mations” from Sesame Street – I don’t know how “artistic” it is, but I remember being little and thinking it was pretty cool.

(re)interpretations – t.g.

November 3, 2009

Here’s the link to the copyright graffiti I mentioned earlier – this is from a student in MCM 1700p: Radical Media.

The assignment was to create a radical poster and post them around Brown, seeing how many actually lasted throughout the week (most didn’t make it). If you want to see all of them, you can go to Wiki Brown –> search mcm 1700p –> scroll down and select “student work”.

What is art? -Suzy

November 1, 2009

Yesterday my friends and I were discussing this question.  Someone was saying he thinks that art is a sensory experience that produces emotion.  Under this definition, even the modern art that produces the a-2-year-old-could-do-that reaction is art because it evokes frustration–which is an emotion.  He said that art isn’t necessarily any person’s idea, though–for example, the smell of wet cement is art; a window shade blowing in the wind is art.  So, I asked, as I often do, “why do you think that?”  And he said, “what do you mean?”  And I said, “what led you to the conclusion that that’s what art is?”  Then there was this moment of frustration when I realized I was actually asking, in different words, “So you’re saying these things are art, but what is ‘art’?”  I recognized this was circular reasoning–why was I asking him what art was, when that was what he just told me?  Then it all made sense: ascribing the word “art” to these phenomena told me nothing whatsoever about them.  “Art” is a mere signifier.  It is a sound.  Its meaning is arbitrary.  The meaning given art could just as easily be projected onto another sound.  In fact, in Spanish it’s “arte.”  If we really want to get down to the bottom of what art is, we first, ironically, must settle on a definition of art.  Saying “art is emotion” or “art is design” tells us nothing.  It would be much more productive and significant to say–and this is from–

“the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance”


is emotion, is design, etc., because how you define a word is completely arbitrary and useless to debate.  How you define a meaning, on the other hand, is worth discussing.

Caroline Payumo

October 29, 2009


i think this was a commercial? made by the same people who created the video we watched in class on tuesday (the whiteboard-dry erase one), which was one of my favorites.

Karina Alventosa

October 29, 2009

 This video was very interesting. It was cool to see how they took a video game and made it into a 3d movie.

Tiare Pimentel

October 29, 2009

This is cool using  post-it notes.

Caroline Webb

October 29, 2009

The first thing I thought of when we started watching stop motion animation videos was the music video for “sledgehammer” which everyone’s probably seen, but anyway it uses a lot of stop motion animation and it’s a weird music video, but I like how they emphasize the stop motion and purposefully make it jerky at parts.

Tiare Pimentel

October 29, 2009

rachel – animator vs. animation

October 29, 2009

this doesn’t appear to be stop motion, but definitely worth a view:

^ I’m not allowed to embed it… sry

October 29, 2009

Here are some Lego sculptures by Nathan Sawaya.  If anyone wants to know more, he also had an article written about him in the New York Times that’s quite interesting and talks a lot about his process and his inspiration as an artist.


Ashton- Animation

October 29, 2009

This video is stop-motion animation using Legos. I thought it was really interesting not only for the amount of time it must have taken but also because of the use of legos as an artistic medium, which seems to be becoming somewhat of a fad. For example, Nathan Sawaya uses legos to create sculptures.

Adelle Molina

October 29, 2009

Another animation – Suzy

October 29, 2009

Grace Dalrymple

October 29, 2009

Grace Dalrymple

October 29, 2009

Theodora Liu

October 29, 2009

I came across this stop motion animation video on youtube and I think it’s another really amazing post-it note animation. I think Bang-yao Liu does a very good job of portraying the random thoughts and frustrations that go through someone’s mind when he/she is procrastinating (and the games that we play).

i also thought this video was pretty cool –

Caroline Flanagan

October 29, 2009

Sorry, for some reason the video didn’t show up in the last post. Here it is.

Caroline Flanagan

October 29, 2009

During class I remembered seeing this a month ago and thought it worked perfectly. I can’t imagine how long it must have taken to do.

Animation – Isabel

October 29, 2009

I came across this when i was perusing music videos. As pretentious as this sound, I found that the music, the story and the images complimented each other to create a rather evocative piece of art.

Guillaume – Sock Animation Prototype and Self Portrait Video

October 28, 2009

Here’s my video of my self portrait as it was drawn. I took pictures every time I considered a major step or some considerable change to have occurred (Turns out we can’t upload videos directly, so I just uploaded these to my youtube account):

I used to be really into stop motion animation as a kid, and seeing “A Wolf Loves Pork” this summer made me want to try it again.  I came up with an idea for a story involving socks, but I only had time to do a brief proof of concept animation before school started.  I thought I’d share it with you guys, so here it is:

Strat-Cut Clay Animation

October 28, 2009

I think this is really cool – basically what they do is make a block of clay with the images inside and then they slice off a thin layer of the end and photograph it.  Do this a bunch of times and you get animation – the first link explains it much better than me, the other links are examples


kim arredondo: another post-it stop-motion video: to-do lists

October 28, 2009

I was having difficulty remembering any stop motion videos on youtube, but Sam’s post reminded me of a sticky note stop animation video I had seen a year ago when I was looking for videos about multiraciality and multiracial artists.

Even though I forgot a lot of the content (I only remembered that it was a lot to do with “to-do lists”) and had to watch it again, the form really stuck with me, which is cool.

I really like how he uses the stopmotion to transform the text into drawing when he transitions to a different “scene.”

Also, he seems to use the video to communicate himself and his life (even his “to-do lists”!), while still engaging a huge audience, which is really impressive to me.

Sam Dweck-animation

October 28, 2009

I thought this was was neat, especially since the guy in the TED video we watched talked about how the extent of the average worker’s creative toolbox was the post-it note.


Also, even though this one is more video than animation, it’s pretty mind-boggling.

8-Allison Wigen: Animation

October 27, 2009

When I was in Prague, I became really interested in Jan Svankmajer (he did one of the animations we watched in class today.)  He was part of the Czech Surrealist Group, and he was working a lot with stop-motion animation at the time.  A lot of his stuff seems to involve crazy things with food, so this is a good example.  Here are links to Parts 1 and 2:



My favorite Svankmajer short-film is also on YouTube.  It isn’t really stop-motion, but he incorporates it.  I highly recommend it if you have the time to watch the whole thing  (also in 2 parts).  It’s called “Byt”, which translates: “The Apartment” or “The Flat”.



Her Morning Elegance

October 27, 2009

I had seen this before, and thought it was cool. I’ve always liked stop motion that involved real people instead of clay or paper.

Shannon S

kim arredondo: interpreting picasso

October 27, 2009


2 figures

by Pablo Picasso

I’m happy with how my interpretation came out, but I like it better when I don’t compare it directly with Picasso’s.  I tried to capture the leanness of the man and his face, but it fell short a little, I thought.  It was also difficult to capture the angularity of his face.  But I like my version as a piece in itself.

Animation – Suzy

October 27, 2009

This is one of my favorites–I enjoy the way the artist alternates between illustrating the scene and the abstract thoughts inside the characters’ heads so that the viewer stops distinguishing between them and realizes the entire animation comes from inside a character’s head (the narrator’s).

Shannon S

October 27, 2009

I think Benjamin is stating the obvious at the beginning of this essay. Clearly, looking at real mountains is more breathtaking then looking at a painting of the mountains. And looking at a painting of the mountains is better than looking at a computer screen reproduction of the painting. Each step away from the original just isn’t as cool. To say that reproduction “takes away its aura” is a bit melodramatic. I know this was written awhile ago but times are always evolving/changing and people are always complaining about it. For a modern day example, every time Facebook changes its homepage, people freak out. But then they figure out how to deal with it, make it work. Sometimes little things come back that were better in the first place. Basically, I’m saying artists are adapting, and Benjamin is just another whiny old man saying that the past was better. Get over it. The internet is now here, reproduction is here, figure out how to make art.

Oh, and here’s a story about Shepard Fairey being arrested and in trouble for copying the original picture of Obama:

And here’s the story I was talking about in class, about the portrait of Obama in the White House:

October 24, 2009

Hey does anyone else remember him mentioning our class having some sort of art showing?  Did he say bring drawings for Tuesdays class or am I totally making that up?

grace dalrymple

October 23, 2009

I think that copying and reproducing art helps to inspire more artists and overall further promote the art world.  We learn by mimicking others and even though what your copying is not your own idea its okay because it helps us become better artists.  If there was not mass reproduction of paintings, sculptures, drawings, etc the art world would be a much smaller place and not as many people would have the luxury of enjoying it.  I agree with the author that reproductions lack presence in time and space.  Seeing a photo or taking a visual tour of the Sistine Chapel is far from actually being there.  As mentioned in class yesterday even if the visual tour allows the viewer better clarity and detail into the paintings your still missing out.  The feeling of knowing your actually there in front of the real thing, that you could reach out and touch it, makes a huge difference in how we feel about a piece of art.  Thats not to say that we can appreciate art from a distance or through a different medium but I do think that if you want to feel the full effects of a work of art you have to see the original.

kim arredondo

October 22, 2009

“…behavior items shown in a movie can be analysed much more precisely and from more points of view than those presented on paintings or an the stage… In comparison with the stage scene, the filmed behavior item lends itself more readily to analysis because it can be isolated more easily” (303).

I found this section of the article to be really true of how I (and how I imagine other people) read art, magazine spreads, productions on stage, and films.  Films have the potential to direct what you look at, what you find (or are supposed to find) important in a scene.  In that way, you can more readily see foreshadowing and interpret the behaviors of the characters.  Like Benjamin says, it (the behavior) can be isolated, so the way the film represents itself is almost forced rather than open.  There are tricks painters and designers can use to draw your eyes along and around the page of a work of art, but it’s more like a nudge than the absolute control that I see in films.  I’m not sure what Benjamin means by “from more points of view,” though.  If he is trying to imply that film is a form of art that is more flexibly read than paintings, for example, then I don’t really agree with him.

Also, I thought it was interesting what Benjamin had to say about painting as not being set up as something that can be presented for “simultaneous collective experience.”  I wonder if this limitation of painting and “unique” forms of art can explain the incentive for artists to desire (controlled) reproduction of their works.

Ashton- Benjamin Response

October 22, 2009

While reading Benjamin’s essay, I couldn’t help but think of it in terms of both the Modernist movement that was still occurring when he wrote it and the influence of the Bauhaus during that time period in Germany.  I would argue that the Bauhaus’s emphasis on accessible, reproducible designs rebels against Benjamin’s notions of authenticity and authority.  The artists and craftsman of the Bauhaus designed functional objects that could be easily mechanically reproduced, and the integrity of their designs lay not in the original pieces they created but in the designs themselves.  The “theology of art” that Benjamin argues arose in response to the rise of Socialism and the increasing tendency of the proletariat to view art as a commodity is in direct contrast to the Bauhaus principles that form follows function, that is, that design should serve a purpose other than ritual.  The Bauhaus and the Modernist movement celebrated and encouraged the increasing accessibility of art and design to the proletariat.  Indeed, the Modernist movement believed that design could improve peoples’ lives and that it ought to be egalitarian.  Part of Benjamin’s argument against the loss of aura and the depreciation of a work’s authority that comes with mechanical reproduction seems to arise from his disdain of the masses of people who are then able to appropriate some part of that work for themselves.  While it is true that the value and meaning of a work of art is greatly influenced by its context and its place in the history of art, which Benjamin includes in his definition of aura, perhaps the evolution of some forms of art from elevated, ritual ideas to egalitarian, useful objects is a positive step forward in our understanding of art’s purpose.  I also find it interesting that while the Bauhaus artists designed for mechanical reproduction, most of their surviving pieces are hand-crafted.  These pieces seem to subvert Benjamin’s notions of authenticity and authority because they are designed for mechanical reproduction, but Mies Van der Rohe’s original Barcelona Chair is obviously more important in the tradition of art history than any of the reproductions of it you can buy today.  However, the distinction between the original chair and a reproduction of it is probably not as vast as the difference between, for example, a true Picasso and a modern-day knockoff because it is the design of the chair itself is more significant than the original.  Thus, I believe mechanical reproduction has produced a shift in our way of thinking and evaluating art, placing less emphasis on technical skill and more emphasis on the originality and creativity of the ideas behind the piece.

Here is a picture of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair:


response – Suzy

October 22, 2009

“The painter maintains in his work a natural distance from reality, the cameraman penetrates deeply into its web.”

I am interested in the point Benjamin makes that, paradoxically, the mediums that depict reality in its uncontaminated form–film, photography–are the ones that have required the most technological interference.  So, the question becomes, can mechanical modes of reproducing an image actually be true to that image?  Is the film or photograph really the same as what we see in reality, or is it a culturally specific idea of what reality is?

Also, even abstract artwork comes from what the artist has seen throughout his/her life, since vision is necessary for mental imagery (people born blind don’t understand sight). And it can attest to emotions, thoughts, or stretches of time and space that the camera can’t capture.

These question have been on my mind ever since I visited the Met over the summer and noticed that the only paintings, especially portraits, that look at all realistic are ones done recently (say, since the renaissance). I wondered if people before this time made the conscious decision to not represent the world realistically, or if I just have a culturally conditioned idea of what people and objects look like. If the latter is true, does the culturally relative representation of space extend to a culturally relative vision of it?

Isabel K

October 22, 2009

I cannot be certain I fully understood Benjamin but his writing did spark some reflection on my part. I was lead to consider the tradition in which the reproduction itself exists. Benjamin states the uniqueness of ‘a work of art is inseparable from its being embedded in the fabric of tradition’. He goes on to reflect that ‘this tradition itself is thoroughly alive and extremely changeable’.  I agree with Benjamin, the uniqueness of a piece of art is subject to the tradition it arises. However, I depart from his view that ‘making many reproduction … substitutes a plurality of copies for a unique existence’. I believe that a reproduction can be unique in its own right. The original artist depicts what he sees or what he envisions. This itself is a reproduction of reality or of some imagined realm. As such , when an artist reproduce a work of art he follows in this tradition he depicts what he sees and transforms elements into something he envisions. Consider this idea in terms of historiography. When we record history, we make a reproduction. We attempt to have a faithful account of past events. Yet this, like a reproduction of art, is subject to the author. What is excluded, accentuated and focused on transforms the history and becomes unique to the interpreter. As such the interpretation is subject to the authors’ perception, technique and methodology employed. Simply because it is copied, it does not make it any less unique.

tatiana gellein

October 22, 2009

I mentioned in an early post that when I consider the question “what is art”, I instantly think of direct reflections/interpretations of nature and raw human emotions. After reading this week’s article, one sentence in particular stuck with me:

“Confronted with its manual reproduction, which was usually branded as a forgery, the original preserved all its authority; not so vis-a-vis tecnhical reproduction”.

The author goes on to explain that there are two reasons for this 1) process repodcution is more independent of the original than manual reproduction and 2) that technical reproduction can put the copy of the original into situations which would be out of reach for the original itself. In this sense, while I feel most art, whether an intential reproduction or a believed organic creation, to some extent draw on reproductions of visual and emotional experiences. However the intent of the artist and the historical context it lives within help to authenticate its uniqueness, regardless of its similarities to an “original”. The example given in class about the works of Titian and Reubens reinforce this; each painter had their own agenda and chose to emphasize or de-emphasize certain qualities they wanted to express. I do question some mass reproductions (eg some Urban Outfitters shirts), which create replications that I believe have more capitalistic motives than producing art for the sake of art.

Caroline Webb

October 22, 2009

I found the part where he said “reproduction detaches the reproduced object from the domain of tradition…it substitutes a plurality of copies for a unique existence.”  especially interesting.  Diversity seems to be gradually disappearing as everything becomes more globalized and everyone becomes exposed to the same stimuli through reproduction.  As diversity decreases equality increases, because there are less things to give anyone an advantage over anyone else.  I think the main argument for uniqueness is that a unique object appears to have more value than a reproduced and readily available object.  Does a rose really not smell as sweet if your neighbor has one too?  Probably not, but if everyone only has roses, then we don’t have a varied gene pool of different flowers out of which better ones can evolve.  So our logic tells us that we should give everyone equal opportunity so that we get a chance at this opportunity ourselves, but our instincts tell us to cling to our differences because our genes must be the ones to survive, and we can’t give them up even knowing that we can artificially create perfection without the need to rely on the random chance of natural evolution.

—sorry, I think I just confused myself a lot, this may not have made any sense, but I attempted to put my vague theories and ponderings into words

Rachel Levenson – Art in the Age of Digital (Re)production

October 22, 2009

It is high time for a new treatise on art distribution. Benjamin’s hypothesis that the new reproducibility of art could free the viewer from the ritualistic experience of the aura has proven to be only somewhat correct. People still pay $20 to go tot he MoMa. And where the Gallery and the Critic once sat on their high thrones, now Consumption and Marketing join them. Has art become more “free” since it has become reproducible? I think no. At least not until the internet. I am leaving this post with the question: how does the internet transform our understandings of reproduction? Authorship? Originality? Were our creations on Photoshop at the beginning of the course original?

And finally, who the hell cares about originality, anyways?

Tiare Pimentel

October 22, 2009

I think that Walter Benjamin makes a lot of interesting points on the concept of aura relating to authenticity.  Although I don’t believe all of what he says about mechanical reproduction, I do think that the sense of complexity and fascination about an object is greatly reduced (and the object becomes under appreciated) when one can simple press a button to obtain an extremely accurate image of it.

A quote from the reading that I found especially intriguing was,

“…the desire of contemporary masses to bring things ‘closer’ spatially and humanly, which is just as ardent as their bent toward overcoming the uniqueness of every reality by accepting its reproduction.”

Caroline Flanagan

October 22, 2009

I think it’s interesting that early artists were constantly striving to represent an object exactly the way it appeared in their art.  Now, however, artists who simply draw things as they appear are not considered original.  To make their art unique, artists are constantly trying to explore new mediums and find new ways to express their creativity.  I think that copying is important for someone who is just starting out as an artist.  There is no better way to develop your own technique than attempting to copy other works or draw models exactly as they appear.  For example, Picasso’s style was more realistic in the beginning of his career before he moved on to more abstract styles.

Adelle Molina

October 22, 2009

Reproducing a work of art, regardless of its form, sculpture, poetry, painting, etc. seems to be a fundamentally “wrong” thing to do.  We live in a society with strict copyright laws where plagiarism is aggressively punished.  However, copying is everywhere.  This is a world of mass media where images and art can be spread instantly. With the advent of the internet, art has acquired an accessibility that it has never had before.  I can sit in my room, go on google, look up any work of art I want and copy it into my notebook.  Is that wrong?  I don’t think so especially if I am using it to study a new technique or to simply practice drawing.  But would it be wrong if I made this copy and then tried to sell it on eBay?  I think it certainly would, but what this example proves is that copying is not a black and white matter.  It is very difficult to set strict boundaries between what is good and bad with respect to copying and reproducing works of art.

Karina Alventosa

October 22, 2009

In my opinion, reproducing someone else’s work of art is a form of unoriginal thought. However, incorporating some of your own ideas into the piece will give it a new image, and significance. Although it may be copied perfectly, it does not have the same meaning and importance that the original had in its first context. Now with the creation of film and photography, it is possible to reproduce objects, images and events clearly and easily. Each piece is unique in its own form, but I would be most proud of a piece of art that was entirely my own. When dealing with original thought, on the other hand, there is truly a limited amount of original thought. Every idea that is created, by this point in our history, has been influenced, in some way by another person’s ideas or thoughts. Our surroundings influence us in such a way that there is really no epicenter of creative thought. Artwork can be found in everything and it is an artist’s duty to show their perspective on an object, event, or idea through a reproduction of said object, event, or idea.

Caroline Payumo – The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

October 22, 2009

Rather than there being a loss of aura with the new age of film and photography, I would like to think that filmmakers and photographers have created a new type of aura which can not be explicitly compared to the aura of a sculpture, painting, or drawing.  The aura is not so much ‘lost’ as it is re-translated into something different.

Sam Dweck

October 22, 2009

While replication may get a bit of a negative rap, I think it’s undeserved. When we talked about what art was at the beginning of the semester, one idea was that it was supposed to share some sort of vision or emotion. So if the goal is to get some idea out there, it seems like it could only be a good thing for other people to be spreading it. In “copying” the original artist, they are supporting him, his ideas, and his art.

Guillaume – Walter Benjamin

October 22, 2009

First of all, I was a bit frustrated by the translation.  I know that German sometimes makes use of extremely long compound words, and that seems to show through a bit in the choice of English words.  I also found the text to be muddied by long sentences.  I know that’s really irrelevant and it was written a long time ago, but I found it distracting enough to warrant a comment.

Writing style aside, I generally agreed with his ideas.  I have had daydreams about what it would be like to live in a world where the few possessions to your name were created by you or someone you know, where a cup or a spoon would have a tangible history and value.  I get enormous satisfaction from creating useful objects through my own efforts, and I suspect that to some extent this is a species-wide inclination.  Stories like that of William Kamkwamba, the boy who built a windmill from scratch in Malawi, almost make me wish that more of our mass-produced technology were simple enough that hand-made versions could compete for practicality.  That is of course a selfish and silly thought, but I can’t deny its passing through my mind.  If I can’t make anything that’s actually useful, I turn my need for creation to art and make things that are beautiful or somehow satisfying to me in other ways.  Whereas a hand-made spoon, no matter how carefully made, would be of little use to me, a hand-made piece of art will always have some value.

7-Allison Wigen

October 21, 2009

Reading the article, I was most interested in the idea that for art in the mechanical age the question of authenticity might be irrelevant.  The question of one ‘original’ becomes impossible to answer (and perhaps unimportant).  I started to think about some of the means by which art is made accessible to the masses in our present day and age (e.g. graphic t-shirts, art prints on postcards, notecards, greeting cards, etc.) and realized that perhaps, yes, it is silly to ask whether one is more ‘original’ or authentic than the next.  It occurred to me that maybe the closest thing to authenticity for this kind of art is in the idea– a fuzzy, almost indeterminable thing– which is unlike saying, “this Rembrandt is the original.”  Perhaps it is also true that with our means of mechanical reproduction “aura” (by Benjamin’s definition) is diminished, but I would like to believe that art needn’t be devalued as a result.  The idea presumably originates in the artist.  I find it interesting, then, that often with forms of reproducible artwork the artist is so remote.  How often, picking up a graphic t-shirt, are we able to name the artist?  Not very.  When I was searching for more information on the subject, I came across this artists’ collective committed to engaging the masses through their artwork rather than existing at a distance in this age of mechanical reproduction.  I thought their Philosophy was pretty cool.  Check it out:Reading the article, I was most interested in the idea that for art in the mechanical age the question of authenticity might be irrelevant.  The question of one ‘original’ becomes impossible to answer (and perhaps unimportant).  I started to think about some of the means by which art is made accessible to the masses in our present day and age (e.g. graphic t-shirts, art prints on postcards, notecards, greeting cards, etc.) and realized that perhaps, yes, it is silly to ask whether one is more ‘original’ or authentic than the next.  It occurred to me that maybe the closest thing to authenticity for this kind of art is in the idea– a fuzzy, almost indeterminable thing– which is unlike saying, “this Rembrandt is the original.”  Perhaps it is also true that with our means of mechanical reproduction “aura” (by Benjamin’s definition) is diminished, but I would like to believe that art needn’t be devalued as a result.  The idea presumably originates in the artist.  I find it interesting, then, that often with forms of reproducible artwork the artist is so remote.  How often, picking up a graphic t-shirt, are we able to name the artist?  Not very.  When I was searching for more information on the subject, I came across this artists’ collective committed to engaging the masses through their artwork rather than existing at a distance in this age of mechanical reproduction.  I thought their Philosophy was pretty cool.  Check it out:

Thoughts about mechanical reproduction

October 21, 2009

Reading the article reminded me of an artist I saw online recently, Gwon Osang


All of the photographs are of the person the sculpture was made from.  I really like the work that I’ve seen because it takes a means of mechanical reproduction (photography) and uses is as the material for a very non-mechanical means of reproduction.  I think it highlights the fact that the photos are not the actual thing, but the representation of that thing like other forms of art.


found this

October 17, 2009

we looked at the chairs in the risd museum so this reminded me of that…


miscellaneous thoughts

October 14, 2009

I was reading an essay by Rudolf Arnheim about central perspective, which I think you can access on this google books page:

He makes the argument that different cultures have different ways of representing space, neither of them are true to life, and no method is better than another.  He also discusses the role of central perspective in the changing worldview of the west using the two “Last Supper” paintings that we discussed in class.

Also — check out this artist.  It’s as if she creates and destroys worlds in seconds with her fingertips.

Guillaume – Tshirt Printing

October 6, 2009

Hey guys, sorry I’m posting so much on here randomly. I actually really like the idea of a collaborative art blog with a bunch of art students to communicate with, so I want to keep it alive if anyone’s looking at it every once in a while.

Today I went to List and printed my tshirt! I was very nervous and spent like half an hour looking up techniques and how-to videos so I wouldn’t mess up. It went fine overall, though. I don’t know if anyone else has printed theirs, or if anyone still intends to, but here are some pointers:

*The white part of the paper WILL transfer, leaving a white area anywhere it’s not inked. Do cut out your shapes a bit to avoid a square outline, and keep in mind that the outline will be vaguely visible.

*Because the white part transfers, make sure to sufficiently iron ALL of the edges. I missed an edge or two because I thought they didn’t have any pigment to transfer. If you do, you can carefully realign the paper and iron it again – the residual pigment will transfer.

*They say not to move the iron at all. While this is generally good advice, once you’ve ironed a spot or two for at least twenty seconds, the paper becomes pretty well stuck to your shirt. At this point, it may be a good idea to gently slide the iron around a little bit to ensure that you get even heat on the areas that the iron has holes.

*When you iron, make sure to be pressing down as hard as you can to make it transfer solidly – but be careful, the iron is a bit slipper on the back of the sheet.

I’m really happy with my final product, big thanks to Ian for getting us all such cool materials and giving me the opportunity to make my own shirt!


debate about vocabulary @ brown

October 3, 2009

There’s been some debate in the BDH about the vocabulary that Brown students use, which I thought was worth sharing because of my t-shirt design on Brown University vocabulary.

“Jonah Fabricant ’10: A retreat from pedantry” —

and “Anthony Badami ’11: A retreat from anti-intellectualism” —

Fabricant gives hegemony, dialectical, and heteronormative as examples of words that Brown students “sprinkle… about indiscriminately.”

I was interested to see the very personal reactions two Brown students had to the vocabulary used here (and how GQ’s article on our “douchey” campus did or didn’t affect their opinions).

Guillaume – A Wolf Loves Pork

October 1, 2009

Ashton’s post reminded me of this video.  This has to be my all-time favorite stop motion creation, the idea itself is genius (using photographs within photographs and moving their content through a meta environment) and the creator has thoroughly explored the possibilities within it, resulting in a really fun video full of innovative concepts.

I was so inspired by this video over the summer that I wanted to experiment with stop motion myself.  I planned out a storyline about socks, but all I had time to do was a quick proof-of-concept video of an animated sock before school started.  I hope to make the actual one over a break or something if time permits.

Ashton- COMBO Animation

October 1, 2009

My friend showed me this video the other day.  It’s a collaborative animation by two artists, Blu and David Ellis.  I thought it was really cool, especially because you get to see the artists’ process as the animation progresses.  These things always amaze me.  The animation in this video makes great use of the space, and it’s always neat to see artists interacting with their art.

COMBO a collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis (2 times loop) from blu on Vimeo.

An unexpected Frank Lloyd Wright?

September 30, 2009

We were talking today about Frank Lloyd Wright emphasizing form over functionality.  One of his lesser known homes – Kentuck Knob – was designed for working dairy farm owners.  I’ve seen the home (it’s close to my hometown, Pittsburgh) and was struck by how insightful some of his plans were: the master bedroom has East-facing windows so the couple wakes at dawn.  At the same time, Wright was so wedded to his theme (hexagons), that the kitchen is crammed into a dark, small space.

Anyway, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it.  Here’s the link if you want to check it out:

Hirst bicycle for Lance Armstrong

September 30, 2009


Guillaume – Magic Eye Stereogram

September 28, 2009

magic_leafI love stereoscopic images and those hidden magic eye pictures.  With the power of photoshop at my fingertips, I figured I’d try to construct my own out of a picture of fallen leaves I took earlier.  It turned out to be a lot more complex and difficult than I initially expected (especially with an image which is larger than the vertical bar units), but I think I finally got it to work.  Anyone else find any cool new uses for photoshop?  I’m still having tons of fun with it!

real life photoshop

September 25, 2009

I was stumbling and found this awesome image.  I thought y’all might appreciate it.




Caroline Flanagan t-shirt design

September 24, 2009

lion!!!Here’s one of my designs, unfortunately, I’m having trouble uploading the other one even though it’s a JPEG.   It keeps freezing once it’s loaded about half-way.

tatiana: t-shirt design

September 24, 2009


kim: tshirt #2

September 24, 2009

I have two sources of inspiration for this one.  One half of it is a list of frequently used vocabulary of Brown students.  The other half is a website that used algorithms to show commonly used words in essays with the author/essay’s name in the center.

The website is here: click


September 24, 2009

Lil Wayne shirtSo this is a completely new idea.  Lil’ Wayne is my favorite artist and there are a lot of images of him so I thought it would be cool to replace all his tattoos with pictures of himself.  This was super time consuming, but I think the end product looks pretty cool.

kim: tshirt design

September 24, 2009

The concept behind this shirt is a celebration of Loving Day, commemorating the day when interracial marriage was legalized in the U.S.  I helped make a t-shirt for it two years ago for BOMBS (bi-racial/multi-racial group), and figured I should give it another shot for this year.  🙂

I found the picture of the hand, browsing on google.  What I would love to do is write words associated with interracial marriage/love in general onto a hand and photograph it.  I’m thinking this could be the workings of a real t-shirt.


Tiare: T-shirt

September 24, 2009

So I have a few similar designs and I need help deciding which is better….



thank you!

Guillaume ‘Alien vs Cthulhu’ Tshirt (final?)

September 24, 2009

Final Shirt Design

This is my tentative final design for my tshirt, provided I don’t compulsively tweak it some more later on tonight.  The concept is a play on the “Alien vs Predator” theme.  Alien is up against cthulhu, who makes very short work of him.  “Cthulhu fhtagn” means something along the lines of “Cthulhu dreams” or “Cthulhu waits dreaming”, and will go on the back of the shirt.

I got the wings, tentacles, and alien parts (all of the cool looking parts, I know) from pictures online which I used as templates to make simpler shapes with the pen/magic wand tool.  The rest of it was done freeform with the pen tool.  There isn’t much detailed description of cthulhu’s appearance in Lovecraft’s works, so this is kind of my interpretation.  It’s taken me a lot of work, but I have to say – drawing cthulhu in photoshop was the best homework assignment ever.

Edit of banner

September 24, 2009

pencilsbannerb&wThis is just a really simple edit of my first banner idea – I really love selective color


Caroline Webb: a tshirt I found interesting

September 24, 2009

This t-shirt is from  I really like it because of how simple the shapes and colors are, and because of what it “says”.  It’s called “skyscraper” which may just be meant to be a silly pun, but I like how it shows man trying to edit nature an dhow absurd it is.skyscrapert

Reiko — 1st design revised

September 24, 2009

copper canyon press t-shirt black edit

Caroline Webb: Tshirt design

September 24, 2009


Isabel – Tshirt design

September 24, 2009


I was intrigued by dimension and levels. In this picture the real birds are captured in 2D form, while the real birds exist outside the frame, hanging on telegraph wires. Yet the reality of these are put into question by their juxtaposition with ‘created’ birds. As such, each level captures a different reality which is in turn challenged by the subsequent layer.

Caroline Webb: Tshirt design

September 24, 2009


This is kind of an epiphany I had today, so I decided to make a t-shirt of it.  The picture is  simple, but it fit what I wanted to say really well, so I only tweaked it a little.

Reiko — 2nd design — “tea-shirt”

September 24, 2009


tea-shirt editedSo this might be a silly twist on words, but I thought it would be interesting to play with the idea of a “palette” of loose leaf teas, which are colorful (but not this much in reality — i messed with the hue and vibrancy quite a bit!).

I’m still not happy with the “steam” coming out of the teapot — if anyone knows of an effect that would do it better, please let me know! Overall though i like where this is going..

Sam Dweck

September 24, 2009

This is the shirt I want to actually print. Perkins is my dorm and it’s just a wee bit off the map, but as a result we’re all supposed to bond well. And even more so if we had these t-shirts.

And this one is a play on the Patagonia logo, in case that’s not clear. Hiking company.. trekking out to Perkins..


Theodora Liu – t shirt design.

September 24, 2009

hong kong t shirt

I like how the way this t shirt design worked out. I’m from Hong Kong so I decided to use this view of Hong Kong side. I drew the star and then I scanned it to my laptop. I don’t really have a reason why I put the star in. I just thought the t shirt looked more complete with it.

Sam Dweck

September 24, 2009

This is another play on a perhaps less common shirt. Usually the shirt reads “Stop Pre” in reference to Steve Prefontaine, who dominated long distance running back in the ’70’s. But I’d say Brown’s track team is just as intimidating…

stop bruno

Karina Alventosa- T Shirt 2

September 24, 2009

I really like this t-shirt design. It is very complex and interesting. The ladybug is sitting on a leaf that is the cutout of a ladybug and that adds some form of contrast. My sister loves ladybugs, so I intended to make the T-shirt for her. tshirt3

September 23, 2009

Final t-shirt

September 23, 2009

design 2

Another t-shirt design – lyndsey

September 23, 2009

I think I like bright colors and abstract images.cell3

Caroline Payumo: T-shirt #2?

September 23, 2009

Lion tshirt

what i’m doing instead of all my other work . . .

September 23, 2009


I made this as a t-shirt design, but it could also be a banner.  It’s a french phrase meaning “live off love and fresh water” but it has the connotation of “living a carefree life”.  I think post-it notes are really light and insubstantial and go with the phrase.


More T-shirts – Suzy

September 23, 2009

Yes, I have been going crazy with photoshop.  This one kinda twists your mind, no?shirtwithinashirtThe one below requires some background information.  My friend and I have been talking about the analogy of people as cake.  We want to write a book called “What cake are you?”  where people share what kind of cake they are.  The premise is, the more care and hard work that goes into your cake, and the more you like your cake, the more you will want to share a slice with everyone you like.  If, on the other hand, you don’t think your cake is good, you won’t want to share it (except maybe with those you dislike).  Also, the presentation of a cake may get someone’s attention, but what people really care about is what’s inside.  Cheesy, I know, but it makes sense. 

cake shirt

Ashton: T-Shirt #2

September 23, 2009


I was quite pleased with the way this T-shirt design turned out, although I’m not sure about the color and style of the font.  I think this design is a lot more interesting and engaging than the other one I came up with.  In terms of interaction with the wearer, I think this is a pretty fun design that also advertises something cool (the Ivy Film Festival).  The main message of the text is clear on first glance, but I think the image of the projector is what really captures the viewers attention and makes them take a second look.

T-shirt design – Lyndsey

September 23, 2009

These images are from a photo of fireworks.  I inverted the colors and then played with the hue, color, saturation etc. 

I like t-shirts that are neat to look at, but don’t really say anything.  In other words, they give you something new to see, but don’t tell you how to see the world.  This is also how I think about art more broadly.  (I’m probably in the minority on this one).

I don’t know if this is a good thing… but I can almost picture the t-shirts in the Gap…










Sam Dweck: another t-shirt

September 23, 2009

brown colors t-shirt

This is a play on that shirt where you’re supposed to say the color the word is written in rather than reading the word. Good luck.

Cameron – new t-shirt designs

September 23, 2009

orchidsrasterIt’s hard to tell, but that’s made up of small dots of color – it looks more interesting full size

noexit3My first and still favorite design

Reiko — banner concept

September 22, 2009


rachel t-shirt

September 22, 2009

can’t decide if I like this or hate it… . either way: quilts are really sweet.


6-Allison Wigen: Another T-Shirt Design

September 22, 2009

Final T-shirt Design

Here is another one of my T-shirt designs.  Conceptually, I was thinking along the same lines as the last design I posted, but I like that this one is clean and more visually pleasing.  I was also more consciously trying to incorporate Gestalt Principles into this design.

Karina- Header

September 22, 2009

I wanted to add a background color, but once I learned how, I didn’t really like it. so I found this really interesting squiggly line to put underneath the image. It adds depth and layering.header2

T-Shirt Designs (Shannon)

September 22, 2009


So I DJ at WBRU, and this is just an idea I had. I want to play with this more. I’m having fun just with typing and such right now.

If a girl wore this next design the O’s would hopefully be on her.. chest. I wouldn’t wear this shirt, but some would.


September 22, 2009

preliminary tshirt

kim: t-shirt design

September 22, 2009


Caroline Flanagan-T-shirt design

September 22, 2009

spaghetti tree

one t-shirt idea [rachel]

September 22, 2009


Theodora – t shirt design

September 22, 2009

music t shirt

images and t-shirts I liked [rachel]

September 22, 2009

DRIP_DRIPDIPSY_GYPSYThose were by the artist Mel Kadel. I found the artist off of Threadless and then look at her stuff online.  I don’t think I would like these drawings as tee-shirt but like them anyways. The playful imagination of the artist reminds me of children’s books illustrations in the best of ways.

In terms of tee-shirts that I liked, here are a few: wolfview1

For the wolf one, I like how the image of the wolf interacts with the person wearing the shirt. For the gulls one, I like that the drawing is detailed and relatively small and encourages the viewer to look closely. I would not have printed it so high on the tee though..

I also like this one. monkey

Tiare: Header

September 22, 2009


Caroline Webb: blog header

September 22, 2009


I wanted to take a well note piece of art and show different interpretations of it with different media, and at first I tried blending them together into one image, but I think it shows more just leaving them as is.  I thought the thinker (rodin) was a good piece to use, because of how art relates to all the different ways of thinking and interpreting things.

Adelle Molina: Blog Redesign

September 22, 2009

Blog Redesign: Adelle Molina

5-Allison Wigen: Blog Banner Design

September 22, 2009

Fall Foundations

My banner design for the class blog.

kim: banner 2

September 22, 2009

same concept as before, different arrangement.


Guillaume: Leaves Spelling “ART” Banner V2

September 22, 2009

A friend of mine recommended that I move the ‘T’ over a bit so that the letters be slightly more legible.  I’ve also thickened up the shadows which make the ‘A’ a little and fixed a shadow incongruency caused by the yellow leaf at right having been flipped upside down.   I think all of the shadows are realistically oriented now.  Ideally, these changes will make the message clear enough that it needn’t be pointed out while still being subtle enough to be interesting.


I’m really enjoying photoshop.  I’ve been intimidated by its perceived complexity for a long time, but it’s a pleasure to be able to have an idea like this and actually create a satisfactory product using just a tiny fraction of this application’s might.   I’m grateful to this course for showing me the ropes and making photoshop accessible!

tatiana gellein: banner

September 22, 2009


September 22, 2009

Art for Arts sake

Caroline Payumo: Banners.

September 22, 2009



Another T shirt design -Suzy

September 22, 2009

Inspired by the Sharpe Refectory shirt, I also decided to play off a Brown theme.  I’ve lately considered being an MCM concentrator, and the more I realize how much I love the material, the more I grow aware of how absurdly pretentious it is.  mcmjokeshirt

Here’s a version with a slightly different color scheme.

mcmjokeshirt2 copy

Caroline Flanagan: Blog Redesign

September 22, 2009

Fall Foundations

4-Allison Wigen: A Preliminary T-Shirt Design

September 22, 2009

t-shirt, preliminary

This is a preliminary mock-up of one of my earlier T-Shirt designs.  It is pretty rough because this idea has been tabled for the time being.  I may revisit it eventually, though!

Isabel: mock t-shirt

September 21, 2009

Untitled-2 copy

Reiko — preliminary t-shirt design

September 21, 2009

copper canyon press t-shirt

This is a work-in-progress, but I wanted to design a shirt promoting the non-profit poetry press I interned for this summer. The Chinese character for poetry is their trademark, so i used calligraphy I could find for the character and typed out excerpts for the background. Still having issues with how to manage layers in photoshop…

September 21, 2009

Tee-shirt mock up


I like this so far but would like to go much further with it especially with the shapes and contrast.  I still have not really mastered photoshop and it takes me a very long time to accomplish anything.  Also here is a cool tee-shirt I purchased this weekend.  



Tiare Pimentel: Mock Shirt

September 21, 2009


Caroline Payumo: cool watercolor design

September 21, 2009

I really love the watercolor strokes used in this design.  There aren’t very many harsh lines, which I think adds to the freedom and motion of the girl.  The way in which the girl’s dress blends in with the watercolor blot in the center reminds the viewer that everything is interconnected; it also reminds me of an escape into an alternate reality in which defined lines do not exist.  Instead, colors and textures seep into one another but still maintain their own shapes.

Caroline Payumo: Mock Tshirt

September 21, 2009

Carrie Lion copy

Ashton: T-Shirt

September 21, 2009

Ashton T-Shirt Draft

Ashton: Blog Header

September 21, 2009

Ashton Blog Header

For my blog header, I wanted a simple concept that illustrates how and why art is important to life.  I’m not entirely satisfied with this quotation because I don’t think it works terribly well with the picture, but I couldn’t find a concise quote about art that talked about light, enlightenment, or illumination, which is the concept I was going for.  I do like the picture, though, and I think it’s interesting with the quote in some ways because it’s a photograph of a twisted piece of glowing wire.  The wire itself is part of a crude reality, but in taking a photograph of it, the artist has elevated it to what some may think of as art.

Banner idea 2 – Suzy

September 21, 2009


Caroline Webb

September 21, 2009

whatsbehind door

I’m trying to show how when you talk to someone you never really know which version of of them you’re gonna get (depending on their mood)  and that there could be so much they are feeling and not telling you.  Obviously, it needs to be edited a lot.

Sam Dweck: blog header

September 21, 2009

Picture 2

The building pictured is our own dear List Art Center. My thinking was that graffiti provides an interesting and somewhat controversial standpoint from which to discuss the eternal question of “what is art?”

tatiana gellein: t-shirt

September 21, 2009

hearbreak1This is my interpretation of the “Queen of Hearts”. I think if I wanted to take this idea further, I would like to print it on a  gray shirt, or a black shirt and maybe inverse the colors to look like a negative.

Theodora – Banner

September 21, 2009

artt banner 2

Banner Idea (Shannon)

September 20, 2009


This is a picture I took on campus, and then played with the text and filter tools.

T-shirt design Cameron

September 20, 2009

dollarmutidollarredwhitebluedollarI need to adjust the sizes, just a few ideas

Isabel – blog redesign

September 20, 2009

follow your art

There is a romantic quality in art that i wanted to capture through changing the phrase ‘follow your heart’, into ‘follow your art’. Also, the notion of a blog suggested hanging something for display and i tried to incorporated that through the allusion of a clothing line. The back drop is somewhat arbitrary, but i have always had a fascination with fairy lights as they draw to mind the idea of little bursts of creative energy.

T-shirt designs -Suzy

September 20, 2009

I spent a very long time on this one.  First I was just teaching myself photoshop using a picture of my cat and a cut-out of the Doryphoros of Polykleitos, then I started creating a background.  The design became a combination of what the two initial images represent to me: nature and Western civilization.  This is somewhat sarcastic and satirical; it’s what I think a street-vendor shirt may look like if a bunch of alien tourists flood New York or something.  I used a combination of photographs, patterns, and the paintbrush two are modifications of a painting I did a while ago of an elephant.  Basically, I made copies of this elephant so that many new elephants had their trunks aligned in something that the viewer may interpret as a tree.  The lesson I took from the resulting image was “we’re in this together” (leaving out the word “all” to avoid being interpreted as a High School Musical reference) since the characters in the picture are literally intertwined in order to make something grow.  I think people are like this too.  Because our brains and sensory organs are wired to pick up information only from one body’s viewpoint, we operate under the illusion that we are many, when in reality we are all one.elephant-2  I tried this in two different color schemes, the first retaining the painting’s original tones.


Karina Alventosa- Logo Idea

September 20, 2009

header2I really wanted to take different objects that apply to art, or remind me of art, and form them into the letters of the question that we intend to answer over the course of this semester. I think that all of the objects I used in the letters represent some form of art in my mind. From music, to painting, to nature, to drawing, and a straightedge, I am trying to convey my opinion that art can be found anywhere.

Sam Dweck: T-shirt mock up

September 20, 2009

I’ve been playing around with some designs that are take-offs on well known logos. Here’s one I did for the ratty (from a burger king logo). I don’t really like it because it doesn’t have much meaning. As in, I don’t know why anyone would wear the shirt… but it’s inspired a few other ideas that I’m working on now.

bk- ratty logo

Karina Alventosa- TSHIRT

September 20, 2009

I wanted a simple t-shirt design. I really like this design, but I will continue to explore other options and ideas. This is really my 2nd design, and I wanted to incorporate some of the Gestalt principles.tshirt1

Banner – Suzy

September 20, 2009

This is pretty self-explanatory; I took famous works of art from different time periods and cut and combined them in such a way that they spell out VISA TEN.


Guillaume – Hidden Message Blog Header

September 20, 2009

Art Leaves

To me this class is about finding out what art means to us, where we can find it, and how better to make it ourselves.  I wanted to show how art can be found in unexpected places if you know how to look, so I took an old picture of autumn leaves I shot last year and manipulated them around in photoshop to make their shadows spell ‘ART’.  As a bonus pun, the picture itself can just represent fall, thus completing the title of the blog at the bottom right.  The original picture is below for those of you who are curious.

Autumn Leaves

kim: banner

September 19, 2009


I was inspired to do this banner by an application called amaztype.  The application itself wasn’t working, but the concept is that you can search books on Amazon through the search engine, and it displays books relevant to the search in the shape of your keyword.

So, I searched “art” in Amazon under books, and I got a lot of textbooks on art/art history and a lot of copies of The Art of War by Sun Tzu.  I decided to stick with art textbooks and put them together to form the word “art”.  From there I played around with some layers and made it a little neater.  Placing the images, scaling them, and rotating them all made the process easier.

Banner Idea

September 18, 2009



Ruminations on using shirts for self promotion- suzy

September 18, 2009

The funny thing about band T-shirts is that many of the images on a given shirt have nothing to do with the band itself.

Take these designs for example.

arbitrary shirt - rilo kileyarbitrary shirt rilo kiley 2
I find the disparity between form and content in these designs very unsettling, which perhaps is the goal.  Being painfully paradoxical and/or incongruent seems to be in style these days.  Perhaps the lack of consistent logo is intended to make people reflect on the relationship between what is depicted and the band itself, or between visual art and music in general.
What does a possum or a car crash have to do with Rilo Kiley?  It beats me.  That’s like asking how a clothed cat relates to OK Go.

ok go shirt

Perhaps it’s not about what they are, but what they want people to think; they don’t want to represent their band’s image, but rather to create it (either that or this is a very obscure and contrived reference to the song “The Love Cats,” which I highly doubt).

I wanted to share these because they’ve made me realize how prevalent advertising is even when it’s given another name.  In a way analogous to associating clothes with sex or perfume with love, it seems to me that these merchandise (along with brand name clothes; Abercrombie was the big name when I was young enough to care) use art to associate their names with cuddliness (above), beauty, or magic (below).  Similar to the “fake it til you make it” philosophy, repeatedly seeing an image next to a band’s logo gradually seems less weird and arbitrary because it becomes part of the group’s identity.

extremely arbitrary patd shirtsSo now the question is: is self-expression about who you are or who you want to be?  What type of identity do you want to project and, by doing so, cultivate?

My T-Shirt Design

September 18, 2009

I’m not going to lie. My geek side is loving this. I might make a T-shirt of it even though I know we’re only supposed to post other ideas.

T-Shirt 1

Basically, I want a dark colored shirt for this to be on. (But I can reverse it if I only find white t-shirts.) Also, for everyone who hasn’t taken organic  chemistry II (probably don’t want to, but I’d recommend it), this is an NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) spectrum of ethanol, otherwise known as alcohol.


PS. Sorry everything is so science-related, I just doodle A LOT during my chem classes…


September 18, 2009


I’m having fun playing with photoshop.