As the story of starving students goes, Lydia and I are always looking for ways to make a little extra cash; it helps support the shoe fund. On occasion we go busking near the Vancouver Art Gallery, which is a bit scary but also a lot of fun. My friend Leigh came by to support us and took this video of us singing. We are hoping to play a show closer to Christmas, so if anyone knows a good coffee shop to play at, let us know!
The first assignment in my Core Design class is to make an info-graphic about an “Evocative Object” (as based on the book by Shelly Turkle). I chose my vintage sewing machine, which was given to me by my Grandad after my Granny passed away. I am interested in exploring the way in which we feel about not the object itself, but the meaning and memories themselves which are evoked by tangible objects.
Aesthetically I really like my first concept, but I think that it is a little bit too cold and sterile for my subject matter. Though I might keep the idea of the centralized layout and also possibly the reflected sewing machine logo, I will probably try to incorporate more texture and a warmer, lighter color scheme. I would like develop the anatomy idea a little further, possibly by personifying the elements of the machine into human characterisics (ie. a blurb on it’s appearance would be accompanied by an illustration of a human eye, the tactile qualities with a hand, mouth = it’s story, etc.)
In the second concept, I used warm colors and layers to create a more sentimental feeling and to evoke ideas of memory and nostalgia. I think that this is an element that I am missing in the first. As far as layout, however, I think that I have to either contain the illustration to the margins, or include something in the top left corner which also bleeds off of the page. I am planning on merging both concepts to hopefully humanize the first and to make the second more visually pleasing.
This morning I went for breakfast Marisa and Nick at Bon’s! I hadn’t been in so long end despite the sweltering heat (in and outside the restaurant) the food was yummy as per usual. I met up with Adam later in the day and we had a coffee/tea date.
Dress and shoes were both thrifted at Goodwill in the states.
Our second day in the states involved more shopping and a yummy lunch by the water. I am posing in front of the cutest ice cream shop I think I have seen thus far; unfortunately, we were too full to actually buy any.
Some items that I scored in the amazing thrift shops on this trip include 3 pairs of black boots, a floral corduroy jumper, a 50’s style navy polka dot dress, and also some cute items to put in my etsy store (in progress). Definitely a success !
I am wearing a thrifted sweater vest, H&M shirt, thrifted skirt, and OU shoes.
I always forget how much I miss countryside and open fields until I take a little break from Vancouver. Last week, my mom, her best friend and I took a trip into the states through Bellingham, Burlington, and to La Conner. We hit up some quilting stores (mostly for them) and some thrift shops (mostly for me) and went to a casino (fun for everyone !) We ended up all playing the same slot machine and we won enough money to cover both our gambling and our dinner !
I am wearing a thrifted blouse, dress is thrifted as well but is Pins and Needles by UO, socks from H&M, and shoes from UO as well.
p.s. the adorable kitty in the first picture belongs to my parents’ neighbours , but wandered into our yard right before we left. I’m in love.