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Week 7: Project Update & Microscopy

During the first class of this week, we worked in our individual groups to continue working on our projects. For our final project about bread, I have been continuing to do research on rice bread and rice grains, specifically on the fermentation process of rice bread when it bakes, or lack thereof (rice does not have any gluten, which is an essential component of how regular wheat bread ferment). 

Week 7: Project Update & Microscopy

During the first class of this week, we worked in our individual groups to continue working on our projects. For our final project about bread, I have been continuing to do research on rice bread and rice grains, specifically on the fermentation process of rice bread when it bakes, or lack thereof (rice does not have any gluten, which is an essential component of how regular wheat bread ferment). 

 

week 7 - MICROSCOPY, bio plastics, & finalization for bread project

During week 7, we were given time to work on our project Tuesday. For the final project, I have been researching the grain: wheat. During this week I looked further into the science of fermentation in bread. I found that fermentation is an anaerobic biological process that converts sugars and starches into simpler substances. In baking, it causes yeast and bacteria to convert sugars into carbon dioxide, among other things.

Week 1-1—Graphite Drawing

Drawing an image of graphite using graphite felt a little romantic. You form a relationship with the objects you use regularly, even more so when an object supports your livelihood. Sketching out the molecular structure and creation of the pencil was almost like it was revealing its story to me. It was an exercise in mindfulness, not dissimilar to the meditation we practiced later in class. The sketching became a way to acknowledge how resource and labor-intensive it is to create something that is taken for granted.

Week 6: Project Presentation, Slides, & Updates

On Tuesday, Week 6, everyone gave a presentation about their projects. We were the second group to present and received great feedback from Iman Person. Prof. Gimzewski was obsessing over time; even after giving a ten-minute presentation, he made us stand in front of the classroom for an additional three minutes, saying, “you still have three minutes, stand there until someone has a question.” We were asked one question in those three minutes and then stood there in silence. Prof.

Week 6: "And the Universe said"

Matthew and I spent a few hours during/after class on Thursday finalizing and developing the visual aesthetic of our book. We also created the main parts of the storyboard and decided on some pages and some of the writing. We are now filling in plot holes and finishing the story to begin full illustration and editing. We definitely want to speak with Santiago more before finalizing our story. Honestly, we were hoping to speak with him sooner and get more of his input before developing this far, but hopefully soon.  I'll attach images of our sketches and notes very soon!!

Week 6

This week was unique due to the fact that I came down with a cold and was unable to attend class on Tuesday. Nevertheless, I was able to make progress with my kombucha brew and make plans over Zoom with my teammates for our bread project.

Week 6: Project Update 2/16

For our Hox Zodiac dinner project, Charles and I researched more about the Dragon and the Snake, our respective animals. Charles found that they each have a lucky flower, the hyacinth and the orchid, which we could arrange and incorporate into our dinner table set design. I also did some more research on the science behind our animals. The dragon was more difficult to research because it is a mythical animal, but I did find some more information about its biology.

week 6 - concept for final project: bread venn diagram

During this week, my group and I finalized our project idea of the bread venn diagram. We wrote an abstract together focusing on that bread is the basis of human existence. Not only does it provide us sustenance, but it is also one of the greatest pleasures in life. Starting from just flour, water, and yeast, baking these simple ingredients are able to provide the nutrients we need to survive.

Week 6- Dragonfly Wings, Light Refraction, Progress

This week we have been able to hone in on our projects and solidify details of how we want to work. Considering I am making a window, I have begun thinking more about the light involved in my project. One of the key purposes of a window is to allow light into a space and so I think that considering the light interaction with my piece will be very important. I began thinking about this because Professor Vesna sent me a picture of a closeup dragonfly wing.

week5: Saffron, Hox Zodiac, Final project ideas

On Tuesday, Maryam Razi explained about the Hox Zodiac project that she worked with prof. Vennesa. She is a curator, eyewear designer, and graphic designer. I was really impressed that she made a font for the Hox Zodiac project and she shared her experience with the dinner component.  Moreover, Maryam showed us a video about saffron crisis and I could realize why the saffron sales with very high price. It also showed up the crop crises that happened over the years and it could also impact on our current climate change.

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