This week we began planning our final projects. My group consists of me, Aileen, and Stella. A topic that we have talked about at lengths throughout the preceding weeks is fermentation. Through these conversations my group members and I were reminded of kimchi, a popular fermented Korean side dish. As we are all Korean, we are interested to learn more about the history and scientific process of kimchi and its fermentation. We aim to present these things in an artistic manner by producing posters. We plan to split roles by variations of kimchi.
On Thursday, Alexia and I dedicated several hours to refining the story and aesthetic of our book. We established the key elements of the storyboard and made decisions regarding some of the pages and written content. The story will follow a little boy and a cowboy as they venture into the wilderness and explore the complexities of the stars and grief. We are also in the process of resolving plot gaps and concluding the story to start illustration and editing.
On Tuesday, Iman Person. and Prof. Gimzewski led the class to show our proposal for the final projects. They provided useful feedback and suggestions to us.
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.
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!!
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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.
This week, my group and I finalized our project concept and how we would like to proceed with documenting our final project. Our focus is finding the relationship and connection between different types of bread that use different kinds of grain. For our project, the three of us each chose a different kind of grain to focus on for the rest of the quarter.
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.
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We did more research on our animals and when it came to the table setting, I found out that the Snake’s lucky flower is the orchid and the Dragon’s flower is the hyacinth. I think we can incorporate elements like these into the table design alongside the retrospective color, element, and other characteristics of our animals.
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.
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.