Art, process and design blog of an aspiring industrial designer.

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Links Round Up!

Woah! Hey guys! I am sorry I have been so out for so long! (Like 3 weeks long!) That exam was indeed killer, but we will see how it goes.. Anyway, I am back to school! And although there are so many inspiring and fun things here (sometimes I wake up and just think, “Is this my life? This is so awesome!?”), I need to STAY FOCUSED. That line under my blog name says that I am going from engineering to industrial design, and DAMN STRAIGHT I AM GOING TO DO IT. I am going to do it even if it kills me. (That is so intense! I did not mean to be that intense, but maybe like %87 of the intenseness. Wait, yes I did mean it to be that intense! I’m getting in, dammit!)

On an unrelated note, now that I’m back to school I made an observation about engineering classes:
It is so weird how for years and years, throughout high school and my general life I would not feel at all sheepish to wear the ‘flamboyant’ clothes that I did. White, slouchy, 80’s leather boots – I wore them in high school. Lacy pirate blouse – yep, own it.

Anyway, as a future artist/designer, that totally makes sense. BUT, these past few years, I kept asking myself “Why do I slowly end up dressing more boring in school?” And coming back after a summer of doing art, it is more obvious than ever! I’ve realized the reason of why I feel just can’t wear as crazy clothes in engineering classes: It just doesn’t ‘fit’/make sense to wear outfits that are high maintenance in those situations.

It is not because I’m not confident enough or because I feel I would be looked down on, or because my classmates wouldn’t understand it… (although they wouldn’t..) ..  It really is because it would just be so out of place, wearing something bothersome or unnecessary+bothersome in an engineering class. Therefore, crazy blouses – still wear them. Hair wax and tinted lip baum – yep. High heels (even wedges, comfortable heels, etc.) – can’t wear! Too high maintenance. Fussy clothes – I never feel comfortable wearing them in class.

NOTE: Engineering girls out there! This is just me! If you can wear fussy things to eng classes, DO IT!! Being young and wearing crazy clothes is so fun. OWN those heels. Also, this obviously does not pertain to working engineering girls. Boys wear shirts and ties. We can wear fussy outfits and wedges to work if we damn well please.

Anyway, since it is Monday, I will do the link round up that I would’ve posted on Friday! I hope you all enjoy!


1. John Steinbeck on Falling in Love: A 1958 Letter. “If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”  Here, Brainpickings.

2. The Sartorialist did some work for the new coach line, and trust me, I would be the last to say this (Coach generally isn’t my style), but these bags are all pretty damn beautiful. With their natural colors and their worn-leather potential, and classic styles, and unisex-ish aesthetic, I actually am really loving them. AND they got smart and hired The Sartorialist, who obviously did an awesome job (watch the video!).  photo here.

3. Marchesa’s Spring 2013 line. Not usually a huge Marchesa fan (they do crazy beautiful stuff, but I feel like they are not really artists. They always have the exact same aesthetic, and although its very marketable, I feel like they are never actually doing something new) BUT, this line is actually kinda cool.  It was inspired by 1960’s and Indian fashion and colors, both of which I approve of! Beautiful colors/flowy fabric + anything 1960’s  —> I am there. (@honestlywtf) photo here.

4. In general, I LOVE Bri’s advice page. I feel like she is telling me secrets, that I really shouldn’t tell anyone cause they are too good.

5. I know everyone’s been talking about this book, but it looks really fascinating.  It Will Be Exhilarating was written by the guys who made Glif, the famous ipod/iphone tripod attachments.  They’ve launched two successful Kickstarter projects, being a part of the new era of independent hardware manufacturing.
“This book was written to offer guidance and inspiration for those charting a similar path, and covers topics such as running a small business, creating hardware products independently, launching a Kickstarter project, and tips for promoting your products. Everything is told through the lens of our own experience.” (@swissmiss)  photo here.

6. Been reading Girl Crush Magazine again, and man!, these girls are awesome! Check out Ariele Alasko who is a furniture designer in Brooklyn.  Coming from being a girl in mechanical engineering, RESPECT. Also, coming from a girl who loves well-made furniture… (umm, Industrial design much?)  Here‘s her blog!

7. DIY – sliced shades! here.

8. Kelli Anderson is one of my top personal and professional role models.  Here’s her TEDxPhoenix talk.

9. Cool colorful print called Coda, found here.

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Links Round Up!

1. Floral print, here.
2. Such beautiful stuff of Lee Klabin’s on 5inchandup.com . Everything they do is pretty incredible.. structural, romantic, very aware of materials..
3. I want to make this so bad for my new camera!! here.
4. Amazing art installation/portrait, done with a projector and a table setting… a “food portrait” by golpeavisa found here.
5. Winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012. here.

6. Awesome famous blog that I just found out about – Seth Godin’s blog – is filled with marketing and life advice. I have really been liking it…
7. Street photography Do’s and Don’ts on youtube.. oh man, this ones pretty funny AND informative…

8. Wow, I am in love with this personal website. The design, the cool flash stuff, the content, ahhrghhh. So good. Its Kelli Anderson.
9. Such a good article on Managing You Email Realistically! by Matt Gemmell.
10.This Got a Girl Crush Magazine is actually really good! When I started checking it out, I was like, Oh whatever…, but the ladies featured are actually girls with whom I do have an internet crush on! E.g.: Jessica Hische (need I say more), but also the girl from brooklyntowest.blogspot.com who has her own furniture company (and knows how to use a skill saw! holla), and many more cool ladies)

Links Round Up!

1. DIY inspiration for fixing up destroyed jeans. here.
2. Men’s shoes from the fall 2012 collection from Salvatore Ferragamo this year. I love that red going to patent black… It makes me think of Alexander McQueen’s gluttonous collection of Fall 2009.
3. Embroidered portrait by Daniel Kornrumpfs, called Stitched Reality.
4.CLASS Roberto Cavalli gown, found at The Outnet.
5. Maggi Hambling, Wave painting.
6. New idea for hanging up pictures! And also, 5 non-permanent ways to personalize a space without paint. (Especially good for renters….)

7. Made this recipe this week for Peanut Butter Banana Bread this week, and it turned out really good! AND its lower in fat.. If you’re into that…
8. I like this new font Bariol, and they have a pay-what-you-want system, which I’ve always thought is really kind of sweet.
9. 50 things every creative should know.
10. This Guys With Pencil’s podcast episode.  (HOLLA! Torontonians!) They interview the guys behind Super Meat Boy, an indie game, and even if you don’t know what Super Meat Boy is (i.e.: me, but not anymore, cause I found out my little bro plays that game) or aren’t into gaming, the podcast is really funny and fascinating about how to start new projects and being honest with your work. GEM, it is a gem.
11. This is so brilliant. Eating well on the road = One-Pot Meals and the Magic of the Rice Cooker !
12. I’m pretty sure everyone has seen this already, but still really good:Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action.

Have a great weekend. :)

Paint-Chip Rainbow Unicorn!

(Caution: There are no actual unicorns in this post, sorry to mislead. It is just that every time I see the word ‘rainbow’ I just feel this need to put UNICORN! beside it…)

Here is a project I did about 3 years ago in my university year-long-rental bedroom. I used to call it “The Paint-Chip Wall”, but from now on, I’m def’s calling it “Paint-Chip Rainbow Unicorn”.


I love how this installation worked out, and am super proud of it.

When I moved in, I really, really wanted to put up an installation, but since I was living in a rental, I needed something easy to remove, and that wouldn’t mark up the walls.  I also needed something pretty cheap, and not too too long to make. I wanted to see the project finished in less than a month.


After hunting around the internet, I found this article on apartment therapy showing a guy who had modge-podge-ed a whole bunch of paint chip samples to his wall after going to the hardware store once a week and taking colors he knew they had extras of.

For me, I knew the way he installed them would never work.  I could never modge-podge paint chips to a rented room! So, being the resourceful Mechanical Engineer that I am, I instead planned out my color design on Excel. Then went to the hardware store with an awesome friend, and got some paint chips (my wall was actually quite small, and really didn’t require that many paint chips! So, I was able to get all my free paint chips without attracting any attention..), bought some duct tape, and bought some staple gun re-fills.

I went home and taped the paint chips into large panels, and then borrowed my housemates staple-gun and stapled them to the wall.  Because they were in large panels, I didn’t have to put one hundred holes in my wall and they would be pretty easy to remove, with only a bunch of tiny little holes (which the previous tenant had left before me, anyway).


Now, looking at the internet, there are a whole slew of paint chip projects to do! For example, here, here, here and here.  Anyway, make your own art installation in your house! They are so fun and peoples reaction when they enter the room is the BEST! (Seriously, when my landlord was trying to rent the place for the next year, it was so funny to watch people’s faces as they entered my room!)

p.s.: If you feel uncomfortable taking paint chips, ask your hardware store when the new season’s paint chips are coming in! A lot of companies get a new series of colors every year or so, and the hardware stores usually just throw away the extras.  Start your project when they’re throwing them away, and recycle them! Also, if you go into a paint-specific store, you can sometimes buy a package of paint chips to bring home to check colors in your house.  You could also use these for your project, but remember that although these packets have every color (paint chip) the company offers, you can’t get multiples of the same paint chip.

Anyway, happy install-ing!

Artist/Designer Round Up: Wary Meyers

A husband and wife team that I have been watching for the last five-ish years are “Wary Meyers“, i.e.: Linda (formerly Linda Wary) and John Meyers.

John Meyers started as the chief display director for the shop Anthropologie, and began creating innovative installations for the store’s flagship shops in New York City. His designs often reconsider everyday objects, and John tends to focus the display on utilizing the existing features of the objects he’s using.

An example of his style is seen in is this beautiful display he did in this Rockerfeller Center window display:

Clearly, he uses marshmallows as they already are, but re-thinks their application by letting his imagination run wild or go-literal. Here’s some other amazing Anthropologie displays that John has done:

(Here he uses colored chopsticks.)

During the time that John was working at Anthropologie, Linda was doing a variety of her own design work.  She has worked as a graphic designer, a freelance art director, a columnist for the New York times, and doing freelance fashion design work. (article here)

The couple both loved to garage sale hunt, and after collecting an assortment of finds from their travels, a friend one day approached the couple to ask them if they would decorate her apartment for her. She was on a budget, but had a very similar aesthetic to the couple – mid-century-modern and playful, and usually extremely 1960’s-70’s.


After successfully decorating their friend’s home, the couple started their  own company full-time, Wary Meyers Decorative Arts.  In their company the two work on interiors, object design, paintings, illustrations, and soft sculpture.(Interview here.)  Wary Meyers has been featured in DominoTime Out New York and Roomarks.


In 2009 the couple also wrote a book about re-purpose-ing furniture, and let me tell you, having bought this book, it is one of the funnest, most ‘hip’ DIY, furniture refinishing books I have ever seen. It’s called Wary Meyers’ Tossed & Found: Unconventional Design from Cast-offs and its filled with some really unconventional DIY ideas.

Here are a couple photos of projects feature in the book:

Now Linda and John continue to work and live in Portland, periodically working on commissioned art installations, doing interior design projects, collaborating with different companies (Urban Outfitters, etc.) or re-selling some of their amazing finds.

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