For one of my visual communications classes I had to take a classmate’s project and rebrand it. The final deliverable was an 18″ x 24″ poster. I was fortunate to be able to work with Sarah Tucker Cote‘s sweet, sweet mapping project. It was a survey made by no one for no reason. The pretendedly ancient findings looked at the underground transit hub beneath city hall from four prespectives: businessman, homelessman, urban explorer, and pigeon. She generated a lot of great artwork, and I wanted to get as much of it across as possible while making sure this remained an obscure faux-relic. Anyways, it came out nice and creepy. The draft is first.
aaaaaand the thing…
Sarah even found the tiniest of manilla envelopes in which she could store evidence, like grody cigarette butts. She’s a little bit my hero.
I’m into bugs. Their bizarre exoskeletal forms are beautiful as long as they don’t ever touch me. While working on a project at Greensgrow farms, I was able to spend some time by their beehives. I was fascinated by my tiny glimpses into their daily activities and for a separate project, I created a website cataloging some of my observations. It’s purely amateur and ephemeral, but it was quite fun for me. Here’s a link if you’re interested: beetime.
If you hate links but still would like to see a gross bug, here’s a dead wasp:
For scale I had some keys handy. This little guy was not such a little guy.
Less intimidating with the key, but still scary
In less morbid entomological news, this bee was flying around the zoo, mocking all the big, containable things.
Tasting the sweet nectar of freedom
This grasshopper guy was not so lucky. You can’t see it but he’s running a tiny tin cup along the metal mesh and whistling old blues songs. Unfortunately, he’s got a really shrill voice.
So, now you know about my insect obsession. I figured it was best to come clean right off the bat.
Knitting is a fine, fine way to spend free time, if one has it. These bite-size pieces are the result of my frequent need for (relatively) instant gratification.
tiny, tiny tools
I made these earrings awhile ago with some dollhouse pieces. I’m no smithy, so I’m only responsible for knitting the connection and the desire to appear handy at all times. Knitting the two stitch chain was the easy part; the hard part was hiding the tails.
predator and prey
In the earring on the left, I used the same technique, but I didn’t worry about the tails. The left the chains looking more messy, which is exactly how I imagine the animal entrails they’re meant to symbolize would be.
dead as dead
Here is some graphic detail. The laser-cut pieces are somewhat explained over here. Suffice to say for now that the clear piece is a dead rabbit and hanging behind it is a gosling. I’m not sick, I promise.
Moving on, I more recently made these less morbid prototypes. I think they’re still too simple, but that’s what the future is for.
And that is that.