Saturday, 27 October 2012

Nocturne 2012

Well it was a cold night, we needed warm coats, hats, mittens and scarves but that didn't stop us from exploring the city and checking out some great art at Nocturne 2012.

First stop: the bubbles! They were surrounding a house that was under construction and glowed so beautifully. 


Across the street at Nova Scotia Power they encouraged visitors to write down "what lights up your life".  Our contributions included mitten claws and alpaca hugs, but this one was my favourite. 



Gorgeous work by NSCAD student Jack Candlish at the Seeds Gallery


This lady was setup in front of the Mary E. Black Gallery.  We thought it was just a warping mill at first but it's a loom! 


This photo really does not do this justice, but I loved this installation so much.  There were tons of these little guys scattered all over a little hill.  It was mildly unsettling to see  all of their glowing LED eyes though. 


We also got to go on one of the ships in the harbour.  Apparently there was art on it, but we were more interested in just exploring. 


Some more beautiful cut crystal at Nova Scotia Crystal.  They gave us chocolate and let us drink apple cider out of their glasses!


There was a really fun exhibit at Gallery Page and Strange.  It was set up as a club where the women were only allowed in one side and the men in the other side.  You go with a sense that you are missing out on something but once you get in there were television screens hooked up to a camera feed of the other side.  


My absolute favourite thing that I saw we accidentally stumbled upon on the way home: Interactive Tetris! A camera followed the movement of whoever was standing in front and the pieces would move or rotate based on their actions. AMAZING! 

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Thanksgiving Adventure in PEI

Before I get into any more exciting school updates I have to do a post about my amazing thanksgiving weekend.  Aimee and I went to Prince Edward Island with our friend Katrina to her parent's house. It was a lovely hero quest of a drive (and we only got lost a little bit!) 


We had a little bonfire with plenty of marshmallows when we arrived and then we went apple picking at a local orchard the next day!  Honeycrisp apples are my new favourite, so delicious.



Despite being closed, we still went to the alpaca farm.  My dreams of hugging one were shattered though.  I may yet get my chance at Easter though... maybe...


We had to wear mittens because it was so cold but we decided to check out the red sandy beaches of PEI. It was a little cloudy, but still unbelievably beautiful.  Of course I witnessed something strange there: one of the friendly locals was shovelling some sand into a trailer attached to his 4-wheeler.  Random? Yes! 



Beautiful barnacles at the beach!


Katrina's parents have chickens! They are hilarious and amazing creatures. 



They even let you pet them! 


This one was particularly amusing.  She was twice the size of the other ones, tried to lay eggs on the driveway and best of all: she was pigeon toed! 



Katrina's parent were so amazing and welcomed us into their home with open arms. They cooked delicious food for us, joined us in our crokinole games, and sent us home with fresh veggies from the garden, fresh eggs from the chickens and freshly baked bread! 

What a wonderful contrast from last year! While I usually lament having to openly declare what I am thankful for I have to say that I am so thankful for the friends I have here.  It's unfortunate that sometimes it takes someone being really horrible to make you move on to people who are so incredible that you can't imagine going through school without them.  

Ok I am done being sappy, back to the art!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

October!

It's October already and midterm is creeping up fast!  Precision Fabrication keeps getting better and even more exciting with possibilities every week.  I think my (fluorescent orange) milling sample worked pretty well.  There were a few complications when I was working on it and I had to change my plan a few times when I couldn't get the rotating chuck to turn, but it worked.  I do prefer the lathe though, milling is kind of limited. 



I really enjoyed working with the acrylic too.  It polished up nicely and was much easier and quicker to polish than glass!




Today we got a demo on the laser cutting machine.  Let's just say I'm in love.  We did some test cuts on some plywood and acrylic sheet.  Some inverted tests:



They also looked really great stacked on top of one another.  The edges are my favourite thing.  The burned edge on the plywood and the super shiny edge of the acrylic. 


Casting is getting even more exciting too.  I made this wax on Tuesday:


And cast it today!  I have to make a rubber mold of it and then make 5 more! 



Oh and electroforming is amazing.  I finally put a patina on a few things, the jax black patina worked really nicely.  I want to make a few more of these for a necklace!




Still not sure what I am doing with this one, but it's more exciting now. 



In other news I am so excited for Thanksgiving this weekend (which is a far cry from last year since Thanksgiving 2011 will forever live in infamy).  I am heading to Prince Edward Island to go to my friend Katrina's house and we are going to go to an alpaca farm.  What is better than that?