ART_"Guster" Skateboard Deck

DSC_1230 I have another music inspired deck to share with you today! After working with a client on this board, she asked me to paint another board for her and of course I said yes. This time she wanted me to reinterpret the album cover of Lost and Gone Forever by Guster. She asked for me to just focus on the main boy and also paint him in stencil style similar to Banksy.

I also wanted to share more of my process with you today. I started by playing around with the album cover in Photoshop, and ended up with this.

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For the rest of the painting process, you can watch this quick iPhone video I made featuring music from the album. Otherwise, there are more detail photos below!

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If you are interested in a custom skate deck or purchasing any of my art, you can check out my Etsy shop or see any of my past work here. Thanks for checking out my work!

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ARCHITECTURE_Lasercut Chandelier

DSC_0751 I've been dying to share about this project ever since I finished it in the fall, but had to wait until I hung it up and it could be properly displayed. I made this chandelier last quarter for an annual furniture competition at my school that is held for architecture students. I created the fixture out of plumbing pipe, and then laser cut the "crystals" out of plexiglass. I chose to keep these materials in their raw form because I wanted to create something beautiful that had an honest materiality and was made out of unexpected items. The choice to make my own crystals was also due to the fact that chandelier crystals are very expensive, and I wanted to create a dialogue about digital fabrication.

By the way, these crystals may be familiar if you've seen this necklace I made and wore in this outfit post.

Below I've included the poster that was displayed next to my piece at the show, and talks a little more about the concept of the project!

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Next I've included some process photos. I cut and assembled the pipe frame in my school's wood shop, and spent two days in my studio using jewelry jump rings to hook all of the pieces together--there were over 1,000 individual crystals!

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And finally, here are the photos of the finished product hanging up in my home! I'm so excited to have it displayed and want to create a little seating area underneath it.

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Thanks so much for reading! I will be posting another lighting fixture project made out of plumbing pipe that is a little simpler if you want to make one yourself, so stay tuned for that. Until then, keep up with all my projects on Instagram @punkrockparti.

If you're interested in a custom chandelier, please contact me by email at ppoppe@cox.net

ARCHITECTURE_Make Peace with Fidgeting

Now that I'm back at school and working in my studio (alot...frequently...always...forever...) I want to share my architectural progress on a more regular basis. In the first week and a half of school, I already have two projects to share that have been completed. If you mainly read my blog for the fashion, I hope you still find this somewhat interesting, and if not, no worries because I'll be posting about what I wore on a regular basis! This quarter in my studio we will each be designing a sixty to eighty-thousand square foot middle school for an urban site in downtown Chicago (site visit pending in April...yee!) To introduce us to the realm of school design, my teacher referred to the "practical design ideas" from the book entitled The Third Teacher. In this book, there are "79 ways you can use design to transform teaching and learning." For our project, we paired up with another student and randomly selected one of the numbers. We then designed quickly using sketches and study models, focusing on concrete solutions and stayed away from formal moves at this point in the quarter.

My partner, Ariana Martin, and I chose number 22, "Make Peace with Fidgeting." The book described it as "brain development" and to treat it as so.

Finally, I would like to reiterate that this was a group project that Ariana and I collaborated on through all stages of the development--aka even though I'm the one posting about it, she deserves just as much credit as I do!

The full presentation board can be best viewed here: Fidgeting Presentation, but I have included the individual drawings below as well for better image quality.

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this type of post. If so, I will be sharing another assignment I worked on in the next few days. If you're interested in this project, you can learn more about The Third Teacher or check out our class blog, Learning Ecologies, where we will post all of our progress and inspiration.

If you'd like to see my past architectural portfolios, they can be viewed here.

ARCHITECTURE_Exploded Nook Drawing

Today I wanted to share part of the project I have been working on for the past 9 weeks. This quarter in my studio, we have each been creating a potential redesign of the library in Los Osos, California. This drawing was part of my final presentation, and demonstrates the warm reading nooks I have created to serve as both reading spaces and also to set up prescribed views over the landscape. Please click on the image to see the drawing in it's best quality!