“The Nature and Art of Workmanship”- Excerpt

In the excerpt we read from “The Nature and Art of Workmanship”, David Pye makes some really interesting comments about the economics of craft. He describes certain goods, certain “crafts”, that are still made through the workmanship of risk. However, he notes that many others are dying out because it is not economically feasible for them to keep up production when pitted against similar goods created through the workmanship of certainty. Continue reading →

“Wearing your heart on your sleeve”

As I’m kind of narrowing down my focus on what my research project might potentially be, this phrase keeps getting stuck in my head- “wearing your heart on your sleeve”. It’s been coming up in my brain a lot, I think, due to the fact that, while I’ve got a pretty good handle on the kind of general thing I’m want to make–a wearable that visually represents changes in body temperature to reflect changing emotions–I’ve been really struggling as to what kind of form it should take. Continue reading →

In Class Work- 9/21/16

During class today, we focused on learning about various origami techniques. First, our visiting artist for the day, David Kandel, showed us all a bunch of samples of his and others’ origami work, which were all really beautiful (featured image is one of his pieces). Continue reading →

Body Temperature and Emotion

One thing I’ve been thinking about is how to go about visualizing changes in body temperature. Not only does this fall in line with my general theme of sensory system translation, but a step further, changes in body temperature can indicate changes in mood/emotion (just think mood rings). And the idea of being able to actively visualize emotion and emotional changes in real time is pretty fascinating to me. Continue reading →

“The Fold”: Chapters 1-2

From The Fold, by Gilles Deleuze:

Folding–unfolding no longer simply means tension–release, contraction–dilation, but enveloping–developing, involution–evolution. The organism is defined by its ability to fold its own parts and to unfold them, not to infinity, but to a degree of development assigned to each species. Thus an organism is enveloped by organisms, one within another (interlocking of germinal matter), like Russian dolls. The first fly contains the seeds of all flies to come, each being called in its turn to unfold its own parts at the right time. And when an organism dies, it does not really vanish, but folds in upon itself, abruptly involuting into the again newly dormant seed by skipping all intermediate stages. The simplest way of stating the point is by saying that to unfold is to increase, to grow; whereas to fold is to diminish, to reduce, ”to withdraw into the recesses of a world.” — Chapter 1, p. 8-9

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