The first semester f l e w by. Like just went so so fast. It were a lot of ‘art’ based projects at the beginning but got more ‘interior’ related as we went along. Lots of people ask if I enjoy the course — truth is, I love it. I mean obviously there’s parts that aren’t so peachy all the time. But most of the time it doesn’t feel like school, because when you love what you do, it makes it way more enjoyable. Really excited for this new semester! Here are a few projects we did:
Radial Ink Design ↠ to practice radial composition, not just linear all the time
Volume As Sculpture ↠ we had to come up with a ‘concept’ for a building, it didn’t have to be a specific building type in particular. I guess this could be some sort of art gallery or something. The main thing was using the principles & elements of design | point, line plane| shape, form mass | emphasis | etc & also was an intro to model building.
[Model constructed of foam core, illustration board, vellum & plexiglass]
Tile Mosaic project ↠ Materials class. You could say this one took some time.. ever tried tiling moose antlers before? [The tile is left-over from building projects we’ve done in Calgary – just regular ol white & grey subway tile all smashed up!]
Final Rendering ↠ Rendering is basically to be able to show clients what finishes & materials will be used in their space. So we’ve been doing quite a lot of practice rendering, using special markers/techniques to make it look realistic!
After all the projects were handed in & school was all finished up, it was sweet to get down to Calgary for the holidays. [Even if it did mean working.] But can’t complain about work when its to do with designing a kitchen & refilling the coffee cup;) Our company is doing a basement reno for some clients too and turns out they would also like their kitchen done this spring so it’s pretty awesome to get some hands-on experience. [Even if it does mean shovelling dirt & pouring concrete.]
Playing with some ink & watercolor
It was so good connecting with friends & having time to visit some of Calgary’s sweetest spots. One night we tried out Corbeaux bakehouse on 17th Ave ↠ by the same guys who opened Analog coffee a few doors down. Which means we already knew this place was going to be good.
So basically Corbeaux is half coffee shop/ European-style bakery, half restaurant. And if you haven’t been there yet, I definitely suggest you go asap!
The whole atmosphere & design of this place is gorgeous. And the food is unreal too. Love love love places like this.
↑ do yourself a favour & try the raspberry macarons ♥
Another highlight this winter break was visiting the mountains. Maybe it was because I hadn’t been out there in a while but I was kinda speechless of all that natural beauty!! Just kidding.. not speechless.;) Pretty sure everyone I was with was sick of me saying over & over how sweet it was.
Lake Louise was freeeezing but the view did not disappoint. They’ve got hockey & a big skating area out there, along with ice sculptures, sleigh rides, maple syrup snow candy – the whole bit.
Pretty classy shot of everyone I’d say. So good to see these guys:)
So then this one night we were feeling all Canadian and stuff & tried to make our own maple syrup candy. [I guess you could say it wasn’t as easy as it looked when we saw it at Lake Louise.] Who knew hot maple syrup poured on snow would taste so good tho?
Here are the latest houses we’re doing! Also known as “The Skinnies”. So we take down an old house and put 2 in its place, which means these are only 17 ft wide. The one on the right is for sale and the left one is just getting finished up. Drawing these 2 exteriors seems like so long ago- its so awesome to see them almost done!! .. If you know anyone needing a house not too far from downtown Calgary, give us a call:)
This is the kitchen & tile work in the left Skinny. Decided to go with a more polished look in this house that comes with clean, white subway tile, school-house style lights (not installed yet) and brushed nickel finishes & hardware.
Please excuse the mess↠ kind of a work-in-porgress!!
Ensuite & main bathroom
Also want to say a big thank you to everyone who has taken the time this year to check this blog out, who have left a sweet comment that made my day & who have supported my work- it means a lot!! Happy 2015:)