Tuesday, November 9, 2010

work stuff

My company decorated for a northwest camping themed party last week. Here are a few photos I took just before the lights were dimmed for the event.

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walking to work

I walked to work from downtown Tacoma the other day. It was a beautiful morning and I wanted to share it :)

The old 11th st bridge. The road deck is in bad shape, so it's closed to cars, but it's still open to pedestrians.

Here's the view from the bridge.

A cool old warehouse close to my work.

Another cool old ware house. Wonder how level the second floor is...

This last one was taken at Riley's mama's house in Olympia. It rained almost all weekend, but there was a break on Sunday morning and we got to see this awesome rainbow that ended in the bay wigght outside the window. So pretty!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Announcing the launch of my brand new portfolio website!


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Thursday, July 29, 2010


Momma, Ana and I went to Vancouver BC over the weekend. We spent a day running around and checking out the Vancouver Museum and all of the neat neighborhoods in the greater downtown area. Here are some photos of us in China Town!

outside a dry goods store

filleted lizards

momma thought they were gross

this is a tea shop

Monday, May 24, 2010

wine glasses

Getting close, and not a moment too soon. My senior show's in a week and a half. This first photo is for the shows take home cards.

Here's my set of picnic glasses. Only the white wine glass is fully painted, but it's also broken... I'll be fixing it in the next few days.

Here are my aluminum and crystal glasses. The champagne glass is the only one that's been polished, and it's not finished quite yet. The other two have a ways to go.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

metal, package, picnic

A little update on the wine glass project! My three stems are back from C-Cast foundry. They're reeeeeeeeally roughm it's going to take all the free time I have in the world to get them ready for the show on the 3rd. Still totally do-able.

I've been working on some packaging concepts as well. These too are really rough, but I like the way they're looking. I'm planning a variation of the one with the window in frosted translucent plastic - that way you can see a silhouette of the glass through the package. Very sexy, yes?

I've also decided to change up the color scheme on my set of picnic glasses. The design is already so feminine, the coral pink color was just a little too much. The new color concept is still coral inspired, just more approachable. I'll create a soft gradient from clear plastic at the top to a luscious light orange at the base (color swatch on the lower right). Beneath the orange is an opaque layer of dove white, so when you look into your glass, you see the color of the wine, instead of orange.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

portfolios and cards

I'm in the process of making a custom portfolio case for myself. I've got most of the hardware, but I haven't quite decided on the cover material yet. My portfolio has a teal accent color running throughout it, so I want to incorporate that into the cover.

Lucky for me, my classmate, Justin Lund, makes regular trips to Tap Plastic in Seattle; and he grabbed a couple of acrylic samples for me. They're amazing! The opaque one is a perfect match to my portfolio. The translucent one is tinted the same shade of teal and is frosted on one side. I'm thinking I'll use the translucent acrylic as the front cover and the opaque acrylic on the back. I'm very excited.

I've also been working with my brilliant graphic designer of a boyfriend, Riley, to design a sleek business card. The information section will probably change, but here's what I've got so far:

Monday, April 26, 2010


I'm a big fan of Cake Wrecks. It's a blog featuring photos of the most disastrous professionally decorated cakes you've ever seen. Delicious and hilarious!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

playboy = cosmopolitan

I came across this old Playboy article today. Amazing! Apparently you can tell everything about a woman just by the way she crosses her legs.

Strikingly similar to this article about men from Cosmo.

source: the selvedge yard

Saturday, April 17, 2010


After finalizing the design for my aluminum stemware, I created some 3D computer models in Rhinoceros CAD and got them SLAed (3d printed). The result is what you see below.

These models are currently at a foundry, being cast in aluminum. They have a hollow, honeycomb internal structure and are very delicate so that the aluminum can easily fill the cavity. The red portions are foundry wax, which I used to beef up the areas that might have been too thin to cast well.

It's a shame that they're about to be incinerated by molten metal. The wax and translucent plastic were really beautiful.

Monday, April 12, 2010


My senior project this year is stemware design. The center piece will be a set of 3 glasses - red wine, white wine, and champagne - made of polished aluminum and glass. There will also be a low-end "picnic" set of glasses, made of colorful plastic. Each set of glasses will have a matching tray and package design.

My class's full collection of stemware will be on display at our senior show: June 2nd at Mithun, Seattle.

Here is some of my preliminary work.

the sketch that inspired my collection

technical drawing for plastic

technical drawing for aluminum & glass

studio photo of prototype models

class critique

This project is still in progress. More photos to come!

Sunday, April 11, 2010


I went to see some performance art by John Grade. This project, called Bloom: The Elephant Bed, is eco-art aimed to draw attention to the grandeur of the environment. 10 corn based sculptures are marched through downtown and into the bay, where they dissolve and disappear. Unfortunately, some people in city hall were concerned that people might *think* the project was environmentally harmful, so the march was forbidden from entering the bay. Read an article about that mess here. So instead of majestically dissolving into the bay, the sculptures were brought to Maritime Park and hosed down by the fire department. Apparently environmentalists don't care about grass...

I also meet some robots.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

trip to boeing part 2

I got some really great feedback on my portfolio from the designers at Boeing. Here's one of my projects that went over really well.

This is Pouch. I reusable tote bag made from used grocery bags.

Monday, April 5, 2010

a trip to boeing

I went to a portfolio review at the Boeing 787 Gallery this weekend. The designers from Boeing looked at seniors industrial design portfolios from UW, Emily Carr and WWU, then gave us tips for improving them. Before the review, we got a tour of the new 878 showroom. We got to try out all sorts designs for 787 interiors!

first class


crew quarters

lighting schemes

economy class, sans chairs