Few things in life give me as much gratification and feeling of accomplishment as creating something. I think that’s part of the reason I went into Architecture: there’s nothing like the feeling you get after you’ve cleaned away the cardboard and chipboard, put away your exact-o knife, printed out and pinned up your presentation board and strategically set your clean model nearby…a final case for the jury to take a look at. Because the real world of architecture isn’t quite like this..I think that’s also part of the reason I decided to take my architecture venture only as far as my senior Thesis. Now that I’m not longer in college, working tirelessly in the architecture studio, I’ve traded one drug for another: I now use the creation of Artwork to try and chase down that initial feeling of euphoria.
New condo, freshly moved, starting from scratch and living solo means one thing in my mind: decorating my place however I want, no matter how unconventional that may be. For me this was an opportunity to cross a little something (and by little something I mean definitely a minor bucket list item…nothing I would look back on with regret if I didn’t completely….none the less: it’s on the list!) off the bucket list: color coordinating my bookshelf! I often feel a little like a hoarder, even more so after just going through a move that took me (just ONE person) at least 2 weeks to prepare for….it took my old roommate all of a couple hours. I feel even more like a hoarder when it comes to my books! I can’t get rid of them, won’t get rid of them, have a strange sense of accomplishment when I look at them all and realize how many great things I’ve read (and maybe how much time I have had on my hands). What better way to show them off besides color coordinating them (alphabetizing is so last year)! This being said, moving into my own place was the perfect opportunity to break into the storage unit and roll out my many boxes of literary accomplishments (or in some cases literary guilty pleasures). Final result…
(doesn’t actually feel like that many books when I look at this picture…especially after all the hype I typed about it above). None the less…it brings a strange sense of happiness to me when I see it.
Another color coordinating opportunity I jumped on was when working on a large picture project! I have lots of pictures I love and not many ways to display them so I figured I’d make one really big picture, with a lot of my favorite smaller ones…for some unconscious reason I envisioned it arranged via color scheme. So after many hours on photoshop/InDesign, a few trips to the printer and too much money at the framer this is what I had (sorry for the yellowish coloring…bad lighting and I don’t feel like fixing them in photoshop)
a few up-close shots
Needless to say the last few days have been lots of fun…gotta love a blank canvas:-)