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is what i have been feeling like lately. studio has been so so frustrating. we are in the process of making "material probes" and "cabinets of curiosities" the definition of everything is extremely vague as you can imagine. this is not really the frustrating part though. i understand the mentality of mystery that often accompanies a studio. it's a methodology that reigned supreme for me in undergrad, so I am used to all that ambiguity. the problem for me is that I really want to approach all of this with the experimental attitude that i have been following in previous studios. i feel that this is the only way to make new discoveries and it is the best part about being in school. this is all well and good, but so far the structure of the studio has made it difficult to work like this. every week, and sometimes between studio days, we have discreet assignments with prescribed requirements that need to be completed. this isn't really a problem in and of itself, but when you try something new, and it fails, it leads to a lot of difficulty in meeting the deadlines.
that said, i think that wesley is very accepting of the experimentation method, but he is also very insistent that the deadlines are met. it just makes for a stressful situation...luckily, i think all of us are kinda feeling this way on some level, so at least i am not alone!
i have been working with rubber and ideas of stitching, threading and knotting so far. i feel like i am starting to make progress, but i am still totally overwhelmed.
other classes are great though. i will post some links that we have been looking at in dean's class soon. it is pretty crazy how intense things are already!