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    leaniejim Mar 20 '13 1

    I've had some people come up to me and ask about how to get into ENDS. So here’s a small sample of what I had in mine. In all honesty, I wasn’t very proud of my portfolio and I really beat myself up after I submitted it because I procrastinated so much to the point at where many of my installation pieces were unfinished. I guess it’s a lesson learned and really you should spend a lot of time on it. On the question of themes, I decided to write something up about the concepts I found consistent throughout my work.

    My first piece is chicken bone/thread construction of an insect creature. This is actually my favourite piece out of everything I did because I put a lot of work into it and it came out as I sort of expected. The second piece is sort of this experimental piece where I reversed the roles of paper and ink and had a paper construction on an ink canvas. And lastly, it’s a drawing of fish and pagodas because I like fish and pagodas. I talked about my theme as focused around ephemeral and temporal products. Things that will expire or grow into something new or in transition. The insect showed the metamorphosis from insect to winged creature. The reaction between the ink/paper sculpture turned into a gradient over time so I took photos of its change and illustrated it in my portfolio.


    Sometimes these piece feel like they’re so out of reality but I’ve recently realized how abstract and conceptual the profession is. You really have to throw your mind out of the window and stop thinking pragmatically. I’m usually a pretty realistic and cynical person so sometimes when I’m writing stuff like that, I feel like I’m bs-ing the whole thing. But hey, that's academia for ya! I also have to argue from another standpoint that it’s through these abstractions that you study where you can find form and ideas for your projects.

    For some blasted reason, I made it and the best advice I can give all you budding architectural students is don’t try to mimic other people’s pieces or design a lot of architectural things.

    What they really want to see is a portfolio illustrating what your skills are about composition, line, colour, drawing etc and a portfolio that portrays WHO YOU ARE and how YOU CAN BRING A NEW PERSPECTIVE to your ENDS class.

    Good Luck! 


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