Hello People!! Wow, it has been a month since I last posted. I have been a busy bee, you know, trying to find a job and such. Good news is that I found a part-time job at a department store until I find something in my field...(of which I'm expecting to hear good news next week...!) More good news is that networking is kind of fun.
I've joined the local chapters of AIA and IIDA and have attended several functions. One event I'm particularly excited about is IIDA's Art Haus, in which local design professionals submit artwork to be shown in a downtown gallery this coming Thursday night. It will be the first time seeing my work in a gallery setting! Plus, it should be a good fundraising event for the organization.
Here are the pieces I submitted, with the intended layout. They are digital adaptations of original figure drawings.
I hope to take a few photographs from the event. I'll let you know how it goes!
Last week I was in VA to visit The Boy. On Saturday we hiked part of the Appalachian Trail at Sky Meadows State Park. The weather cooperated nicely, overcast with a slight breeze. And thankfully, The Boy reminded me to take my camera, as I was about to walk out the door empty handed!
The forest was pretty quiet, but our sightings were limited to little critters, green foliage and mesmerizing fungus. Inspiration at every turn. I had a hard time not thinking about Pan's Labyrinth and Lord of the Rings. I kept waiting for a mystical creature to squeal as I accidentally squished it, tromping along the trail. But I never heard any. I'm sure they're used to dodging hikers.
Purple. The most undervalued color in the spectrum. It's true, I say! What? No, I'm not biased.
(a fallen bloom and Purple Queen in Whitney's backyard)
Yes, I'll admit it. My childhood bedroom was always a shade of purple growing up. It started out as a deep eggplant, almost black. Then shifted to a more uplifting lavender. And finally, the color it remains today, at my parent's house, is a soft grayish purple.
I know what you're thinking. Purple? On a wall? YES, People! DO IT!! It can be so dreamy, as demonstrated by the now deceased Domino Magazine.
When I was visiting Orlando previously, interning at a local firm and living with my sister and brother-in-law, I was sleeping on a futon. An old futon. And get this...it had Lions and Tigers and Bears on the cover. Okay, there weren't any bears, but definitely lions and tigers.
This time, since The Move was Semi-Permanent-For-The-Time-Being, I brought some of my furniture. Now, "Katie's Room" actually feels a bit more like Katie. ;)
Out of the house and into the Florida sun! We went canoeing this afternoon in Wekiva Springs State Park and I think the photographs speak louder than words. I'm glad I wore my green bikini to match all the lovely tropical foliage. ;)
Whitney and I have been busy decorating her living room, the first room upon entering her house. There are several special pieces in the room so far, but my favorite is this little lamp next to the sofa. It was one she had already owned but we found the perfect spot for it. At night it puts off a fiery glow, making a silhouette of the miniature toy horse.
Walk down gravel lane. Hang a right at the mailbox. Hop over cattle guard and check for possums at the barn door before entering. If the coast is clear, climb up the cattle chute to the hay loft. You've arrived at your destination. Begin browsing.
Caution: Faint hissing sounds from broken clay pots may equal baby raccoons.
Potential finds include, but are not limited to, wooden chair frames, old trunks, benches, various cabinets, and rot iron sewing machine bases. But you can't carry it all home. So unless you've brought a boy, you can only choose one item.
Accessorize! Choose cute paper to label drawers. Add fun text with stamps. Be creative.
***This card catalogue was scavenged by my sister Whitney, found in my grandfather's treasure-filled barn in Kentucky. She refinished it while living in Pennsylvania and tonight we added a touch of color (and comedy if you noticed the 'WTF!' drawer), a Friday night well spent. Now she sits transfering recipes onto index cards to fill the drawers.***
On my agenda today: START FILLING UP MY CALENDAR (with events OUTSIDE of the house). I thought I spent a lot of time on my computer during school, but at least I was forced to go to class and interact with a few people per day. In the last two weeks I've surpassed all previous personal records of Most Time on a Computer per day, only to unplug for cleaning, cooking, sleeping and running (I haven't even been to the pool this week which is just sad). I am just a bit stir-crazy, if you hadn't noticed from the previous post. And if it wasn't already known, I think I've officially ruled off "50's Housewife" from my list of possible career options. Although, I could easily be swayed if it was a nice mid-century bungalow...on a lake...with gardens...and an art shed in the back...and maybe an enchanted forrest...yes, that sounds nice. I could work with that.
ANYWAY, the calendar. My empty calendar now has a spattering of upcoming events with more to come soon!
What events, you ask? FIGURE DRAWING OPEN STUDIO!!! Yes, I found one at the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park on Sundays. Unfortunately, they are almost through with their Summer Session but I'll be able to attend one or two classes before the end. The good news is that the Fall Session Calendar will be posted on Monday...I can't wait to see what classes are in it! Of course, I'll keep you posted.
And I've also signed up to help Habitat for Humanity of Orlando next week on both Wednesday and Thursday! Yay! Surely I will feel a tiny bit productive after that. Because it's really all about my feelings. ;)
I hereby pronounce that all situations that could be described as "watching paint dry" shall now be said to be like "watching kitchen scraps become dirt."
That said, looking for a job in this economy is like watching kitchen scraps become dirt. This is actually a pretty good analogy because the anticipated outcome of each is pretty rewarding. A paid job and luscious compost, both very good and necessary things in this world.
So, amidst the job searching (you can't do that every moment of the day) and composting (I'm not really watching it...not very much, anyway) I still have a lot of time on my hands. Just what I wanted for Life After Graduation, right? Right...? ... ...
Um, no. I do better with a lot on my proverbial plate. Like that summer in high school when I had three jobs. Like working insane retail hours during my undergraduate work. Like cleaning a gym after closing hours during grad school. I like to be productive (cooking and cleaning for my sister does not count...sorry Whitney.) Now, I don't have school OR a job (implode here.) And watching compost is sort of the antithesis of being productive. It's like watching something else be productive, really slowly, and then realizing it is still being more productive than you. Yeah.
But ENOUGH about me and my unemployment (and compost). There are always things to appreciate in life and that's what I intended to share with you this morning (if anyone made it past all of this ridiculous self pity, which is also the antithesis of being productive.) ;)
I give you, A Florida Morning:
And now I'm off to find something else to occupy myself. There must be a figure drawing class around here somewhere...
DONE!!! I can now say that I have a Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. Yes, I like the way that sounds too. The next long-term goal is to become a registered architect, which means I have to start taking the dreaded ARE exams pretty soon...but we'll think about that later.
The immediate goal is MOVE TO FLORIDA! Yeehaw! I am all packed up and ready to go. We load up my stuff early tomorrow morning, and by 'we', I mean myself, dad, brother-in-law, and uncles. (Let's hear it for family obligations!! WOOT!)
And I'll be moving IN STYLE, because when I saw zebra print tape that matched a pair of my sandals, well I just had to pick up a roll. The moving boys will love it. ;) hehe.
The last thing on my list tonight is to (quickly) go through this 'small' stack of magazines and rip out pages I want to keep to file away in my inspiration folders. I just can't justify moving 1000 miles with them. I've been meaning to do it for some time now, so this is the perfect opportunity. There's nothing like an impending move that makes you re-assess your needs! I have made several trips to St. Vincent de Paul (the local version of the Salvation Army). And, hey, Happy (early) Father's Day, Dad! You get these great little succulent transplants! I think they are pretty cute in their in-transit red Dixie Cups.
Wish me luck everyone! Here I go...into the abyss.
Anthropologie is relentless. It's bad enough that their clothes and home accessories are so delectable but do they have to keep reminding me with their artful catalogues and whimsical storefronts? It's too much for my empty pocketbook to take! And behold, the adorable birthday card they sent me (which is a 15% off coupon) with a candle necklace attached. It is just too hard to resist such sweet advertising.
Did I mention their beautiful catalogues?
Looks like someone will be perusing the sale racks this month...