Things We’ve Seen at A Better World By Design

A Better World by Design has taken campus by storm this weekend. We decided to experience it for ourselves!

ahh

Thoughts on our morning panel…

We started our morning at a panel entitled “Youth Democracy and Design,” moderated by Jen Hetzel Silbert, the founder and curator of Learning 401, an educational non-profit in Rhode Island.

The panel featured Yesica Guerra, director of Crónicas de Héroes/Hero Reports, Sam Gilman ‘15 co-founder of Common Sense Action, and Sam Chaltain, a national educator and organizational change consultant. While the panelists took a few moments each to talk about the work that they had done in their respective fields to design solutions that provide a better platform for youth voice, participants spent the majority of the session asking questions, suggesting potential areas for intervention, and collaborating with one another to brainstorm.

One of the most interesting take-aways was the idea of understanding the delicate balance between individual freedom and group structure within the school system and how this balance can be deeply impacted by the tension that democracy and capitalism create in our public schools.

photo (56)

So about those bubbles…

The multi-colored bubbles popping up around campus are the brainchildren of a RISD art collaborative named Pneuhaus, which began as a thesis project for 2014 RISD graduates Matthew Muller and August Lehrecke. Over the summer, they added Hunter Blackwell (RISD ‘14, glass) and Levi Bedall (Ohio State University, Architecture, ‘14).

Their mission, according to their website, is “focused around designing objects and spaces that require an active participation from their audience,” and their latest installation is no exception.

Continue Reading


A Cool Thing You Should Know About: Weirdgirl Art Creations

ART-BY-YOU-at-Weirdgirl-Creations-Pottery-Studio_589701_image

We all need a fun (non-alcoholic) activity once in a while, and at some points in your Brown career, the stimulation that Wickenden, Thayer and our beloved Providence Place Mall provide feels a little stale. Here is the most fun activity that you have probably forgotten: painting pre-made ceramics in a colour palette of your choice. Remember those amazing birthday parties/playdates where you would make ugly adorable gifts for your grandmother and have the best time doing it? (Boys probably don’t. Stupid gender normativity). There’s something to be said for having an art project which is mostly complete and you just get to add the fun finishing touches to.

You will be shocked and delighted to discover that a mere 17 minutes away is a paint-your-own-pottery store: “Art by You” at Weirdgirl Creations. I can’t even really explain why/how my roommates and I decided to experiment with an admittedly random craft project store in Barrington, RI, but I can tell you that it was such a good time and we will be heading back soon (partly because we have to go pick up our pieces which take 5-7 days, but also because it is the happiest place ever).

Continue Reading


Art School(ed): RISD’s Course Superlatives 2014-2015

RISDcoursesuperlatives

Art School(ed) returns with another round of Course Superlatives! Yes, BlogDailyHerald has already thoroughly explored Brown’s Fall 2014 courses, but today marks the first day of classes down the hill at the Rhode Island School of Design. If you’ve taken VISA 0100, you know the drill: you are free to peruse the artsy course selections available at RISD. This upcoming week allows Brown students the opportunity to cram a 5-hour studio class into an already-busy course load. Acknowledging the classic obstacles RISD will set before you (notoriously small class sizes, a neurotic premium on quality control, etc.), these Course Superlatives are here to help you navigate the art school’s course catalog and streamline your RISD assimilation process – in a format reminiscent of your high school yearbook. Without further ado, we present this year’s RISD Course Superlatives:

Punniest…

PAINTING 4406: PAINTING FOCUS: GO FIGURE

Most likely to improve your #TBT game…

PHOTOGRAPHY 5340: FAMILY ALBUM

Most useful for students who live off-campus…

CERAMICS 4122: TABLEWARE

Most alliterative…

HISTORY OF ART AND VISUAL CULTURE H713: ART IN THE AGE OF ALEXANDER

LITERARY ARTS E326: BIRDS IN BOOKS

ILLUSTRATION 3048: VOICE + VISION

Most twinning…

HISTORY/PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES S597: PROPAGANDA

ILLUSTRATION 3024: PROPAGANDA

Most foot-centric…

APPAREL 3052: *ITALY: SHOE DESIGN PERCEPTION, HISTORY & PROTOTYPING

TEXTILES W470: THE WOVEN RUG

ILLUSTRATION 3700: THE TWO-LEGGED PRINT

Most fun to say aloud…

HISTORY/PHILOSOPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCES C350: THIS IS THE WOONASQUATUCKET: STORIES OF A LIVING RIVER

LITERARY ARTS E289: THINGAMAJIGIRL: OBJECTS, HUMANS, FEMININITY

Continue Reading


Art School(ed): Aesthetes and athletes, art and basketball

Wood_prnt_011-JW-10_Untitled-B-ball-V_full

2014 has been a big year for basketball thus far. Just yesterday, BlogDailyHerald got you thoroughly jazzed for the CIT (not the building). In February, a new commissioner graced the National Basketball Association with his presence. Legend Bill Russell turned 80. 2 Chainz and some other guys had a swell time at NBA All Star Weekend in New Orleans. While none of you were watching, the RISD Balls creamed Cooper Union 56-52 in the (first ever) Art School Championship. (As they say, when the heat is on, the balls stick together.) This past Selection Sunday riveted fans once again, and Barack Obama is working hard on his bracket because he has motives this year. In the apparel department (no, not that one), NBA players and fans have been grumbling about the new sleeved jerseys for months. This season, Brown Bears women’s basketball finished with a solid overall record of 10-18, getting one more W (and one fewer L) than they did last season. Of course, the most important ballin’ has yet to come: the Harlem Globetrotters will be making a pit stop in continuing their “Fans Rule” World Tour in Providence on March 28th. I feel faint. 

If all this talk about ball(s) is revving up your creative engines, you’re not alone. It’s tough to study for your History of Ancient Greece midterm when all you can think about is how much you want to express yourself and your love for the game, and we certainly can’t spend all of our time waiting around and hoping that Shaquille O’Neal will guest-curate the next show at the RISD Museum.

Alas, if you’re feeling inspired by the saffron glow of Spalding, whip out your painting palette splattered with all of the colors of Dennis Rodman’s hair, and check out these artists who have been in your size 23, Shaq Attaq shoes, after the JUMPKazaam!

Continue Reading


I-Spy: Loui’s edition

We think this tricycle might be art.

We think this tricycle might be art.

December not only brings revenue to our favorite holiday outlets, but also to our friends at Loui’s [Ed.—While its website spells it "Louis," the sign, pictured above, spells it "Loui's." We're going to go with the sign on this one], who, bless ‘em, fire up the grills and prepare eggs any way you like at 5 a.m., just in time to get you over the finals-season all-nighter hump. (Although some of us prefer the pumpkin pancakes, and wonder if anyone, ever, has ordered the fish and chips.)

While you barely may be able to keep your eyes open at that hour, you may have noticed the eclectic artwork and hangings that adorn every foot of Loui’s wall space. What you may not know is some of the history and thought behind some of the more noteworthy of these pieces. Blog took a few morning trips to Loui’s, had a look around, and sat down with Johnny—the owner and son of the legendary Louis—himself.

Our trips and learnings culminated into BlogDH’s Original Loui’s I-SPY GAME! RISD museum, ShmISD museum—the walls of Loui’s are where it’s at.

Next time you make the trip to Loui’s, see if you can spy the following artworks of interest, and comment with any other odd and delightful curios you come across! Continue Reading


IMG_7624 copy

Art School(ed): A useful ranking of the Ivy League’s Henry Moore sculptures

bearheadhaley

Hoards of reputable sources, from Business Insider to BetchesLoveThis, have mercilessly ranked the Ivy League universities, but these lists have only compared the same, yawn-worthy specifications (Student Life, Academics, Affordability, Campus, Celebrity Alumni, Location, Greek Life, etc). Can you spot the great oversight all of these useless rankings share? Yes, that’s right. None of these sites have evaluated the Ivy League based on the schools’ respective Henry Moore sculptures. How could they be so foolish to overlook such a critical criterion? Continue Reading