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A tiny home
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THE TINY HOUSE PROJECT
THE TINY HOUSE PROJECT.................................................... 1
THE PROJECT ....................................................................... 2
THE TEAM ............................................................................ 3
THE PROCESS & SPACE 4 ART............................................... 4
THANK YOUS........................................................................ 5
SIOBHAN ARNOLD................................................................ 8
CURTIS BRACHER............................................................... 15
armando de la torre..................................................... 22
ROY DE VRIES..................................................................... 28
MATT DUNN....................................................................... 36
robert michael jones......................................................40
PAUL W KOESTER................................................................ 48
Åsa kvissberg.................................................................. 53
CHRIS & ARIANA WARREN................................................... 89
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Estrella Bobadilla Carrasco
Andre Arjona Gomez
Anna Nicole Barreiro
Citlalli Elena Hernandez
Alexis Ramirez Garcia
WE ARE A GROUP OF 54 STUDENTS
Students will explore the “Tiny House Culture” and study their own impact on the environment via their living choices. They will be designing, drafting and building tiny houses for local artists in San Diego in order to provide affordable housing to keep art in San Diego. Other supplemental activities include surveying land, soils sampling and light analysis in order to understand how housing communities are effectively designed.
Our project will be in connection with Space 4 Art, a local non-profit arts education community and their head architect and co-founder, Bob Leathers. He has completed over 2,000 architectural projects, many of which were volunteer-built projects, in all 50 states and eight foreign countries. These projects include playgrounds, parks, science centers, community centers, theaters, galleries and zoos. The team began their relationship with Leathers at the beginning of the year during the Logan Heights Community Park H.A.C.E.R Project. He has been consulting with the students and their designs through the entire process and has been an integral part in bring the Tiny House Project to life.
The students will also be writing and publishing a book entitled A Tiny Home is Where the He[ART] is which will showcase the fourteen artists’ lives, work and stories leading up to the designs of their tiny homes in order to extend the message that art is an important part of society that deserves to be honored and recognized.
Special thank yous to the following:
ROBERT S. LEATHERS
PAUL W. KOESTER'S PHOTOGRAPHS
PARENT AND TEACHER VOLUNTEERS
AND OF COURSE, THE STUDENTS.
Space 4 art
BY JACQUELYN HURTADO
Space 4 Art is a creative center where artist can live and work.
In the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, our team worked with Space 4 Art to build a playground in Logan Heights. The city was in need of an area where people of all ages could gather for multiple activities. The playground included an amphitheatre, tree-house like playground, maze and a garden space for the community. It was a great experience working with Space 4 Art for the first time and doing something for the community. This project lead to us working with Bob Leathers and Space 4 Art on their new artist community. From the relationships that we built with the artists and Space 4 Art, we were able to work closely with these artists to design the tiny houses for their artist community.
Working with everyone at Space 4 Art was awesome! We learned new skills like sanding, designing blueprints and even cutting wood with a jigsaw. Creating a close bond with these adults helped us form a level of not just professionalism and respect, but also trust. We were lucky enough to get parent drivers to transport us to and from Space 4 Art. There were even times when Bob Leathers, Cheryl Nickel as well as Cynthia Diaz-Viveros were able to visit High Tech High Chula Vista to do some critique work on our blueprints and sketch up designs.
Art runs through Siobhan Arnold’s blood; it’s always been there but she just needed to tap into it.
Siobhan grew up in Oregon and grew up as only child of a single mother. When she was little, some of Siobhan’s earliest memories were going to her mom’s college art shows and taking in all of the scenery around her. Siobhan was first introduced to art by her mom because she was an artist and grew up watching her produce art. Her favorite memory growing up as a child was being on the Oregon coast with her family playing in the sand.
When Siobhan was in high school, she was really into theatre and music. Her favorite memory in high school was being the lead singer in a Rock n Roll band. After that she got into writing. In her 20s, Siobhan had a chance to meet her father and had learned that he was also an artist. He is a professor at San Diego State. Meeting her dad inspired her to continue her path to becoming an artist. With the help of her mother and father she tapped into her passion of art and has made a living from it.
Everyone’s process is different and unique when it comes to making art. Some people like to come up with an idea and then decide on the materials. Others like to play around with the materials until an idea comes to them. Artist, Siobhan Arnold has her own specific style she uses to create her art.
First Siobhan ‘reacts’ to what she is thinking, reading or even listening to. During the entire process, her thoughts will slowly become her art. She loves the making portion and using her hands, so her first reaction is to go straight to creating and experimenting with her materials. An art piece can take from a few months to years for Siobhan to create. After she finishes a piece, she will often go back to work on the piece because she feels like she can always add more.
The next important step is the setting and emotional side. Her typical environment is either music or an audio book playing while she is in a comfortable spot or chair. She usually sips on a cup of tea with her favorite snacks handy. She then adjusts the temperature in her work space so she’s comfortable. Siobhan experiences all different kinds of moods while she is working. Depending on her day, she can go through a range of different emotions that can affect her art.Siobhan's creative process can be completely different than another person's’. Matter of fact, all artists’ style of creating can vary from one another but that’s what makes everyone’s own process of being an artist.
When Siobhan remembers her childhood dreams, she romanticizes about what her younger self wanted in life, “‘I’m gonna be this when I grow up,’ the very first thing I said was I was gonna be an artist.” Her early aspirations were later criticized when someone told her she would never make any money and destroyed her dream of being an artist. Siobhan didn’t care about money, but the idea stayed in her head and made her question her desire to become an artist.
Originally, she started college as an English major, but by her junior year her love for art made her change her mind and major. Art wasn’t just fun; it was a challenge; it was actually something that made her feel like an interesting person. She was finally following her dreams.
Growing up with a single mom that was an artist, then finding out that her father was also an artist was something life changing from her past. Her father, modeling for her that you can be an artist, that it is an actual valid thing you can do in the world. “If you want to be an artist you can.” He said. Her father changed the way she looks at life. “I never grew up feeling that I needed to be put into a field to make money. I grew up thinking, ‘you go into the field that is the most interesting to you and you will figure it out,’” Siobhan said. “Follow your bliss. Sometimes you have tendency to stop yourself from pursuing things because you are too self conscious, but it doesn't go away. You just have to believe in yourself.” These are words that Siobhan lives by, her motto.
written by: Jacquelyn Hurtado
Process as an
greatest learning moment
WRITTEN BY ANNA NICOLE BARREIRO
written by anna nicole barreiro
Although this art piece hanging from Siobhan Arnold's tiny work studio is aesthetically pleasing, there is a story behind it. It took dedication, time, a click of a button, and success. Something that made it come to life.
Siobhan works with fabric, thread, photography, drawing, printmaking and installation, she has many ways of expressing and making her art. Since she is always so personal with her work, every single art piece of hers has it’s own different story. The emotions that Siobhan experiences while working on a piece may vary from excitement to frustration, to a feeling of accomplishment when she feels that the work is done. There is also a sense of love for her work.
Siobhan doesn’t have just one favorite art piece, she says, “It changes over time depending on what I'm thinking, feeling or experiencing at that time in my life.” But, she did really like one of her artworks called, "The Melancholic Magdalene" created in 2010.
In this piece is a figure of a woman in a yellow dress with a red curtain behind her and a wall of dripping honey. “But there is not actually a person there, just an empty dress as if the woman was erased,” Siobhan explained. This is a photograph that was made of a scene Siobhan created in her studio. The Melancholic Magdalene comes from the biblical story of Mary Magdalene, but it is based on a specific painting by a female artist, Artemisia Gentileschi, in the 1600's. She explained how she was interested in both the female subject and the female artist, particularly during a time period in which women weren't encouraged to be artists. Siobhan said, “I was also interested in how the subject was rendered and the use of fabric and drapery in the telling of her story. That's why I created the work entirely out of fabric.”Siobhan made several versions of this piece before finally settling on the finished product. She says that it is hard to explain how she decided when the work was finished. Siobhan described it as a “magical moment,” realizing that you got it. This took around several weeks to finish and she keeps it nice and wrapped in her studio, ready to be hung on Siobhan's new tiny work studio.
For our artist, Siobhan Arnold, we made a 3D design of her tiny home using the sketchup computer program. In our sketchup design we have a 16x20 foot house with A kitchen, darkroom and a living room workspace and a loft. We will not have a bathroom in her tiny home since she will not be living in it. Also there will be a community bathroom.
The dark room is one of the more important features of the house because she uses the dark for some of her mixed media art. Mixed media art means that she makes different kind of art. Her darkroom has a workbench and some storage cabinets It has pull down blinds for so it can be dark during the day. Instead of using a traditional door we will use a curtain. We will use the curtain so she can access her darkroom with ease.
In her living room workspace she will have canvas filers that she can store her large canvases with ease. She will have a deep sink right next to her work bench so she can dip her canvases into chemicals to enhance her paintings. She will have a large table with drawers inside for more storage. She will also have a huge table to work on.
Siobhan will also need somewhere to cook so we made a kitchen kitchen upstairs on the loft. The stove has two burners. There will be a mini fridge surrounded by storage cabinets there will be a couch on the loft also. We tried to follow everything Siobhan asked us to put in her house and I believe that we have succeeded in that. This is the sketchup design for Siobhan Arnold’s tiny house.
WRITTEN BY JOSEPH BRANCH
Siobhan Arnold’s tiny home will be a work studio with an optional sleeping area. While keeping that in mind my group planned accordingly to design her work space to grant all her needs and desires within the space we had available. This was rather more difficult than thought to design due to everything we had to consider. We were able to overcome that through planning the necessities.
The requests that we received we made sure to put first in our designs. For example, Siobhan’s art work requires a large sink for her photography and prints. We designed the area where the sink will be placed but it’s not as big as was needed so we made revisions to fulfill that must. Another example of what Siobhan requested is a dark room for her photography. It is an area that can be completely dark for light sensitive photographic materials. Since this was crucial, it was the first space we planned out. We started designing the extra loft space adding a futon for optional sleeping purposes and to serve as a comfy seating area. Also a kitchenette for Siobhan to be able to have meals. For design purposes, we agreed that it was best for us not to have a bathroom since the living complex will have a communal restroom. A tiny house does not always have to be for living. In this case for Siobhan it was a work studio. A tiny house can be whatever you wish it to be. Each one is personal and tells a lot about someone, what would your home or studio say about you?
written by: jacquelyn
By Valeria Aguilar
Ironically, Curtis Bracher look up to someone who he literally looks down at; his 10 year old daughter. She is his inspiration and role model. Bracher and his daughter have a super close relationship and he loves to watch her develop and grow.
Curtis Bracher has always tried to be the best father and tries to spend as much time with his daughter as possible. He has always pushed her to be creative. Curtis allows his daughter to explore her surroundings, get her hands dirty, and to “make a mess.” He gives his daughter this kind freedom because “that is how they learn” he says.
The 10 year old is Curtis’ inspiration and role model because she has been the person who has taught him the most about having the ability to see the world without judgement, the two learn from each other. He feels that his daughter is very much like him and values the time they get to spend together. Bracher has been as much of an influence to his daughter as she has been for him.
Curtis Bracher is a great artist and an amazing father to the daughter he adores. She inspires him to keep doing what he loves. Influence and inspiration can come from anywhere; even from something you have yourself created.
Moving from city to city. A life like that would be a nightmare. You stay in one place for two or three months, you can’t make friends, you never get used to where you stay at, and you have no time for anything. It’s hard to try and see how that would play on a person. What can only make this worse? Being poor, and being a kid when this all happened. That’s the childhood that Curtis Bracher lived through. All of it.
From an early age he moved from all the US. His father couldn’t keep a stable job long enough to have good pay, so when he was given the chance, they moved to a better job for more money to pay for the family. Curtis would rarely have time for anything, when he went to school he couldn’t make long lasting friends as he had to leave maybe days later. They tried to stay in one place multiple times but it never worked. They moved all across America for a better life. This would have been horrible, but not for Curtis. He never saw any of this as bad because he found out that he liked art, he did all kinds of art all the time. It was really the only thing he had time for and really like to do. Art was the only interesting thing as other things disappear, but this would stay with him forever.
Around the time of high school his family finally settled down, looking back at it, he said it really helped him with what he wanted to be. Art helped him through a really troubling experience in his life. Ever since the beginning he’s wanted to make art, he’s very passionate about it, and he found his passion through troubling times and that’s what made his future life happen as an artist.
A Blueprint is great to see a layout before the house is even built and a bird’s-eye view, but sometimes you need a better look at things, only one program is capable of doing that. Sketchup was a really great tool not only for having a look at the house, and what the exteriors and sizes are like, but you get to have a look at the house as if it was actually there, if something didn’t look right or was a problem you can easily make changes. It was a tool that was well needed in order to make this house almost near-perfect.
Starting Sketchup was pretty easy. The main thing about Sketchup is of course it was to look like the blueprint, that was pretty easy. Sketchup allows you to easily make and/or change walls, floors or furniture to an exact point so making a remake or even making the house is a like a cake-walk. Having problems with the group, the blueprint or anything also shows that Sketchup is a really good tool. We got to test out ideas or look at different designs that Curtis gave us that he might on. He did say to be creative. When all the problems are gone, and we move onto the the finishing touches, we can find or make the furniture we need to make the house with, and re size them to fit our needs. Adding colors or designs to the house also feels really easy and fun to make because using a shadow feature and different angles, you can see how different colors or textures look in different lighting and you actually get to feel how the house would feel like in real life from the way Sketchup portrays it.
Sketchup was something we really needed to figure out how to build this house. We had many crazy ideas that we might follow up on and try out. We tried everything we thought was possible in sketchup to see if it was possible, a pool on the porch, a trampoline, a hot tub on the roof, or even a swing set on the porch to swing looking over houses on the top of a cliff, which was modeled after the building sight. Using tools like shadows was great to see how our windows would work with the sun and how much light came in. Finally, Sketchup helped us figure out how to hold space, putting spaces in the walls in the shower for soap or other bathroom needs, or maybe even a space under the floor to open up to a place to store a lot of things. No matter what it was, Sketchup really helped us figure it out.
By Valeria Aguilar and Paola Gonzalez
Brainstorming for art pieces, brainstorming for a tiny home, both can be equally as easy or equally as hard. We had a lot to work with since he was very open about what we could do to the house. The main things he asked us for was neutral wall colors throughout the house, a big space for his work area, small details throughout the house especially for his daughter and a small kitchen and bathroom.
We had really big ideas for the house which included a rooftop pool and a trampoline on the deck of the house. All these ideas came from him telling us that he wanted us to be creative. We also included some things that he didn’t really ask for but that we thought he would like such as a movable wall, tool cart, a projector screen, and a spring stool. In the loft area we also included a pocket door that has a sliding door so that Curtis and his daughter have their own privacy but are also able to communicate.
The kitchen includes certain appliances such as a fridge, dishwasher and a microwave. The kitchen is very small but does include a sink and a counter area which is for eating. The bathroom is also a small area which includes basic necessities which are the shower, toilet, and sink.
Overall designing this house was super fun and something no one in our group has ever done before. We worked hard to create a house that would be perfect for Curtis and his daughter, we made sure she knew that we kept her at the top of our heads while designing this house. We believe this house has been thought through very carefully and is a great fit for both Curtis and his daughter.
Inspiration behind home design
Process of his art
By Darrica Rodrigues
In Curtis' home he often talked about that he wanted light more modern colors in his house like Browns or warm feeling colors. He also wanted some white walls that would be located in his work space to do his art there so he doesn't have to be too careful because everything would be white instead of the other colors in the house. Even if he wanted to paint on his walls we wanted to make sure he had enough room so that he could if he wanted too.All threw out the house he wanted everything to be simple but also to still apply to his art. All he really needed was lots of storage for his art pieces/ things he's working on and tools.He does not keep his art so he really needs cabinets to put tools,paints,and everything else he would need storage for.
For the furniture and appliances he wanted a rustic look a special for the dining area. He really liked our ideas so far with a rustic stool that looks like a spring it's really unique and would be fun for the daughter and for Curtis as well. Since his inspiration is his daughter we really wanted to make her have her own space also. So we portrayed that with some of the storage like under the bed. For Curtis' and his daughter's beds, we wanted to make sure they had lots of space for their clothes and her toys and anything else they would need to put under there.
By Darrica Rodrigues and Paola Gonzalez
Curtis Bracher has always loved art. Even when he was a small child, sometimes he created art without even knowing it. He told us about how he got streamers and put them all up around in his room until It looked like somewhat of a spider web. He said he loved it and was very proud of it. For Curtis and I'm sure a lot of artist's get inspired by something and that's how they make most of their art. He traveled to New York to pursue his career of making art, and he got lots of inspiration while being in New York because of the activity going on around him and all the cultures he was surrounded by.This was something that opened his eyes about art.
One of his projects that he's still working on has a story behind it. This piece is a picture of a brown bear that is constructed with wire and nails. When he was going to Alaska. While going down a long road cut right down the middle of a tall forest. He noticed in the distance something in the road getting closer and closer. Bracher eventually stopped and admired what seemed to be a brown bear, it was surprising. He unbuckled his seat belt and gradually approaches this huge beast. After a while the bear finally rises on his two large feet. As he looks up at how tall this bear was, so he safely made his way back to his car. Curtis remembers looking into this bear's eyes he knew the bear didn't want to hurt him the bear was just curious. He says staring into his eyes were the best few seconds he has ever experienced even though it was a very short amount of time. This is what art is. It’s a way of telling a story that shows emotion, like how we connected with the bear. To make people feel the emotion not just the picture itself. when that happens Curtis Bracher feels that piece of art was a success.
Armando de la Torre was born in Tijuana but came to America to study art. When Armando reached the age of twenty years old, he joined the army and served in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He traveled to different parts of the world such as Paris, Korea, Germany and Berlin. Even when Armando was in the army he was always creating art. As Armando traveled to different parts of the world, every time he got the chance he would go see the art in the museums. Armando saw so many different art pieces that inspired him to create his own art work. There is not a single piece of art that he could chose that inspired him the most, he said "that by seeing so many different art pieces they were all very inspiring." To him when it comes to drawing something on paper, everything that Armando needs to be inspired is in the city, surrounded by action and culture, where everyone has something to show. If Armando never join the army then he would have the individuality to become an artist. Music is one of the things that Armando loves to do in order to inspire his work.
Armando De la Torre style of art is very interesting because he uses many different types of mediums. He really enjoys filming because it combines many different forms of art including music and photography, he also does a lot of design and installation. Another form of art he experiments with his shadow projections. He creates stories with the shadows to help little kids learn about the art of performance. When he mentioned the shadow projections he also mentioned that the hard part isn’t just making it but also displaying it.
Armando’s creativity extends into the material he uses. For example,instead of using regular paper or canvas he uses recycled materials. He takes bottles and other used items and creates them into beautiful pieces of art. Armando is an artist who sees the bright side in everything. He is very unique and inspirational because he never lets anything get in his way. He keeps moving forward to create art that is both nice to look at and thought provoking.
Armando was an artistic boy living in Tijuana who loved making art. As boy, he went to a Catholic school that didn’t allow him to express his feelings through art. When he was in class he would drift off and express his feelings by doodling on his paper.
After school he would play outside with is friends like any other boy and it was in nature where he felt free like a bird flying high from all reality of hard life. When he was a little kid, he would go back and forth from Tijuana and the U.S. which gave him a unique perspective on both sides of the border.
He had a good relationship with his mom and they talked about everything in life, but his dad was never there for him, so art filled that space and continues to be the way he expresses himself.
Type of Art
By: Citlalli Hernandez
For Armando’s kitchen, he specified he wanted it to be simple, efficient and easily accessible. Having unnecessary items can add up and make you worry about them, so having the overall idea of downsizing and restricting yourself will make you a much happier person. So we did just that and successfully recreated this.
He also stated that the overall miniature space needs to be focused more on the work space more than any other room and to feel open not constrained with plenty of natural light. We decided to have no wall because it takes up more space, makes it more accessible and it also doesn’t block the view so the result is a more open area.
It features mounted cabinets on the wall and another one on the floor which also includes a dishwasher. There is also a full-size refrigerator, a range and oven, a lavatory, and to top it off, a pull out table from the wall which efficiently conserves precious space because you can just pull it out when you are going to have a delicious meal, enjoy of course, and easily pull it back into the wall when you are satisfied and it won’t get in the way when not it’s in use.
Just these few items are all that is required, literally nothing else for a single person’s needs and this just takes even less than ¼ of the entire bottom floor but still meets the requirements, which is just what Armando paraphrased. Armando will be much happier if his space is simple and not have to worry much about maintaining it, and focus more on his art and being more happy and carefree.
Our minds, hands and hearts were at work when we were making Armando's work studio in SketchUp. We knew that he needed a lot of storage space because of his camera equipment and also somewhere to put his piano. SketchUp is a program where we are able to make 3D models of anything. What we did was we chose a desk from Google warehouse where he would be able to hide his piano so he could use it whenever he needs to.
Google warehouse is an online program where you can download something that has already been made by someone else. You are able to change it and make it into your own structure and still keep the original design. The type of desk that we found that was based off a type of bread holder where you can bring it down or just slide it up. With the storage space closer to his work area we put cabinets over his work area so he can fit small supplies that he needs. Using the software made us feel like real architects and designers who could create an amazing space for Armando.
By: Paolo Alvarez
ROY DE VRIES
As he rides his scooter, Roy de Vries thinks about everything that has led up to that moment. Whizzing past the different faces on the street helps him gather ideas for new paintings. Every time he creates a new story, he thinks about his home, the Caribbean, and people he has met throughout his life. He shared his journey to getting where he is today. His experiences as a kid and young adult have influenced his art and his philosophy on life.
Moving from the Dutch Islands to Miami wasn’t a tough transition for Roy. He was able to adapt to the new environment and make a lot of friends but he did miss the tiny quaint nature about his home. Missing the islands fueled his creativity and helped him produce captivating art.
It wasn't until college when Roy realized that people inspire him. When he was at the University of New Mexico, he took a painting program where he met many people from different places and realities from his own. Roy and one of his classmates from Arizona shared their past experiences with each other. Listening to the unique perspective of his peer opened his eyes to new outlooks and philosophies on life. Roy articulated that everyone should “expand your view on the world through people.”
Imagine an old store front in Albuquerque, a huge glass window in the front, about 1000 square feet. Being at this studio and sharing it with two other artists taught Roy that bigger spaces, empty floor space and higher ceilings calls for more imagination. He took this new found creativity and applied it to get a teaching credential in art to expand his knowledge on others.
These monumental events leading up to Roy’s life now has shaped up his thoughts and beliefs on life and what he wants to convey in his art. He continues to sprinkle his positive aura among others and find inspiration in the world around him.
by Mia Guzman
Inspiration as an Artist
By Eleena Jose
Local San Diego artist Roy de Vries shares his inspiration for the eye catching art pieces of his creation. His inspiration is not just driven by the scenery that paints the natural tint of color in the skies or land but also people, those with a story and with personal connection. And as living breathing humans we all have a story. The uniqueness that shows on the surface of oneself draws this artistic drive to capture that same feeling within a blank canvas.
In one particular painting, captures the image of a man who instantly looks as though he is being engulfed by sadness. The man is shown lying down extending his long lanky arm into a river hoping to cleanse himself of that drowning feeling. Roy created this male figure from a picture he captured of his friend lying on a couch face down with his arm hanging off to the side.
People in general are a an inspiration. Humans and their unique characteristics, perspectives and lifestyles. Art itself is an expression of life. “Art functions in our lives, it almost has a duty to function.” Finding the Using inspiration from life and the true beauty of people has lead Roy to create numerous paintings each with its own individual story.
Before people create, they go through different processes in order to get their minds in the right place. Some listen to music, go for a run or read a book. Roy, however, prefers to clean his entire house before starting a new painting. Random clutter and misplaced items distract him from his creative process, so he takes the time to clean his house in order to clear his mind. He wants to make sure that the cleaning is done before heading out to his art studio to start indulging in his work.
He doesn't like to go out and buy canvases because it feels artificial so Roy makes his own. He makes sure that he has the right cloth, then stretches it over a wooden frame that he’s nailed together then staples the cloth to the frame creating his canvas. He then has to choose from the many brushes that he owns, making sure that he makes the right decision. Next is figuring out which colors will best represent the story behind the painting. Every single step is crucial for to put Roy in the right state of mind. They lead up to new stories that he paints on a canvas.
"Life doesn't create art, art creates life. "
by Damian Rivera
As Roy places the last strokes on the canvas finally creating the seascape painting, Passat, a art piece is born. At first glance it looks just like a few islands in the background of a the blue ocean waves with a few gray clouds in the sky. But as you focus more and more on the painting you begin to notice it's not what it looks like.
The islands begin to form into a body that lays flat in the water. The first island forms into the head lying still in the water with the neck totally submerged under the blue waters of the ocean, which then leads down to the chest coming out of the water with the arm completely wrapped around the stomach, and then the legs protruding out of the ocean.
While interviewing Mr. De Vries he stated “The story of this painting is what you make of it” That means the story and what you make of it is up to the eye if the beholder. It's story belongs to you. You have the power to give the painting its life and that's what counts. It all comes down to you and your views on the world.
by Sarina Kuninaga
On a sunny morning in Downtown San Diego, we embarked on a mission to discuss the endless possibilities of Roy’s tiny studio. Through the different exciting stories of his life and career, we were able to get a view of Roy’s interests for his new workspace. Roy is a very intune person. He takes inspiration from people and his home island much like people take inspiration from music and pop culture. We were floored by Roy’s process, as well as his unique perspective on life and art. After the interview, we were buzzing with ideas to impress his complex mind with things that would inspire him to create beautiful art. The thought of four 15 year olds creating a space to inspire was a little overwhelming.
Open spaces can represent untouched areas or new ideas. To Roy, this open space meant room to pursue his passion. When deciding what size to make his studio, we chose the biggest floor space possible, 16x24 feet, to maximize his creative space. Visiting Roy’s studio, gave our group a good idea of what Roy looks for in a studio. When Roy opened the door, we immediately noticed a window to the left and all of his paintings hung up. He had mentioned how important this window was so we decided to create a window for him in his studio. Getting a closer look at the whole room, we spotted a tiny homemade loft near the door. Being a painter, Roy needs a lot of storage for canvases, paint cans and paintbrushes. We took this in consideration and added a loft to our blueprints. Since, Roy was only using this as a work space we decided to put a bathroom and basic kitchen necessities to get him through the day.
With four different blueprints in hand, we walked into Space4Art looking for improvement. We met up with a couple architects and they took a peek at our designs. Because Roy was only using his tiny house as a studio, a few changes had to be made. The overall floor space was too big for a studio, we shrunk our designs to 16x16 feet. The good news was all of the artists that were only using it as a workspace shared a communal bathroom. This opened up more room to create.
by Mia Guzman
by Eleena Jose and Damian Rivera
While working on Sketchup me and my groups had many complications in the program itself but together we found our way around it and made it work in the end.This online program allows us to make 3D models on a computer. At first things were simple like erecting the walls of the house, making the spaces for the doors up to code and making our curved window. Majority of the things in the house had their codes and limits that my group had to work with. We then started working with the interior designs. Our artists Roy wanted a water themed house which at first seemed difficult, because the overall theme of water was a complication itself, but after the initial ideas happened it became suddenly easier to theme the house. One of our ideas was a wavy like window much like the waters of the ocean.
While making the wavy window it was difficult making the initial curves because we didn't know how to make them. We had to make the curves by ourselves because some of the tools we tried out couldn't help us. Making the railing for the stairs had it's difficulties because they didn't move together the way I wanted them to, but then I just connected them and added glass in between The jagged shapes that made up the railing. After we finished the design it turned out great and gave the house the water themed personality.
One unique thing I did in Sketchup was make an storage space just for paintings and paint brushes. Roy’s center desk has several spaces for painting all within varying sizes. It consist of six drawers for any of his paints or paint brushes. We desired to add the storage is so we could maximize all of extra space on the wall.
Roy finds his inspiration from the famous artist Vermeer. He is fond of how most of Vermeer's paintings have the light coming from the left side of the painting. Since Roy likes the idea of most of the light coming from the left, we wanted to give Roy a window that will be on the left side of his art studio from when you first walk in. We put the window on the north side of the studio, letting Roy have the best natural light. We asked Roy what style he would like the studio to be, Roy said that he would want a water themed art studio. We made the north window have curvy borders, to imitate a wave, and along the bottom wave we put slots for Roy to put his paint brushes. Now every time Roy reaches for a paintbrush, he will be reminded of the beautiful works of Vermeer and will be continuously inspired.
Matt Dunn, a San Diego multimedia artist, was not always the artistic craftsman that he is today. During an interview, we asked Matt if there were any events in his life that had really shaped him into the person that he is today. Matt leaned back in his squeaky chair and sighed. “Yeah…” he said, before trailing off. Matt’s eyes then seemed to travel way back, as if taking a trip down memory lane that he had not been down in a long time. After a long pause, Matt recalled a very special day in his life that had really “stuck with him”. He lived in Baltimore at that time, Matt was hardly eight years old when he learned the lesson that would end up changing his life forever…
*From our interview with Matt Dunn: “We had this three rail fence, y’know, next to the driveway, and part of it had rotten away and we needed to replace it. And my mom said to me: “let's make a gate!” And I was like: “C’mon mom, gates come from factories, no way!””.
Despite young Matt’s stubborn attitude, he and his mother went to The Home Depot, returned home with a couple of bolts and some wood, and built themselves a new gate before the end of the day. Matt Dunn was surprised, he had never before considered the possibility that he could create things himself, and without the help of any factory. “It was a pretty big revelation that things like that don’t have to come from a factory, y’know, that YOU can BE the factory.” Matt says. This revelation that YOU can BE the factory sparked in Matt a new fascination with the creative arts, and the benefits of learning to do things yourself. It is this fascination with the ability to create that drives Matt in almost everything that he does.
""BE THE FACTORY""
WRITTEN BY: THOMAS LAU
A balcony. For most people, a balcony is just another outside space. But for an artist like Matt Dunn, it has the potential to be so much more.
This luxurious outdoor area is not only a place where Matt can socialize with friends or read with his fiancee, it's a place where he can find inspiration. Matt could be sitting out on the balcony, in peaceful solitude, watching a beautiful San Diego sunset, and then suddenly… BAM!!! An idea could him like coconuts hit Hawaiians.
That's the beauty of the balcony. When one is enjoying a fresh breeze outside, raised high above the ground, just imagine the marvelous things that can be contemplated, and the ideas that can be conceived. For Matt Dunn, the possibilities are limited only to the vast treasury of his imagination.
Matt could do a great variety of things on the balcony. For example: Matt could use the balcony space to spend some quality time with his fiancee. He could read a book, he could listen to the radio, or he could even share a couple of beers with his friends. Or perhaps, when he is feeling in the mood, he could just sit and paint.
These are merely a few reasons why the balcony is such an incredible place.
Matt Dunn’s attraction to the visual arts began as early as when he was eight years old. A quiet and observant boy, he would often retreat to the marvelous world of comic books. Matt’s casual interest eventually grew to be somewhat of an artistic “study”, as he liked to copy the drawings from his comic books, and so over the years, Matt Dunn became a fairly good copyist. However, this was only the beginning…
Matt Dunn saw high school as a great opportunity for him to improve his skills. He learned much about art basics such as light, shadow, and color. Matt's fruitful years of high school also motivated and inspired him to continue his artistic studies. As he continued to pursue art in college, Matt developed an interest in conceptual and contemporary art. Conceptual art is defined as art in which the idea presented by the artist is considered more important than the finished product. Conceptual art emerged as an art movement in the 1960’s and 70’s. Contemporary art is defined simply as “the art of today”. Many contemporary pieces reflect on or criticize modern political or social topics.
Today, Matt Dunn works as a multimedia artist at Space4Art. He draws, he paints, he sculpts, and he makes text art. Matt says that he finds inspiration from artists Antony Gormley and Tony Oursler. Gormley and Oursler are, as Matt describes, "two sides of the same coin". Gormley's art reflects his quiet, conservative personality, while the bright, colorful work of Oursler stands as a fitting representation of his eccentric personality. Matt Dunn approves of both of these artists work. He says he likes art that is "convincing to the eye, kinda, that’s captivating.".
Indeed Matt Dunn has become an exceedingly talented and successful artist. However, I believe that the best of Matt's work is yet to come.
ROBERT MICHAEL JONES
It’s hard to get somewhere as an artist in San Diego but, with hard work and dedication you can be successful like Robert Michael Jones. Robert is successful because he is talented at sculpting, he can find something in a scrapyard and get an idea of incorporating that into a sculpture. He is successful now because, he does what he enjoys and makes money off of selling his sculptures to make a living and his career as an artist. In the beginning of his college experience located at the University of New Hampshire, he found his inspiration to start his sculpting career from his professor Ben Karin. Before he graduated college he sold up to three thousand dollars in sculptures, with the money he made he bought a car. He said “Looking back, it wasn't so much the money but the idea that someone else placed that kind of value on my hat made me feel accomplished.” Accomplishing his goal of becoming an artist and pursuing art as a full time career, Robert has followed his dream in becoming an artist. It all started on his career as an artist, with an accomplishment that he has achieved from his artwork. Robert is doing art now and he is giving people a different variety of getting what they want. Sculpting in San Diego is a hard career to pursue and it’s even harder to get your art out there. Robert believes that without art he doesn't have his interest and career anymore.
WRITTEN BY: TEAGANN N.
Bumps and scrapes, climbing trees and masterpieces drawn with crayons. Every person's past has it’s ups and downs, but mistakes are what makes every individual who they are. Looking at a person's past and learning from the things that they experienced, life keeps everyone on their toes and educated to not to repeat something negative. Robert was born and raised in Vermont for a large amount of his life. Running around the forest and playing in nature all day with his parents and two brothers was a way to pass time and have fun. Whether that was climbing trees, picking up plants, or playing in the mud, even playing football with his cousins in the backyard, nature always presented him with opportunities to connect his need to create and build with his love for the outdoors. Robert’s family was constantly building treehouses and, forts to have a fun backyard camp outs.
“Art is sort of a mental state that you get in, kind of like what athletes get in when they are performing.” When Robert was first becoming an artist he had thought that he wanted to do something with computers such as, computer design or game design, “but ultimately I had the need to touch the physical object and shape them, computer work was not really an option for me.” Robert said he didn’t get into sculpting until he was in college when he was taking art courses and then he had a very influential professor named Ben Karians who introduced him to figurative work, bronze casting and metal fabrication. While he was in college he learned how to weld and shape the metal that he works with in his sculptures. His professor introduced him to a lot of different types of things but he really took to working with metal because he said, “Metal is forgiving, if you put too much of something you can take it out, and if you put too little you can add more on.” When Robert graduated college he moved out to San Diego and went on to pursue his career as an artist.
Robert's first hands-on experiences were during his pre-college years constructing and restoring old and broke down houses with his father and brothers. Although not entirely in love with the art of sculpting, he always had the passion to create things since he was little. He would turn trash into art by taking pieces of scrap metal and transforming them into something new. When looking deeper into his childhood, Robert opened up more and more about his life. Robert was mentally reliving his past, and reminiscing his life as a child. Having an artistic eye all his life he now pursues his dream in sculpting, and connecting the mediums that one would not think to mix.
Airy spaces, concrete floors, big windows, metal beams, these are industrial style houses. Industrial style houses have lots of wood and metal surfaces that make your house really feel like a “warehouse.” Exposed air ducts and pipes are often shown in these houses which makes the house look unfinished, but some people really like the feel of the house. What makes these houses really appeling is how open the whole house looks and feels when you are inside. People also often put in stainless steel counters in their kitchens to match the air ducts and pipes. To make the house complete people put in vintage furniture that keeps the house from looking to modern.
Every artist, from the beginners to the experts, have their way of making art. Their journey to a finished piece can be as simple as inspiring themselves to paint, or preparing huge stones to sculpt into masterpieces. The mental preparation of an artist can be moments of thought, or years of emotion, compacted into their art. Regardless of how long it takes to make art, mentally or physically, every artist has their own quest to a completed product.
A sculptor, Robert Michael Jones, creates massive metal and concrete pieces, which take a matter of months to finish. When it comes to building each piece, he’s very spontaneous, making decisions as he works, relying on his instinct for a guide. His time spent building may take about a quarter of a year, but the ideas and thought put into his pieces can take any amount of time, from an instant to a lifetime. He tends to incarnate sculptures based on his interests, thoughts, emotions or situation. For example, his piece “The Man Who Couldn’t Feel” was inspired by the feeling he had after someone close to him passed away. The emotion poured into this piece has taken a lifetime of experiences with his close relative to collect.
Once Robert has concocted an inspiration, he puts his idea onto paper. He doesn’t detail his images too precisely, preferring to rely on heat of the moment decisions. The sketch helps make his mental image real, and gives him something to work off of. The simplicity of the sketches he makes, and only having one draft, allows him to keep flexibility in his sculpting, and prevents him from caging any creativity.
Robert uses scrap metal, rebar, and concrete create his large sculptures. He bends metal bars and sheets to make the form of his statue. One at a time, he places piece upon piece on his sculpture, and puts concrete into the mix as well. Other than his creativity, the tools he uses can range from grinders and welders, to metal benders and cutters. He works on each pipe of every piece until he has made his one of a kind art piece, one he’s happy with. A metal and concrete child, risen on metal and cement.
The overall birth of Robert’s work relies on his flexible, spontaneous style. From his thoughts, and ideas, to manipulating the pieces that fit the sculpture itself, his art is a living incarnation of his mind, tossing excessive planning and precise miniscule details, for expression and flowing form. His pieces not quite organic, but not quite artificial. Robert’s art is one of a kind and can teach a lot about going with what life brings, and making the best of it, bringing emotions into something beautiful, and doing what feels right. You can’t change what has happened, but you can do with what has happened .
Lots of artist like living in these types of homes because they feel that it resembles to their art. For example, Robert really likes the industrial style because he creates his sculptures out of metal, so it would really match all of the exposed piping inside his house when he is showing his sculptures to a client. His sculptures also match because they have a really rustic look so it really stands out but still looks good with everything inside the house.
By: Jamar Mack
Adam & Teagann
As you walk in, the smell of burnt wood and sculpted metal floods your senses. The creative designs that fills the room gives this full on gallery a homey feeling.
The statues grasp for the ceilings plenty of creativity can be displayed in this large gallery area. The first thing you notice is that the ceilings in this room will not be cut off by a 2nd story to keep the ceiling high enough for large sculptures to be transported in and out of the room. Another interesting add on is the pocket doors that can be pulled out or pushed into to the wall where they would be invisible. This gives him the decision of spliting the house in half. One half would be filled with his living area and the other an art gallery. This comes in handy when costumers visit to look at Robert's sculptures and potentially buy them because, the art gallery would give him privacy and his own studio to showcase this work..
There is track lighting around the room for adjustable lighting to showcase the statues at the perfect angle. This unique lighting was a unquestionable request from Robert because, the lighting is on a track so he can move the lights to put extra light and emphasize the project he is selling/showing.
Another interesting detail we decided to add into the gallery space was concrete floors. This was a vital detail to add because, no matter how much he scratches or drops paint on his floors it will always be a simple and clean fix. Unlike other floor types like carpet or hardwood would scratch really easily against the metal statues. This would leave marks and scratches on his floor making his floors making it look undertaken care of and unprofessional. As the concrete floors get older and are used more and more they will grow a sense of character with all the that this creative flooring will attract.
The design, it’s the beginning of your project, where everything begins. Beyond your thoughts and onto paper, drawn from the needs of your client. For a house, everything within it must be made for the person who will live there. That is kind of obvious, but the house’s every piece should be made in their mental image, based on how much the user does or doesn’t need any artery of the house. No guesswork should be made. You never want to feed the wrong wolf. Focus on what is needed, and keep everything else down to a minimum. Pinning this into our minds, when the artist Robert Jones asked for open space, fun ways to get around, a nice kitchen, and a way to separate his work and personal life, we had ideas rushing into our heads.
Right after an interview and collecting the client’s needs, thoughts, and wants, we decided on separating his workspace and showspace from his living space with a sliding wall. This would allow him to show off his incredibly massive sculptures in a distraction free space, while still being able to live freely and comfortably in the space. Throughout the whole roller coaster of designing our house, this sole idea has been there the whole time. This base idea gave us a mold to fit the rest of this home into.
If there’s one thing Robert is, it’s fun. To fit, he wanted his house to have this trait as well. We thought, and many ideas popped into mind, a zipline, a rock climbing wall, a fireman pole, there so many ways to make a home, into a “practical playground”. We decided that a fire pole, and an open catwalk would both keep the space open, and add the much needed character into the home. The pole helps give a fast, unusual way of reaching the ground floor, and the catwalk brings you to great heights. These will bring a child-like, mystical factor to the home, and incorporate a much needed fun-factor.
Something else that’s very important to Robert is his kitchen. Eating out isn’t something our client does particularly often, preferring the satisfaction of reaping what he sews. Our home offers a full sized kitchen. Its “u” shape allows access to everything you need on a whim, and counter space galore. This kitchen houses a full sized oven, stove top, dishwasher, sink, and refrigerator. This kitchen, fit for a cook, is sure to satisfy its owners’ hunger.
After a gauntlet of editing, the design reached a state which was sure to blow our client’s socks off. Keeping Robert’s needs on the front lines of our mental fleet lead to a successful mission. Focusing all of our firepower on what the client needed made the home personal , and a place they can truly live in. The living space that has been designed for the artist, Robert M. Jones, is a one of a kind home, fit for an artist who loves to cook, and have fun.
paul w. koester
When Paul Koester was just six years old he picked up his first camera, a Kodak Instamatic 104, and since then he has been taking amazing and powerful photographs of everything he sees. Art has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember.
Paul was raised in the cold state of Wisconsin. His family is comprised of artistic and hands-on people whom he gets his inspiration and sense of wonder from. He is an autodidact and has learned many art skills just through pure scrutiny. He used these experiences and skills to find his path in life.
In high school, he took every single class that had anything to do with art. Ironically, the only class he didn’t take was photography. Throughout college, Paul never thought of taking art classes because he never thought about making it a full-time occupation.
He served for six years in the US Navy as an electronics technician and in the past twenty years he has done research in multiple engineering fields, which have led to some of his coolest art pieces. He has learned how to make automated sculptures and custom movie props that can make noise and react all with computerized software and hardware. Paul has developed a unique blend of art and technology over the course of his art career.
Through these experiences, Paul has become a innovative and unique artist who exceeds in sculpting, sketching, painting, photography, woodworking and metal fabrication. He now sees the world through a new lens, a photographer’s lens.
While we were processing Paul's House we had to think of the many restrictions. Some of our clients requirements were having lots of wall space and an average size work space. Some of the other requirements were to have some windows, lights, and it has to be 16ft x16 ft x 16ft. While working with those requirements as a group we were able to come up with this awesome house.
As a group we had different individual ideas. For example, some of us had ideas that wouldn't be so relevant for a house, but other would try to find a way to make it work. We also had some good ideas for the bathroom to not make it feel crowded like a corner shower and a toilet sink. With all these ideas we were able to design a house for Paul.
WRITTEN BY: Vincent Ferrer Robert Ureno III Miguel Garcia
When people first look at the Believe Tree they assume it is just an ordinary photo of a tree, but that is where they are wrong.
The artwork is an inspirational photo that Paul took and edited for people all around the world. At the trunk of the tree it says, ”I believe in myself.” That is why it’s named the Believe Tree because Paul understands that in order to accomplish something great it all starts with believing in yourself. He explained, “Everyone goes through rough patches in their life and these are the words people have to remember in tough times.” People love this art piece because it is so easy to relate to.
Paul makes different versions of this piece because he knows that everyone is different and he wants his work to inspire anyone who sees it.
Imagine living in a space the size of half the average apartment. Now imagine also having to display dozens of photographs and sculptures all across your home because you need to sell them in order to make a living. This is the case for our artist, Paul Koester. We had to design his Tiny Home to his visions and requirements which were having lots of wall space, maximizing usable square footage, and having an overall efficient design.
Paul Koester’s work space requires a large enough storage area to archive his various sized canvas art and photography pieces, an efficient work space so that he can feel free to move around comfortably when engaged on larger or complicated pieces, and a large enough desk or table to work on where he can place both a laptop and various other art supplies at the same time. The desk is also part of the shelving system to display his artwork which will help save space when not in active use.
Paul stated that he had a fair amount of books and wanted some separate storage for them. Under the stairs and next to the work space are some custom cabinets along with a bookshelf. The taller cabinets are capable of holding larger art pieces or any other personal items such as nice suits of shirts that need storage or need to be hung.
Across the hall, there is a small bathroom which comes with a corner shower, toilet sink, and windows for steam ventilation. The corner shower makes for an efficient design and good use of space. The toilet sink saves more space, rather than having a conventional separate sink and toilet. Fresh and new water is used to wash your hands and after washing, that water is used to flush the toilet.
When Paul was enlightening us on what he would love to have in his house, having tons of wall space was very high on the list. The reason why he wants so much wall space is because he wants to be able to showcase his artwork in a household environment. Paul believes that when he showcases his art in an environment that people live in that it’s easier for them to envision it in their house. Just think of all the possibilities of what he can do with the enormous amount of wall space.
WRITTEN BY: Robert Ureno iii
ANdre Arjona Gomez
Blueprints and SketchUp
There is always a mentor in life who inspires people’s work and gives guidance to help improve their work. In high school, Paul had a teacher who would push him to improve his work and would encourage him to do his best, “It is really helpful when you have a teacher that is inspiring you through your work.” His high school teacher was Ms. Ruth Macumber. She was an art teacher at Nekoosa High School in Nekoosa, WI. She liked his work so much that she wanted to market his clay caricatures.
Although he never marketed it he said it felt good to have a teacher believe in him because it inspired him to keep producing art. “To this day it has helped me believe in myself and I know that whatever it is I set my mind to I can accomplish it!” Now she periodically teaches art at Imanuel Lutheran in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. She taught Paul clay, ceramics, drawing, painting, and sculpture lessons, that built the foundation for Paul's artistic skills he uses to this day.
Paul is a humble artist who uses his unique skills to create beautiful sculptures and take breathtaking photos of the wonders of our world. When interviewing Koester, he explained that he always keeps a story in mind for the photographs that he produces. This attention to detail often causes him to be very thoughtful, but also intense in his work. Paul also pointed out that, “As an artist - as a creative person you know, we often go through these sort of dark phases,” which he explained as stages he goes through where he doubts himself as an artist.
Koester considers all things as inspiration when diving into his artwork process, and also considers his capabilities of carrying out those specific ideas. Paul uses a unique blend of photography and other mediums such as metal, wood, and canvas. His most favorite piece of artwork is a programmable animatronic sculpture named Wolf. It takes about two months to finish a sculpture like Wolf. Koester believes he works best when he is in a spontaneous and joyful mood. He believes that art is the expression of the soul, and that people should create pieces of art that make their joy visible.
Andre Arjona Gomez
By: ana de leon
BECOMING AN ARTIST
BY: cayla maltman
Most people work the normal 9 to 5 schedule, in a boring office doing the same things everyday. This is repeated, every week, month, and year, but Åsa Kvissberg is not like most people. She spends every single day doing something different to her art.
In the past 15 years, Åsa has had 2 to 3 shows every year. She has exhibited her work internationally and has had many art residencies. Åsa has also shown her work in 6 different museums (Norrköpings Art Museum, Uppsala Art Museum,Stockholms City Museum, Kystens Arve Museum Norway, Museo de Arte Moderno, Santa Domingo,Dominica). Åsa taught for 7 years at a junior college and she also taught art to kids in different countries to students of various ages. She teaches how to draw, paint, and print make. She taught at Parsons School of Art and Design–Chavon, in the Dominican Republic and many more.
While she was teaching internationally she learned to speak Spanish. She learned English when she was 10 and more when she moved to the U.S for University, “French, I started studying in school when I was 13 and then I learned more when I studied in France, at the University of Grenoble.” She had to learned Spanish when she was going to teach in the Dominican Republic, “I took an intensive course for one month in Spain and then I had lessons for a couple of weeks in Sweden.” One of her favorite moments as a teacher was when she was in Mexico and her students couldn't remember her name so she said, ¨a female bear, osa.¨ When Åsa finally decided to make San Diego one of her permanent homes she chose to make Space 4 Art her studio space. Åsa’s career as an artist has allowed her to be free and able to make her own schedule. This helps her to be her most creative self by being able to work whenever she in the mood instead of just creating because she has to.
was stressing over a paper she wasn’t proud of at 11:00pm. If Åsa wasn’t on a scholarship she would have switched majors and started studying art but that wasn’t feasible. She worked at the PBS as an intern while she was attending school. While Åsa was there she met an investigative reporter that worked for NBC in Phoenix and he offered her to to work with him instead, first as a researcher, then as as an assistant producer to his investigative show. She gradually put art in the back of her mind and finished school. She later realized that she wasn’t happy in journalism so she then resigned and went on to get her MAFA from Norwich School of Fine Art in England, BFA Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida and she attended Charles Cecil Studios in Florence Italy.
Åsa Kvissberg wasn’t always an artist. When Åsa was a teenager she loved to write and draw, those two things came very easily to her. She knew that she would do one of the two as her profession. When the time came to go to college, Åsa received a scholarship to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Arizona and decided to attend. Apart from being away from her family moving to America from Sweden was scary, a good kind of scary. Åsa knew some English from when she studied it when she was ten but she still didn’t know much. After two years of college Åsa realized she was passionate when she sketched on the sides of the papers, not when she
A worldly career
Process as an artist
By: Thalia Peralta
By: josefina ramos
Åsa M. Kvissberg is one of the many artists at Space 4 Art. Her art is filled with layers on top of layers, when looking at one of her pieces, there are so many little things that are hidden in the layers of the piece. Åsa’s main interest lies within the complexity and conclusion of human relationships from a feminine point of view. She has been exploring and searching for the importance of human identity from different perspectives.
When Åsa is taking a bath, she wonders and thinks about her art until she finally has a new idea for her new piece of art. Her goal is to have people look at her paintings twice. Whenever somebody sees her paintings she wants them to pose questions and have many different answers. She wants people to dig into the different layers of her paintings and discover new things in the painting.
For example, in one of her paintings, The Graffiti Girl, Åsa worked with many layers of oil tempera, collage, acrylic medium, non toxic, and India ink. When Åsa started The Graffiti Girl the first thing she did was paint the wall in the background using different layers, then adding the grey tones to simulate a worn out stone wall. She painted the girl on top of that wall. Åsa wanted it to leave room for imagination, so she uses the abstract form to give the viewer the freedom of how to interpret her art.
Everyone thinks of different layers to a story that makes it unique. From one page to another, connecting them makes one story that reveals an interesting view. Åsa’s paintings and line drawings reveal an interesting perspective of depth and is carefully painted in different layers.
Every painting Åsa creates has its own story, real or imaginary. Graffiti Girl, a painting that has a girl standing, appearance of faded colors as if it is getting washed down by the rain. However this painting is a real life experience, a painting of a little girl standing in front of a wall with and orange spray bottle in her hand, delighted to paint the wall she wants to express all the things that she was not happy about. “When I walked the streets one day I saw a young girl with her paints painting a wall. She did not appear to have much but she had defiance in her eyes and a lot of artistic fire and energy. She was very young and thin and pretty.”Observed Åsa. Going back home she wanted to make a painting of her but she did not have a photo, just her memory so in base of the painting she used a model drawing that she made earlier of a young girl that she knew in the Dominican Republic that reminded her of the girl.
Åsa painted Graffiti Girl in the small village of Rimforsa in Sweden, 2009. In the same year she had the painting in a slow show and was bought by a private collector from stockholm. In every story there is secrets that can only be seen by those who look into it.
By: Cayla Maltman
and josefina ramos
Inspiration, everyone gets inspired by different things. For Åsa she gets all of her inspirations in her bathtub. She addressed that she loves relaxing in her bathtub and that is how she gets her immense ideas.
We took this into consideration when we were designing her tiny home. Åsa’s bathtub extends out of the house, this adjustment allowed us to make a bigger bathtub without taking away from her work space. The bathtub has a ledge on the side for her to put a sketchbook for her ideas, candles or anything that she needs close by while getting ideas.
Åsa’s tiny home is going to be on the top floor so that she can get a better view of the ocean. Instead of walls surrounding the bathtub there would be one way ribbon windows so that she can see out at the gorgeous view but they can’t see in. There is plenty of built in storage under the bathtub in the form of cubbies so that she can store towels and bathroom supplies.
As the bathtub of her house is the heart of her art, it’ll be big and comfortable so she gets inspired to create amazing ideas. Having a place where you can go relax and get ideas for new art pieces is so important for an artist. “When you produce you can be stressed out, but when you create you kinda relax.” She told us. This bathtub will help Åsa Kvissberg stay inspired to create the beautiful artwork that she makes everyday.
During the interview we began asking Åsa’s requirements on the tiny house. As the questions and answers went on we gathered ideas for her ideal house. We wanted the house to be unique with a lot of wall space for her to work on.
The bottom floor consists of the kitchen, living room, bathroom, work area and the stairs. For the kitchen and living room she wanted the bare minimum so she could have the maximum work space. She had mentioned that she doesn't cook often or watch tv as much as others do so we put one couch for the living room, a two burner stove, mini fridge, a sink and cabinets for the kitchen.
For the stairs, there is 13 steps, below the steps there is storage so she can put her paintings & canvases and her materials. The stairs are in front of the entrance. For her work area, it is all of the north side wall.
For the loft, when you go up the stairs, there is the desk to the left, that desk will be for her husband. In front of there is the queen sized bed that she mentioned that she needed so her and her husband can sleep comfortably . She has a trundle bed so there is storage beneath it so she can put in her clothes or anything else. Next to the bed there is the closet that has mirror doors. And there is a railing on the loft for their safety.
Having all of these things was so important for her so we had to make sure that we had everything that she asked for in her tiny home.
Linda Litteral was born in Michigan, growing up she faced a lot of hardships and struggle. Litteral experienced a dark childhood.
When she was 5 years old, Litteral was sexually abused, but to recuperate from this event she began to draw. As Litteral grew older, she found an opportunity to get better at drawing by taking an art class in high school. She was surprised at how skilled she was and continued experimenting with different kinds of art.
Even though she found comfort in creating art, she still struggled in her life with abuse. Litteral has chosen to tell her story through her works, as well as help others with their own personal struggles. She uses her art to bring awareness to people about the effects of abuse.
Linda Litteral is an artist who makes her work both visually appealing, as well as therapeutic. She taps into her bad experiences as a child and uses these negative past events as a way to help others.
Litteral believes that creating art is a way to express one’s thoughts and can be healthy, Linda says “I think art is a healing thing, even just viewing it, let alone making it.”
She highly recommends that people use art because with art they can express themselves, their feelings, their thoughts or anything else in their lives in order to make them calmer and to give them a sense of relief.
Litteral likes to implement therapy in her art classes. She also gives advice to her students just by talking to them while they create art. Her work has become the stability in her life that has helped her be a successful and happier person.
as an artist
By: Nate Mathias
by: axel haro
When Litteral grew older, she moved to San Diego and eventually found her love for art when she attended her first ceramic painting class. From there, she was drawn to creating art. One thing that inspires Linda is producing art that expresses her dark childhood.
Much of her work depicts these uncomfortable moments of her life. One of her sculptures is comprised of many pieces bonded together into a torso shape. Litteral also uses paint as a medium. These pieces are very colorful and have silhouettes of faces. The bright colors symbolize the diversity in the world.
She uses art to spread awareness about sexual abuse to people everywhere and also uses it as a way to heal from her past.
Blueprints & design
This amazing woman likes to have space outside of her house, because she gets inspired by the beauties from nature, like green areas, animals and landscapes. Usually she gets all her ideas in her office at Space 4 art. Her office shows all her art pieces, pieces of beautiful feelings, her office is a relaxing place where she can get rid of all the stress. She likes to see her own paintings so to give some color to her house she has her paintings hung . Her art being in her home can be significant for other people because the art represents her experiences and all her thoughts, they can be related to the thoughts that the paintings transmit. She likes to have a really wide open space to make her art because the art that she creates are sometimes very large.
For Linda Litteral, her house is a sanctuary away from her work. So keeping that in mind we put the work space in the loft. Since Litteral work space requires steps to get to, and Litteral has difficulties using a ladder, this obstacle presented a real challenge. We decided to make really long nice gradual staircase. Remember this is a tiny house, every little spot needs to be useful or be used, Having a very large staircase is going to feel very tight and cozy. We had to shift things around in order to have a nice open space in the kitchen/ dining area. Litteral´husband loves to play computer games and the sounds that the games make bother Linda when she is sleeping. We put a wall around the bedroom to make it more private, and put a desk on the loft for her husband to play without bothering Linda.
BY: AXEL HARO
Show case one unique feature in your tiny home design. One unique feature in my client's home is the bathroom it has multiple functions one of my favorite is the toilet it may sound weird but you will change your mind after you hear that it will drop your water bill. How you may ask? well when you flush the toilet the sink turns on so you waste can go away. But this is not dirty water it's clean and your bill will go down by 10%. Another function in the bathroom has is the cabinet opener. Ok well this is how it works you open it and it makes a table the only reason we came up with this is so we can save space. our cleint can put things like medicine, toothpaste and anything you need for a bathroom. She did not want a bath so her wish came true we put a space saving shower. I only say it like this because its a corner shower.
UNIQUE FEATURE by:Angel Bernal
by: Naomi Garcia
Everybody has had a point in their childhood that explains who they are today. Gilbert Neri’s childhood point was unique since he had such a very creative imagination. Gilbert grew up in the bustling city of Venice, California. This is where his imagination began to grow with the unconventional experiences at his family’s home.
He remembers a tomato garden his father built and the time he spent letting his young creative mind wander. Going back through his memories he remembers being in the garden with the smell of fresh tomatoes filling the air around him. After enjoying the smell of tomatoes he would grab two rusty metal grates and stand them up side by side to make a fort. Getting on his hands and knees he would crawl into the fort with sticks to build a small jail. He remembers having fun with his sister and putting her in a stick jail even though she didn't like it . This was before there was pesticides so there were giant tomato bugs in the garden, and he would put them in the cells and play jail. Even to this day the smell of tomatoes brings him back to his wonderful childhood memories
Being in the garden and making a fort as a child can relate to what he does now, him being creative and playing jail is like his installation art, he needs the same amount of imagination as he did then. Gilbert would also collect dungeons and dragons toy figures, and still today he collects them and even similar things such as plane models and old cars. Doing these things keeps his imagination and young self with him so he can put it into his art and allow it to be as just as creative and fun as his younger self.
As a college student, the struggle was real for Gilbert Neri. Attending UC San Diego was one of the hardest decisions Neri has ever faced because he was never encouraged to achieve in school. Coming from a working class family. Getting a job and contributing to his family was the expectation. In order to build a better life for himself he set out a path to be the first person in his family to ever go to college.
As an addition to attending college Neri had to visit his hometown and face his family. During his visits his so called “homeboy” cousins would judge him and mock him by saying, “Oh Mr. College.” At first he thought going to college was this great achievement until he saw the resentment he was given. Making his life more successful separated him from his family making him feel as if he wasn’t one of them anymore.
In his college years he went back to his hometown for funerals or other family occasions. Sometimes his family would ask, “how's it going”,and he remembers telling them that he was about to start teaching at Cal State. They responded “What? You're not a teacher man. That’s for like the big shit.” So becoming a professor added to the mocking and separated him even further from his family since he had continued to exceed their expectations.
The struggle for him was the difficulty between doing what he thought he was supposed to do, and believing that he could be successful. Then on the other side feeling the resentment from his family. Then trying to reconnect with his family and attempting to show them that he is authentic, “the real thing.” For him the struggle is balance and being okay with having to be many different people. He struggled pursuing his passion while dealing with his family’s resentment. Neri felt disconnected, but still made attempts to prove he was still the same kid from Venice.
by Starr bobadilla
As a teenager didn't know what he wanted to major in for college until he decided to just major in art. Never knowing he was going to pursue art. As he got older art became something he really enjoyed and something he put his attention to other than his two sons. Growing up wasn't the easiest for him since he had to work hard to get where he is right now When he was old enough to live alone he moved to San Diego for work. He had a job as an architect.
After building a part of a hotel he started making separate pieces of art for himself. The type of art he started to enjoy was 3D art not flat base or painting, it was not his speciality. Pursuing a job in art helped him grow more of an understanding of his life. He doesn't believe in critique, he feels like bringing out the bad in work shouldn't matter and that you should be happy and proud of what you do. To him critiques aren't as useful because he likes to think that others opinions aren't important even if it's positive feedback.
He expresses his feeling through his art and also adds his personality to show how he feels at the time. He wants his art to inspire others that is why he doesn't believe in selling his own art work, he feels like whatever he makes should either stay with him or be donated and that there shouldn't be a price on the work he does.
The art world is a unique place that can allow the most strangest of art pieces be the most beautiful and have the most meaning behind it. Like scrolls it is art piece that was created by an artist named Gilbert Neri.It is a object in a scroll shape made of granite. At first glance it just seems like an ordinary object.Though as you get closer you can see small writing inside of the scroll. Making each one looking very similar though still different. He created hundreds of these scrolls each filled with scriptures from the Bible and Torah.To have them dangling all over the ceiling for a art museum exhibition.
He specifically designed these the way they are with all the scriptures because he liked the idea of having these tiny objects holding such important scriptures. As for what they mean to him, he wanted it to mean something to him but also for the audience because he wants his viewers to create a story for his artwork.
For him he likes art that poses a question. So that is what he strives to do for his own work. To him “Art is something that is precious but always leaves you wondering.”
by: aija hunt
20x16 that’s how large we were able to make it, our tiny house that is. That’s all, only around a quarter of the amount for an average sized house. The pressure of having to create a house for the artist Gilbert Neri to live in and use as a workspace. We had to start off by designing our blueprints on graph paper having each two squares represent 1 foot. We had to remember that we wanted it as spacious as possible while adding all the things that our artist had asked for. When we finished our first draft , we went to space 4 art and were able to get the opinions from other members of our group and some of the architects/artists from space 4 art. From there on we soon had to each design a second draft with the critique that we were given.
For the third draft we combined all of our ideas into one blueprint. Putting all the most creative and efficient thinks to make the house more comfortable.
With all of our ideas on this one blueprint we were able to get more feedback from space 4 art. We kept on continuing this cycle of critique then revisions till it came for the time of Pol’s. Which was when we had to present our
design to our teachers,family,space 4 art, and most importantly our artist.
During the presentation we were able to realize what things needed to be added, taken away or just weren't possible to create. After that presentation we fixed all the errors that were made, added all the things that we had forgotten. Then created another design, which we did our final round of critique. With that we were able to create our final draft for the house.
by Starr Bobadilla
by Scott estepa
Space. Everyone has always worried about space. A way to fix this is to put in some kind of storage that holds lots of stuff and blends into the house. Since Gilbert Neri is an artist it means he has a lot of tools that take up a lot of room and sometimes can be messy.
Something innovative we are putting in his house to fix this problem are stairs with storage in them the stairs go eight feet up and will have storage in each step. This is innovative because he can put all his extra stuff like tools, clothes, art supplies or anything that he doesn't want to leave lying around. Having this will also allow him to have more space for his work room or more space in his loft, having this gives him space in the loft for his desk and books. The stairs will have a modern look to them so it blends with the loft.
The stairs are important to have in this house. If we didn't have it we would need to downsize a lot of his work areas to include cabinets and drawers. Including these stairs into the tiny home will make a big difference to the way he is able to move around. Stairs like these should be included in most of our tiny homes.
A SAn Diego NAtive
Trees are often considered as the perfect metaphor for life. Much like people, trees grow up, down, and all around. City Heights. A large community in San Diego, near North Park, is the location that architect, Francis Ramos, has called home for her entire life. “Everyone knows everyone. Especially in the industry of architecture and design.” she noted. Francis grew up in a Mexican-American household and had the best of both worlds. She and her family took many trips to visit her grandparents in Mexico. The trips were delightful and she appreciated the opportunity to experience life in a small town.
As a child, Francis was able to spend many magical and memorable summers exploring DisneyLand, Universal Studios, and rest of Los Angeles with her aunts. After traveling and getting to know new places both in San Diego and elsewhere, deciding whether or not she wanted to move away for college or stay in her hometown was something that was really hard for her. She describes this as “one of the hardest decisions for my career and future... I felt that I was going to restrict the potential of how I could grow as an individual,” Francis explained, about what she thought staying in San Diego would result in.
When it was her sister's turn to go to college, Francis wanted to help her sister make her decision. She insisted that her sister not feel obligated to stay, but to also not feel pressured to leave. Francis recommended that her sister to do what she felt comfortable with.
After college, Francis realized that she followed the correct path for herself. Francis noticed that staying here in her hometown was a smart decision on her on part both financially and for her own comfort. She has had almost all of her most memorable life lessons where she grew up.
Hands have the ability to create new things, whether it is making a building out of legos or rolling out pizza dough, but for Francis Ramos, she uses her hands to make models of her renderings. Paper, cement, plaster, and a computer are some components that Francis uses in order to construct such complexed renderings as well as models. For example, one of Francis’ renderings was of a white house with specific design aspects. There were trees that looked as tall as skyscrapers, but getting all of these extra details is harder that it looks. Having to switch from program to program and lapping rendering over rendering for the perfect outcome, took time and effort. Using that same complexed rendering, Francis made mini white house models completely out of paper, taking into account the height, width, and exact details of her rendering. Francis loves every part of being able to create renderings and models, because they require skill and diligences.
Francis Ramos was a typical college student on the outside. She would eat crappy food, stay up late, would occasionally pull an all nighter, and wouldn’t exercise as much as she wanted to. All of these are markings of an average college student.
Beyond this average life style, creativity roamed through her brain, leaking into every crevice it could find. She soon found herself consumed by the extraordinary force that is creativity, and decided to release it through design. There are so many art mediums and possibilities, but eventually she chose to dabble in architecture. This amazing women ended up pursuing this passion and made it her career.
She fuels her creativity by looking at other people’s art, different historical time periods and nature. Francis likes to work with geometric figures due to the close relationship with architecture. Her goal for the future is to work internationally [especially in China], but still be based in San Diego. This independent woman is intellectual, creative, unique, and an extraordinary person.
Francis continues to change the community in a positive way by designing new community spaces such as the one her company [T-7 Architecture] worked on in Solana Beach. She wishes one day to do similar things like that for the entire world. This is all possible because of the explosion of creativity that happened to her in college.
written By: Kandy Cervantes
It only takes a spark to start a fire. Once it ignites, it spreads and grows even larger. Getting hotter and brighter every minute until it’s unstoppable. This is called inspiration. Inspiration is being able to come up with something creative and original. Something that just triggers the brain to think of an idea and turn it into something much greater. This is what happens in the mind of architect, Francis Ramos, as she creates her own renderings and projects.
Inspiration can come from anything, but in her case, she gets some of it from her surroundings, such as nature. She likes to think organically and likes to deal with geometric and cubic shapes. One person who inspires her was a man named, Kengo Kuma, who was an architect in the 1970’s. His work was based on modern architecture and natural lighting, just like what Francis does as an architect.
She also learned from her professor in college because he would give critique to her and other students. Even though the critique was harsh, it still impacted her to improve her work. Stress also helped as well because it pushed her to work harder and keep going.
But someone who inspires and motivates her the most, is her mom. She is a strong lady who helps homeless people and drug addicts. One thing that Francis learned from her mom was to never give up and if you fail once, try it again until you succeed. Without these important people and aspects of her life, she wouldn’t be the person she is today and the fire would of never sparked.
As everyone probably knows by now, working in groups isn’t always smooth sailing. In fact, it is incredibly stressful when everyone in the group has different opinions. To be able to work in a group, you need to develop the skill of understanding. Everyone has different ways of thinking and compromising will need to happen in order to get anything done. After struggling with this during the initial stages of our project we ended up learning a lot. This really helped us get ourselves together and pull through. For my group in particular, designing the size and where the rooms would be was fairly simple, but once we started to think about what type of furniture we would use and where we would position it, the process became quite a bit more complicated. We found ourselves arguing more often. Usually because either it didn’t match what the client asked for or because one of the group mates did not agree with the idea. This happened to be one of the biggest bumps in the road for us, mainly because we all have different ways of looking at things and compromising was difficult. I learned a lot by being placed in this group. I feel like I have gained a lot of patience and I am very proud of my group for getting over some of the arguments, working together, and getting things done.
Francis’ tiny house is the ideal home for her. Living in a tiny house that is just 16 by 20 ft. seems pretty small, but once you step inside, it’s doesn’t seem as small after all.
For our blueprint design of Francis’ house, we wanted to make it have as much space as possible with a lot of storage. For example, in the kitchen, we incorporated a pull-down bar counter so it allows more space, rather than having a standard dining table. It also provides enough room for friends to come over and eat.
For her living room, we created a sectional, which is a cornered couch and added extra storage compartments underneath the cushion. The purpose of this is to save more space without putting shelves in the house because that would take up more area.
For her loft, also her sleeping space, we made a pull-down desk so that she can work upstairs with her laptop before she goes to bed. It allows more space to move around easily in the loft. Also, the pull-down desk has a storage shelf which can hold her materials and other items that she needs when she works.
Most importantly, in her workspace, we included storage cabinets underneath her work table so she can put her supplies in. Now it’s easier for her to grab materials and mediums without moving in and out of the workspace when she creates her physical models.
Our blueprint was made and designed just for Francis and exceeds all of her expectations. Space and storage is really important when it comes to living in a tiny home and this tiny house perfectly suits her needs.
Tiny house Design
career written by Jason Lecourt
Stacy Riley grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. A place where her love for art slowly grew. “I think it's been very influential on who I am.” As a child, she grew up with the memory of living in a big house next to a fútbol stadium with her extended family. Memories of spending time at a big dining table with older family members reading books.
Although Riley has had many fond memories in her life, Stacy has had many family difficulties growing up. Her mother is blind and her sister is mentally ill. Her family was also very poor growing up. “So with all this I didn’t perhaps have as many choices as my friends did. I wouldn’t have even been able to afford to go to a University if I hadn’t gotten a scholarship.
After almost 11 years of not knowing what to be when she grew up, Stacy finally came to a decision. An art teacher. Stacy soon attended the University of Cape-Town, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Education, Master in arts, and a PhD in history. One of her greatest triumphs in life was finishing her PhD. “It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do. It was just five years of working alone and self-out, but I’m proud of it, and it made me interested in the landscape and the history of my country.”
Stacy never really wanted to become an artist because as a little girl she was fascinated with animals and loved to be with them which lead her to want to become a veterinarian or ever really interested her. What Stacy wanted to be was a veterinarian and she still does to this day. Ever since Stacy other field with animals. Stacy had the passion for art but not as much as she did for animals.
Stacy's passion for art grew and then she knew that she wanted to become an artist because she loved the way some artists created then she was in a high school art class. Stacy’s high school teacher inspired Stacy to love art and appreciate art and wanted to replicate it. The way an artist brush strokes their piece really caught her eye and made her appreciate art with every little detail it has to offer. Having a story in a art piece really draws Stacy's attention because she loves thinking about the story that the art piece has to give. For example Stacy had this art piece called Quilt: a series of looks, which was a painting about her mom and her best friend looking at each other, the story represents even though they’re dead their friendship still remains alive.
"Boer Fighters" by Stacy Riley
“I want to be a free thinker and all the artists I know are free thinkers. That’s why I’m an artist.” Stacy Riley’s art pieces are representations of what flows from her mind, they are unique and make you think. It takes her around a month to complete an art piece and she does it part time. Stacy paints and creates digital artwork, her paintings and artwork are not your basic run of the mill creations.
“Artists get to be different from society. Artists get to be alternative and being alternative to me is the most important thing.” Stacy’s heart runs to landscapes a lot and she feels like everyone has a sense of self tied in with their favorite type of landscapes. She finds the South African frontier and the American frontier fascinating. Stacy takes bits from old photographs and adds them to her own artwork. It makes her audience’s imagination run wild when they try to figure out the country or origin of where the painting’s details came from.
Her favorite artists are Manet and Goya because they incorporate a lot of feeling and politics into their artwork and Stacy tries to do the same. For example, “The Shootings of May 3rd” and “Boer Fighters” look incredibly similar, yet both of them have details that come from different origins.
“I want to be a free thinker and all the artists I know are free thinkers. That’s why I’m an artist.”Yes, Stacy does find inspiration from other artists, but she creates her art her own by using the tools she likes. She uses her own art to speak to her own audience and she compiles pictures as if she compiles her real emotions
At first glance Riley “Mailship” looks like an intricate still life drawing, but with further observation the viewer realizes it is a photograph. As you look closer to the photograph you can see many small things that are clattered on one another. When you move your eyes upward you see a ship that is named “Orante Cape Town SA” Ship .
At the bottom of the photograph many things are in sight like eggs shells,tea cups,old photographs,belts etc. These objects that the artist put in the photograph they all have meaning. The egg shells represent how fragile the artists grandma was. The tea cup represents how the artist's grandmother would make tea. This is more than a black and white photograph it is a representation of her grandmothers existence.
"The Shootings of May 3rd"
To diligently design space that’s minimal, your creativity has to be at it’s maximum. This was kept in mind during the design process that was based on Stacy's needs and wants . She emphasized that she wanted a lot of storage space. Stacy’s face lit up when she heard the idea of an underground closet because it was very unique and she knew that she and her husband needed great storage space to help keep them organized.
As you walk in, the first thing you notice is that you are actually going in a circle and could store small accessories even when you’re on the stairs because there would be slim storage cabinets at the highest level, surrounding the space. Then as you start going lower, the closet of clothing is soon revealed. The closet would surround the space with a 360 degree rack. The underground closet is a great way to conserve space while still having extra storage space. This is a good idea because as you can see in the pictures it’s not taking up space on one floor but you still get storage by walking down the spiral stairs that are slim to fit inside the closet.
Connecting Artist to Her Space
Arianna Alvarez & Jason Lecourt
Space. It is valuable, sometimes it contains the smallest thing that matters the most to us. Stacy is very influenced by the environment around her. She wanted to make sure that she had a work space in her tiny house where she could look around at her artwork from many different views and have nowhere to bump into.
One of Stacy’s concerns is that she wouldn't be able to hang up her work since they’re big pieces, but when she mentioned the idea of ribbon windows it filled our minds with new possibilities like being able to put cabinets or shelves and wouldn't be worried of windows blocking her way.
Stacy mentioned that she wanted as minimal things in her art room. Cabinets, shelves and desk is more than enough. We want Stacy to feel like this is going to be more than her home, it is going to be a place where she will create new art pieces that she got inspired by the environment around her.
chris & ariana
By Atrea Elias
In order to build Stacy’s house, the first step we took was designing our ideas. During our interview, we asked what our artist liked and disliked in her current home. From there, we all had our separate ideas and drew it on blueprints. We did a couple of drafts and began using Google SketchUp to create a 3D design of Stacy's house.
We drew separate house designs, with a special storage design that would be fitting for our artist. With our individual ideas, we did a couple of drafts, only to come down to the decision of combining all of our ideas. We were stuck on picking what designs to incorporate, so we went one room at a time in the house. For each room, we picked one design from each blueprint that we all liked and went from there. We choose features that would be easy to build or buy, and felt our artist would like.
The next step we took was transporting our 2-D design on paper to a more 3-D design on SketchUp. We measured everything to scale and put it into the program. The image above is our final design in SketchUp.
“It’s everything, it’s expressing yourself, but also connecting with other people”
- Ariana Warren
Chris and Ariana are an unlikely couple. Chris is from both the middle and eastern parts of the United States (North and South Dakota, Boston, and Rhode Island), while Ariana is from the pacific northwest city of Seattle. Chris has always loved rock music, Ariana on the other hand has always held a special place in her heart for hyper classical music. Even at first glance, the two appear very different from one another. Chris has a very noticeable presence due to his height. He effortlessly towers over Ariana’s petite frame. Their unique differences add to the romantic nature of their story.
The month of love; February was when the happy couple met. They both were at the same grad student potluck at UCSD. It’s funny how the way that they met perfectly represents their relationship. A potluck is a group of people coming together bringing a variety of food and having a good time feasting on what’s on the table. Chris and Ariana’s relationship is both of them coming together with all of their contrasting attributes and working together to create beautiful melodies.
Despite the fact that they come from very different musical backgrounds they are constantly working together to produce wonderful music. Chris believes that they are each other's inspiration, he says that since they are constantly working together when one is struggling the other is ready to help the other. An example of their work together is KPBS’ “Incoming.” “Incoming” is a collaboration of “So We All” and KPBS. It is a series in which men and women from the American military get the opportunity to share their stories about leaving war and shifting back into a normal life. Both Ariana and Chris worked on the music aspect of this project along with many other musicians. Their work and personal lives blend together and that is what makes this couple so remarkable. They share a common passion for music, but can bring their own flavor to their work and at the end of the day go home together and enjoy the accomplishments of living a life devoted to what they love: art.
Sitting down with musicians Chris and Ariana, I noticed that both of them had a contagious smile when they discussed their love for music.
Ariana is from Seattle and did her undergraduate work at Baltimore Peabody Conservatory and finished her studies at UCSD. Right now, Arianna is a music teacher and focuses on her music. Spending her time practising and working hard to get her songs right.
Chris is from all over the United States and has lived in North and South Dakota, as well as Boston and Rhode Island. He completed his undergraduate at Brandeis and Stanford Universities. He went on to UCSD for graduate school. At the moment, Chris focuses more on his music by practicing and getting gigs.
Walking into Ariana and Chris’ home we want people to immediately notice that something is off, but not in a bad way. We want the vibe of the home to be very comfy, and filled with warm memories.
For Ariana and Chris, the majority of their home will be dedicated to music. In their current home there are guitars on the walls throughout the house and we liked this idea and thought it was a very nice way to display the instrument while still saving space.
There is an enormous window behind the stage, and throughout the interview they mentioned how much they liked the window. In their living space now, they have full on rehearsals in the room with dancers so it gets packed quickly. Our goal while designing their new house was for them to be able to rehearse comfortably. Their entire house will revolve around their work space because their music is what is so important to both of them.
Tv’s, couches, big kitchens, are all things Ariana and Chris don’t care for especially if these items make their music space smaller. We want their space to reflect on who Chris and Ariana are. Most of their life revolves around their passion with music. All that matters to them is music.
Their space will really show that because as previously stated most of their home is music space. They adjust other parts of their home to make as much room for their passion and whole lives work.
"The Regulator" is named after a cat named Lucy who they adopted, as well as a kitten named Franklin.
After a couple of weeks, Lucy "adopted" Franklin as one of her own and their bond is unbreakable so much so that Lucy protects Franklin.
Every time Franklin meows or gets picked up, Lucy would go over and “Regulate” the Situation. Chris wrote this song as a Christmas present for Ariana so that they could play the beautiful melody together.
"The Regulator" is a special song for Chris and Ariana because it mixes his love for rock and her love for classical to create a unique sound that symbolizes Lucy and Franklin's relationship.
Before the advancement of Chris and Ariana's house we had to interview both musicians about making a living space for composing music. Chris and Ariana were very welcoming, As we walked in they offered us a cup of coffee and had a quiet, but nice and welcoming voice.They told us what they specifically wanted in their house. After we met the musicians we made blueprints to see how to layout of the house would be with the new changes. Then we brought the blueprint to life by making it a 3D model on Sketchup. We were faced with a problem while making the loft. We originally had it on the right side of the house, but they said we should make it on the left side so we had to erase our whole loft and rebuild it on left side. After conquering all our challenges the end result was completely worth it and looked fantastic!
France with an artist for a year. Kathryn has been living in San Diego for 11 years now finding inspiration through life and movement.Kate is an artist because it’s a way of expressing herself and showing her vision of the world through her eyes, so Kate continues to create her art and share her creations with the world.
Work space Written By: Zamira Smith
she was an important person in her life. Kathryn had spoke highly of her grandmother she had told us that she was someone who was always inspiring her to do more and be more, her grandmother was a lady who was always helping other people create art of their own. Kathryn Grandmother was a huge inspiration in her finding of becoming an artist Kathryn. Overall Kathryn had a great childhood full of wonder and inspiration.
Kathryn left for college but hadn't felt complete so she
Kathryn left for college but hadn't felt complete so she traveled the world for a little and and worked in f
Every great painting, drawing or sculpture always stares in an art room a place when your imaginations is the only thing that is speaking and our words are the shapes and colors that tell our stories. The art space should be a safe and comfortable place for the artist to produce and excel.
While interviewing Kathryn we had asked her about her work space and the excitement in her voice kept us motivated to create something that would keep her feeling inspired and safe
Kathryn had mentioned a few things that she needed in her work space that had the following blank white walls, gray flooring, open work area , and a few windows. my group and I made sure that all her needs were incorporated into the final design. The whole work space is 11x8 feet, there are no walls surrounding the work area but blank white walls throughout the house and small windows bringing in natural light but still giving the artist privacy. Kathryn had as mentioned she likes to dance as a hobby so we decided to put gray hardwood flooring throughout the house to make it more personal. In the work space we also added a sink, desk, and ballet bar against the wall giving her a place to work while still keeping the area open. The sink is so Kate can have easy access to wash her paintbrush whenever needed, and the desk is for a hard surface to paint on or draw on . The ballet bar was something my group and I had decided to put incorporate in the design for something extra.
Overall my groups and I were focused on creating something that the artists felt free and open in so she could continue being inspired and creating her amazing art.
Kathryn Nova Williams’ also known as Kate was born with the DNA of an artist's. Growing up surrounded by artist Kate had picked up the talent and ran with it.
Everything started in the chilly state of Ohio Kathryn was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio with her supportive and loving family. Growing up Kate was always surrounded by artist , her father was an architect and her uncle was an artist's himself. Some of her earliest memories were of her creating art of her own. During the interview Kathryn mentioned her grandmother quite a lot and something about the way her eyes light up and her voice sounded a little more excited It was easy to see
When people hear the words “tiny house” they may think of a dollhouse or a kid’s play area. The idea of having a lot or large quantities of things seems impossible, but there are creative ways to have all of the luxuries of a large house in a smaller area. In Kathryn’s home space we have to meet her needs for her closet area. This spacious closet may not be a sufficient amount of space because it’s five by seven feet. Kathryn is also into fashion because for every season she wears specific clothes that she really likes. Kathryn is very organized by sorting out her necessities of clothing by categories; regular, painting, and ballet for her usage. Not all of possession of her attire will be on the rack as they are “too fragile” in Kathryn’s words, but specific ones will be hung up. For the ones she can’t put on hangers Kathryn will put them in dressers, so her items won’t be damaged. As of her shoes she will be placing them on shelves, which would be easy access for swap out. Even though this may seem like a lot Kathryn can have the stuff she needs.
We all have something that we want to accomplish throughout our life. Something big that is too good to be true! Kathryn is now finally living her dream everyday because she accomplished being an artist. Kathryn is a successful person who stays determined and optimistic in, but this is just another step to becoming a significant artist. She always wanted to go to college, but her parents pep talked her into a college they thought would be best for her. Kathryn had went to another college either way, and is very proud of herself. This memorable achievement is when Kathryn got a scholarship to Bowling Green State University to explore new ways of mastering art. Kathryn was filled with joy when she was accepted, and wasted no time to use her special ability at making original art. Now that Kathryn has come so far in life by listening to her instinct she now is relaxed at what she does for a living, so therefore she will now do what she desires, and will not be told what she can’t and can do “Waking up everyday and overcoming fear. It is the little things that add up to big acompliscments. You need more courage as you get older,” says Kathryn.
WRITTEN BY: SABRINA PEREZ
Kathryn Nova Williams is a chaotic artist. That moment when she first saw fireworks mesmerized her, as they displayed chaotic movement through the night sky. “I feverishly reached for the first mode of expression to record the moment, which happened to be paint.”
This was the first time Kathryn expressed her feelings through art, “...this was the first time I remember feeling a sense of urgent motivation.” To this day that motivation is running through Kathryn and it’s helping her to create art. Kathryn is intrigued by the theory of chaos that is why her art is based on light, reflections and chaos.
When an object moving is and reflecting light you can’t control the effect, you never know what the result is going to be, it’s unpredictable and that is what Kathryn can capture on a canvas. Colors like black, white, gray, and gold catch Kathryn’s eye but due to her creative nature her preferences in color are constantly evolving.
She also uses a lot different materials to create her art, like powdered graphite, oil paints, steel wool, spray paint, and gold pigment. Not being able to hold to something for too long is the chaoticness of Kathryn's art. Embracing the beauty of change, chaos, and experiencing new things is what keeps Kate's art interesting and innovative
One of our most innovative design features of the house is the custom storage under the stairs. The uniqueness between our storage compared to others, is that ours is specialized for Kathryn's art pieces.
We have made a series of racks so Kathryn can store her art and other utilities she uses. The convenience of having this under the stairs and on the first floor is that you take advantage of this often under utilized space and since Kathryn sells her art, she will be able to display it much easier.
This storage system will look like a cabinet, but once you open it it will be a series of racks. The racks will be adjustable so that Kathryn is able to put in all different sizes of art pieces and they will also be able to slide out so that she can access her art easier.
Since Kathryn produces high quality work and her artwork is really nice we wouldn’t want it to get damaged do to lack of storage space in the house. So we took that into consideration and decided to incorporate the storage. This storage will be made out of wood for the frame and the racks can be made out of metal. This will help her out a lot with organization for her art and also take advantage of the space under the stairs especially since it's a tiny house and we need to take advantage of all the space.
Written by: Enrique Dominguez
Written by: Enrique Dominguez
Influenced by a Theory in mathematics that studies the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions, art pieces like Chaos, The fall, and Deluge I & II comprise Kate’s art collection.
This series explores patterns of chaotic, or nonlinear movement with an emphasis on luminescence. Images such as fireworks, which perfectly exemplify light, patterns, chaotic movement, as well as clouds, rain, falling water, waves, and fog are combined by Kathryn to create these unexpected and powerful images.
“Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
This house is based on a huge space in the living room and a full size bathroom, Why?
Because a tiny house doesn’t have a normal space to live and the freedom of our artist in her work space is thesaurus.
The big bed with a unique huge storage is unthinkable, you can do whatever you want with that space, as well the bed is very comfortable.
The bedroom is one of my favorite rooms talking about space and comfort, because is the only time that you got to get yourself in peace.
Starting with a storage under the bed it is a big storage with 1.75 Ft tall, with a lot of space to put some food, Paper Towels, Clothes, Pillows, etc.
Also, The bed is super close for the closet and the bathroom, as well is a great space for a bedroom with some windows to get some natural light.
Also we have an island in the kitchen with a sink, stove, and dishwasher because with the Island we are going to save a lot of space as well we have a big fridge, also we have a lot of natural light in the house and artificial light, we have 1 bulb in the stairs, one in the closet and another one on the bathroom.
WRITTEN BY: Javier MEJIA