NUA Mentor Meeting | Ash Wednesday

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NUA Origami folded structure

Today is Ash Wednesday, meaning the beginning of lent – the 40 days leading up until Easter. Although I was unable to attend the Ash Wednesday service at Sanctuary, we had a mentor meeting at New Urban Arts, and it was great to see and catch up with all the artist mentors. Besides sharing a meal together and checking in, we discussed project ideas and strategies in small groups.

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Notes from Mentor Meeting and discussion with Mel about the NUA UNO deck.

Mel and I discussed the idea of making a NUA UNO deck, an idea Kah and her had been entertaining. Together we were able to devise a game plan for kickstarting this project. First, I will be working on a template design and then we are going to meet with Kah and plot out the idea on Monday.

Before the meeting started, I was observing some of the table graffiti and found this quote:

“Houseless not homeless” – Jay

I took this as inspiration for some quick form making in the studio – I folded it into an origami shape that hides and reveals the quote. The texture of the table makes the house look like a shack, ironically, while the folded structure allows for a reveal of the quote. The structure itself being the shape of a home, adds to the poetic meaning.

I was happy and surprised to see some of the little tags taken down from some of the flyers I posted yesterday. Unfortunately due to rain (and other circumstances or people), some of the postings got ruined. But the gesture remains. If one person was encouraged (and clearly at least a dozen people took a little tab, meaning more than that many people must have paused to read it), the project is not a complete failure. Whether it is a success, is another story. That is another concept I am hoping to come to terms with (or at least explore) through this degree project: “How do you measure the success of a socially engaged art/design project?”

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Bonus! Old collaborative NUA alphabet Emily showed us, some inspo for a future project at NUA? I love the idea of a participatory alphabet with the potential of it being digitized and used in applications…

‘By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.’
– Genesis 3:19, ESV

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