Monday, September 30, 2019

Additive then reductive drawing

Color with black reduction

Omitting graphite lines + Process step chart (top to bottom)

White on black

Playing with books

I didn't feel like reading much this weekend, so I decided to take some of the stuff I already found and find ways to make it visual. I came up with two book prototypes. One is interactive, called 'Help! I can't find the clitoris!', with pieces I'm trying to figure out that you can either open up or 'play with'. The other book is based off the fact that the clitoris and the nipple are connected. I've made some nipple shapes, however, I'll also try making a vagina/clitoris illustration for the second page to tie it together. I don't remember what this style of book was named.

- Help! I can't find the clitoris!

The 'lips' totally make it look like an oyster, but we'll work that out.
The left side could possibly have some statement(s) of some sort.

Inside - once it's opened up. I made the 'clitoris' to have a piece of paper behind
it making it movable so you could actually 'flick' it and interact with it.

- Nipple Book
Nipple illustrations I made. I tried to keep it as inclusive as possible (inverted, scarred,
raised and flat nipples, etc) while also keeping the shapes themselves pretty simple.

"Not all nipples are the same..."

"But they do all connect to the clitoris."

Playing with Root

Sunday, September 29, 2019

some things i overheard

 Spent the weekend with a wedding party and I heard some interesting things.

  • She looks like a horse lady
  • Seems a little crazy but not like that
  • Tomorrow is pig night
  • You don't wanna get run over when they start comin through
  • His wife wasn't feeling it because shes super left-wing
  • The difference between guilt and regret
  • I'm making orange juice, oh wait, its an apple
  • I see everything
  • My eyes were raccoon eyes

I think I would like to go to specific locations and listen to things people are speaking about i.e., church, Walmart, different restaurants.

I want to do something with these odd quotes, perhaps give them each an image of a face that you wouldn't expect to see.

open tabs, week 6

for Tuesday 1 October, read (with pencil in hand)
Cameron Tonkinwise, his "'I prefer not to' : Anti-progressive designing"
which appeared in Coombs, McNamara and Sade, eds., Undesign : Critical Practices at the Intersection of Art and Design (2018) : 74-84

same article (draft? I have not checked to see if exactly same as published version) at
(you may need to create an account (it is free) to access.)

Some of us agreed to do a dozen Believe It or Not texts (with or without illustration) for Nicole.
I intend to do this.

Nicole mentioned Creepycatches, which parallels her interest in believe-it-or-not oddness.

see also Charles Fort (1874-1932), a "writer and researcher who specialized in anomalous phenomena"
wikipedia has links to books by and about Fort, including many at

Christian Marclay, The Clock (2010-11)

trying (and failing) to recall, in connection to what!


a lot of our discussion last week regarded relationships of one (or two) units of text, and a unit of image.

a few examples :

  1. Andrew — smaller units of text, plus images (from newspapers)
  2. Claire — "reaction shots"
  3. Stephen — need to bring text into the equation
  4. Zaruga — portraits (of own or others' hair), plus personal story, plus other text related to hair and race and gender
  5. Cailee — reduction of text into interesting factoids, with consistent design treatment, links to more information (so as to respect the agency of people encountering this material)
  6. Rebecca — pulling passages out of text (bibliomancy, see below), and working with those (possibly with contemporary images)

example of factoids



the use of books in divination, typically by selecting a passage at random.

see also haruspicy, a form of divination by the inspection of the entrails of sacrified animals

matter that matters

Steven showed us three more sketches of three rocks. It was suggested that Steven be reading something either about rocks, or the aesthetics of rocks, or even philosophy relating to rocks (and matter generally, and what things are worthy of being pointed at (deictic function) and named.

I mentioned the passage in Plato's Parmenides (130c-e) regarding the question, whether things that are undignified and worthless, e.g., hair and mud and dirt, have their own separate Forms. (And scooped up some matter at hand, from the floor along the bookcase, to consider the question.) Socrates is horrified by the idea that they might, and returns to less difficult terrain. "That's because you are still young, Socrates," said Parmenides, "and philosophy has not yet gripped you as, in my opinion, it will in the furuture, one you begin to consider none of the cases beneath your notice." (Mary Louise Gill translation).

And so I suggested looking at that text by Plato, and as the fragments of Parmenides, and of Heraclitus (presocratic philosophers both of them), and perhaps to glance through their respective entries at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
beginning with the SEP entry for Plato's Parmenides

will supply some of these texts on Tuesday.


as in, cam-shaft. a programmable, physical memory for controlling mechanisms (by transforming rotary motion into linear motion).

I showed a cam (two cams, around the same axle) that are designed for a mechanism that can write the word "cam."
a design student at Massachusetts College of Art, a century and more ago, would have learned how to do this.

see wikipedia entry for cam

Ed Ruscha

mentioned this with reference especially to Andrew's "rule" phrase pairings; see Ruscha's paintings of words and phrases, against neutral or simple (e.g., mountain, clouds) backgrounds.

Do an image search for "Ed Ruscha"; see also this Guardian review of a recent exhibit (2018).

mentioned (and looked at) his (along with Mason Williams and Patrick Blackwell) Royal Road Test (1967, published 1971)

programming languages

Arielle is working with Scratch, a "block-based visual programming language and online community targeted primarily at children. Users of the site can create online projects using a block-like interface. The service is developed by the MIT Media Lab"

McVey mentioned Logo, which is not a direct precursor but apparently had some influence on Scratch

pinboard (bookmarks)

a reminder, that I bookmark items relating to seminar work (and more generally about design) at pinboard (disegno)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

More lettering and language play

Doing stuff and things, here's some more phrases pulled from my tabloid sized posters and cut down to two lines instead of the larger paragraphs

getting unstuck

I fell into a rut of I Don't Know What The Hell I'm Doing, so this is how I'm climbing out. It also serves as a way to show 1. what the inside of my brain is like and 2. the fact that my handwriting is not nearly as neat as my class notes may seem.


leaving | returning | arriving...

leave a --> (journey) --> arrive --> (experience/growth) --> leave b --> return -- > (reclaim)

leave a vs. leave b
mission beginning vs. mission over/continuing to new stage
planned, hopeful, sure vs. improvised, unsure (sometimes), frustration + exhaustion?

arrive vs. return
intent to leave again? vs. were here before, maybe won't leave again
have mission vs. can be more passive

time has passed
back to normal (or at least the attempt)
JC's (Joseph Campbell's) return w/ the elixir
odyssey it's literal, reclaiming home
can just be reclaiming space/comfort

triumphant return
nausicaa + eurycleia -- disguise, dramatic reveals
return w/ the elixir --> elixir = solution to conflict = killing suitors

map folds + foldout maps
tracking journey (napoleon?)
shows the whole cycle (but not as cycle... beginning/end)

twombly + leaving traces...
finding the memory of something that has vanished...
isn't that just storytelling?
"a time to remain and a time to go away"

"seeking gold and glory
leaving weathered broken bones
and a long-forgotten
lonely cairn of stones" - this song is about canada but i think it works in the spirit of things

Facts so far

  • The clitoris is the only part of the human body whose only function is to pleasure.
  • Vaginal length varies and does NOT relate to your body size or shape. The ‘back wall’ ranges from 5.1 to 14.4 cm, while the ‘front wall’ ranges from 4.4 to 8.4 cm.
  • Pelvic floor muscles contract 3-15 times during an orgasm. The contractions occur at approx. 0.8 second intervals.
  • Many women believe that vaginal discharge is abnormal. However, it is a vital part of the vagina being healthy, as it has an acidic PH and makes it difficult for bacteria and viruses to grow in.
  • Satisfaction with sex: 49% of heterosexual women, 47% of lesbian women, and 49% of bisexual women say they’re happy with their sex life. Heterosexual men - 51%
  • The average time spent having sex a day is 4 minutes.
  • “The area in the brain that responds to nipple stimulation overlaps with the area that responds to clitoral stimulation”.
  • Female orgasms typically last between 5-60 seconds.
  • Lesbian women are more likely to orgasm during sex at 86%, compared to heterosexual women at 65%.
  • The ideal duration of sex according to a survey of sex therapists, “was 3-7 minutes (1-2 minutes was considered to short, and >10 minutes was considered too long. In one study, heterosexual couples reported an average of 11-13 minutes of foreplay and 7-8 minutes of intercourse, and men thought both the foreplay and the penetration lasted longer than the women did. Both men and women reported wanting more foreplay and more intercourse”. 
  • Only ⅓ of women are able to reach orgasm through heterosexual sex alone (meaning no additional help of clitoral stimulation, a vibrator, etc).
  • There is no specific location for the ‘G Spot’.
  • “All pleasure roads lead to the clitoris”.
  • “Female ejaculation is tiny drops of fluid, not ‘squirting’ as depicted in most online videos and porn”.
  • There is no connection between underwear and yeast infections. 
  • Oil based lubricants can weaken latex condoms.
  • Silicone lubricants can wear down silicone toys.

  • Do women feel ill-informed about their bodies?
  • If so, why? Where is the failure taking place? School sex-ed, the doctors office?
  • If women are more informed about their bodies, could their sex life improve? Perhaps drastically?
  • Why don't more women look up the answers they're looking for? Embarrassment? 
  • Why are there so many misconceptions and myths about the female body?

Organization of terms v1

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Tuesday 9-24-19

Testing out new outline

What the copper etching plate will ideally look like:

Side one

Side two

I will also be using the etching drawings with the tools in the fab lab

New Approach.

A focal shift from pareidolia. Apophenia is the human tendency to give meaning to something or someone. Like giving symbolism to something, or naming a pet, or language itself. Our primitive ancestors would look at an object in nature, take a tree for example, and make sounds to give that object identity. What started off as mere grunts eventually formed the word "tree". Names give meaning.

Versatile Hair Style

smile more

Edited Yellow Poster


Things I have been doing/ Drawings