Another week is over as I prepare to spend tomorrow in Thesis. I finished my first week at Jonathan Adler, my new Spring internship. I met Jonathan yesterday, so that was neat. He’s a really funny guy, much more so than I was expecting. For example, his ringtone is “Milkshake” by Kelis, and he kept going around the office singing, “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.” Indeed it does. I took a look at the Spring 2011 catalog, and they make some truly beautiful things, which brings me to the photo above. I grabbed this quote from my friend Betsy’s project, A Manifesto she created last semester for Transformation Design. I asked if I could take two copies, and I framed them (see below).
I love this project because Betsy printed her personal manifesto over other people’s projects. How great is that? Visually it’s beautiful, but I really like the idea behind it. In many respects I’ve found a partner in crime in Besty, as we’ve both struggled to find our place within the program. Good, bad, and ugly, we’re in this together. The first piece is called “Principles of Approach” and the second is titled “The Rules of the Game” — in so many respects being successful in our program is about playing a game. One professor said a million times, “It’s all about how you talk about your work” … (a game). Betsy gave me some great advice over the break about being strategic during my last semester, figuring out what works for me, and moving forward. This is beginning to sound like a bad reality tv show right? There’s also a lot of good “meat” in her project when she says, “Make objects that are honest. And work honestly. Talk about your work as if you were talking to your Mom, and above all, make beautiful things.” How great is that?
What in the world does this have to do with anything? Well Jonathan Adler makes beautiful things, and I’m so impressed by the stuff they’ve produced. The man is a creative genius, and worked with talented people to have his vision realized. As I intern, when will I start contributing towards my own vision? I know I’m young, and I have to pay my dues, but I’m hungry to make my contribution to the design world. Jonathan built an empire of beautiful things, happy chic as he says, is it possible for me to do the same? I just hope one day I’ll have my moment. I’ve worked so hard to get to and through school, and this semester will perhaps challenge me more than ever before, I just hope it’s all worth it. Which brings me to thesis …
We met for the first time last week. There’s been a big mix-up with our exhibition class. Initially I was switched to a new class, but I think it’s too good to be true. Rumor has it, we’re going back to our assigned classes (no joy there). Tonight I’m writing an abstract, or a statement, that will serve as my concrete intent for my thesis project + paper. This whole thesis business recently became shockingly real and ominous last week. It’s always been a stress in the back of my mind, but now it occupies my entire mind. I must keep reminding myself, one more unpleasant, unhealthy, and stressful semester, then I’ll (almost) have my degree!
To sum things up, I’m going to end my bitter rant, and leave you with a wonderful quote by Margret Cho that’s been on my mind all week.