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    Liminal Surfaces

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    The poet Ben Okri wrote: “Stories are the secret reservoir of values: change the stories individuals and nations live by and tell themselves, and you change the individuals and nations.” (Stibbe) In the early 21st Century we are facing numerous environmental problems that are being caused by human activity. This era is termed the Anthropocene , a time when accumulated pollutants are causing detrimental ecological change. Ocean creatures are threatened by increasing seawater temperature, acidifying pH levels and melting ice. On land we are experiencing droughts, alteration of biomes, extinctions and an atmosphere that contains less oxygen per breath than it used to. I wondered how humanity had allowed this to happen. What tales have we told ourselves that led to this situation, and how might we devise new tales that might lead to a less polluted future? I see our environment as a structure of surfaces. Material surfaces on which we live, existential surfaces that enfold our thoughts, and liminal surfaces that transition awareness of these through experiential learning. I researched non-toxic printmaking techniques to attach images to surfaces, both physical and cognitive, as a way to bring about recognition that we are part of the natural world, and need to reconnect to it. if we are to begin to solve human-caused environmental damage. The textured surfaces and prints I created in my thesis work are intended to be visually compelling, yet unsettling. An audience for my work would need to articulate new language if they are to assimilate the educable moments it offers. The research presented here uses the concept of surface to unify information about language, cognition, biology and art history as they give context to my artwork about the Anthropocene. I present research that indicates humanity\u27s present difficulty is not a sudden occurrence. Rather, it is the continuance of centuries of behavior built on faulty assumptions derived from metaphorical language and imagery that gave rise to generational practices of acquisitiveness and economic expansion at the expense of the environment. I present a real-world consequence of our actions: the invention of plastic, useful in many ways, but like the sorcerer\u27s apprentice with too many water buckets, is now a profound danger to aquatic ecosystems

    Poly Pelletizer: Recycled Pet Pellets From Water Bottles

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    Plastic water bottles comprise a large amount of waste worldwide. The goal of the Poly Pelletizer project is to create a system that will turn water bottles into polyethylene terephthalate (PET) pellets compatible with extruders to produce 3-D printer lament, along with other recycling applications.The system promotes a sustainable solution to plastic pollution by giving manufactures, particularly in developing nations, the means to produce their own bulk materials using waste plastic. Shrinking industrial recycling processes to a workbench scale gives individuals the ability to convert excess bottles into seemingly limitless products. The system works by using a dual heating and pressure system to both evenly mix and melt the plastic before pushing the resin through a die. The Poly Pelletizer successfully created pellets using various mixtures of virgin PET and shredded water bottles

    Estudio sobre envases de esmalte de uñas y rediseño según criterios de usabilidad y ergonomía.

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    Estudio e investigación sobre los esmaltes de uñas y sus envases. Análisis de uso y ergonomía para estudiar con profundidad los defectos más comunes (apertura, precisión, agarre...). Desarrollo de diversas ideas bajo distintos enfoques (con estándares más modernos y siguiendo una estética más actual, pero insistiendo en criterios de ergonomía y usabilidad) para lograr conceptos innovativos en el mercado. Selección de concepto y desarrollo en profundidad del mismo: diseño formal, funcional, estructural, de materiales... Diseño de la marca del nuevo producto, así como los correspondientes modelos 3D, renders, planos y otras pautas del producto.<br /

    Design, graphic arts, and environment

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    The environment draws great attention today from many people and businesses. Some companies are beginning to play off these concerns in their marketing approach, while others dodge the topic at all turns. While many people feel we have serious environmental problems, others do not. It is a subject with which everyone is, perhaps, too hasty in their judgment. This thesis project encourages behavioral awareness and provides information from a multitude of sources so that a practical, rather than radical, view may develop. Information surrounding issues about the environment appear in many diverse publications. The sources of information, as well as the information itself, are very broad. This thesis project, Design, Graphic Arts, and the Environ ment, brings a great number of these sources together. The proposed publication discusses many different topics. More detailed information, if desired by the reader, may be found by consulting the extensive list of references supplied. This project focuses on environmental issues from the standpoint of a designer, graphic artist, or printer. These people, while often restricted by a client, make many decisions affecting the environment. They must realize their pivotal position between industry and customers, and between technical and marketing people. They must use their knowledge and position of influence for the benefit of all, including the environment. This project covers six main topics. Part One addresses paper, focusing on recycled papers and environmental labeling organizations. Part Two, Bleaching, looks at the needs, methods and effects of this paper unit operation. Part Three discusses printing inks and the concern of pigments and oils used in their com position. Part Four then investigates de-inking methods and the problems associated with them. Packaging, Part Five, describes the function of this indus try and analyzes some packaging materials being used. Lastly, Standards & Regulations, Part Six, looks at the government\u27s role in environmental issues. An appendix follows with organizations to contact for further information. An addi tional appendix includes two sample issues of the proposed publication. The thesis project presents information about varied, yet related topics, in the hopes of generating environmental interest in readers. People are encour aged to read further about a specific subject; this thesis is not meant to provide solutions, but rather information. The condition of the environment is an enormous and critical topic that has the potential to affect everyone. When people sense that their behavior can have an impact, albeit small, on a large problem, they can and often do change their behavior. Ideally, everyone should consider their environment in their daily decision mak ing. For persons working in the design, graphic arts and printing industries, this thesis project provides the type of information, or access to it, needed to make those decisions

    Contemporary Malaysian consumer culture and the creative role of experiential space: reinterpreting sale and promotional advertising through installation

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    Our consumer spaces are filled with extensive ranges of sale promotions of different products in a variety of prices that play a significant role in stimulating our senses. These sale promotions play a prominent role in the consumer’s decision to purchase goods and services. Repetition and similarity, difference and variation are the characteristics of this mass culture; they provoke a response and act as a catalyst for communication. These aspects of advertising stimulate our visual experience, affect our moods and emotions, and create the illusion of values and choices. This research project investigated the aesthetics of Malaysian consumer culture through exploration of the use of visual images based on the principle of repetition and variation (similarity and difference).The key artists within the research context were Andy Warhol and Allan McCollum, with their method of mass production and the use of popular mass produced images; and Andreas Gursky who represented consumer obsession and desire through shopping activities. The project established correlations between repetition, similarity and difference as they contribute to the variety of visual messages in advertising. It also contributed to the field of installation art by creating experiential environments that could evoke complex multi-sensory responses to the colours and images of advertising and significantly stimulate temptations and pleasures of the retail environment


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    Includes bibliographical references.The practical component of this research takes the form of a sculptural interpretation of comprises a body of creative work supported by a theoretical discussion. This research is an observation and manifestation of my interest in industrial animal farming practices. I have examined conditions and practices on factory farms, marketing and the consumer, my own traumatic experiences at various factory farms and processing plants, and the ways in which the production of was a means of dealing with this trauma, my experience of the manufacture of animal products. The document selectively identifies aspects of trauma relevant to this project, examples of art in a historical context with particular reference to Minimalism, and the capacity for minimal form to express trauma in the broader social context. This is followed by an analysis of my own work

    Time Tunnel of Art: An Art Curriculum Guide for the Teaching of Art History/Art Appreciation with Related Art Activities

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    The main purpose in the formation of this curriculum guide for the teaching of art in the elementary school is to offer the elementary teachers of Longview School District additional teaching ideas, suggestions and activities for the art program. The intention, too, is to interweave the art activity itself with historical development and origins of art along with the concept of the basic art elements. In presenting this guide, the writer hopes to foster opportunities for increasing aesthetic awareness among teachers and students as art relates to our environment
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