Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Capstone Project

Hello blog readers! If you read my most recent blog post, or watched my video, you will know I have graduated from the Interior Design program! I am really happy to be finished, but I am actually feeling pretty lost right now and don't quite know what the next step for me will be. I have not yet figured out what kind of design I would like to specialize in (residential or commercial), so I will just have to see where life takes me! This is a very hard thing for me to accept because I typically always have a very detailed plan for how things will go.

I also really want to give more attention to my blog and Youtube channel, as they have always been a passion of mine. I hope you will continue to follow me as I have some exciting new ideas! I plan to launch a video series starting in the next couple weeks, so please stay tuned for that!

Andrew and I just got back from Vancouver Island this weekend and I am still in beach mode! It was super relaxing and we got to see so many new things! (new to me anyways, he had been before with his family many years ago). I am planning to do a video, or possibly a few, on how I organize my trip's memories and photos in order to assemble them into an album. Stay tuned for more on that soon too!

Today, besides giving you a little update, I want to share my capstone thesis project for school. This is something that I poured my heart into for the past 8 months, and these images really don't convey the level of detail that I put into it. I have done so much research and planning that is not even visible here, but I hope you enjoy it anyways! Though interior design may not interest you, I'm sure a 10,000 square foot scrapbook store and restaurant might!
The following is my concept statement and was taken from my website, heatherulmer.com.
"This 10,000 square foot space is located in the Calgary Board of Education. The intention of this project is to build a creative art hub where clients can feel comfortable bringing any level of skill to the table. The primary use of this area is a scrapbooking and mixed media retail store which is supported by a restaurant and bar, and two flexible classrooms used for teaching creative classes.

The concept embraces the ideas of home, community, warmth, and the secret domain. It is a sanctuary for crafters and artists that incorporates Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas about the home. It will have an inward focus that creates closeness in the community. Smaller, more intimate retail spaces within the larger space mimic the use of the Arts and Crafts inglenook that Wright loved, creating a boutique feel. Each individual will experience a different journey as they move through each space at their own pace. Warm lighting extends into all areas of the space, making clients feel right at home. The design is intended to be responsive to its users and will develop a soft patina over time as each user leaves their mark. The colour palate was inspired by the classic red barn that contrasts against a brown fall prairie. For me, this barn embodies the ideas of teamwork, community, and pride.

In North America 85% of scrapbookers are female and are typically between the ages of 30 - 50. Because women are creating scrapbook albums in their home, I believe that it is seen as a domestic craft and therefore not valued as a true form of art. I have never seen a scrapbooking layout in an established art gallery, yet Marcel Duchamp’s “readymades” received huge publicity, along with countless other artists who used unusual or cheap materials in their art. I believe this has been, and will continue to be, an issue of equality. The community of Running with Scissors is intended to be very sensitive to this topic and will continually fight for the recognition of its artists, as scrapbooking should be considered more than a craft."

The ideas that I have expressed in this project are truly my own, I do believe that scrapbooking is undervalued as an art form. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments! Please visit my website if you are interested in seeing more of my design work!

You may also notice my blog has had a bit of a makeover! I have been practicing my hand lettering and decided to add that touch to my blog header. I have also changed things to match the look of my website to create a consistent brand.

Thanks for stopping by!

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