It’s Finals

Sleep deprived and malnourished, it’s beginning to feel a lot like finals on the 6th floor. It’s been a mad, nonstop dash since we returned from Thanksgiving to pull together our final work. This week, I will try to share some of the highlights of Fall Finals 2013. Thought I would start with Ergonomics Finals.


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Open Studios Hey!

The seniors had there moment under the twinkle lights and now it’s time for the graduates! This Friday, November 15th take advantage of RISD’s Graduate Open Studios. The 6th floor will be open from 9-11pm with treats for your belly and eyes. Check out what Interior Architecture Graduate work is all about. But the festivities aren’t just on the 6th floor, graduate work throughout the school can be scoped that eve as well. The night kicks off at 7pm on South Main Street with the Architecture Department in the BEB and the ID Department down the street. Then it’s to the MetCalf building from 8-9 for Furniture, Glass, Jewelry and Ceramics. And from 9-11pm  both CIT and Fletcher will be open to show off work of the Graphic Design, Sculpture, Digital Media, Textiles and Painting Departments. The evening concludes with further mingling and inspirational conversations  at Salon from 11-2am for the Open Studios After Party.

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It’s Open!

On Thursday the new crop of IntAR MDes ’15 students unveiled their design intervention and clutter solution the Second Life Retail store around the corner! Here are just a few images of all of their hard work and effort…



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It wasn’t a normal Saturday afternoon in the CIT wood shop. After heading down there to saw up plexi for an upcoming project of grids and surfaces, I stumbled across a hive of activity and intensity. Bounding about was this year’s new crop of MDes students running to and fro to complete elements of their upcoming Expose store redesign. Here are some sneak peak pix of what they’ve been cooking up. The install is later in the week, so keep your eyes open for more updates and glimpses of their hard work and creativity!





Summer Adventures

This past summer IntAR students took on adventures and high-end studios alike. From Rhode Island to Singapore, come listen to their tales as they divulge the secrets, trials and rewards of their summer experiences.

Studios to note- Rapt Studio, SF, Woha Architects, Singapore interning. NBBJ, Seattle.


Locally Made

A cult-like theme has taken over the RISD campus and surrounding community. Announcements and signifiers can be found throughout campus, in our email inbox’s, and every time you find yours self close to the RISD Museum or at a local coffee house. But what really is Locally Made?

RISD Museum is currently exhibiting Locally Made through November 3, 2023. This extensive undertaking “expands across several RISD Museum galleries with multiple components, celebrating the rich and diverse talent in Providence and nearby communities. The exhibition encompasses paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, film, and video”.

 At the epicenter of the exhibit is One Room, an experimental space where artists, designers, performers, and other community innovators share their ideas and processes through daily talks, creative experiments and art demonstrations.

This past weekend Anna Kaziunas France, held a workshop on 3D printing. Anna teaches the “How to Make (Almost) Anything” rapid prototyping course in digital fabrication at the Fab Academy at AS220- She is also the Dean of Students for the Global Fab Academy program. Later, that day architect, Bob Pavlik held Office Hours for his Backyard Workshop in which he experiments with materials and methods of making, declaring war on the generic architectural box. With the goal of finding more efficient uses of materials, he has created a series of critical questions and empirical testing.Image

There is still more to come! This Saturday, Scot Bailey, architect and furniture designer will hold Office Hours on CNC. He will be showing objects formed by various methods of CNC fabrication.


Locally Made
 Contemporary Art 
July 12 –November 3, 2013

3 galleries | 300 artists | 4 months

For more information about Locally Made and other upcoming One Room programming, please visit:

Multitudes and the Importance of Dental Hygiene

Some of my classmates may be too young to know who Patti Smith is but hopefully her rare PVD appearance on the RISD campus did not fly over their radars. The artist, songwriter, activist and all around incredible rock’n woman “lectured” tonight about her art and life’s adventures. Her body of work spans over the past 40 years and includes numerous recordings, acclaimed memoir and poetry, and world-renowned photography. She is also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (2007), National Book Award-winning author (Just Kids, 2010), Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France, 2005), and winner of the prestigious Polar Music Prize (2011).

To me she is a rock and roll goddess and role model who exemplifies the multiplicity and magic of an accomplished maker. For her steadfast devotion to her craft and convictions instill a belief in the power of thought and the uncontrollable drive to make. As an artist, designer, and woman I can only hope to create, influence, and push boundaries with such eloquence, honesty and mastery.

Her words of wisdom for the evening spanned many a topic from an artist’s process to the importance of professional dental hygiene (something I am now old enough to attest to)! And there were many highlights to the evening but the moment she picked up her guitar and sang brought chills and a deep sense of admiration. It also reminded me that here at the beginning of the semester we can’t forget the importance of selecting a theme song and image of inspiration to get us through the long nights of study and rigorous days of design conundrums. We are a part of a community (and extended community) of great makers and thinkers. The gift of having such encounters as tonight’s only annunciates the magic that is this collective called RISD.

Theme song for the semester: “Because the Night”

(…belongs to makers!)

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