Monday, April 30, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Our final project in Design is to create a two page book spread, so basically 4 pages from the two sets of pages, of a designer of our choice. We need to include text and pictures as well. I chose Frank Lloyd Wright, and architect, who also designed the interiors of his homes. For our first couple projects we had to do a presentation on our designer then write a 400 word essay on him. Since it's so short, here it is for all of you to read!
Frank Lloyd Wright Biography
Frank Lloyd Wright, born Frank Lincoln Wright, was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, on June 8, 1867. He changed his middle name to Lloyd for his mother’s family after his parents divorced and his father abandoned the family. He left high school in 1885 without graduating to study civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin. Wright studied two semesters before moving to Chicago in 1887.
His first job was with the architectural firm, Joseph Lyman Silsbee, where he designed his first building, the Unity Chapel. A year later, he started working for Alder and Sullivan, under the wing of Louis Sullivan. Sullivan believed American architecture should be based on American function, not European traditions, a theory Wright later developed further in his individual work. In 1893, Wright, without Sullivan’s knowledge, started to design nine houses to pay for his debts from his extravagant lifestyle. When Sullivan recognized Wright’s style in the houses, Wright had to leave Adler and Sullivan after five years since his contract prohibited outside work.
Wright’s houses had a unique style, mimicking horizontal planes. They were built with natural materials and never painted. He utilized low-pitched rooflines with deep overhangs and uninterrupted walls of windows to merge the homes into their environments. His simple style was the inspiration for the Prairie School, a group of Midwestern architects whose style was marked by horizontal lines, flat or hipped roofs with broad over-hanging eaves, and windows grouped in horizontal bands, integrating with the landscape.
In 1911, Wright moved to Spring Green, Wisconsin, where Wright’s mother gave him a portion of his ancestors’ land. Here he constructed his home and design studio, Taliesin. Tragically, in 1914, an insane servant murdered Wright’s mistress and six others, then set fire to Taliesin. People thought that this tragedy would be the end to Wright’s career, but Wright instead rebuilt Taliesin.
Over the next 20 years Wright’s work spread throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Because Wright disliked urban environment, his buildings developed a style different from other architects of the time. He utilized natural materials, skylights and walls of windows to embrace the natural environment, a style he called “organic architecture.” In 1932, Wright opened up Taliesin to young students where they could pay to learn from him. It was through this Taliesin fellowship he created masterpieces such as Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.
Wikipedia, . "Frank Lloyd Wright." Wikipedia. Free Encyclopedia, 15/04/2012. Web. 16 Apr 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lloyd_Wright>.
Carter, Amanda. "biography." Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, n.d. Web. 16 Apr 2012. <http://www.cmgww.com/historic/flw/index.html>.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
So spring break has officially ended... I'm pretty bummed since I was able to go back to my home city of las Vegas, and as a bonus my boyfriend came with.. Bliss! But I took lots of pictures of my trip for viewing pleasure. Also now that I'm back at KU we started our next project called "creating a vessel." basically we need to find a small object that has value to us, and make a box for it. For me, I choose a ring that my dad gave to me for Christmas. It was my great great grandmothers so it's SUPER vintage which I love. It's my favorite piece of jewelry and I found it appropriate to create a mini jewelry box for it. Over break I built 2 boxes. Here are pictures!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I went to a concert at the granada a couple days ago. The band is pretty low key, but if you don't know who the head and the heart are, then buy their cd on iTunes and let them change your world. They were AMAZING. One of the best concerts I've been too. The display went along so well with the music. Everything was just so indie, I couldn't help but take lots of pictures .
Sunday, March 4, 2012
I created an interior of a room that I felt fit my personality as well as something my chair that I designed could be placed in without taking away the beautifulness of the room I created. I created this room off of google sketch up and it's still a work in progress but here are some pictures of the up to date piece.