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Laura

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Application: Master of Interior Design Track 1 961 10th Place NE, #208 Issaquah, WA 98029 206.200.2730 laura.balentyne@gmail.com


“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Trave to smell it.” Rudyard Kipling “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” Paul Theroux “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s ow comfortable.” Clifton Fadiman “A wise traveler never despises his own country.” Carlo Goldoni “Adventure is a path. Real adventure self-determined, self-motivated, often risky f way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” Maya Angelou “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthe place impart new vigor to the mind.” Seneca “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you ar ries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” Lillian Smith “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about o seen.” Benjamin Disraeli “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” Martin Buber “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and a know where they’re going.” Paul Theroux “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a pos Waldo Emerson 14. “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller ″ A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” Moslih Eddin Saadi “When we get out of the glass bottle of our


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l does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” Freya Stark “The first condition of understanding a foreign country wn country as a foreign land.” G. K. Chesterton “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own peopl forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In th you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” Mark Jenkins 37. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, ens the conversation.” Elizabeth Drew “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe” Anatole France “Travel and change o re what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” William Least Heat Moon “I soon realized that no journey ca other countries.” Aldous Huxley “Not all those who wander are lost.” J. R. R. Tolkien “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I hav adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” Jawaharial Nehru “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don sition in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” Bill Bryson “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” Ralp g is yours except the essential things air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” Cesare Pavese “One’s destination is neve ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that w


Environment: Defining and limiting possibilities. Does it create or reflect? Can environment empower?

1991: Morocco and Spain


Space: NYC: Whirling dervish of movement, noise, dirty, small, packed rooms, buildings, transportation. Sensory overload. Central Park: Calm, serene, dignified, open, sanctuary. Good design requires balance of negative and positive for visual, audible and tactile.

2008: Central Park


Details: Boston is a visual feast of patterns, craftsmanship and decorative details. Since modern structures have cleaner lines I want to incorporate the period details into textiles and wall paper.

2008: Boston


Line: Chattanooga is inspiring. Lines connecting and leading you through the city. Guiding you into created and natural spaces.

2010: Chattanooga, TN


Texture: Intrigues, engages, stimulates.

2010: West Coast


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Scale: Humans in relation to their environment. Built structures in relationship to the natural world. In the Pacific Northwest the scale of the natural environment can both overwhelm and provide comfort. Position shifts our perception of scale. From one vantage the cities loom large, from others they are finite, diminutive. How can the scale of built environment influence perceptions? Illicit an emotional response?

2012: Washington


“I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it." Voltaire “If you tremble with indignation at every injus common, will take you into eternity.” Marcus Garvey “I think each village was meant to feel pity for its own sick and poor whom it can help and I doubt if it is the duty of any priv to respond to some far away problem or support those who have been so called. But we are finite and he will not call us everywhere or to support every worthy cause. And real soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe. ” A but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.” Pearl S. Buck “Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system.” Dorothy Day “In keeping s sh nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.” Aleksandr I. Solzhe fellow man.” Franklin D. Roosevelt “We live in a system that espouses merit, equality, and a level playing field, but exalts those with wealth, power, and celebrity, however gaine not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr “An educator should consider that he has failed in his job if does not work, you will see the excessive tax cuts for the rick as what they are -- a simple upward redistribution of income, rather than a way to make all of us richer, as we were transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.” Bell Hooks, “Power in the hands of the reformer is no less potentially corrupting than in the hands of the the certitudes, comforts, and hurts that shelter and define us.” Jean Vanier “To be a jazz freedom fighter is to attempt to galvanize and energize world-weary people into forms o posed from above but rather of conflict among diverse groupings that reach a dynamic consensus subject to questioning and criticism. As with a soloist in a jazz quartet, quintet or


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stice then you are a comrade of mine.” Ernesto "Che" Guevara “The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, i vate person to fix his mind on ills which he cannot help. This may even become an escape from the works of charity we really can do to those we know. God may call any one of u needs are not far from us.” C.S. Lewis “Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only whe rundhati Roy I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is that they must change if they are to get better.” Georg Lichtenberg “To serve is beautifu silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither pun enitsyn “In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice…, the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward ou ed.” Derrick Bell “Denouncing evil is a far cry from doing good.” “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness can f he has not succeeded in instilling some trace of a divine dissatisfaction with our miserable social environment. ” Anthony Standen “Once you realize that trickle-down economic e told.” Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism “There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways t e oppressor.” Derrick Bell, “Peace is the fruit of love, a love that is also justice. But to grow in love requires work -- hard work. And it can bring pain because it implies loss -- loss o of organization with accountable leadership that promote critical exchange and broad reflection. The interplay of individuality and unity is not one of uniformity and unanimity im band, individuality is promoted in order to sustain and increase the creative tension with the group--a tension that yields higher levels of performance to achieve the aim of the co


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painted with acrylic paint, and the reason why I went to oil was mainly because I didn’t control it. I was looking for the insecurity of it. I mean, I might have found another reaso need.” Ai Weiwei “The act of painting is about one heart telling another heart where he found salvation.” Francisco Goya “When I work, I work very fast, but preparing to wor from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.” Eckhart Tolle “I'm painting an idea not an ideal. Basically I'm trying to paint a structured painting full of controlled, and therefore po Andrew Wyeth “At moments of great enthusiasm it seems to me that no one in the world has ever made something this beautiful and important.” M.C. Escer “I am essentially a pa s not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing.” William Dobell “The holy acs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.” John Lennon “The music that really turns me on is either ru end to it.” Henry Moore “You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat.” Renoir “I’m not an abstractionist. I’m not interested in the relationship of color or cal and scientific and makes you worry about gravity.” Damien Hirst ”Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.” Rumi “The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine pe


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on later, but at that moment, the reason was I was looking for the insecurity.” Albert Oehlen “I think everybody deserves freedom. Freedom is such an abstract word, but it's all w rk can take any length of time.” Cy Twombly “It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait.” James McNeill Whistler “All true artists, whether they know it or not, creat otent, emotion.” Euan Uglow “I've never believed in God, but I believe in Picasso” Diego Rivera “I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious. ainter of the kind of still life composition that communicates a sense of tranquility and privacy, moods which I have always valued above all else” Giorgio Morandi “A sincere arti y grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it.” Banksy “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by man unning toward God or away from God. Both recognize the pivot, that God is at the center of the jaunt.” Bono “There's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's n form or anything else. I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.” Mark Rothko “Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is more log erfection. “ Michelangelo “Believe it or not, I can actually draw.” Jean Michel Basquiat “ Man can't do without God. Just like you're thirsty, you have to drink water. You just can't g


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First Draft Portfolio  

Rough draft of Portfolio for admission to MIArch. Non design BA (Art History)

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