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MEET THE STAFF

THE MAGIC ISSUE 02 02 04 09

IF I HAD ONE WISH And no wishing for more wishes

COSPLAY PROFILE + HIDDEN GEMS OF ATL Indulge in pure amazement and wonder of your city

STUDENT SHOWCASE The special talents of Vinod Krishnan + Stephanie Asielue

THE DISENCHANTMENT OF TRENDS Sometimes the things that make you smile lose their sparkle

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A MAGE OF MOVIE MAGIC Let’s take a look at the man behind the green curtain

WHICH WITCH? Yer a wizard, Harry!

STRANGEROUS SURFACES These spectacular substances just might be the new style

OPULENT DREAMSCAPE Become spellbound by fabulous fashion

COMICS CORNER The best that imagination has to offer

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

MATTHEW CORNWALL editor-in-chief

TORI HURLBURT

KATIE MILLER copy editor

MOLLY MORRIS

creative director

arts and entertainment editor

SIDNEY PARKS

CATHERINE MUNSEY

art director

KIKI JOHNSON

illustration editor

JUST ONE WISH . . . interviews and photographs by KIKI JOHNSON

EMMA DAKIN

pr director

features editor

ANYA HABER

JARROD FOUTS

fashion editor

IF I HAD

opinions editor

SEQUOYAH WILDWYN-DECHTER photo editor

“If I had one wish it would be for everyone to have a general respect for me and my work, and a Go Go Gadget grappling hook arm, that would be really cool.” CONNER HANNIN, SEQUENTIAL ART

SCAN is the quarterly student magazine of the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. All editorial content is determined by the student editors. Opinions expressed in SCAN are not necesssarily

“I would want to have peace of mind for the rest of my

those of the college. ©2017 SCAN Magazine. All rights reserved.

academic career.”

No parts of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without

ALEXIS THOMPSON, ANIMATION

written permission from the publisher.

Cover photo by REBECCA GERHARD Modeled by BROOKE GARNETT Staff photographs by SEQUOYAH WILDWYN-DECHTER “I wish that I had infinite time so that I could catch up

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

on all of my Netflix series.” DESMOND ALBERT, SEQUENTIAL ART

In an era relying on explanations, technology, and receipts, it sometimes gets hard to believe in those small miracles that happen every day. When there’s an absence of logic, its common practice to try and deduct what happened yourself. However, all magic relies on pure belief. Please don’t stare any gift miracles in

“If I had one wish I would want to have all of my

the mouth. Honestly, any small unexplainable victory is worth celebrating. Don’t

favorite artist’s art styles so that I could have more

take the time out to question it.

variety in my work.” JASELY MARTINEZ, SEQUENTIAL ART

The same concept is applicable in finding the magic in yourself. You can find a million reasons why you would never achieve your goals. That’s not helping you at all. While logic and reason are essential to being a human, take a chance on pure belief and just go for it. You might find out that the magic was inside you all along. MATTHEW CORNWALL editor-in-chief

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“I wish for the ability to constantly make money to pay off my debt … actually no, an infinite sandwich.” LOGAN HENDRY, SEQUENTIAL ART


COSPLAY & LOCAL HOTSPOTS

HIDDEN GEMS OF

ATLANTA written by STAFF

ROWDY DOWDY A discreet venue perfect for discovering local artists. The decoration on the inside can only be described as “creatively stunning.” It’s the perfect place to get connected to the underground cool kids scene of the city.

THE GOAT FARM A beautiful vintage location that you won’t believe is close to the city. A wonderful place that photographers often use for picturesque photoshoots. It’s free to look around but you need a license to take pictures. And yes, there’s actually goats.

COSPLAY PROFILE

B*TCH PUDDIN’ This SCAD alumna focused their thesis on the art of drag and is now a regular cast member at “The Other Show” every Friday at Jungle Atlanta (18+). Catch one of

interview by EMMA DAKIN photographs courtesy of SHERELLE THOMAS

her show’s and you’ll be entertained by Ms. Puddin’ and her colorful friends.

NAME: Sherelle Thomas AKA Otaku Skum Cosplay

BATON BOB An Atlanta legend who simply wants everyone to smile. You can catch them in

INSTA: @OtakuSkumCosplay

random parts of the city sporting a pair of rollerblades, a tutu, whistle and their signature baton.

FAVORITE COSPLAY: Danny Phantom WHY SHE COSPLAYS: “I’ve always loved playing dress up even as a kid! Just decided to never stop as an adult!”

SUBLIME DOUGHNUTS If you’re looking for the opposite of an average doughnut, look no further. They have some strange anr unique flavors guaranteed to satisfy your sugar cravings. Seriously, who puts bacon on doughnuts? These guys.

HER ADVICE: “Cosplaying is a hobby that comes from the heart so if you ever want to cosplay, be sure to follow yours! To me cosplaying is always about having fun, so whether you make your cosplay or commission it, or if you’re doing it for a day or a full on hobby, make sure you have a great time while doing it!”

YUMBII The new brick-and-mortar store of a roaming food truck, this restaurant brings an Asian and Mexican fusion to your palate that’s definitely worth sampling. They’re called “Yum”bii for a reason, after all.

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SHOWCASE

VINOD KRISHNAN T

written by MADDIE MULLEN photographs by GUARAV DORA artwork by VINOD KRISHNAN

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MFA, Animation

o become an animator and a graduate student at SCAD Atlanta, Vinod travelled out of his small district in the island country of Bahrain, which sits close to Qatar and the EAU in the Persian Gulf. He turned strangers into friends, grew up and learned professionalism, and gained experiences to set himself apart from his past self. He suspended his disbeliefs and reached for something beyond reality: animation.

the story, modeled after Shakespeare’s Hamlet, is what

Another late night at the Digital Media

After graduating from Manipal University, Krishnan

Center. Vinod Krishnan is in the computer lab

took two and a half years to work in his field and gain

working alongside other digital art students.

experience. “Undergrad school was great but I learned

Krishnan’s eyes are focused on the screen

more once working professionally. I was an amateur

inches from his face. The digital colors put

before I started working in my field”. He developed his

light into his tired eyes. He holds the pen

professionalism, and realized what it meant to be an

gently in his hand, like a 4b pencil, so he can

animator. He worked on background designs, character

adjust the pressure applied and digitize a line

designs, short films, animated advertisements, web

with confidence. The character he is cleaning

designs for start-up companies, promo videos for

up has a story to tell, and through each frame

restaurants, programing and animations for kiosks, and

and movement, the character’s story unfolds.

promotional videos for SIGGRAPH. He also worked on the

resonated with him. He drew cartoons during primary and secondary school for fun, but never imagined it would be a career for him. But that’s when he learned a key factor of animation: the suspension of disbelief. Krishnan went to undergrad at Manipal University in Dubai with a B.S. in Animation. During his sophomore year, he joined the ACM SIGGRAPH club, an organization focused on computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH is the largest computer graphics conference held in various global locations where artists and computer professionals learn about the latest advancements and newest technologies. As a part of the organization, Krishnan volunteered at the Singapore conference in 2013. He enjoyed the experience because he meet and networked with people who didn’t even speak the same language as him but were interested in animation.

Krishnan loves animation not for the flashy visuals, but for

streets as a caricature artists for fun and to earn a little

the genuine stories and deep meanings that come from

cash. His willingness to gain experience helped to expand

an animated film.

his portfolio and his network of colleagues.

Like many other artists in his generation, Krishnan found

SCAD had an exhibition booth at a SIGGRAPH conference

meaning and inspiration in Disney’s The Lion King. True,

in California, and Krishnan was only drawn to the booth

there is beautiful 2D animation in The Lion King, which

because of the free USB drives SCAD was handing out.

is the peak of the Disney Renaissance in the 90s. But

But after some nudging from a SIGGRAPH friend, who


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was a student at SCAD, Krishnan decided to apply to

At SCAD, Krishnan joined another organization called

Krishnan has other plans for future projects that he wants

graduate school at SCAD Atlanta.

ASIFA. ASIFA is a non-profit that promotes student films

to make possible. He wants to start his own company:

and puts together film festivals throughout the year.

a non-profit, similar to ASIFA, which would bring

Krishnan knew he wanted to get a masters degree, seeing

“We’ve grown so much that ASIFA-Atlanta has recently

recognition to animators in the Middle East. “There is

it as a logic next step in his career. “Atlanta is the perfect

expanded to ASIFA-South, and

place for my field, there’s the cartoon network and adult

students from North Carolina down

swim headquarters here. And there are so many students

to Texas can promote their films

to meet and collaborate with.”

with our help.” Films are screened in theaters around Atlanta, and

His favorite project to collaborate on thus far was Air

they held a special screening on

Waves. The animated short was created by a SCAD

October 28th for International

graduate student, Geoff Ross, as his thesis film. The

Animation Day.

process started in the spring of 2015, and Krishnan

such unrecognized talent back

“THERE IS SUCH UNRECOGNIZED TALENT BACK WHERE I’M FROM, AND IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HELP THE ARTISTS AND FILM STUDIOS BY PROMOTING THE ANIMATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST.”

where I’m from, and it would be great to help the artists and film studios by promoting the animation in the Middle East.” Krishnan plans to graduate in fall of 2017. In the meantime, he will be living in the Digital Media Center getting as little

jumped on to help in the fall of 2015, his first quarter at

For Krishnan’s thesis film, he’s

SCAD. He designed backgrounds and helped with story

finding inspiration in metaphorical meanings. “There’s

sleep as possible and working himself to exhaustion

development. “I’m most excited about Air Waves because

this book called Hyperspace by Michio Kaku, and it’s

because he will devout his time to bringing life into his

of the process and seeing it through to its completion. It

compiled of Kaku’s studies on forces that converge in

animations. With his network of friends and colleagues

was satisfying.” Geoff’s thesis film was approved in the fall

higher dimensions in the universe.” At the 2013 Oscar’s,

from around the world, he draws his visions to life.

of 2016 and he obtained his masters in animation.

Ben Affleck said “It doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life because that’s gonna happen. All that matters

“None of my work is my best, I can always do something

Krishnan also enjoyed creating his own short animated

is that you gotta get up.” With the help of Hyperspace

better,” he says standing in the street light outside of

documentary film for a class in the spring of 2016. “The

and solid words spoken by Ben Affleck, Krishnan learned

the DMC. It’s been a long night after a long week, and

idea came to me when another classmate questioned

that every person is connected by difficulty. The film is

he’s taking a break from work but he’ll be back at the

the actions of a character I created for a previous project.

in the process of storyboarding, and he needs to build

computer long into the dreamy morning.

I told him to not question it. ‘Dude, it’s just a cartoon.

a team to help make the film possible. “The stories

Believe it’, I said”. The documentary is called Cartoon

meaning will depend on the viewers’ discretion because

Physics, and it explores the irrational and intangible world

everybody’s experiences are different. There will be no

of animation and how anything it animation is possible

single meaning,” that is for certain.

with the support of imagination.

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STEPHANIE ASIELUE MFA, Alumna

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tephanie Asielue is a kind, people-oriented interior designer who uses her passion forcreativity to advance in the design industry. She graduated from SCAD Atlanta in 2013, but she knew long before coming to SCAD that art was an essential part of her life. She owns her own business and puts her clients first, while also working for a major company. She happily took the opportunity to discuss where she’s been, what she’s doing, and where she wants to go.

Asielue was born in Warri, Nigeria but grew up in Dayton, Ohio. Her father was in the military so she spent seven years as a young child in Germany. She says, “I first knew I had a creative mind at a pretty young age. I was, and am still, curious about life, the way things work.” She was able to come

written by MADDIE MULLEN photographs courtesy of STEPHANIE ASIELUE artwork by STEPHANIE ASIELUE

up with creative ideas; drawings, jewelry, books, and solutions to complex problems, calling it “creative intuition,” aka “a blessing.” Asielue always enjoyed working with her hands, solving problems, and have had a natural eye for what looks good. She says, “My number one creative inspiration is God, I mean, just look around. Other creative inspirations are overall feelings; feelings of happiness, satisfaction, comfort, well-being, and all these feelings

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can be impacted by creativity, the built environment, and connections with others.” When it comes to attending SCAD, Asielue feels as if it was meant for to be. She had a smooth admission process, especially considering her education background. She put together a portfolio of some of her artwork and was awarded an Educator’s Scholarship for her tuition, as she worked for Gwinnett County Public Schools prior to her attendance. It wasn’t always easy for her. Asieleu came across a few challenges in her schooling, she recalls. “Some of the challenges I faced at SCAD were not having a formal background/education in interior design. So, when we were using certain software, I was lost or had to draft by hand, or had to take extra time to learn certain design standards. I, through the help of another classmate, ended up teaching myself AutoCAD within one quarter and have enhanced my skills since.” As she reminisces on her SCAD life, she mentions some useful advice for SCAD students in general. “There is a great big world that exists outside of SCAD’s walls; if you had a routine prior to starting at SCAD—let’s say you always had dinner with your family on Sundays—continue to do that, if you ran every morning or worked out regularly, continue to do that.” “The ‘SCAD’ life gets mighty hectic, so it is extremely essential that you remember balance and self-care. Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you for it. I stress this a lot. Secondly, step away! Some of the best design ideas or creative inspirations happen when you step away from the computer screen. Lastly, do your research. There are many career options that fall under the umbrella of interior design; you can find a career that caters to your specific interests in interior design.”


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Her favorite aspect of SCAD Atlanta is the comraderies

She combines her knowledge of psychology, her first

on where I have been, how I’ve grown and developed as a

with her studio mates and the familial aspect of SCAD

obtained degree, and interior design to connect with

person, how my life or others may have been impacted.”

students, even those in other majors. Of course, the

clients. Not so surprisingly, the two fields mesh well.

support the professors provide, such as Professor Liset

“I do it naturally. It’s so important to do your digging,

She certainly isn’t done growing yet. Asielue also gladly

Robinson, is invaluable, too.

understanding, and discovering way before you even

shared her exciting plans for the future. She says, “In

think about design concepts or solutions. I dig

addition to continuing my design business, my aspirations

Asielue then goes on to talk more about her studio,

deep, some of the questions I ask my clients are

for the future include counseling/life coaching, hence

Twelve15, that she started. “I have recently moved from

unexpected, some of which most designers probably

my passion for helping others. I would like to provide

Atlanta so my studio is out of my home. It works much

wouldn’t ask,” she says.

coaching services other creatives; just like there are layers to design and creativity there are layers to people, and

like a home office to be honest. Collaboration with other designers, contractors, vendors, and more is sometimes like a juggling act or putting a puzzle together, all pieces are equally important to theend result. I wanted to explore my design talent and love of people a little further and I also knew that I wanted to be a business owner.”

“THE ‘SCAD’ LIFE GETS MIGHTY HECTIC, SO IT IS EXTREMELY ESSENTIAL THAT YOU REMEMBER BALANCE AND SELF-CARE”

Her objective as an interior

helping others uncover, discover, realize, refine theirs is a

designer is to be influential,

passion of mine. The mantra for my creative life is ‘Art Is

and impactful, not only through

Life, My Life Imitates Art.’ It’s pretty straight forward. The

design, but through her clients’

acronym, a.i.l.m.l.i.a, is tattooed on my left wrist.”

overall well-being. Asielue believes that SCAD has influenced her

Visit Stephanie’s website, www.twelve15designstudio.

by showing her what she is

com, to read her blog, learn more about her, and follow

capable of. “I am thankful for the

Twelve15 Design Studios on social media.

talents, gifts, and abilities that God has blessed me with, “Long story short, when my studio was born I fought

especially to help others.”

pretty hard to be here. There are many difficulties of owning a business, learning as you go is one of them,

Some of her gifts and ablities seem to have helped her

learning who your ideal client is and striving to work with

acheive this appreciative mindset. Journaling is a creative

them is another. Honestly there will always be challenges

outlet of hers, in addition to maintaining a blog of her

with owning a business, which is a sign of growth. The

own. Asielue says, “There is something very therapeutic

greatest rewards are seeing how far I’ve come, building

about writing and journaling in addition to improving

great relationships, and seeing my clients happy and

my penmanship. It is nice to be able to go back and

satisfied with my work.

read about things I was experiencing, learning, creating, thinking about, and more. In doing this I’m able to reflect

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written by MATTHEW CORNWALL

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eing on the rising swell of the latest viral content is a chore to maintain. Miss a week on social media and you’ll be late to the party, questioning why everyone’s suddenly singing about greens, beans, potatoes and tomatoes. The current set-up for internet culture allows jokes and memes to live for about a month until they’re laid to rest by something even newer. It almost feels like years since we’ve last uttered the words, “Daaaaaamn Daniel!” even though that was only back in February 2016. Staying trend-savvy might be in your nature, however, the constant overexposure to them usually ends up draining them of the ability to properly enjoy them.

levels of popularity that the object itself has become

From an advertising perspective, its almost an

the punchline.

embarrassment to attempt to model a marketing campaign off of pre-existing content. It would be

Similar arguments can be made with other dance

slightly better to make a parody of the joke, but to

moves, such as twerking and dabbing. Both originating

blindly follow the parameters of an internet meme is

in the black community, it’s appeal was moreso

uncharacteristic behavior that people can see right

self-contained within the dance move. Enter Miley

through, especially when done incorrectly. It’s not very

Cyrus, tongue and all, severely associating herself with

fleek of you to make these simple mistakes.

twerking. Having a high-profile celebrity so closely aligned to the dance move shifted the entire way the

There’s so many different types of entities that can

public. Her question personal behavior caused those

make a mockery your favorite trend. It’s simply a result

who learned of twerking through her, to view it solely

of our times. Anything with the slightest bit ot perceived

for the vulgarity and shock value that she was known

quality will get shared around the web. Buzzfeed’s

for. Despite the long-standing existence of twerking and

entire schtick relies on their employee’s scouring

history of popularity among students, it became banned

the internet for the latest viral content. Nothing really

at different schools across the globe.

can stay sacred and hidden forever, the internet will eventually expose everything worth anything.

In comparison, dabbing has been pretty short lived. It’s a more recent dance move that quickly became popularized via social

“IT’S NOT VERY FLEEK OF YOU TO MAKE THESE SIMPLE MISTAKES. ”

It’s a difficult idea to cope with: the fact that with rising fame that trends can easily get misinterpreted

It’s not like students weren’t appreciative when SCAD

media. As awareness of it grew, it

brought the rapper, Silento, to the Savannah campus

became more apparent that there was a dichotomy of

who don’t properly know what they’re looking at. A

back in 2015. Having administrators and staff members

those who view it as an actual dance move or as a silly

huge portion of people who constantly use the phrase,

who are aware of what’s going on in pop culture means

joke move. Hillary Clinton’s attempt at dabbing on the

“Bye, Felicia,” in their daily vocabularycouldn’t really

the college hired some pretty hip people. The only

Ellen Degeneres was a weird mixture of the two. She

point Felicia out in a line-up. It might be considered

setback was how over-widespread his hit song,

seemed to actually have tried to perform it, but she did

a “hipster” thing to be prideful of knowing something

“Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” has become by that

so with such awkwardness that it was reminiscent of the

before it got cool, but its a perfectly valid feeling. The

point in that time. It was caused by an amalgam of the

sillier iterations of the dance. Clinton’s dab was quilckly

substance of that which you found entertaining has

toddlers who instantly become hype when listening to

labeled as an attempt at pandering to younger voters

seemingly been ignored for the hype surrounding it.

the song, the cringey videos of uncoordinated people

during the election season.

trying to perform the simple dance moves, and the constant acoustic and classical remakes that kept getting made. It was overdone. The combination of simplicity to

To comfort those who feel scorned by the sudden viral

“THEY REPLACE THE PUNCHLINE WITH A SALES PITCH AND EXPECT TO HAVE AN INSTANT SUCCESS.”

perform and the repetitive nature

and made into a mockery by those

Corportations are constantly trying

state of that which they appreciate and love: do you.

to appeal to the younger generation

It’ll be either extremely annoying to the point that

through the replication of popular

you can’t even engage in the activity. That’s perfectly

memes. They replace the punchline

fine. You can also choose to embrace the multitude

with a sales pitch and expect to

of newcomers to your fanbase. Whichever path you

have an instant success. Such

take, just be sure to do whatever you think is cool. It’ll

of the song made it a hit across the nation. There’s

awkward, very cringe. The failed attempts to relate to

definitely help you keep your own personal cool, in the

always a certain shift where it stops being fun due to

youth culture never goes unnoticed, with subreddits

near future.

actual participation and its appeal simply lies within the

such as r/FellowKids collecting the worst offenders.

fact that people are doing it because others are. This sort of territory sort of blurs the lines between what the actual thing we’re smiling about is. It’s at such high

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don’t know much about animation, or about any visual artistry for that matter. I’m a writer, an artist who paints with words (if you think such a thing exists). I’m also a guy who will say “I am a writing major after all” with a shrug and sad giggle in order to excuse my own inadequacies in the visual art oriented classes I do take. I considered including some of my early drawing projects to illustrate that point, but instead I’ll just stick to telling you that my spheres looked like mutant potatoes and so did everything else, really.


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The little I do know about animation springs from

Two, Bryan’s film is set in a shopping center very similar

Looking to the future of the film, Bryan is excited. Soon,

watching Saturday morning cartoons and animated

to Atlantic Station, which is a nod to the city and the

he’ll be able to work on his characters and start piecing

films. Seeing and talking with the creatures that inhabit

people of Atlanta.

everything together, tying up the ends. Later he’ll have it done and on the big screen. Again he posits that it’s

the DMC, sometimes in sweats or pajamas with their faces gaunt and animated by some energy drink candy

Bryan is working on getting the backgrounds together

combo has helped as well. What I’ve learned so far is

for his film. Like in the early

that it goes beyond the finished product on-screen and

concepting stage, he’s drawing a heck

that there are teams of creative critters all around the

of a lot and refining. Later, he’ll add

world who are working life-crushingly hard to bring us

his characters and, yes, giant

those cartoons and films we love.

robot to these backgrounds. He’s also refining his animatic, which is,

In order to find out even more about the process and

in short, a crude bare-bones prototype

just what drives people to stay up night after night to

of the film.

bring their drawings to life, I talked to 2D animator Bryan Salter who has begun work on his senior film, Square Station. Bryan starts his day like a heap of other SCAD students do: around noon because he was up late the night before. It’s

“BRYAN STARTS THE DAY LIKE A HEAP OF OTHER SCAD STUDENTS DO: AROUND NOON BECAUSE HE WAS UP LATE THE NIGHT BEFORE.”

a simple process. Tedious, though with the potential

“THE LITTLE I DO KNOW ABOUT ANIMATION SPRINGS FROM WATCHING SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS AND ANIMATED FILMS.”

for problems. He’s seen students lose everything before. He hopes it doesn’t happen to him. On whether the process or the finished product is more satisfying, Bryan thinks that

the process with all of its monotony and tediousness, problems and sleepless nights, is made worth it when He’s staying rough and loose

the final product is complete. To put it simply, and in

with his work for this part

his words, when you finish an animation and you see it,

of the process, still fleshing

it’s like “Whoa. I just made magic happen.”

out smaller concepts that are integral to the success of his film, like character emotions

because of the film. He scarfs down a bowl of cereal

which can make or break it, rather than focusing on

because it’s fast and heads out. After class, around five,

having it clean and crisp. Being a perfectionist in this

he starts working again.

stage adds too much extra strain when you’re still whittling away at and hammering down concepts. Like a

What Bryan has been doing up to this point is,

rough draft, something I’m familiar with, it’s all meant

according to him, most of the animation process. He’s

to serve the purpose of solidifying the scenes and

been concepting. It would seem that it’s not all complex

getting the mechanics in place. After that first draft,

computer programs that make lines move from the

you go back and revise and revise again. Same process

get-go, but rather, solidifying ideas. Part of the animation program at SCAD is dedicated to helping animators tack down those ideas, giving them a clear sense of direction and focus before they dive in. Bryan’s idea was made

“SOON, HE’LL BE ABLE TO WORK ON HIS CHARACTERS AND START PIECING EVERYTHING TOGETHER, TYING UP THE ENDS.”

for animation. “It’s a tedious, tedious process,” he says. He laughs. According to Bryan, it’s also a simple process. At

whole through a series of storyboards and endless

least until you factor in the nuances. It also takes a lot

drawings and refinements. He knows what he wants to

of self-discipline. In the later stages of the animation

animate because of this, without a doubt.

program, students are expected to make their own production schedules and set their own deadlines which

His film “Square Station,” is going to be a homage

professors sign off on. To this, Bryan has adjusted

to two things. One, on account of a giant robot attack

extremely well. He works hard every day, treating the

being included, Bryan is paying tribute to the action/

work for his film like it’s his livelihood, his way into the

adventure cartoons he so loves, but he’s including

animation world. For all we know, it is.

some silly and fun elements as well, like a character in headphones, seemingly oblivious to the destruction.

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T IND OU F O T E Q U I Z T U R E W I TC H H T E K L TA OP CU OU ARE P H C I WH ZARD Y I W R O

Wh at was yo u r favor i te cl ass in high school? A History B English C P.E. D Drama E Computer science F Chemistry

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Wh at is so mething yo u fea r? A The end of the world as we know it B Ruining my favorite pair of shoes C Fear itself D Not being popular E Becoming the worst version of myself F Failure

Wh at's yo u r favor i te color? A White B Purple C Go ld D Pink E Red F Brown

Wh at's a fl aw of yo u rs? A Angry B Careless C Stubborn D Silly E Insecure F Cranky

Wher e d o yo u feel the most co mfortable? A On vacation B With family C At schoo l D In the spotlight E The library F At home


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Wh at m at ters most to yo u? A Good prevailing over evil B Learning from my mistakes C Doing what's right D Being liked by people E My friends F True love

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SABRINA Wh at d o yo u f in d yo u rself d oing most of ten? A Giving my friends advice B trying to fix my problems C getting into trouble D going after what i want E Studying F S pending time with my significant other

Wher e wo u ld yo u wa nt to tr avel to? A New zealand B rome C london D new york city E another world F i'd rather stay home

You are spunky, fun and witty Sabrina from "Sabrina the teenage witch!" MOstly C s

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WILLOW How d o yo u u nw in d af ter a long day? A TAke a nap B Go Shopping C S pend time with friends D complain E Read a book F Make myself a sandwich

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HOW DOES THE FASHION TREND TOWARDS ANDROGYNY PARALLEL THE PREVALENCE OF BURGEONING LGBTQIA RIGHTS?

written and photographed by MADELINE LENAHAN

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ince humanity’s inception we have been defining ourselves and our perceptions of others based on appearance. Self-tailoring is perhaps the greatest form of self-expression, and thereby a medium for self-ownership. En masse, it’s perhaps even the greatest non-lethal weapon for a modern war against ignorance and prejudice. Who owns your body, gender and sexuality? You, of course. Regrettably, there are still many who have not yet figured that out and choose to ignore or reject these possibilities.

Blurring the lines between gender roles through clothing, hair and makeup may be en vogue, but it’s also a burning bra for contemporary politics. As awareness, sensitivity and recognition of LGBTQIA rights and womens’ rights increases, so can fashion morph to accommodate. This is arguably a corporate scheme to flush retailers and ateliers, but is it also unquestionably an invaluable tool for social change. Take the Milk cosmetics advertising campaign for their holographic cream highlight stick, “Supernova.” This is no doubt a beautiful product, enticing even the most modest makeup users to cover themselves in what looks like lavender liquid stardust, (not to mention it’s vegan and cruelty-free). However, it was not the makeup itself that struck me, it was the marketing. We are all sadly accustomed to seeing the faces and bodies of young women as marketing objects, in fact this level of inundation is so enormous. . .

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he textile industry is often dismissed as something that pertains to a small range of occupations, namely fashion and interior designers. However, the role of textiles is, pun intended, ingratiated into the fabric of society’s existence. Textiles protect our health, safety and improve our quality of life. From architecture to aerospace to medical, the future of textiles is not only intriguing for fashion, but supports humanity in its primal need to go further, faster and be better. Regardless, the future of textiles is at the intersection of science, technology and traditional methods. That being said, the future of textiles is a vast subject matter that has filled dozens, if not hundreds, of books. In an effort to condense and simplify, the focus here will be on but a few of the many innovations to come in our lifetime. Milk, algae and seaweed are not substances commonly associated with clothing. However, with scientific advances in the field of what is known as “technonaturals,” companies are now able to take the benefits of non-textiles and infuse them with traditional fibers. Casein, the protein substance found in milk, can be used to treat fibers before being woven into clothing. This animal protein was originally used as a binding in paints because of its long-lasting, bright white color. In clothing, milk-treated fibers can lead to clothing that maintains whites for longer while also making the clothing softer and more moisture-absorbent.

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clothing stronger while also protecting the wearer. There

cultures for its medicinal properties, is currently

would also be less waste because garments wouldn’t

being infused into fabrics to add additional anti-

have to be discarded to to small rips and tears. The

inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits. Suzanne Lee,

simple fact that it’s a coating material is especially

a fashion designer who has pioneered the concept of

important because, rather than being a specific fabric,

“biocouture,” takes this process one step further in her

this could be applied to any textile, making all fabrics

own work. Lee started by literally growing fabric in tubs

self-healing. The best part is the coating is so thin

at home from harmless bacteria, more scientifically

that, while it can turn any outfit into a garment

known as the synthesization of cellulose. This project,

protective enough for superheroes, the feel of the

started in 2004, has become an entire field, dedicated to growing materials rather than harvesting them from the Earth, which has become an incredibly environmentally-damaging process. This has also propelled the efforts to grow real leather in labs from

COMPANIES ARE NOW ABLE TO TAKE THE BENEFITS OF NON-TEXTILES AND INFUSE THEM WITH TRADITIONAL FIBERS.

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than if it weren’t covered in a self-healing coating. This technology, while eventually could be used on clothing, would have viable

mammalian skin cells. Although this has already been

applications in every field, particularly medicine.

achieved, it will become cheaper and, therefore, more

Bandages coated in this solution could prevent further

applicable once it reaches the ability to scale large

infection and speed up healing time. This technology

enough for the ready-to-wear market.

would also be beneficial to occupations where workers are exposed to dangerous chemicals and questionable

Vitro leather is not the only scientific textile innovation

safety factors, such as firefighters.

coming from laboratories. Researchers in Melbourne, Australia have developed a self-cleaning fabric, by

Another self-repairing product, predicted to be available

use of nanostructures, which degrades organic matters

to the general public in 2050, are custom-fit sneakers

when exposed to light. The nano-enhanced textiles

designed by London-based researcher Shamees Aden.

cleans itself when placed under a light bulb or worn

In accordance with the prototypes that have already

in the sun. This could replace the need for washing

been made, these sneakers would be personalized by fit

machines, thereby cutting down on society’s water

to the wearer through the use of 3D printing. However,

and energy consumption.

these shoes aren’t made of traditional 3D printed plastics or resins. They are made from protocells, which

Self-repairing clothing and textiles are most certainly an

are essentially synthetic biological molecules. These

up-and-coming market in the field of tech wearables.

sneakers, because of their makeup, look and feel like

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have

a second layer of skin while also being able to react to

invented a synthetic coating that can not only heal

common stressors such as heat and pressure.

itself but also protect the wearer from toxic chemicals. Enzymes within the coating are able to dissolve harmful toxins before they can be absorbed into the skin. This substance is able to self-heal due to its makeup of

THE FUTURE OF TEXTILES IS A VAST SUBJECT MATTER THAT HAS FILLED DOZENS, IF NOT HUNDREDS, OF BOOKS.

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The sneakers, dubbed “Protocell Trainers” by their creator, also react like human skin in their ability to repair themselves. Think of it: a nonliving substance

positive and negatively charged polymers. If it sounds

able to behave like the human body, only better. The

confusingly complex, it’s because the science behind it

shoe can transform itself in an instant, providing

is. To put it in layman’s terms, this coating would make

more support for your feet in places it feels the most

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pressure. All that’s needed to heal the shoes is protocell in its liquid form. Placed in it overnight, the “fabric” would repair itself and look and feel as new as the day they came in the mail, whether the shoes were bought one month ago or one decade ago. On the extreme end of the textile innovation scale is MIT graduate and professor Dr. Neri Oxman. Oxman is an architect and designer working on the forefront of textile creation. She does this by using synthetic biology, digital fabrication and computational design to engineer textiles that use nature as their primary inspiration. She believes that, “the future of wearables lies in designing augmented extensions to our own bodies, that will blur the boundary between the environment and ourselves.” In her collection entitled “Wanderers, An Astrobiological Exploration,” she creates beautiful, futuristic pieces that could theoretically protect humankind on planets that can’t support life themselves. These 3D printed wearables are designed as an extension of human anatomy. There are hollow cavities inside each piece that contain microorganisms containing life-essential properties. No one can describe the extremely intricate pieces better than Oxman who says, “living matter within these structures will ultimately transform oxygen for breathing, photons for seeing, biomass for eating, biofuels for moving and calcium for building.” In the future, these sculptural scientific innovations will be able to improve the human body by strengthening bone and repairing damaged skin cells all while powering itself by using the body’s constant accumulation of dead skin cells as its own power source. Because the textile industry affects six continents and millions of lives, it’s impossible to dismiss this industry’s growth potential as something that only influences a small group of people. The common denominator in every invention is the strive for a better planet, whether it’s a cleaner environment or a chemical creation that would allow humans to populate other planets. The future of textiles is certainly bright.

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