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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 Letâ€™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
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
MATTHEW CORNWALL editor-in-chief
KATIE MILLER copy editor
arts and entertainment editor
JUST ONE WISH . . . interviews and photographs by KIKI JOHNSON
IF I HAD
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.
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.
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
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.
VINOD KRISHNAN T
written by MADDIE MULLEN photographs by GUARAV DORA artwork by VINOD KRISHNAN
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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
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
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.
STEPHANIE ASIELUE MFA, Alumna
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.”
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
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
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
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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C I G A M E I OV
M F O E G A M
S R ALTE FOUT ROD BRYAN S R A J y of n by writte s courtese e imag
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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.
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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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
MOstly A s
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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
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HOW DOES THE FASHION TREND TOWARDS ANDROGYNY PARALLEL THE PREVALENCE OF BURGEONING LGBTQIA RIGHTS?
written and photographed by MADELINE LENAHAN
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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