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LEAH FETT PORTFOLIO OF WORK // 2016


LEAH FETT PORTFOLIO OF WORK // 2016 Application for Master of Architecture University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Cover page features an investigative section of subterranean caverns and the orchestration of movement via light, horizontality, and verticality


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UNIVERSITY DISTRICT ARTS CENTER

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THE RED PLANE

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REJECT CHAIR REVIVAL

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NICOLLET MALL REVITALIZATION

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PALIMPSEST REVEALED

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Minneapolis, MN // Fall, 2014 STUDIO 3

Minneapolis, MN // Fall, 2014 STUDIO 3

Minneapolis, MN // Fall, 2014 FURNITURE DESIGN

Minneapolis, MN // Spring, 2015 STUDIO 4

Rome, Italy // Spring, 2014 STUDY ABROAD

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CONTAINER CONCEPTS

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EAST END TERRACE

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Appleton, WI // Summer, 2014 MODS International

Minneapolis, MN // Winter, 2015 - Spring, 2016 ESG ARCHITECTS


COMPETITION

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PERSONAL

SOLAR CRAFTING

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WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS

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Mars // Summer, 2015 NASA CENTENNIAL DESIGN COMPETITION

Minneapolis, MN // Fall, 2016 IIDA NORTHLAND FUSION FASHION SHOW

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MURAL + PERSONAL ART

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UNIVERSITY DISTRICT ART CENTER Academic : Studio 3, individual project October - December 2014 Minneapolis, MN

The University District Arts Center is situated on the northwest corner of the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus. The building intends to not only serve university students, but also the adjacent communities with a common space for performance art and gallery display, as well as educational services and a common space for creativity. The building represents a campus of parts, much like the University. The shifting of the building mass tectonics is the driving motif for this design. The masses are arranged in the grid corresponding to the University. The penetration of the Dinkytown neighborhood cuts through the masses at a shifted grid angle, creating a lobby spatially reminiscent of the adjacent granary corridor to the north.

Massing Techtonics

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PROJECT CONCEPT UDAC should be considered a microcosm of its larger context. This is achieved by eminating site-inspired experiences within the building’s sectional and planar qualities, while aesthetically serving the visual and programmatic needs of each of the immediate bordering environments.

Each face of UDAC addresses the visual need of the neighboring environment. The entrance plaza is situated on the University Avenue and 14th Street, one of the main entrances to the U of M campus, and a determined place of rest.

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Louvered wall as interactive art on the exterior

Theater viewshed to Minneapolis skyline


Investigative sketches for louvered wall The campus environment requires a traditional and academic aesthetic, to repectfully correspond with the surrounding context. This locates the classrooms and administrative offices in a building mass similar in proportions and palette to the academic buildings to the south. In order to maximize the visual amenity of the breathtaking Minneapolis skyline, the western-facing facade is primarily transparent, with the site cleared for visibility. This viewshed plays as a dramatic backdrop for the theater stage. To the north, a dynamic louvered facade serves as an engaging art piece to the constant passers-by of Dinkytown. As one moves past the louvered wall, an image emerges, and then disintigrates as the angle of view becomes too sharp. The direction of the louver changes from floor to floor in response to the shifting grids, providing a varying visual experience depending on the direction of approach.

Louvered wall as gallery space on interior

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Study model at 1/16” = 1’-0” scale

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THE RED PLANE Academic : Studio 3, partner project Bryan Sapp September 2014 Minneapolis, MN

Revealing what would otherwise go unnoticed. That was the objective for this public art installation to be located in “The Knoll” on the University of Minnesota Campus. When analyzing a new site, it is crucial to investigate, expose and study the features and elements that cannot may not be immediately evident. Although the Knoll is a very familiar place to those who pass through it daily, many do not notice the significant change in topography that occurs. This is, in part, due to the paved pathways that circumvents the hill altogether.

PROJECT CONCEPT By creating a datum at a fixed elevation point at the top of the hill, a plane was extended in all directions using red string. The trees served as anchor points that all tied back to the origin. At its furthest reach, the plane was 20’ above the ground, allowing for a separation of environments: above and below. Wrapping the trees in red below the elevation point further accentuated this. Since the string crossed over the heavy-traffic pathways, it did not go unnoticed; in fact, it encouraged inquiry. Many found themselves stopped by a transecting string, and followed it up the hill to the origin point. The plane now lay at their ankles, as they were now immersed in the “above” environment. This forced exploration, and exposed a significant yet forgotten feature in a familiar place.


Site diagram by Bryan Sapp, mapping anchor points

Photo of study model

Photo of installation

Diagrammatic investigation

Panoramic photo of installation

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REJECT CHAIR REVIVAL Academic : Furniture Design, individual project December 2014 Minneapolis, MN

Originally manufactured in 1968, this chair was found in a dumpster behind Amundson Hall on the University of Minnesota campus. The objective was to make a found or forgetten chair become relavent again. Make the chair a better chair.

Found chair

For my find, this meant giving the chair a cohesive purpose and appearance. Conceptually, my chair seemed to have an identity crisis. The bent wood arms and spring padded seat had a warm, comfortable aesthetic. The base, however, was a metal swivel base usually found on task-purpose chairs.

PROJECT CONCEPT After some minor repairs, the base was removed from the seat altogether, and the bent wood arms were examined as a typology that would inform the new base. Though some angles are replicated exactly, the profile of the chair’s arm shape is adjusted to create the curvature of a rocker. The arms were made by laminated bent wood, with the layers still visible on the profile. To imitate this, plywood was used, ensuring the lamination layers’ visibility on the front of the rockers.   Sanded and restained, the dark cherry stain emphasizes the silhouette of the now unified form, while the twotoned upholstery pays hommage to the mismatched chair it was in its previous life.

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Final Chair

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NICOLLET MALL REVITALIZATION Academic : Studio 4, individual & class project January - May 2015 Minneapolis, MN

Connecting the Mississippi River front to the Chain of Lakes, the Nicollet Mall is a signature of downtown Minneapolis. Constructed in 1967, Nicollet was Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first transit mall. However, as the city has grown and adapted, the mall has not. A cosmetic redesign was done in the 90s, but failed to address the issues of circulation and program.

Researching the identities, needs and priorities of the mall, our class defined 3 zones, each with a unique character - the Civic Gateway, the Corporate Core, and the Urban Backyard. Individually, each student took on a traversing block on Nicollet, an architectural acupuncture point for revitalization of the Nicollet Mall. I was assigned the block between 8th and 9th, at the south end of the Corporate core, bordering the Urban Backyard.


Streetscape perspective, looking North

STASIS

RESIDENTIAL

MOVEMENT

OFFICE / MIXED USE

OFFICE / MIXED USE

SKYWAY

RESTAURANT

RESTAURANT

20’ PEDESTRIAN

10’ TRAM / BIKE

30’ CENTRAL PROMENADE

10’ TRAM / BIKE

20’ PEDESTRIAN

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For the those visiting the block as a desitnation for a happy hour, a comedy show, or an orchestra performance, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to provide a streetscape that is engaging and alive. Going beyond street furniture, this includes an organization of traffic types in order to truly give the street to the pedestrian.

MARQUETTE AVE.

The skyway is used mostly by corporate professionals seeking the quickest, and most hassle-free route. In order to showcase this Twin Cities icon, as well as make way-finding easier, I moved the pathways to the edges of the building envelope. The skyways are also distinguished with a uniform tinted glass. This way, the path can be seen as singular architectural entity, snaking through the urban landscape.

CORPORATE CORE

CIVIC GATEWAY

This block is transitionary. It needs to effectively serve the destination-oriented professionals from the corporate core, as well as meandering visitors. The block features a variety of restaurants, retail desitinations and appointment services. Many of these do not front the street, but are connected on a secondary (but equally travelled ) platform - the skyway level.


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URBAN BACKYARD

CORPORATE CORE

POCKET PARK LOCATION

Proposed east elevation

Existing east elevation photo collage

Although the West side of my assigned block is occupied entirely by a bank, the east side presents an opportunity to covert a Panera courtyard into a pocket park. Taking inspiration from Paley Park in New York City, this small plaza offers a retreat from the bustling streets and stuffy corporate towers for a place to relax outside for professionals and visitors alike. By removing the existing Panera front threshold, the building facade line recedes to offer a 2,100 square foot plaza. By taking advantage of the low rooftop of the adjacent Walgreens building, there is the opportunity for a rooftop park to be connected to the skyway system.

This small plaza is capable of serving many versitile functions, as a potential event space or perhaps a public art gallery. The large, empty wall to the north could even host a mural by a local artist. This park responds well to itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location at the edge of the corporate core, and offers the recreation and relaxation of the urban backyard without having to travel over there. It engages the streetscape as well as the skyway system, and exhibits Minneapolis culture.


Pocket park night life

Pocket park aerial view

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Arch of Titus under scaffolding

Renaissance rooftops

My portion (zone 8) of map on photo of Roman cobblestone

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Dome visible from Via dei Fori Imperiali

Transverse section of the Colosseum, in fan chronology

PALIMPSEST REVEALED Academic : Creative Cartography, individual & class project January - March 2014 Rome, Italy

Palimpsest [paləm(p)ˌsest]:  Something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.

Rome is a city of layers. It is a city that has been building upon itself for centuries, resulting in one of the most culturally, historically, architecturally and politically significant cities on the planet. This map is an exercise in investigational drawing. It intends to capture not just Rome’s current street contours and building footprints, but its layers, and all the sensations, history, and emotions that accompany them.


Silhouette of Palatine Hill from Forum

Afternoon sun on Forum colonnade

The city was divided into 8 zones, with each person assigned to study and investigate their region for 4 weeks. This resulted in the development and creation of a unique cartography that tells the story of each individual slice of Rome. My assigned zone included the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. When all zones were stitched together, the completed map filled an entire public plaza.

Local wine, painted with local Sangiovese

The Colosseum is an exceptional example that can still be walked within today. It is a place that is saturated with history and human emotion - something a traditional map cannot capture. This is section cut expands from the page and is broken into a fanned-out chronology: from the draining of Neroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s palatial lake, to the inauguration, to the height of itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popularity and brutality, to its ruin as a medieval quarry, and to present day, as a public museum.

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Massing Axons

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CONTAINER CONCEPTS Professional : MODS International, Inc. Architectural Intern May - August 2014 Appleton, WI

MODS (Modular On Demand Structures) is a design-build firm specializing in repurposing recycled shipping containers. Designed for durability, steel shipping containers are inherently strong, readily available, and low in cost. Because of their modular dimensions, they are easy to design with and stack into countless arrangement options.They are also portable, fitting perfectly on a semi truck bed for shipment. This makes the shipping container the ideal option for exhibition use, pop up commericial stands, and semi-mobile residences.

FOLD-DOWN CAFE // (1) 20’ CONTAINER

OPEN TRUSS RESTAURANT // (4) 40’ CONTAINERS

Using standard 20’ and 40’ containers, it was my responsibility to create a marketing brochure exploring various commerical, residential, exhibition applications. The examples shown are a selection of concepts that showcase the shipping container’s versatility and successful integration with other building systems.

HUNTING CABIN // (1) 40’ + 1 (20’) CONTAINER

EXHIBITION FLIGHT DECK // (6) 40’ CONTAINERS

STRIP MALL // (5) 40’ CONTAINERS


Plans

Renderings

SERVICE COUNTER

DRY STOR.

KITCHEN

KITCHEN

BAR

FRIDGE UNIT

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East End amenity terrace, facing North

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EAST END AMENITY TERRACE Professional : ESG Architects Architectural Designer December 2015 - February 2016 Minneapolis, MN

Elness Swenson Graham Architects is a rapidly growing architecture and interior design firm in Minneapolis. Hospitality as its calling card, ESG leads the local industry in creatively addressing the needs of its users in each and every project. East End is an multi-use building sited in downtown Minneapolis. The podium will host a grocery tenant with

6 floors of luxury apartments above. A gracious amenity terrace occupies the top of the grocery parking ramp. I was tasked with laying out the terrace, as well as designing and detailing a sculptural pergola to wrap the swimming pool. Rather than design a straight-run pergola that only offers shade, I saw this element as an opportunity to divide this large terrace area into more intimate spaces, aimed at accommodating various group sizes and furniture settings for year round enjoyment.


3D axon of terrace

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Beginning with a steel column grid, I used a language of two materials - hardwood members and canvas - to divide the space. Each material expression is oriented to a direction. Thin hardwood members run North-South and drop down to separate space. Canvas strips run strictly East-West, and are woven through the wood members. By setting these rules, it creates a visually interesting interaction of materials, as well as varying degrees of opacity between pockets of space. This system adapts to accomodate and inform various arrangements of furniture, grill stations, and walk ways. The steel structure allows the pergola to suspend seasonal furniture such as hammocks during the warm months. These can be easily removed without a trace and replaced with seating for fire pits during the cold season.


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TUBE STEEL FRAMING (SEE STRUCTURAL)

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1'-6" OUTDOOR FABRIC (FF&E) WOVEN BETWEEN WOOD MEMBERS IN ALTERNATING PATTERN

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HARDWOOD MEMBERS FASTENED TO STL FRAME MEMBERS

PROVIDE ADDL STRUCTURAL SUPPORT @ HAMMOCK ATTACHMENT (LOCATIONS TBD)

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3/8” = 1’-0” PERGOLA PLAN // 3/4” = 1’-0”

12' - 4" 10 EQ SPACES

PROVIDE ONE HANDHOLE WITH FLUSH LID PER COLUMN

TUBE STEEL FRAMING

131' - 6" TOP OF STEEL, TYP.

ELEC CONDUIT HSS COLUMN, FASTEN TO BASE PLATE TABS W/ FLUSH FASTENERS

HARDWOOD MEMBERS FASTENED TO STL FRAME

6X6X1/2" BASE PLATE WITH WELDED TABS

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View from terrace entry

1' - 1 1/2"

4" CONC TOPPING SLOPED

OUTDOOR FABRIC WOVEN BETWEEN WD MEMBERS IN ALTERNATING PATTERN ATTACHED TO BOTTOM MEMBER W/ SPRING HOOKS & EYELET HARDWARE DETAIL COLUMN BASE

3" MIN AVG RIGID INSUL

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Sketch of early design iteration

FLUID APPLIED WATERPROOFING MEMBRANE

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3/8” = 1’-0”

PERGOLA SECTION // 3/4” = 1’-0”

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131' - 6" TOP OF STEEL, TYP.

3' - 9"

ELEC CONDUIT HSS COLUMN, FASTEN TO BASE PLATE TABS W/ FLUSH FASTENERS

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FLUID APPLIED WATERPROOFING MEMBRANE

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1'-6" OUTDOOR FABRIC (FF&E) WOVEN BETWEEN WOOD MEMBERS IN ALTERNATING PATTERN

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PROVIDE ADDL STRUCTURAL SUPPORT @ HAMMOCK ATTACHMENT (LOCATIONS TBD)

COLUMN BASE DETAIL // 1-1/2” = 1’-0” 3/8” = 1’-0”

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TYP

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6X6X1/2" BASE PLATE WITH WELDED TABS

4" CONC TOPPING SLOPED EQ

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TUBE STEEL FRAMING (SEE STRUCTURAL)


Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator slows spacecraft for arrival.

EDL shuttle performs controlled landing and release of central module.

Ground perspective of Solar Crafting construction of Exterior Dome

Solar Crafting Assembly begins 3D printing Exterior Dome around Central Module

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EXTERIOR DOME radiation protection insulates from diurnal temp. changes provides rigidity

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SOLAR CRAFTING Competition : NASA Centennial Design Challenge Architect Charles Wood, Caleb Williams, Claire Cole , Derek Mathers, Jared Swihart, Les Karpas Top 30 Finalist March - September 2015

This project was for Phase 1 of the NASA Centennial Design Competition: 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. The prompt was to design a self-assembling, 3D printed habitat to accommodate the arrival of 4 researchers on a 2 year mission on the Martian Surface. Phase 1 was part of a larger, multi-phase competition to advance the additive construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions for Earth and beyond.

LSM INFLATABLE maintains interior pressure seals sterile environment volume efficient shape

CENTRAL MODULE houses LSM inflatable houses hardware, MEP vertical circulation

MEETING SHAB completed. Envelope assessed for human occupation.

GALLEY

RECREATION

COMMAND CENTER

HYGIENE

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MEDICAL BAY

EVA PREP

RESEARCH + STOWAGE CIRC. LAB

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Solar Crafting is an innovative additive manufacturing approach that combines the construction capabilities of Contour Crafting with the energy-efficient process of Solar Sintering to construct structures from sun and sand. Advanced robotics are used to harvest and refine surface material, and to track the sun through the sky. Our balloon-assisted gantry system tilts accordingly to focus the sun’s rays with a film-thin fresnel lens. The surface-mined regolith is then superheated to a molten deposition resin and extruded in thin layers, hardening to a quartzlike material. Working during all adequate daylight hours, this system completes the exterior dome in roughly 3 month’s time. The Surface Habitat (SHAB) is a 3 part system. Each component provides environmental conditions that are crucial in supporting

Balloon-assisted gantry tracks the sun to construct

human life on the hostile Red Planet. For an off-world habitat, maximizing Astronaut Standards of Living are of the utmost importance. Special attention was paid to meeting or exceeding NASA’s outlined requirements for astronaut health, safety, and wellbeing. Within the LSM, the volume efficient inflatable divides into two floors, with all necessary rigid equipment, hardware, and ducting housed in the central core. This provides the largest possible area for living space and circulation. Level 1 is programmed for work and research, while Level 2 is for living and recreation. As a psychological retreat from the harshness of the Martian environment, the interior was designed to be reminiscent of the astronauts’ Earthly dwellings. Through a balance of private and congregational spaces, curved, organic themes are used in addition to the central placement of plants and natural light baffles in the habitat core.


Media Center interior perspective

Galley interior perspective

Medical Bay interior perspective

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WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS Competition : IIDA Northland Fusion Fashion Show 2016 Team Manager for ESG Architects Andy McDermott, Carley Hammers, Kali Bruhnke, Kristine Siiro Kandace Hess, John Leeke, Carol Magerkurth, Emily DeVore Best Interpretation of the Theme & 1st Runner up Best in Show August - October 2016

The Fusion Fashion Show is a Project Runway-style design competition where members of the Twin Cities architectural and interior design industry create a runway garment. These garments must be created using 75% building materials such as tile, laminate, drapery, hardware, etc. This includes a last- minute addtion of a “mystery material” of which the teams must use 50%. The 2016 theme was “Welcome to Wonderland” and required the incorporation of a 2’ x 3’ vinyl wallcovering as the mystery material. I managed our ESG Architects team (a mix of architects, interior designers and graphic designers), and together we chose the smoking caterpillar as the inspiration for our concept.

Lewis Carroll’s illustration for the smoking caterpillar


Garment model, Kali Bruhnke, walks the runway, photo by MN Daily

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“Who are you?” On the breath of an exhale, it ribbons and twirls into obscurity, diffusing into the atmosphere, animating the unseen currents that surround.

Back detail of collar

We chose the scene with the smoking caterpillar because we thought it was exemplary of the story of Alice in Wonderland as a whole. It is a moment where she is questioning who she is and emerges from the smoke by growing up to the tree tops. I wrote the above poem as our 25 word concept statement to the judges. Our garment used many unconventional building materials in it’s construction. For the skirt, a bustle was made out of a molded window screen, and covered with layers of sheer drapery to create a smoke-like effect. John Leeke (architect), devised a hand-held ‘smoke’ wand that emitted an HVAC testing powder to animate the look on the runway. I was responsible for fashioning the wallcovering ‘mystery material’ into an intricate collar. As a focal point, the collar is meant to be an visual hybrid of the arabesque culture of hookah smoking and the Victorian era of which Through the Looking Glass was written. The intricate hand-cut pattern is symmetrical and features a lace- up back with a high collar, fringed with the sheer drapery. Front detail of collar

Sketch of Concept


Model Kali Bruhnke exhibits ‘smoke’ animation, photo by MN Daily

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FDL high school mural progress photo Paid commission, acrylic

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MURAL + PERSONAL ART Personal

A selection of personal works, including an independent mural commission for Fond du Lac High School in 2011. I enjoy working in acrylic and watercolor.

Portrait of my grandmother, acrylic


Florence, Italy travel watercolor

Vancouver, BC travel watercolor

South Carolina travel watercolor Figure drawing, chalk pastels

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Self-portrait, watercolor


Thank you for your consideration of my application.

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Leah Fett Architectural Portfolio 2016