Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cacao Magazine

Cacaao Magazine, a Taiwanese creative arts magazine,  released an issue on Reykjavik, Iceland. I was lucky enough to be included as one of their featured artists. Check them out: here!

The magazine also featured:
Vík Prjónsdóttir, A creative brand that designs and produces quality products from Icelandic sheep wool; a unique and sustainable source. Its combination of fibers results in a wool that is warm, light-weight and water-repellent.

Sindri Már Sigfússon an artist and musician most notably known as part of the Icelandic band Seabear, a 7 piece band from Reykjavik, Iceland.
(Source: Sindri Már Sigfússon)
The Weird Girls is a group of women who film themselves in various places and various costumes. The group releases videos episodically by various directors and costume designers from Iceland and abroad.
(Source: Katrín Lilja)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Graduate School - DreamWorks Animation Studio

Lind, BlueJay, and I were invited to the lot of the Dreamworks Animation studio in Glendale, CA to see a student screening of Puss In Boots (2011). The studio invited animation students from local schools including clarts, Animation Mentor, USC, and UCLA.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Graduate School - 日本語日記 / Japanese Journal

Over the weekend, I started a Japanese blog with the blogging website Hatena. The blog is titled ジョアンナの日記(ジョアンナのにっき) or Jovanna's Journal. A simple name but I'm excited to contribute to a foreign language dairy. The activity will be a way to practic the language I studied as a high school student.
My goals for this journal will be to build a big enough vocabulary to convey the subtlety of what I want to express. As a method of checking accuracy, I've enrolled in the language exchange website Lang-8. Posted entries are reviewed by natural speakers who, intern, request their work to be reviewed by the native speaker of the foreign language they are trying to learn.

The blogging service Hatena comes with an iPhone application for mobile posting. This way, I've structured the journal as a 絵日記 (えにっき) or dairy with illustrations, to update my iphone doodles on the web. As a Japanese blogging service, Hatena Diary does not force users to input a Japanese address or telephone number. I would recommend it for anyone outside of Japan who wishes to join the Japanese blogging community.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Graduate School - Thanksgiving Dinner

The graduate animation student group, POV, met in Altadena to celebrate Thanksgiving. The traditional American Thanksgiving comes from the first Thanksgiving meal held in 1621 by pilgrims who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts during the winter months.  An English-Educated Wampanoag tribesmen, Squanto,  taught the Pilgrims how to grow, prepare, hunt, and harvest food from the local environment. George Washington made Thanksgiving Day national government holiday on October 3, 1789.
National Day of Mourning is an annual protest on the same day as Thanksgiving to honor Native ancestors, illumination the major revisions of United States history, and renewed appreciation for Native American culture.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Graduate School - Werner Herzog Screens 'Into the Abyss'

On November 9th, Werner Herzog came to USC to screen his newest documentary INTO THE ABYSS. Herzog was visiting as part of SCA’S Outside the Box(Office) series. The film chronicles the experience of a death row inmate and delves into the normal themes of Herzog’s work including time, death and mortality.

The filmmaker spoke at a Q&A session after a screening of his new documentary. Herzog gave advice for aspiring filmmakers to read, “If you’re not reading, you will never be a good filmmaker”. He also described the difference between facts and truths in documentary filmmaking, "Facts can, at best, create norms. Truth can create illumination or ecstasy.”

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Graduate School - La Cañada

I currently live in Los Angeles county, in the small town of La Cañada. The name comes from the Spanish word cañada, meaning canyon or ravine. The area was first known as Rancho La Cañada during the Spanish era. The tilde (ñ) is the only letter separating the town and the country of Canada, whose name was derived from a Canadian aboriginal language meaning village or settlement. I like to joke how my mail is sometimes misdirected to Canada.
The small city is home to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which works primarily in robotics technology in relation to space exploration, and the Descanso Gardens, which holds the largest collection of camellia species in North America.
The climate is similar to typical Southern California inland valley weather. The winters are mild and the summers are hot summers. Due to it's location between the Santa Monica Mountains and the Verdugo Mountains and San Rafael Hills, the summers are generally hotter and winters often cooler than in coastal parts of metropolitan Los Angeles.

Friday, November 4, 2011

This Isn't Happiness

Hooray! One of my photographs was featured on This Isn't Happiness. I've included a link here. I'm thrilled to be featured on one of most epic Tumblr websites.

I have prints of this image are available on Saatchi: Order A Print