A Los Angeles Teen's Style, Music, and Art Journal

A Los Angeles Teen's Style, Music, and Art Journal

Thursday, July 2, 2015

SAIC Advanced Projects Pieces

It's almost been a week since my final show at SAIC for the summer course I took titled "Advanced Projects," and I'm still amazed at all of the incredible work my peers and I created. Here are some photos I took at the final show:



(my work below)



I had a video projection going with two channels looping footage of me taking off various pieces of clothing/fabric in reverse. I really like the way it turned out, and if you'd like, you can see a differently edited version here (with everything in order and in one channel):


xx Alyssa

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Day on Melrose Avenue

It's starting to break 100 degrees, but that's not going to slow anyone in Los Angeles down. My mom and I spent a few hours on Melrose Avenue yesterday, eating at my favorite restaurant and doing a bit of shopping for my Senior year of high school.


Tatsu Ramen (one on Melrose, one on Sawtelle) is my favorite place to eat in LA. Mind you, it's not a fancy, sit down and a be waited on restaurant, but it has the best food (in my humble opinion). I get the Soul Ramen with extra onions and tofu, and always accompany that with fried rice. Their fried rice is AMAZING.


I also had to take the classic LA-girl pic at the Paul Smith store on Melrose - that pink wall shows up all of the time on my friend's pictures!


I think I'm going to buy one of those stupid Star Maps with a friend and drive around LA trying to find the houses. It's pretty silly, but it would be a fun thing to do before summer ends, as I've never really done anything touristy in my own city. Other things on my bucket list: one of those open-top buses, the touristy museums like Madam Tussauds, and going to that bench that was in 500 Days of Summer.


I also went to Reformation, which is one of my favorite stores - the one in Soho (right next to Opening Ceremony) is a dream. This was actually the first time I'd been to the LA location, and it was so cute! I love their neon signs. The whole store just gives off the best vibe. I got this two-piece dress for my Senior Portrait; at my school, each senior gets a full page in the yearbook with their portrait and whatever they want to write. It's a little scary that I'm actually a Senior now. Summer is already almost 1/3 over!

Hope everyone is having a lovely summer, and that it's not as hot where you are as it is in LA! 

xx Alyssa

Friday, June 26, 2015

Advanced Projects @ SAIC: Final Show

It's the final day of a two-week portfolio development course I've been taking at SAIC, and we finally get to show our work in a gallery today! We made a few posters (mainly so out parents knew where to go), and I'm really excited to be able to see my work in a gallery setting. Basically, I can't wait to not see a pile of fabric cuttings, dust, fur, etc. on the ground from working on my project.


Here's my little poster I made with ink and brown paper for the show.


My two pieces are meant to be shown next to each other, so I tried to convey that with these low-resolution Snapchat photos. They're both self-portraits, covered with materials such as plastic, foil, tape, cut-up CDs, lace, fur, and more. I'm really proud of these, as they're both quite large and took me two weeks; I also made a video that goes along with them, which I might post on Youtube soon. Let me know what you think!

xx Alyssa



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Art Textures

Well, I've reached the final two days of my art program in Chicago, where I've been working on my portfolio for the past two weeks. It's been non-stop (as in 9-4 every day, plus extra studio hours), and I've produced pieces that I'm really proud of. Hopefully, the board of admissions at all of the colleges I'm applying to in Fall will feel the same way! I'm probably only applying to one art school, but I'm going to submit a portfolio to every other college/university I apply to, as I plan to study art whether it be a second major or a minor.

At my high school, I take a class that's basically just titled "Art," although it is primarily a painting/drawing class. We don't do any 3D work, so I thought I'd take advantage of my time this summer and do some cool 3D pieces for my portfolio. I'm working on two large tapestries, and I took a few photos of the different textures to share with you all:



foil and vinyl


faux fur, felt


cut up ant-static film


fur and batting


safety pins


video and audio cassette tape


feathers from my Tanzanian safari last year, faux fur, faux hair


coat lining, ink

I can't wait to finish these pieces, and will definitely post photos of the final project within the next few days. Hope everyone is having a lovely summer!

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Bucktown: Vintage, Tacos, and Donuts

Hello lovelies! I've been in Chicago for a little over a week now, and on last Friday night when I finally had a bit of a break of non-stop artmaking all week, my friends and I took a trip to an area of the city called Bucktown where we indulged in a little shopping and a lot of food.

We stopped in a wig store where you could try on all the wigs if you payed $1 for a wig cap. It was hilarious seeing me with long blonde hair and bangs! I almost bought a blue wig, but I decided I could've spent the $29.99 in a better way. 

We had dinner at the takeout window of Bigstar Tacos, which was delicious. I got the chicken tacos and a horchata... man, it was good. I definitely recommend it. But be warned, Bigstar is the "hip taco joint," so if you want to sit in the main restaurant, you're going to have 30 people with mustaches, beards, and lots of flannel in line in front of you. Yes, that's what happened to us.



We also went to this adorable vintage store called Kokorokoko Vintage that had the best selection I've seen in a long time. It was a tad on the pricey side, but still great. I actually squealed in delight when I found this Keith Haring pin. They had Haring everywhere - even in the dressing rooms! I got the cutest 60s style dress.





Before heading back to out dorm, we ate dessert at Glazed & Infused; there were five of us, so we ordered five different donuts and sampled them all. My favorite were the vanilla glazed and peanut butter ones. Delicious.

xx Alyssa

Monday, June 22, 2015

Moldmaking (my face)

Hello lovelies! I'm doing an art program right now so I can get a good start on my portfolio for college applications over the summer... scary. Anyways, one of my friends/fellow classmates is making a bunch of masks for her project, and so she made an alginate mold of my face. It was one of the weirdest experiences I've ever had; fun, but not so fun when I got alginate in my mouth and wasn't able to move for 45 minutes.


Me, pre-moldmaking, in my art clothes (top and jeans both vintage, pin from MCA in Chicago).


After the alginate was done. I had straws sticking out my mouth so that I could breathe, but one fell to the side and it was an uncomfortable situation. Not scary, just kinda gross.


Here's me with all of the plaster around the alginate mold so we could actually take it off my face and not ruin it. I looked like an alien. Someone came around while the plaster was drawing and drew a smiley face on me!

The final product was actually pretty cool, and looked exactly like me (obviously). Ah, what we do in the name of art. 

xx Alyssa

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Scenes Of Chicago

Hello lovelies!! Let me set the scene for you. As I write this at 7:48 AM in Chicago, I can hear car horns and lots of people screaming their lungs out. This has been going on since around 6:30. No, there's no danger - it's only the Stanley Cup parade for the Blackhawks, who won earlier this week. Ah, Chicago. Here's some photos I've taken around the city as I've been here for nearly a week.


An embroidery piece from the Museum of Contemporary Art.


A scanned image of me looking at a Tracey Emin book.


The cutest backyard of a house next to the L station.


A car from an exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago.


A still from "Submarine," (dir. Richard Ayoade) which I watched by myself in the library two days ago.

xx Alyssa