How to Get a Job in the Design World – Like Me

12 Nov

canadia-busWhen I first graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, it was difficult. I started out in the 1990s and it was not easy during that time. It was a slow crawl just to be able to do anything, which was frustrating at times. After six months of applying to jobs and getting nothing, I was running out of ideas. I started thinking about my goals as a designer and realized that I need to pack up and head back to my home town in Canada.

Even though looking for a job in another state was tough, I was way up in the Yukon of Canada and it made it worse. I’m still glad that I had made the decision to goto the university. I packed my bags and hopped on a bus heading south west back in to the states. [...]

Preserving the Googie and Art Deco Design in Los Angeles Architecture

21 Oct

Community_CenterOn the sixth floor of Los Angeles City Hall is the Office of Historic Resources (OHR) which coordinates the city’s historic preservation activities, including the first comprehensive program to identify significant historic resources throughout the city.

SurveyLA is a municipal historic preservation project in Los Angeles funded by a $2.5 million grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust. Managed by the Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources, the preservation program is the first of its kind seeking to have historians and architectural historians identify significant historic resources dating from 1865 to 1980 in Los Angeles. The project will begin in the spring of 2014 and is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2017. [...]

Assignment: Shedding Light on the Homeless of Los Angeles

4 Sep

Embarking on my adventure to Los Angeles I was expecting to see all the wonderful things you read and hear about this amazing city. Although it is well known for the many rich and famous that call this city home, there are also a large amount of the downtrodden outcasts who live in the shadows. The reason I was so attracted to the outcasts of this city is because they are such a contrast to what you would expect when you visit this part of the world. The city is absolutely beautiful and is everything your read about in the newspapers and magazines, but the homeless in Los Angeles like magnets living on the fringes of society just drew me in to a place I could never have imagined existed. I decided I was going to spend a few days living among the homeless people and really gain insight to what it must be like to live this way.

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The very first thing I noticed when I stumbled upon my first group of homeless men was that they seemed to be in a world of their own. I introduced myself and surprisingly was greeted with wild enthusiasm from the group. Contrary to what you may think or have heard, they did not immediately begin asking me for money or food, or attack me for m clothing. They introduced themselves and acted almost as if i was already a part of their little click. I did not have a camera crew with me or a recording team to scare them away, I simply tried to talk to them like another human being would talk to them. Within minutes I was already a part of some unique conversations.

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As you can imagine food and water are a huge priority if you are going to survive on the streets. I forced myself not to eat and drink today so by the heat of the afternoon I was pretty thirsty. I did not carry any money with me and immediately began to wonder how can I at least keep hydrated. These guys are extremely resourceful to say the least. They know exactly where the nearest fountains and sources for free clean water are. You see to forget that public bathrooms have sinks with clean running water in them. This source of water keeps many of the homeless hydrated throughout their days. A simple luxury we all take for granted.

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Sleeping on the streets was an altogether different experience. As night falls the group told me of many places they call home at night. I expected park benches and card board boxes, instead I was shown warm dry underpasses stocked with blankets and fresh fruit. These guys are definitely survivalists to say the least. Listening to their stories was heartbreaking to say the least. Some are mentally ill, some lost their jobs and some are serious addicts. They all see to band together in their own small groups and survive like I imagine ancient man survived when he had no luxuries. They seem almost oblivious to the world around them. It was very interesting listening to stories, but I must admit I was saddened and humbled.

I spend days living with this group and just watching how they only take what they need to survive each day with no concern about yesterday or tomorrow. It was so hard for me to understand how this country could let the mentally ill and sick among them simply waste away on the street. I was never approached during my time by anyone from social services or the local authorities. I spent my days listening to stories about where the best places to get food is and where the warmest places to sleep at night. This group is very territorial and i was warned to stay within the areas they frequented. The consequences for going into other homeless areas are often met with violence. I still often think about how terrible it must feel inside to have the country you love simply toss you aside like you have zero worth. These guys do have value, and I believe if they were given the opportunity and the help, they could find there way to a better life.

Stunning Statues in the US

23 Aug

Been in the US for a couple of years but until now, I still find something fabulous to rave, especially when it comes to architecture and landscapes – two things I am definitely crazy about. The allure of each place for me is multiplied many times if I find structures that will give my mind a wiggle.

My recent fascination are the statues – tall and great – sculpted in all glory for everyone to appreciate. They may not be sculpted the way Australian women’s body were back home through the help of expert clinics for liposuction in Melbourne but they are definitely worth all the attention.

Christ of the Ozarks, Arkansas

This one is quite popular not just for its being a landmark in the Magnetic Mountains of Eureka Springs but also for the controversies surrounding it. Sculptor Emmet Sullivan, who also worked for Gerald L. K. Smith on Mount Rushmore, got some negative feedbacks for his odd depiction of Christ with this statue. His involvement in racist organizations were also put in question. Regardless, the Christ of the Ozarks statue, made of cast concrete, is a must-see.

King of Kings, Ohio

This is art at its finest. This depiction of Jesus is quite unique. It has taken the King of Kings from the waist up with both hands lifted up to the sky. It is made of Styrofoam and fiberglass by sculptor James Lynch. Together with designer Brad Coriel, they created this to be a commanding view in front of Monroe’s Solid Rock Church in 2004.

Our Lady of the Rockies, Montana

This statue was built as a promise made by Bob O’Bill when his wife suffered from cancer. He said he will build a statue of the Virgin Mary if his wife recovers and true enough, he started building the 90-feet-tall Our Lady of the Rockies in 1979, along with the help of the city government of Butte. Six years after, the statue was airlifted to the Continental Divide that’s overlooking the city. Bus tours are made available so tourists can get close to the fantastic image. A tram is also under construction.

Giraffe Statue, Texas

Dallas Zoo made sure its presence is recognized because visitors will be greeted by a 67-foot monster that thankfully, does not move. The Dallas Zoo Giraffe Statue is made of bronze and plexiglass and is situated three miles to the south of Downtown Dallas.

Statue of Liberty, New York

The most famous lady in New York stands at gigantic 151 feet. That height is doubled because the sculpture is mounted on a pedestal that’s 154 feet tall. It is sculpted by renowned artist Francis Auguste Bartholdi in late 19th century. The pedestal, meanwhile, is designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt. Aside from the Lady Liberty itself, other notable aspects of this world-famous landmark include the torch, which is coated in gold leaf.

Appreciation of the art is different. People can be outright conscious about their sculpted bodies that they make a beeline for clinic offering liposuction in Long Island, such as this one: http://www.longislandbeautymd.com/slimlipo-stony-brook/. But in the world of art, every stroke may be noted although they do not have to be in real perfect shape to be cherished.

What to Do If You’ve Lost Your Car Keys

20 Aug

Have you ever, in a mad rush, dropped your keys into the drain or locked them as part of your car? You must understand exactly how much as of a horribly panic-inducing experience it could prove to be, especially when you are travelling. You can easily get out of such situations with the help of a competent locksmith. Auto locksmiths are generally fully capable of helping you with all sorts of vehicles, from a car to truck, van, motorcycles and even caravans. Therefore, whenever you are in need of new car keys, contact your local auto locksmith.

When neglected at night in the cold, which is very popular in the U.K, you are likely to frequently find yourself standing on the road, waiting for an auto locksmith to come to your rescue. Nobody wants to stand on the road during those chilly winter evenings. Unlike the standard locksmith services, Bromley Locksmiths are going to be on the scene quickly to make certain that the time you spend waiting is as minimal as possible.

Important Information to Be Prepared For Your Auto Locksmith

In order to make the job easier for the locksmith, you are advised to have the following information ready:

1. The sort of car you drive.

2. The sort of car keys you had. You need to let the locksmith know if you used transponder car keys, fobs, remote keys, electronic chops, non remote keys, or standard car keys. Majority of the cars after 1995 use transponder keys.

3. Your car’s registration number.

4. Model and make of your car.

5. The identification number of your car. You can find it in your V5 document in vehicle log book.

6. Postcode of the area where you are, should you need an emergency service from the locksmith-service provider.

7. Personal identification – documents clearly showing your photo, name and address in order to confirm ownership of the car.

What to Do If the Car Keys Are Stolen

An auto locksmith, in case your car keys are stolen, will reprogram your car so the old keys can no longer be used. The ignition barrel and door locks of your vehicle might have to be reconfigured, depending on how old your car is.

 

 

On Being an Art Tourist

1 Aug

Increasing income and access to cheaper travel has spurred tourism to be among the fastest growing industries in the world today. In response to the progressively sophisticated demands of the modern traveler, businesses have likewise established novel and creative travel products and services. Depending on the main purpose of a visit, a tourist can also be referred to as an eco-tourist, a medical tourist, or a business tourist, among other names. In these distinct categories of tourism, one that stands out for me is art tourism.

Art tourism refers to travel made by people with the intention of engaging in activities that pertain to art. The activities are not only limited to visits in museums but can also include attendance to festivals and special events. Since art-related activities comprise the major part of every travel itinerary I have, I consider myself as an art tourist.

Exposure to the different forms of art in various countries and cultures has broadened my knowledge about the subject, which has been very useful to me in my job as an art director. To me, nothing expresses a culture more vividly than its art, from the works of past and contemporary artists, to the souvenir objects created by locals to sell to tourists. In fact, in my travels, I have realized that museums and galleries are not the only venues where one can find great art pieces. They can also be obtained from locals and out-of-the-way places.

Mexico, for example, is known for the fabulous beaches in Cabo and Cancun. However, for art tourists like myself, the city of San Miguel de Allende is the place to go even if it takes a four-hour bus ride from Mexico City to get there. Aside from the famous arts school in the area that teaches Mexican folk art, the numerous local art galleries and artisan shops feature works by local artists. Enjoyable as the art may be, one thing I am always watchful of when travelling to Mexico is proper disposal of documents that contain any personal information. This is because Mexico is among the top countries with cases of identity theft, which can cost victims thousands of dollars. For me, such a crime is not to be taken lightly. In the US, where identity fraud cases are increasing in number, I have even taken the precaution of using paper shredders for sensitive documents in the workplace. Luckily, I found the suitable paper shredder for my needs thru http://www.papershreddingpros.com, the Paper Shredding Pros website. Ensuring that no fraud will be committed against me makes travelling as an art tourist more enjoyable.

Art and tourism are mutually beneficial to each other. Travelling has provided inspiration for many artists while art experiences make travels more culturally-rich and memorable. Indeed, art has become a motivation for other to travel. Hence, on your next holiday, travel to a more inspiring destination by being an art tourist.

How to Dress For Your Art Show

30 Jul

Art exhibitions are generally about the art you or anther artist has produced but how you dress for your show can make a huge difference to how people view you. I’ve been to a large number of shows, all different kinds, from top museum and art galleries to local artists and one thing I notice is the clothes that people wear. 

The type of clothes you wear should relate to the type of art you are showing. Art and fashion are tied very closely together and it’s no mean feat to get things just right.  Creative dressing is encouraged but be aware that eyes will be on you as well as your art.

Modern Art

Modern art is a wide field, from graffiti on a wall to an unmade bed. Dressing for this type of art show means looking for something that is modern yet quirky, Be individual here, don’t follow anyone else’s style.

One way you could stand out is to have photographs taken of your art pieces and have them printed on to t-shirts. Please use a reputable company to do this to be sure of a professional result.  This online company produces wonderful custom t shirts at a very reasonable price.

Nature Art

Art that is inspired by nature is another fairly wide field but mostly encompasses landscape art or something based on animal life. It’s a classical form of art and, as such, requires a classical style of dress. 

Crafty Show

Crafty art covers things like blown glassware and crafts that have been made by hand.  It’s eclectic and eccentric and your clothing should be as individual as each piece you are showing.  Think boho or vintage styles, crochet, quirky accessories and a pair of really funky shoes.

Check Your Invites Before You Send Them

If you want your guests to dress in a particular fashion, let’s say you want it as part of your art how, be sure to tell them on the invite.  I have been to a number of art shows where the invite specified black tie and seen people turn up in jeans. It’s embarrassing to be turned away and it’s embarrassing if you don’t fit in. The only person who should stand out from the crowd is you, the artist.

Guide to Protecting Your Precious Art Pieces at Home

30 Jul

I have experienced many ups and downs in my years as an art collector. One of my happiest moments is when I snag an amazing art and get to display it at home. I take care of them like I would a pet. But sometimes, things get out of hand and my precious art collections are damaged. At one time a sculpture I purchased in Paris slipped out of my hand while I was relocating it. Honestly, it was one of the most heartbreaking moments of my life.

To prevent this disaster from happening to you, keep in mind the following guidelines to taking care of your art collection:

1. Maintain home temperature.  Some artworks like paintings and sculptures are sensitive to changes in temperature. High humidity can cause mold formation while too dry air will damage paper and wood. The ideal climate is between 65 – 75 degrees °F (18-21 °C) and 47 – 55 percent relative humidity. You can install a compact digital thermo-hygrometer to accurately monitor temperature and humidity.

2. Keep it away from direct sunlight. UV rays can fade papers, photographs, and textiles. Prevent this from keeping the shades drawn, shutting the light when not in use, installing a UV filter, and even periodically rotating the artworks.

3. Don’t store it in basements or attics. Basements and attics are more susceptible to damaging factors like temperature and humidity changes, insects and rodents, and flooding. If you have a huge collection, you should store it in a designated dry room with a centralized temperature system.

4. Protect it from natural disasters. If you have to evacuate, take your detailed artwork checklist it with you or keep it in a secured place. In case of wall paintings, fasten it securely using extra strong snaps-hooks and Velcro. Store sculptures horizontally. Tall furniture or sculptures can be fastened to the floor or wall.

5. Insure it. One of the best ways to protect your art collections is to insure it. You can look for special art coverage plans or basic home insurance plans that cover artworks too. For instance, you can avail a tenant content insurance offered by insurance companies like HBF. This insurance plan covers home contents, including artworks, in case of natural disasters or accidental damages. 

Sociopolitical Art to Fight for Children’s Rights

27 Jul

As once said by author Ben Elton, “Artists don’t create society, they reflect it”. This statement summarizes the concept of sociopolitical art. Sociopolitical art aims to reflect the state of society with respect to its social and political aspect. However, sociopolitical art is also used as a tool to create a more aware and responsible society.

This is what some of the bravest artists I know are doing to fight for children’s rights. Saint Hoax, a Middle Eastern artist, depicted Disney princesses as abused by their fathers to make a bold statement about the cruelty and inhumanity of sexually abusing children. These artworks, in the form of digital posters, spread around the world and made a strong and offensive statement about the reality of the case.

Child sexual abuse is a widespread but often hushed issue, mainly because of the stigma attached to it. Nobody ever talks about it in the open. You won’t overhear people discussing it over coffee on a pleasant afternoon. It’s not often aired on TV. Worst, most cases are not reported. This crime is underground in nature often because it’s committed by someone close the child. This can be his/her father or other relatives, and because it’s secret, it can go on for a long time. Victims suffer from depression and other mental disorders.

People are not open to know more about this issue so it’s really a challenge to raise awareness about it. Where have you seen protesters rally the streets to stop this barbaric act? This is where artists enter. Because art is generally perceived as something interesting, people are more open to it. If they see an intriguing art, they ponder and discuss about it in ways other mediums cannot manage to make them do so. The mentioned Disney artwork received a lot of feedback mainly because, I think, it twists something commonly pleasant and nice into something perverted. It is ironic and revolting to see lovely Disney princesses violated by their fathers.

Art, therefore, is an effective tool to save children from abuse. Volunteer abroad, like those in UNICEF, Save the Children International, World Vision International, and others, can use art to raise society’s awareness to the plight of children as well as to heal children of their inner wounds.

The Breathtaking Beauty of the Great Barrier Reef

24 Jul


From an artist’s point of view, the Great Barrier Reef located at the north eastern coast of Australia is one of the most remarkable and breath-taking sites anywhere in the world! As someone who has travelled a lot and seen some pretty awe-inspiring things, the Great Barrier Reef is a spot that I hold close to my heart. Aside being a favorite spot for world tours, it is also a very popular dive spot because of its teeming marine and aquatic life.

The reef is considered as the largest coral reef ecosystem in the entire world and was recognised as a World Heritage Site in the year 1981. It has at least 400 different kinds of coral, close to 2,000 fish species and is home to some 4,000 types of shellfish. Rare creatures such as the dugong or sea cow and the giant sea turtle, often called as the leatherbacks also seek refuge near its waters.

The Great Barrier Reef is huge and spans an area of 348,000 square kilometres. At its deepest, it is over 2,000 metres. Tourists who come here can see the over 2,500 coral reefs that range in size and shape. Satellite images of the Great Barrier Reef offer some of the most inspiring and humbling scenes anywhere in the world.

Artists such as myself come here for inspiration. You can never run out of ideas and plans whenever you look at the vast blue ocean and the myriad of creatures that live here – all coexisting peacefully. You’ll be left marveling at how wonderful everything was made; how colorful and how beautiful everything is. At the same time, divers and students (or educators for that matter) will find this place an unending classroom where learning about all kinds of living creatures and marine life is paramount.

The Great Barrier Reef is so huge that majority of it is still unexpected and unexplored. There could still be dozens of unknown creatures in its depth that we have yet to discover. It is an artist’s haven that I will never tire of visiting over and over again with the people I love the most.

Travelling on a Budget: Helpful Websites You Should Know About

21 Jul

If you’ve never been travelling and have built assumptions about it, then you might think that it can be a pricey endeavor. While this may be true for high class destinations, you just might be surprised where budget travel can bring you. At the same time, the less known locales will bring you something new to talk about. All you really need is a little knowledge and soon you’ll be on your way to a trip around the world.

3. HelpX and WorkAway

If you’re not afraid of getting your hands dirty and relish the idea of living with new folks, then these two sites are for you. Both HelpX and WorkAway have a very unique approach when it comes to travel. You see, in exchange for a bit of your service, you’ll be able to go almost anywhere in the world. The work you do is for you to choose. Whether its odd jobs like carpentry or something within your field, what matters is that you help out. Check either of them out if you’re interested. Remember though; your stay is totally dependent on how much time your guest hosts will allow you to stay.

2. Hecktic Travels

Housesitting is usually seen as a chore by many other people. However, for those who want to see new places, it can be a great alternative to spending cash on accommodations. Hecktic travels was a pet project by two lovely Canadians who only wished to travel the world on a budget. As it stands, there have been countless people who’ve found temporary homes in foreign locations because of the site. As with HelpX, your vacation time will depend on your host.

1. Volunteer Sites

Okay, you may not get access to anything like fibre optic Internet or any kind of high speed connection, but volunteering is a great means of travel. Besides, who doesn’t want to do something a little philanthropic with their time. Red Cross and the Peace Corps are always looking for new people to get involved and you can learn a few new things while putting your skills to good use.

No matter how little cash you have, you can go almost anywhere in the world, try it yourself today.

10 Steps to Holding Your Own Art Exhibition

9 Jul

As an art director, part of my job is to visit exhibitions and not just the major ones either.  I tend to visit many of the smaller, first time art exhibitions, not just to see the work but also to see how they have planned and executed the show.  If you are thinking of holding your own exhibition, I have 10 steps that you should follow for success:

Step 1 – Theme

Having loads of art to exhibit isn’t enough – you need to have a theme to your show. This works as a marketing technique in that you draw in people who have an interest in your specific theme.

Step 2 – Collaborate

Don’t go it alone. Have a look for other artists and see if they want to come in with you. Don’t just stick to painting either – include other mediums such as sculptures, photos, etc. that match your theme.

Step 3 – Location

Scout out a suitable location, perhaps a studio that you can rent. If not, a large café, a warehouse, anywhere that has sufficient space and is clean. And don’t forget to check on restroom facilities either. If there aren’t enough, you might want to look at porta potty rentals. This website offers great information and pricing.

Step 4 – Date

When you set the date for your show, make sure you leave sufficient time to get it all together otherwise it will just look a mess. Try to include a weekend so that you target a wider range of people, perhaps families for a day out.  Do try to arrange it for cold wet days so you are not in competition with the beach!

Step 5 – Pricing

Work out how much the show is costing you to put on – include all rental costs, materials, catering, anything that costs money – and decide if you are going to charge an admission fee. Then work out the prices for each individual piece.

Step 6 – Sales

Don’t stick at just selling your artwork.  Get some cards printed with photographs of each piece and sell them in packs.  You could donate a percentage to charity in which case you might find more people buying.

Step 7 – Red Tape

Make sure you have the correct licenses and insurance. Also, draw up a schedule, wok out the placement of each piece and the lighting. Have a price list to hand and, if needs be, hire people to help.

Step 8 – Advertise

Draw up ads and place them in cafes, restaurants, art clubs, anywhere and everywhere. Make sure the ad stands out so people see it. Ask your local newspaper to run a small piece advertising the exhibition.

Step 9 – Setting Up

Set up the exhibition in a user-friendly manner. It needs to be visually enticing but, if necessary, set up physical directions so the pieces are seen as they should be. Make sure your prices are visible to all.

Do you have any special guests coming? Make sure you set up a VIP area for them and don’t forget to look here and order your VIP porta potties for the day!

Step 10 – Catering

If costs allow, think about providing food and drink. It doesn’t have to be anything over the top, just a simple buffet and a choice of wines and non-alcoholic drinks.  If you can’t afford to do this for each day of the show, just do it for the opening and make it an invitation only affair

Modern art in New York – Architecture at its Best

3 Jul

During the course of my job as an art director, I was asked to research modern art in the form of architecture. After thinking long and hard, I headed to New York City as this seemed the logical first place to start and I was amazed at what I found.

New and Old

New buildings stood beside old in perfect harmony and one of the things that made that happen was a thing called masonry stars.  These are a type of masonry anchor, used for structural reinforcement, but visible on the outside of the building.

And, wow, they looked amazing.  Whether the building was old and refurbished or brand new, the whole street had used these masonry anchors as decoration points on the outside.  Because they are visible, many of these anchors are made to look decorative although you can buy ordinary masonry anchors as well.

Seeing Stars

The most popular type of masonry anchor or plate is the star anchor.  Cast in the shape of a five-pointed star, they create a point for people to look at as well as doing the incredible job they were created for.

They are made normally from cast iron although some are wrought steel or iron. The material makes them hardwearing, timeless really and highly suitable for masonry or brick buildings. And, they are not just used when building new builds either; many renovation projects use them to add stability to an old crumbling building.

Look anywhere, particularly in cities that have a large number of buildings from the 18th and 19th Century, and you will see these star anchors all over the place.  A lot of the time, they are used on brick buildings in cities that are prone to earthquakes.

How they Work

Masonry anchors are assembled in a tie rod and plate manner. This ties in the masonry wall and braces it against movement and bowing, particularly lateral bowing.  Think of it as the laces on a woman’s corset – pulled tight, everything is held together on one place with no chance of movement!

This got me to thinking – I am considering my own renovation project and perhaps these are just what I need. My research on masonry anchors led me to this useful website, full of information and a wide range of anchors at great value for money.

Interesting Ways to Decorate Office Trailers in Art Events

27 Jun

I still have not had the opportunity to organize my own art event since I started living in the US. However, I have attended quite a few art events, fairs and festivals in particular. A good number of those big events I attended required the setting up of a remote or mobile office to receive participants and to serve as exhibit areas and headquarters for the organizing team. Somehow, I still haven’t observed any event that made creative use of their mobile offices and other makeshift installations.

It’s rather disappointing to see that art events are unable to showcase creativity through avenues that could help make things look better. I particularly dislike how mobile offices are being set up just like any other ordinary mobile office. In an art event, there has to be creativity everywhere. It should not be just about the exhibits and programs. Well, I’m short of nitpicking I know but I think art activities and events should exude creativity across everything perceivable. It’s a waste setting up uninspired offices that look plain and boring.

Two of the most creative ideas I know that can make mobile offices in art events look more appealing and attention-grabbing are the following:

Using Optical Illusions - Most trailer offices or mobile offices in the USA look similar. They bear the same features — six-sided big boxes made of galvanized iron or other similar metal. If you don’t do anything about their appearance, they can even become an eyesore in an art event. To make them look interesting, you can introduce optical illusions. You can paint (or use decal-like materials) on the walls of these mobile offices to create optical illusions that trick perceptual organization, the perception of depth and motion, color and brightness constancies, object consistencies, and future perception.

These optical illusions will rarely be ignored. They are sure to pique the curiosity of most people in an event. It will also be a good idea putting up a 3D illusion mascot statue or statuette similar to the popular 3D dragon illusion on top or in front of the trailer office. This would most likely appeal to spectators of all ages.

Using Moving Decorations - Another creative way of adorning a boring mobile office is the use of moving items. These could be colorful paper propellers or spinners that usually spin ceaselessly when positioned outdoors. Motion is bound to attract attention. If you add color into the mix, you will create a very imposing mobile office at an art event nobody will ignore. Colorful and shiny spiral foil or paper strips are also great decorations that attract attention. Their fluid motion and glittery sparkles are highly showy. It’s just important to properly coordinate their colors and placement to avoid making your trailer office look too gaudy or tastelessly conspicuous.

I hope organizers of art events who resort to office trailer rental or borrow salvaged construction trailers to set up mobile offices can put in more creativity in their setup. It doesn’t have to be the two things I mentioned above. What’s really important is that creativity can be maximized to conceal the ugly sharp edges and corners of these trailers. There are many ways to make them look better. Some creativity is just needed to make these ordinary looking things extraordinary.

The Beautiful Province of Turin

25 Jun

Turin is a beautiful and historic city located in the northwestern part of Italy. And I’m very lucky to have visited this wonderful place just recently. Turin is the home of the famous Fiat automobile company and the football team, Juventus. But what I really liked about this place was that it would take you to the old times with its charm and Baroque architecture. There are plenty of places here that will show you their art, culture and rich history. Shopping centers can also be found everywhere which means it is really a haven for those who love to shop.

Sightseeing is just the best thing to do while in Turin. There are very fascinating museums as well as old churches, one of which is the St. John’s Cathedral’s Duomo di San Giovanni. It was built and 15th century which has been very well-preserved. The famous Shroud of Turin is definitely a must-see as well. According to its history, the Shroud was brought to Turin by the Savoy Royal Family during the 16th century.

Settimo Vittone, a municipality in Turin is another must-visit. Aside from the baptistery of St. Lawrence which is a relic of a pre-Romanesque architecture, there are also these very beautiful tiers of arbours where grapevines grow. These arbours are quite like a pergola you can get on this site, only that they are older and made mostly from stones.

Located in the downtown of Turin is the San Lorenzo Church, San Carlo and Santa Christina which are twin baroque churches. If you are the type that enjoys art sight-seeing, then you should not forget going to Chiesa della Gran Madre di Dio. It was built in the 19th century and is definitely a must-see.

Aside from sightseeing, Turin also offers a gastronomical treat with its wide variety of delicacies. You can expect a range of French cuisine as influenced by the French House Savoy that occupied Turin for around five hundred years. Of course, Italian restaurants are always in sight in case you are craving for Italian dishes. Make sure to try local dishes in Turin, which I did.