MFA Oral Defense Presentation

Yesterday I completed my MFA oral defense presentation. I was really nervous and anticipated the difficult questions. I think my MFA committee members were generous with the questions, there were difficult and thought-provoking questions, I think somehow I may have managed to answer the questions the best that I could. I gave about a 25 minute talk  in front of my exhibition display, and then back to the grad studio for a brief presentation on the projects I’ve completed during the program. Then the question period seemed to last for about 40 minutes and then I was told to leave the room as the committee discussed whether I passed or not. I’m really glad I passed! I still need to work on the MFA thesis written documentation, a draft was submitted to the committee, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

MFA Committee Meeting - MFA Oral Defense

MFA Committee Meeting – MFA Oral Defense

discussed the process and research involved with Missing Mooncakes

discussed the process and research involved with Missing Mooncakes

agenda for the mfa oral defense presentation

agenda for the mfa oral defense presentation

Dallas Love Field Art Program

From the help of follow UTA MFA graduates, there was the opportunity to display some of our work at the Dallas Love Field airport, as part of the Dallas Love Field Art Program. The exhibition ran from March 15-April 05, 2014. Thanks to Seth, Morgan, and other UTA MFA graduates that were there to install the work. Below are some images of the illustration series in the exhibition:

seasons is a series of illustrations that involves specific Chinese symbols representing different seasons of the year; illustrations by Gladys Chow

Seasons Triptych is a series of illustrations that involves specific Chinese symbols representing different seasons of the year; illustrations by Gladys Chow

illustrations by Gladys Chow

Seasons Triptych illustrations by Gladys Chow

illustrations by Gladys Chow

Seasons Triptych 03; illustrations by Gladys Chow

illustrations by Gladys Chow

Seasons Triptych 01;  illustrations by Gladys Chow

illustrations by Gladys Chow

Seasons Triptych02; illustrations by Gladys Chow

MFA Thesis Exhibition Setup

Setting up the MFA exhibition was a challenging task–designing for a dimensional environment, there were a lot of factors to consider. I wanted to create an environment that is similar to being at the Mid-Autumn Festival. I received a lot of feedback from my MFA committee and vc colleagues to think about the setup of the space. I reviewed publications and online resources. Below are a few images of the process for setting the components for the exhibition.

was able to use the corrugated cardboard cutting machine at the school facilities to cut out the characters life size

was able to use the corrugated cardboard cutting machine at the school facilities to cut out the characters life size

part of a poster series to be placed on the wall; my colleague Maryam helping to trim the posters to edge

part of a poster series to be placed on the wall; my colleague Maryam helping to trim the posters to edge

the print was cut around the cardboard, then the print was spray mounted on the cardboard; turned out larger than I thought

the print was cut around the cardboard, then the print was spray mounted on the cardboard; turned out larger than I thought

process of ironing on a mooncake design to a pillowcase

process of ironing on a mooncake design to a pillowcase

seeing the components of the exhibition put together

seeing the components of the exhibition put together

tried to line up the iPads and tables to be placed n the center and in front of the posters

tried to line up the iPads and tables to be placed n the center and in front of the posters

lantern display with characters; originally I had about half of the lanterns shown here, but it felt that there was still some negative space that showed too much of the cord, so adding more lanterns to fill and brighten the space

lantern display with characters; originally I had about half of the lanterns shown here, but it felt that there was still some negative space that showed too much of the cord, so adding more lanterns to fill and brighten the space

some viewers at the MFA exhibition reception

some viewers at the MFA exhibition reception

close-up of lanterns

close-up of lanterns

the lanterns at the bottom are bulbs connected to a electric cord; for Sophie's lantern on her hat, there are two battery operated LED lights (still doesn't seem bright enough though)

the lanterns at the bottom are bulbs connected to a electric cord; for Sophie’s lantern on her hat, there are two battery operated LED lights (still doesn’t seem bright enough though)

MFA grad posters (designed by A+AH department designers)

MFA grad posters (designed by A+AH department designers)

although I didn't have this illustration in the exhibition, it still conveys the concept of some of my work--experimenting with cross-cultural designs

although I didn’t have this illustration in the exhibition, it still conveys the concept of some of my work–experimenting with cross-cultural designs

the MFA reception poster (designed by A+AH department designers)

the MFA reception poster (designed by A+AH department designers)

MFA Thesis Exhibition Poster Drafts

The past weeks have been eventful, and the upcoming MFA Thesis Exhibition has been challenging in gathering and creating all the materials I would like to include. Thinking about adding some large posters, about 20″x60″ with the Missing Mooncakes promotional items.

poster draft layout 01

poster draft layout 01

poster draft layout 02

poster draft layout 02

poster draft layout 03 - lay out scenes from the story

poster draft layout 03 – lay out scenes from the story

poster draft layout 04

poster draft layout 04

poster draft layout 05

poster draft layout 05

poster draft layout 05: adding in the main mooncake designs from the story

poster draft layout 05: adding in the main mooncake designs from the story

poster draft layout 05: adding in other mooncake designs

poster draft layout 05: adding in other mooncake designs

assembling the lanterns

assembling the lanterns

testing out a 60watt bulb

testing out a 60watt bulb, lantern got warm

testing out a 40watt bulb

testing out a 40watt bulb, lantern still warm… need to find alternative lighting solutions

ACES 2014 Presentation

I had another valuable experience to present at the UT Arlington Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES). In 2012, I did a poster presentation on Creating cultural awareness in Canadian-born Chinese, and this year I had the opportunity to present for 20 minutes. Although I ran out of time at the end for questions, I felt that it was an important opportunity to discuss my current research–and talk about how Missing Mooncakes interactive eBook could be a potential tool to learn language, culture, and create a bonding experience between generational audiences.

Presentation title: Using digital media to foster cultural interaction of Canadian-Born Chinese

Presentation title: Using digital media to foster cultural interaction of Canadian-Born Chinese

one of the presentation slides

one of the presentation slides

short description of the methodology of gathering research

short description of the methodology of gathering research

summary of some findings and research data

summary of some findings and research data

mfa thesis written: draft01

Started out with a few draft layouts for my MFA Thesis Written publication.

gridlines and column lines to organize the blog entries and resources

gridlines and column lines to organize the blog entries and resources

perhaps the page spread looks too crowded

perhaps the page spread looks too crowded

perhaps changing 'design brief' to the title of the project would be better

perhaps changing ‘design brief’ to the title of the project would be better

started to add some own graphics and work to the section divider pages

started to add some own graphics and work to the section divider pages

a sound project photo in the background

a sound project photo in the background

having some of the visuals interact with the type

having some of the visuals interact with the type

design portfolio website

Last weekend I visited my Behance member page again and found that Behance is now linked to Behance ProSite, where your projects from Behance can be linked to the ProSite web templates. I uploaded my projects on the Behance site, then edited what projects to be shown on the Behance ProSite. I found the Behance ProSite easy to use and understand, and it’s also customizable. After previewing the site, I redirected the URL to the domain name I purchased and revised a few settings. A start of my design portfolio site: gladyschow.com.

gchow_website

MFA Thesis Exhibition: Sketches

Started thinking about the layout of my MFA Thesis Exhibition. My original sketches seemed suggested that there wasn’t enough time to complete the components, so my professor suggested simplifying the layout. The purpose of my MFA thesis exhibition is to create an educational, interactive, and fun environment to promote the eBook iPad story Missing Mooncakes. Some initial sketches below:

projection of the storybook app on the wall; seating area on the floor

projection of the storybook app on the wall; seating area on the floor

perhaps a vinyl cut of the moon on the wall as the background for the projection, and Sophie and Sam cardboard cutouts on a small table

perhaps a vinyl cut of the moon on the wall as the background for the projection, and Sophie and Sam cardboard cutouts on a small table

large cardboard cutouts of the family against the background of clouds, seating area switched to the other wall

large cardboard cutouts of the family against the background of clouds, seating area switched to the other wall

putting shelves against the wall for the audience to try different activities (eg. puzzles, writing, matching vocabulary and imagery)

putting shelves against the wall for the audience to try different activities (eg. puzzles, writing, matching vocabulary and imagery)

the Chinese characters represent 'family' and are enlarged for potential photo opportunity for visitors; lanterns printed on transparency would hang from the top

the Chinese characters represent ‘family’ and are enlarged for potential photo opportunity for visitors; lanterns printed on transparency would hang from the top

a long shelf to elevate the characters and area for promotional items such as trinkets, t-shirts, books

a long shelf to elevate the characters and area for promotional items such as trinkets, t-shirts, books

simplifying the color theme by changing the animal lanterns to solid shapes

simplifying the color theme by changing the animal lanterns to solid shapes; the lanterns hanging from the top try to simulate a small part of the environment of visiting Mid-Autumn Festival festivities

seeing how the shelf may look if other items from Missing Mooncakes are displayed--perhaps a moon cake box?

seeing how the shelf may look if other items from Missing Mooncakes are displayed–perhaps a moon cake box?

UT Arlington Library: MavsArt

MavsArt is an art exhibition that features work by UT Arlington students, faculty, and staff. I submitted some illustrations completed when researching Chinese symbolism and their meanings.

Seasons illustrations (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter); each flower represents its respective season in Chinese culture

Seasons illustration series (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter); each flower represents its respective season in Chinese culture

Seasons series: Spring with lotus blossoms and mandarin ducks

Seasons illustration series: Spring (lotus blossoms and mandarin ducks)

Seasons illustration series: Summer (peonies and fish)

Seasons illustration series: Summer (peonies and fish)

Seasons illustration series: Autumn (chrysanthemum and magpies)

Seasons illustration series: Autumn (chrysanthemum and magpies)

Seasons illustration series: Winter (plum blossoms and cranes)

Seasons illustration series: Winter (plum blossoms and cranes)

the illustrations are in front of study room at the UT Arlington library

the illustrations are in front of study room at the UT Arlington library

information on MavsArt

information on MavsArt

MavsArt promotional sign in front of the UT Arlington library

MavsArt promotional sign in front of the UT Arlington library

Ideas in Art: last day of exhibition

It was a good experience to test out some of the visual components of the Missing Mooncakes storybook app. Some thoughts of the presentation were that the presentation did not seem to invite a more interactive/immersive experience; elements seemed too spread out and the prints were pinned too high. Elements were too close to the wall. Revisions will need to be made for the MFA Thesis exhibition in terms of how close the visual elements are, color, promotional items, the intended target audience, to what scale/height should the characters go up to; and printouts can be removed. I thought it may also be neat if there was some form of pulley-system where the audience can turn a wheel to move a mooncake character up and down the lantern string–that’s probably getting too complicated and out of context, but seemed like a fun idea. Some photos of the display before the display take-down:

the randomness of the sunlight across the wall added some nice shadow effects against the work

the randomness of the sunlight across the wall added some nice shadow effects against the work

character from Missing Mooncakes: Sophie (some visitors took photographs of her)

character from Missing Mooncakes: Sophie (some visitors took photographs of her)

character from Missing Mooncakes: Sam

character from Missing Mooncakes: Sam

close-up of the vinyl lettering

close-up of the vinyl lettering

more photo documentation

more photo documentation

more photo documentation

more photo documentation