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    10 March 7, 2012The Eyeopener ARTS TOP 10

    If youre in an arts program,

    chances are youve had someone

    ask you the dreaded question so

    what are you going to do with that?

    To be fair, whoever asked you

    that question probably didnt mean

    to be condescending. They prob-

    ably didnt mean to imply that

    youre going nowhere with your

    life.

    They were probably just legiti-

    mately curious about what sort of

    career paths you have in your fu-

    ture. They were probably wonder-

    ing about what someone who ma-

    jored in New Media goes on to do

    with their lives. Theyre probably

    wondering why a degree in fashion

    is worthwhile.

    And if youre in an arts program,

    youve probably struggled to an-

    swer these questions. Justifying a

    degree in your lifes greatest pas-

    sion can seem a lot harder than it

    should be.

    So, this goes out to every arts ma-

    jor that has ever felt even a shred

    of doubt. To every actor, photog-

    rapher and graphic artist who has

    worried about those dark years af-

    ter university.

    You arent wasting your time.

    Sure, lets not kid ourselves

    you probably arent going to make

    millions. You probably arent go-

    ing to drive a Ferrari to work at a

    sleek downtown oce.

    But you arent in it for the mon-

    ey, are you?

    You also probably wont have

    a mid-life crisis at 30. You wont

    wake up in the morning wonder-

    ing what youre doing with your

    life. You wont lose sleep worrying

    about the choices you made the

    things you gave up.

    The fact of the maer is that arts

    majors havent made the decision

    to waste their university careers.

    Theyve chosen to do something

    dierent with them.

    An arts major isnt going to

    school to make a career that soci-

    ety considers appropriate, and they

    arent studying to get rich.

    The truth is, if youre taking an

    arts degree, youre doing what you

    really want with your life.

    In ve years, your friends will

    probably be making a lot more

    money than you. And youll prob-

    ably be happier.

    Now, Im not going to get up on

    a soapbox and preach at you. If

    youre a business major, or study-

    ing to become a lawyer, theres

    nothing wrong with that.

    But let me ask you something

    you probably havent thought

    about since you were twelve years

    old.

    Is that really what you want to do

    with your life?

    This week, were taking a look at

    ten Ryerson students that are doing

    what they love, and loving what

    they do. We put out an open call

    for nominations to the campus, and

    this is the result.

    Its probably worth noting that

    this list is in no particular order, its

    just a chance to showcase some of

    the amazing talent on campus.

    The people in this issue are do-

    ing some amazing things, both on

    campus and throughout the greater

    Toronto community.

    From interior design students

    ghting homelessness and poverty

    with a gorgeous design, to a pho-

    tographer making a splash in com-

    mercial photography, weve got an

    enormous variety of artists.

    So, instead of asking an artist

    what they plan to do with their

    lives, maybe we should try ask-

    ing them how theyre going to get

    there.

    Lets celebrate our artists, instead

    of marginalizing their talents.

    Next time someone asks you

    what youre doing with your life,

    dont be ashamed. Hold your head

    high and say, Im an artist.

    Concentrate on the awesome

    work youre doing. Stop xating

    on the future.

    Because the future, my friends, is

    bright.

    Sean wetSelaar

    artS & life

    editor

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    15March 7, 2012 The EyeopenerARTS TOP 10

    Third-year fashion designArt is who I am, says Yusun

    Kang, a third-year fashion design

    student. Its been something that

    Ive been doing for such a long time

    that its become a part of me. I dont

    think I would be able to live with-

    out it.

    Kang, 20, started drawing when

    she was a lile girl. But she started

    taking the craft seriously when she

    was in middle school. During par-

    ent-teacher interviews in Grade 8,

    her English teacher mentioned thatKang was talented and could make

    something big out of her abilities.

    Kangs parents then enrolled

    her in several painting classes and

    she eventually aended Etobicoke

    School of the Arts, a specialized

    high school.

    Her switch from the ne arts into

    the fashion world was as much of a

    surprise to her as it was to everyone

    else.

    Coming to Ryerson was quite

    spontaneous, Kang says. She had

    applied to OCAD for illustration

    and even received an early accep-

    tance.

    But two months before applica-

    tions were due, I applied for fash-

    ion at Ryerson.When she started, the experi-

    ence was terrifying. When I came

    to Ryerson, I had no idea how to

    sew.

    Last year, Kang was able to dis-

    play her work a beige dress with

    pink and red rues in the Wan-

    derlust Fashion Show.

    She says that her style is avant-

    garde. I like designing things that

    arent really wearable.

    Kang hopes to graduate as both

    a graphic artist and a fashion de-

    signer, because her rst love is still

    illustration.

    But, the competitive nature of her

    program leaves her anxious about

    going out into the real world and

    makes her doubt whether she madethe right choice with fashion.

    Kang says she is waiting for the

    moment in which she will nally

    feel condent.

    I dont think Ive felt it yet.

    SuSana Gmez Bez

    Second-year interior designAt Ryersons school of interior

    design, every year a group of six

    second-year students volunteer to

    work on a special project for the an-

    nual interior design shows student

    booth.

    Enter Katherine Egenberger,

    Erika van der Pas, Sarah Prest,

    Michelle McEachern, Sandra Ste-

    phens, Pooja Ramaswamy and

    their professor, Jana Macalik, this

    years team.

    The project should be something

    that the students come up with and

    that they themselves identify as a

    problem, says Macalik. A prob-

    lem theyd like to solve.

    The problems brought to the

    table this year were homelessness

    and using wasted space, and oth-

    ers. The result: lum.in.drop.

    Lum.in.drops are bright pods

    designed to hang from the side of

    buildings and store supplies for

    those in need.

    I think very early on we knew

    we wanted to address a social is-

    sue, says Prest. Using wasted

    urban space, hoisting [the lum.

    in.drop] up, and using it for a social

    issue were main components.

    The project involved about six

    weeks of constant work, and went

    on to win best student booth at the

    Interior Design Show.

    Although lum.in.drop is current-

    ly only a prototype, and the team

    lacks the resources to create them

    on a larger scale, Macalik says the

    project was meant to be starting

    point.

    I think the idea was to start a di-

    alogue more than thinking of lum.

    in.drop as the ultimate goal, she

    says.

    It was to potentially start a dia-

    logue with how you use those un-

    used spaces as potential avenues or

    beacons for help.

    Sean wetSelaar

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    14 March 7, 2012The Eyeopener ARTS TOP 10

    Fourth-year new media

    For fourth-year new media stu-

    dent Xhensila Zemblaku, her work

    is all about movement.

    Zemblaku creates kinetic sculp-

    tures an art form that has be-

    come her specialty since she began

    studying at Ryerson University.

    Everything that Ive been do-

    ing so far has had a kinetic element

    to it, she says. Im interested in

    learning about how things move in

    a mechanical and analog manner

    with the help of technology to aid it

    in a somewhat minimal way.

    Zemblaku has used her interest

    in kinetics to make pieces like a hu-

    man hand that uses a mechanicalstructure with a motor to make mo-

    tions, and a robotic jellysh.

    When someone waves their hand

    in front of or gets close to her jel-

    lysh sculpture, its tentacles move.

    But geing sculptures to move,

    even in the subtlest ways, can be

    frustrating says Zemblaku.

    Ive come to realize that you

    cant really depend on technology,

    she says.

    There are denitely certain set-

    backs where something wont work

    for no reason and then it will ve

    minutes later.

    Despite the diculties of mov-

    ing pieces, Zemblaku is currently

    working on a kinetic sculpture that

    she says is the most time-consum-

    ing sculpture shes ever made.

    She began working on the series

    in October and has spent about 20

    to 30 hours a week creating it since.The series will get its debut at the

    end of March at Ryersons annual

    META exhibit, which showcases

    fourth-year new media students

    work.

    tara deschamps

    While some lmmakers make

    movies about hitmen, vampires

    and love triangles, fourth-year new

    media student Josh Adler worked

    with stars. Literally.

    A