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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
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
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
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-
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
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
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
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
artS & life
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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-
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
Her switch from the ne arts into
the fashion world was as much of a
surprise to her as it was to everyone
Coming to Ryerson was quite
spontaneous, Kang says. She had
applied to OCAD for illustration
and even received an early accep-
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
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
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
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
Enter Katherine Egenberger,
Erika van der Pas, Sarah Prest,
Michelle McEachern, Sandra Ste-
phens, Pooja Ramaswamy and
their professor, Jana Macalik, this
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
I think the idea was to start a di-
alogue more than thinking of lum.
in.drop as the ultimate goal, she
It was to potentially start a dia-
logue with how you use those un-
used spaces as potential avenues or
beacons for help.
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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,
There are denitely certain set-
backs where something wont work
for no reason and then it will ve
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
While some lmmakers make
movies about hitmen, vampires
and love triangles, fourth-year new
media student Josh Adler worked
with stars. Literally.