The Month That Was: May 2016
In May 2016 my blog turned 10, I continued study and mostly finished the kitchen.
For some random reason May is my favourite month in the year. I guess because its starting to cool down and we get a lot of rain and can get snuggly near the fire. This month I was able to celebrate my blog turning ten and ran a competition. I have also mostly finished the kitchen. I say mostly, because I do have it functioning as a kitchen again, but there are some things I am just not happy with. Once I fix them, then I will take photos and declare it finally ‘done’.
Blog Birthday & Giveaway
Today my blog turns 10 and to celebrate I am holding a stationery giveaway!
Ten years ago on the 13th of May 2006, a 19 year old me registered the domain kya.nu. In my first blog post, I wrote that it had been a wishlist domain for a while. I think the greatest thing about looking at that first entry is the people who commented, a number of them are still good friends with me today!
Throughout those ten years, there has been tremendous change. I lost loved ones, helped family battle illness, struggled with my own mental health, made friendships, lost friendships, started university, wrote a book and finally within the last few years found positive influences that enabled me to finally see a future for myself. I feel optimistic about what lies ahead and look forward to sharing that journey on my blog.
Kya’s Blog Birthday Giveaway
The Month That Was: April 2016
In April 2016, I continued study with my second class at Uni, practiced website design and have still not finished the kitchen.
I didn’t finish the kitchen renovation, it has taken waaaaaay longer than planned (how is it three months already??) I am confident that I WILL finish it in May.
- Continued study with my second class, Concepts and Narratives
- Got a 82, in my first assessment, it’s a High Distinction (HD), but hoping to do better next time
- Practiced website design again and really enjoyed it
- Have not finished the kitchen… I just have ONE MORE coat of gloss and I am done, now the weather has been getting cooler…
- Purchased some cute quilt covers
- No soda, 30% towards my starting goal weight
Study so far
I am at the halfway mark (week six of twelve) for my second class (Concepts & Narratives), this is my journey so far.
Concepts and Narratives is my second class at University towards my degree in Communication Design. This class has a major focus on using traditional ‘hand’ methods. As someone who has relied heavily on a computer/digital design this has been both a challenge and a rewarding experience. So far we have made sketches with varying mediums such as; pencil, charcoal, watercolour and markers. Traced and rendered from detailed references. Made a model of a chair with foam board. Used photography to capture objects. Explored cropping and framing and in week six created a personal mark (much like a logo).
We have developed our understanding of key design principles such as; scale, tension, dynamics and experimented with design elements used to enrich perspective by using; colour, texture, contrast and more. I certainly don’t feel that I approach design the same way compared to the early weeks. It gives me a great deal of inspiration for the future, both in professional and personal contexts.
Layout design is another part of the class that we are marked on. In the first few weeks I had been using Adobe Illustrator to create the layouts for my work. I decided to try using InDesign and I am so glad that I made the switch because it allows for so much more control in the management of a document. I can notice the difference between my early layouts and my most recent.
This class has so far validated my decision to do this degree, knowing that I am entering a field that I have a great passion and love for.
Here are some examples of my work so far.
100 Cats on my bed
I have styled my bedroom with an adorable new kitty quilt cover.
I recently purchased three new quilt covers from Target. I am a sucker for a good/cute design, and couldn’t resist the Kitty, Fox & Friends and Ice Cream (Sprinkles). A lot of the time the adorable designs are only available in smaller sizes for kids, so I was pleasantly surprised to find designs I liked in double & queen.