Sun’s Gallery Talk

Sun Young Ahn, a previous teacher of mine, is graduating this semester with her Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Communications Design and she’s been doing a lot of interesting research in fashion retail and marketing. I was happy to attend her gallery talk earlier this month, where she talked about this work and more.

http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~shenery/SunYoungAhn/publish_to_web/index.html


Last semester I took a class called Computers in Art. We were completely immersed in Photoshop and Illustrator and I thought it was going to be the hardest class ever. A little background: I took a 101 Computer Graphics Technology class (for three weeks) and, not to be dramatic, almost died; I couldn’t even make an inner-tube shape using the program. Also, there were really dry lectures and a lot more math than I was comfortable with for some reason.

This class, AD220, though, turned out to be one of my favorites from my entire college career. It’s not that it was easy; in our first exercise we created and decorated a tea pot and I will use all my power to not let that image surface again in my lifetime. It was rough.

I specifically remember, though, the teacher walking around after about 40 minutes of letting us work and when she got to my computer she laughed. She laughed at my Microsoft Paint-esque tea pot. This was my first impression of Sun Young Ahn, and it was the best, not only because it broke the ice about me knowing absolutely nothing about Photoshop (believe me, I was laughing too), but because she went on to help afterwards. She started from the basics to show us where a bunch of the tools and brushes were and throughout that class, I believe I came up with some of my most creative work thanks to her input and help.

Sun is graduating this semester with her Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Communications Design and she’s been doing a lot of interesting research in fashion retail and marketing. I was happy to attend her gallery talk earlier this month, where she talked about this work and more. I was specifically impressed by the application she created that allows users to make their own customized designs for scarves. It’s amazing how much work she’s put into it and all her research!

http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~shenery/SunYoungAhn/publish_to_web/index.html

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