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My first kit I have ever made, for anything!

This is the kit I made for my personal territory tour.

For part of the assignment on Personal Territory Tour we had to make a kit that an individual going on the tour could use. For my kit, the way I designed it, I decided to let the viewer have a little more lean way with experiencing what I did. Inside my kit I included: a umbrella, snacks, a water bottle, a blanket and a trash bag. The way I designed the kit was for the individual to be able to experience the life around them as they take in everything they can. Included in the kit as well are two sheets of paper numbered to 20. On my experience I found it very interesting how much I was able to see beyond the leaves and water while writing the “50 things.” I decided to use 25, since it’s past 10 so they have to work a bit harder, but still have time just to sit and listen to the new world around them.


Using other “materials” besides a paint brush to pain was very interesting.

For my second exploration I chose to do, I took my found objects from my area and tried painting with them on separate note cards. Most (as seen below) can be distinguished as being blobs, with no direct artistic design. It was definitely harder than expected since I am, personally, really used to painting and controlling a paintbrush. This was definitely the first time I painted with any of theses objects, ever!

Although they do look funny, and as if a 5 year old painted them, it was definitely a fun experience to try out. I got to understand how each individual item worked, and throughout the time I painted with each one, I understood it a bit better. This was especially a cool exploration since I decided to use the items I found during my personal territory tour. Using the individual objects gave me a better understanding of what my territory held. I learned how the branch was so delicate in my hand and it was translated onto the page in very delicate points of paint. That experience was expressed throughout all of the objects I used.

This was the exploration I decided to do while learning about my personal territory.

For this specific exploration I had to find as many “tree things” as I could. This ranged (from looking at the pictures posted below) to small branches, to fallen leaves to little seed pods. The way I decided to approach this was once I found different objects to represent each part of the tree I brought them back to my dorm room and photographed each one.

The individual objects I have begun to gather from my territory:

Before I took the photos I had to figure out exactly how they were going to be set up. Using the items I found, I decided to group them on “similarities”. (i.e: leaves, branches, seeds) I decided to document them like this to show how even though each object may be different, they all hold commonalities within each section. While feeling each object, I found an interesting way to view each one. I closed my eyes, after setting the objects on the floor in a “tree” shape, and slowly felt each individual item. Surprisingly my mind was able to recreate and picture a tree right in front of me. I was able to distinguish the bark from the seeds to the branch.

Collecting the items also told me, with more detail, about the area I had chosen for my personal territory. While picking up the items I was able to infer the trees that had been planted there many years before. The same kinds of seeds scattered the floor below me as well as small branches and leaves.

It was interesting to see what I could learn about a single area just by taking a few minutes to stop and “look”…

Throughout the “average” day, many items get used from waking up to going back to sleep. Besides the items that get used only once, there are the items such as shoes and clothes, backpacks and phones that get used constantly.

For this exploration I had to document every item that gets used throughout my day. I decided to document the items through using photography since it’s my main passion when it comes to art. Documenting everything I used throughout the day “everyday objects” really showed how many different things come into contact with me.

The objects I photographed ranged from my boots, to the bathroom sign, to my phone and radio.

Though there are so many objects that get used daily, I definitely did not capture them all. Like my previous exploration, which can be found here it’s a lot harder than I expected to constantly document what gets used daily. Knowing that I did have to try and remember to document everything made me more aware of what was being used and what was not. It made me realize how many other things are around me that do not get used, or only got used once.

More pictures of the objects can be found below:

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More pictures will be added through my foundations experience.

It’s interesting to think how many multi-use items only get used once…

I have never taken into consideration how much I can use in one whole day. Keeping track of what I consume or purchase in a single day can really show an individuals personality.

For one day, that day being today, I kept a note card of everything I consumed and bought. At some moments I actually forgot to write down what I ate because I’m so used to not having to keep track of everything. The list can really show the range of things that individuals consume, to what gets bought online. For my list it included both food and clothing items.

Food: Chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, caesar dressing, chili, saltine crackers, Fuze Raspberry Ice tea, Cranberry Juice and Pizza, vanilla Gelato.

Clothing (only from Urban Outfitters): 2 pairs of black leggings, 2 flannels, 1 t-shirt, 1-crop top.

Since the day has finished it was definitely interesting to see what I consumed throughout it. Looking at the list it seems so simple yet shows so much of who I am and the kind of society I live in. The single note card says a lot about where I live and what I personally like. Though at some points it was a struggle to remember to record everything, I got used to it a little more than half way through the day. Since I was new to the whole “recording everything I consume”, it shows how today’s society, well the one I live in, does not really acknowledge everything we do. If I did not write down everything I ate or even bought today, I would without a doubt forgot half of it tomorrow.

It’s cool to see how little things can make you think about everything in a whole new way…

So, this is my first official post for my blog during my foundations experience at Alfred University.

When sitting down for lunch at a table, or even on a bench in a park, many individuals (including myself) do not really take the time to notice what is really around themselves. Whether it is the different smells, feelings from the weather, the small bugs crawling around, or the new people who walk into the room, an individual does not really “see” every little thing that is truly around them.

For my first exploration assignment I had to write about what was around me. I chose to do this in my room and I sat on my floor and wrote down ten things that I had not noticed when I first walked in. It had to be done quickly, with no censoring and really anything that I was able to notice was to be written. The assignments came from the book that we will be using throughout my time in Studio: Research!

1. The floor is not super comfy. 2. I feel kind of claustrophobic… so much stuff around me! 3) Mmm, I can smell the pretzels I just ate, or maybe that’s coming from outside. Dinner is soon! 4) It’s chilly in here, why the fuck did I leave the window open? 5) My room is so cute #teenagegirlroom. 6) The bells almost tickle my ears, they really make me miss my Aunt and Uncle for they sound exactly like the bells at the community church in their neighborhood. 7) Natural lighting really makes me sleepy, especially with this depressing Glee song playing. 8) I need to put away my clothes and shit!!! 9) Wait I never noticed how much dirt and dust is on the ground, why am I sitting in it all! 10) I’m so messy, I will clean tomorrow for sure! (hopefully)

After I had finished writing the ten things down I realized that it really is pretty difficult to notice that small things around you. Even though they were only ten things, I started out with a hard time of figuring out exactly what to write. Although as I picked up pace I was even able to relate the things around me in that moment to other aspects of my life.

Writing in detail is actually pretty difficult…

Sarah McHugh

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