Adam Driver

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I regret not writing about Adam Driver sooner. By now, almost everyone recognizes him from his recent role as Kylo Ren in the newest Star Wars: The Force Awakens but before that he was my little kept secret who I obsessed over. From his indie movie roles, Frances Ha or Tracks to the hit HBO show GIRLS, he is one of the most unique, and enjoyable performers I’ve ever seen.

Prior to acting, Adam served in the military. Since his acting career has taken off he founded the organization AITAF (Arts in the Armed Forces) basically ‘bringing the best modern American theater to the military free of charge.’ Check out the video VICE put together showing some of what AITAF does. I found it incredibly inspiring and an exciting alternative on how a movie-star has given back to the armed force community.

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"Tracks" Portraits - 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

 

Adam Driver

DIY – Herringbone Table

13Months and months ago when I moved into my new place I insisted on making a table for our dining area. My poor roommates waited for another couple months using a crappy paint covered table til I actually finished it up. I envisioned a very simple herringbone top that I could whip up in a couple weeks. Pffftt. Herringbone … a couple weeks… obviously didn’t happen.

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Since I work in the industrial area of Las Vegas I had been seeing these wire reels around all the dumpsters of businesses surrounding us. I thought the tops of the reels could act as a base for the tabletop. One day after work I had a co worker help me load it in my car. Who knew these were SO heavy! And of course I had my eye on one near the bottom of the stack.

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I collected some pallet wood from work and some purchased wood for the base.

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My dad and I designed a super simple yet sturdy base that we knew could handle the weight of the reel top.

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Hi dads arm

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I decided on this Poplar wood for the top because it was already sanded smooth so I could stain it however I wanted without any prep work.

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Stained with 2 colors. Left one the natural color.

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I scaled up the top on the computer so I could visualize what size and pattern I wanted the herringbone to lay.

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After deciding on one foot pieces we gorilla glued then in a random pattern. The stains absorbed differently on every piece even though we bought the same exact wood. I found that to be an added charm to the whole piece instead of having exactly the same 3 colors, it came out dozens of different variations. That’s the fun thing about working with wood, no piece is the same and they react differently because of its porous nature.

12Because the surface of the reel top was really uneven and we didn’t take the time to sand it and level it because of existing screws and bolts the polar wood didn’t lay flat either.. which resulted in a huge adventure figuring out the art of epoxy. It’s no joke. 
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I wanted a smooth top so cups and bowls are on a semi level surface. After one round of epoxy and having it drip for hours out the bottom of the top and still leaving uncovered sections we did a round two. (This time actually reading the instructions in the box) It came out good enough and hardened well! My pops helped the whole time multiple weekends in a row and provided some of the materials including the aluminum trimming.

15There’s many flaws and TONS of “next time ill do this differently’s” .. but it was a blast! I learned tons about working with wood, and spending all that time sweating, sanding, and jigsawing in my garage with my dad was really priceless. I also promise next time to not document with just my iphone, for the sake of the pictures.

Now, On to the next project!

DIY – Herringbone Table

Alice

 Wanna talk about the dream? Besides being Ellen Degeneres’ personal assistant…
Street art.
Is that cliche? Even if it is, I seriously enjoy it. Its like if there is going to be a wall or building in the middle of nature, you might as well paint on it. you get me?
I found this artist, named Alice.
She’s based out of Rome. (and has pieces all over Italy, maybe i’ll see one this summer when i’m roaming around that place. with my sister, shout out to Catherina!)
i love this one more than life itself. And i love that she did it on a brick wall, instead of a smooth cement one. It just adds to the appeal, and texture.
Alice says:
“I create art about people and their relationships, I’m interested in
representing human feelings and exploring different points of view.
I especially like to depict strong and independant women”
little too feminist for you guys? whatever, she’s amazing. One day I will do some kind of street piece. Illegally.. hopefully not. If I get good enough, it wont be.
Alice

Art of living

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
 
– L.P Jack
Art of living

Nurturing creativity

I’m going to assume that no one will watch this video.
And that is fine. We watched it in our design class today and I found it to be incredibly helpful, and inspiring to put it cheesily. But I recommend you watch it. Its a talk by the author of Eat, Pray, Love. (to put it more cheesily) but honestly she is hilarious and incredibly intelligent with awesome insight.
There is a part where she talks about how when you gain an idea of any sort, creatively, that sometimes you cant run to a piece of paper quick enough to jot down the amazing idea that you want to fulfill. Other times you dont get to the paper quick enough and the idea runs away from you, almost in a literal sense, and its really difficult to rehash the essence of the original idea.
This got me thinking, how do i stay creative? How do i find an idea of something to create? It scares me when I have “writers block” one could say. How do I get it back? This is what I’m figuring out, because I get it back, but I need to pinpoint what I do to do so.
 I think we’ve all been in the situation where we are driving, walking on campus, or simply listening to music and contemplating and we are BOOM, hit with an incredible idea, and you feel so inspired that your body consumes itself with goosebumps. You gaze aimlessly and sorta grin, because you’re pumped. On top of the world. If you dont mind me saying so; it may be a comparable feeling to feeling the spirit of a higher power and having complete surety in something. gawsh i love this feeling.
The first thing I thought of when thinking how I stay creative and fresh, and gain ideas with my art was:
Participating in new things, new adventures, new surroundings….
(roadtrips/travel*, food, literature, entertainment, friends, etc.)
honestly I think thats it. I mean its obviously a broad answer, but I think we all can relate to it in one way or another.
What keeps you creative?
and seriously, watch this video, its really great.
Nurturing creativity