From East to West: Tea Trade and Appropriation Writing Exercise

What comes to mind when you think of tea? Aging documents, boston tea party, herbal tea, tea cups and pots, steeping tea, anti-coffee, honey, sugar, cream, tea time, sweet tea vs unsweet tea, the cultures that pop up around tea (brittian, south) What is your working definition of cultural appropriation? Include examples if you can Utilizing an oppressed or purposely ‘othered’ practice of a culture for the intent of being unique, marketable as creative or original, and purposely ignoring the othered culture in which the practice comes from. Example: Modern Fashion and Black Culture. i.e braids, music styles,...

3D Model Reflection (4-13-2017)

I used the 3D scanning station in the CURVE lab, located in the library. This time was far easier than the first to get situated, from the angles to pinching the die into the scanner’s arms. I did two complete HD scans over the course of an hour, leaving the stitching to be done by hand, still. I plan to accomplish this Thursday morning (4/20), hopefully without needing additional scans because of time restraints. Both scans seem to have viable imprints of each side, only with uneven lengths warping the cube. I need to clean up the cube shape on the initial scan before I can stitch the new scans over to be sure all sides are represented. I am worried because after multiple sessions in the lab, I still suspect the model will still be a rough draft needing additional care. I am hoping I can scan the sides together to create a uniform cube, but I may have to settle on two incomplete cubes. We will see what the final editing session accomplishes. I am confident that my scans are better than previous scans, because there is a 3D representation. I just wish I could grasp some of the sharp lines and detailed markings on the object in the...

Midterm Conference Reflection

I didn’t have many questions for this visit since I had already taken a class structured this way. Instead, I wanted to talk more about my project topic and ways to go about it. I knew I wanted to use the die as motivation to talk about gaming culture and communities in Atlanta, but I wasn’t sure the most appropriate way to do so. We discussed looking at the culture at the approximate time of the die and comparing it to the culture today for relevance. We also had a discussion that, yet again, made me consider my future plans. While I know I want at least a year off from school so that I can experience life without school for the first time, I’m constantly revisiting the ideas of research and teaching at a collegiate level. The only thing is, of course, I have no idea how that process begins or ends. I’m not even sure whether I have a chance of “making the cut.”...

3D Project Decision

I decided I would rather work with Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern because it helps my narrative of being Atlanta interested and Atlanta-based for my future job prospects, and it diversifies my portfolio to outside parties from my school. This project is also particularly interesting to me because the restaurant I work at just renovated and moved into a building that was abandoned since the 70’s, and I saw really cool history through that process. Unfortunately, most of that history was more or less undocumented as the construction process continued. Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern allows the opportunity to further explore those historical...
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