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Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014 by Em Meine

Metamorphosis: the Transformation of Everyday Objects is a current exhibition of Jewelry / Metal Arts alumni at the Museum of Craft and Design. The exhibition is curated by CCA faculty member David Cole and features the work of 10 California College of the Arts alumni.

About Metamorphosis

What is beautiful? How do artists see the world around us?

These artworks were selected to examine the creative process of makers who choose to use common and even humble objects as their medium. Some of these things were found in thrift stores -- or the trash -- and have an entire history of manufacture and use before they were rediscovered for another purpose.

Their relationship to some previous, unknown owner and the journey of that object into and out of the life of that person, is recorded in the patterns of wear on the surfaces.

Other materials have inherent beauty that is easy to overlook because of the context in which we perceive them. The luster and radiance that would distinguish the rarest pearl is viewed quite differently when it is seen in grains of rice or pencil leads.

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Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 by Laura Braun

It’s been 10 years since the stroke that changed his life, and he is no longer in a wheelchair, but walking (albeit with a limp). Art has always been his way of expression and it’s carried him through. He graduated with his BFA in Illustration from the California College of the Arts this year, a couple of months before Mike Brown was shot and killed in the streets of Ferguson.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by Laura Braun

The 55-year-old Hong is one of the most well-known Korean directors in the international film circuit. HIS Films depict Everyday human Relationships, Mostly male-Female Relationships, and sometimes explore larger Political themes through HIS unique aesthetic style, Which avoids the cliche. Born in Seoul, Hong studied film at Seoul's Chung-Ang University, the California College of Arts and Crafts , and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Laura Braun

Raised by her grandmother and great-aunts, Thomas, whose given first name is Lavynell, followed a similar arc. Enchanted by the art she saw at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as a child, she remembered thinking, “If there’s a way I can do this, this is what I want to do.” But as a working mother herself, she didn’t have the means to study art until later, first at UCLA and then at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts) in Oakland.

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Posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Laura Braun

Andrew Deming and Rachel Gant are the designers behind Yield, a brand of minimalist, high quality homewares and accessories. Both originally Southern natives, the two met at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. After gaining experience at various agencies in SF (Andrew at ID firm fuseproject, Rachel at architecture firm CCS) the two joined together and formed Yield.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by Jim Norrena

Sienna DeGovia (Sculpture 1999) is a sculptor and food stylist based in Los Angeles, with 15 years of commercial experience styling food for film, TV, and print. 

Unlike many of her peers, she comes to the field from a three-dimensional art stance rather than a purely culinary one. 

Unique Specialty Pays Off

Her specialty is highly decorated baked goods and anything sweet, though she enjoys styling all of the food groups and beverages, too. 

Her list of clients includes Mad Men, The Muppets, Coca-Cola, Target, Disney, and Bon Appetit.

It was at CCA that DeGovia started creating artworks using food as a medium, specifically as a means to elicit emotional responses. She articulated for herself the connection between beauty and food that has characterized all of her work since.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

Even without the prosthetic, Robinson does many of the things kids his age like to do—play on the computer, compete on the swim team, study karate (he’s a green belt), and even throw perfectly round bowls on the pottery wheel. But in the coming weeks, Robinson’s prosthetic-free streak may come to an end. Last July, Robinson attended Superhero Cyborg Camp, a one-week design education workshop for kids with varying degrees of upper-limb loss.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

Jules de Balincourt was born in 1972 in Paris and currently lives in Brooklyn. He received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco in 1998 and his MFA from Hunter College in New York in 2005. De Balincourt has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art, France; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; and Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

She earned a bachelor's degree in English and psychology and a master's in counseling from the University of Michigan and later moved to the Bay Area, where she studied textile design at the California College of the Arts in Oakland and worked as a therapist. At one point, she took a class in perfumery and was hooked; soon she was experimenting with essential oils, researching the origins of perfume in the ancient world and tracking down rare materials.

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Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

While still in high school, Claudia Alvarez (MFA 2003) began a job at the UC Davis Medical Center that would shape the rest of her professional and artistic life in unexpected ways.

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As a patient escort, she encountered a diverse group of people, many of whom had very rare diseases and long-term illnesses. One of her first assignments, she recalls, was taking a body to the morgue.

But it was working with the living that caused Alvarez to look at life differently. “To make them laugh, for even five minutes, inspired me to think about life in different ways.”

The patients were sometimes children who seemed old as they grappled with extreme infirmity, and sometimes older people who became more like children as they aged. Alvarez’s conception of age expanded; she saw maturity in children and vulnerability in grown adults.

The first time she created a sculpture of a child with an old face, now a hallmark of her practice, “People freaked out. They asked where this eerie figure came from.”

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