CCA in the Media News

Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

One of the best parts of school has to be the field trip, right? You’re out of the classroom and into “the real world.”

Last month, that real world was Levi Strauss & Co. for industrial and fashion design students at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts (CCA).

A group of about 20 students paid us a visit to understand our work and progress in the area of sustainability—in both operations and product design.

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Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014 by Laura Braun

For DuFault, she puts mended or tailored clothing at the top of her sustainable fashion list; reusing what you have.

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Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laura Braun

The city is a rich subject for the nocturnal photographer; it forms the grim backdrop for the midnight rambler in Larry Clark’s Acid, Lower East Side. In the work of Todd Hido and Judy Gelles, suburban houses and mobile homes radiate with ambiguous warmth, leaving the viewer to guess what transpires inside.

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Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laura Braun

I fell in love with indigo while I was a student at California College of the Arts. Indigo is a really magical natural dye because it requires a constant relationship of care-taking. The vat must be checked on daily in order to maintain it's delicate anaerobic balance- but what is amazing is that it can be kept "alive" indefinitely. For me, Indigo became a studio companion that kept me enchanted and curious about everything that it could offer. Right now I am obsessed with batik (a hot-wax resist method).

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Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laura Braun

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college offering 22 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs in the areas of design, fine arts, architecture, and writing. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students. The college educates students to shape culture and society through practice and critical study. Graphic design at CCA is a media-blind discipline that engages the mind and the senses by translating ideas – from simple to complex – into the communication of information, emotion, and reflection.

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Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laura Braun

Owen Smith’s comic style needs very little introduction. His portrait of Jay Z as Jackie Robinson has been a Rolling Stone cover. He’s done cover art for the New Yorker, the LA Times and Sports Illustrated. Currently the Chair of the Illustration Program at the California College of the Arts, his style is comic realism. The main classic comic element at play here is exaggeration. Facial features are almost over-the-top, but still realistic enough to avoid being mistaken for caricature.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Oakland, California-based animator David Lauer created “Goodbye Blue Camper” as a film thesis for The California College of the Arts. The stop-motion short features yeti hunting, human sacrifice and a fair bit of puppet-on-puppet violence. According to Lauer, the project began as way of paying tribute to an old puppet.

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Posted on Monday, April 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

“The joke for years has been that we have all the worst buildings by the brand-name architects,” David Meckel, director of research and planning at California College of the Arts, told me way back in 2001. “In the future there are going to be first-rate buildings to see, but not yet.” 

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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 by Laura Braun

But its ambitious geometric plan reflected a larger movement afoot in the mid-19th century, when many idealistic reformers looked to architectural plans—octagon houses, hexagon cities, oval communal mansions—as the geometric scaffolding for a better society. They believed that the morals and values of a society could be reflected in a city's layout, and physical surroundings could bring about change. These architectural plans were also a transparent, unmediated form of expression compared to political rhetoric.

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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 by Laura Braun

LF: Hi Lorien! Give Live FAST an introduction to yourself.

LS: Hey! I was born in the little town of Ojai, California. I went to California College of the Arts, in Oakland, for my BFA. I work in a wide variety of mediums, including egg batiking, wood turning, ceramics, screen printing, painting, and paper mache. Currently I live in the Mojave Desert and I love stars, watermelons, and whales, among other things.

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