2012 Diary

I was so very unhappy with the diary I bought in 2011. I really liked the size it was as it fits in my handbag/utility belt and the idea that there was plenty of paper to just draw on. The downside was there was too much paper wasted tellling me which year it was and having lines that were too small to write in. It was the very standard diary shrunk to be about A7. I started redesigning a better diary just for me!

new 2012 diary created by Kassandra for Kassandra

new diary slipped into the old diaries cover

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  • There is bleed tabs to make the months easier to identify
  • Each month has a few lines to write on and a month view
  • Day to a page – plenty of writing/drawing space
  • Birthdays and Public Holidays have been printed in
  • Black and white printing and perfect bound
  • At the start is paper sizes, time zones (both info graphics) metric-imperial, school holidays
  • typeface is Minya Nouvelle
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Woollen … thing

I felt like making something with my hands. I remember making these woollen things as a child – on a much smaller scale with paddle pop sticks. To begin I went into my backyard to find a couple of good sized sticks. Then I went through my mum’s wool collection and found rements of wool to use. Then I started securing the sticks and looping the wool around the sticks, over and over again until I finished.  I quickly made an information graphic (using Kassandra Designs Signature Typeface I have designed) to explain what I did.

Kassandra design illustrating method

How to make the woollen thing.

I have taken plenty of photographs of the final product. Here is two – one is how I suggest it is displayed (stuck in the ground) and a close up of the centre.

woollen thing by Kassandra - photograph and design by Kassandra

The Woollen ... Thing.

I used purples and blues and a row of black between the two. It looks great and I kept my hands busy for a few hours while I made it.


Woodfordia Induction

I spent the weekend 26th of March through to the 28th of March at the ____________ ___________ _______ Woodfordia site. There are way to many words to describe Woodfordia and I simply say experience it for yourself and you tell me how to describe it.

At the Woodford Organisers Group conference referred to as “The Big Chat” I got to:

Day 1

  • camp wherever I wanted to on the Woodfordia site (Woodford Folk Festival grounds)
  • meet my supervisor in my next role:

    job offer for sign making at the dreaming festival

    Sign maker for Dreaming Festival job offer

I will be making signs for the Dreaming Festival in June 11-13th. The role also involves placing the signs around the festival. The department head of Signology was happy to have me on board as I am a graphic designer and have typography, map making, computer based design (printing and laminating) and painting skills.  As a true leader eager to induct an enthusastic new team member I was told about the new printer and laminator, Bubbles and Bobo respectfully; shown where the signs are stored; how to brave the cold Woodfordia climate during winter and a basic overview of operations before the festival (set up).

  • Welcomed to the Woodford Organisers Conference by the Queensland Folk Federation President, with whom I just met through my department head not 1 hour before he took the stage.
  • Alan Glover and S Sorrensen made the whole room vibrate with laughter the whole time they were on stage. I don’t remember laughing so loudly for so long in a long time.
  • I was oustide and “this bloke” comes over and says:
                               “Hey you lot, get inside now the band is about to start.
                               Come on get inside the band starts in five minutes.
                              Come on you lot, stop smoking and get inside you don’t want to miss the band”. . . . 
                              *Chuckles to himself*
                              “How often does the lead singer of the band usher in the crowd?”

                                                       – John Schumann

 

  • John Schumann, Hugh McDonald and Alex Black performed some amazing music acoustically.
  • The group stayed up late catching up over some drinks in a relaxed setting surrounded with trees and amazing down to earth loving friendly people.

DAY 2

  • Breakfast.
  • The General Manager gave an overview of the finance for 2009-10 Woodford Folk Festival.
  • I learnt how the overall enterprise is structured, makes money and spends money.
  • The Executive Director and a Foresight Practitioner discussed the myth of the “500 Year Plan”.
  • We had a tea break and moved onto separate more specific workshops. There was a choice of three.
  • I met the Children’s Festival programmer who held a workshop called “A million ways to save a dollar”. We discussed ways that each department of the festival could save a small amount of money by being more efficient.
  • I stayed in the Organisers Club Bar for the Setup Department Head session and it is about the issues faced during the set up – I will be part of the set up crew and want to go into a department head position at some point in the future.
  • We had a lunch break.
  • I had a message passed onto me about where one of my favourite Woodfordians was cooking up fish he caught the day before. It was beautifully cooked. The company up at the undisclosed location was worth meeting and missing out on the Speed Meet session where we only had a few minutes to meet each other. We bonded over an hour.
  • The next workshop I attended was entitled “Getting involved as a new organiser – are you up for being a part of the WOG?” It was interesting how the Volunteers and Department Heads manager facilitated the start of this workshop. We sat in a circle, introduced ourselves (first name and last name) and briefly summarise our involvement in QFF so far and what we want to do now and in the future. When it got to introducing myself I said “I am Kassandra with a  k.” then I am cut off and told I do not need a last name as Kassandra with a K is enough. We were told to find where we felt we belonged and be mentored by a department head and get into a key offsider position. When the department head wants to step down you are already trained for the role.
  • “Many hands make light work” was the motto we heard. 8 people packed sand into 1000 recycled white boxes and placed a tea light on top. This was for Earth Hour where we all ate our two-course Annual Organisers Dinner under candle light.
  • We all got to chill out and bond some more after a full day of workshops.
  • I met one of my new favourite bands: A French Butler Called Smith outside the “Duck” I explained I saw them live in Maleny and we bonded over the badness of the poster design for the event (I later remade it – Kassandra Bowers Poster Remake Design). They seemed pretty excited to hear I am a graphic designer.
  •  The candles were lit and we were dressed to impress (dreadlocks and suits is a very good look) as we ate our delicious meal. On the table plan my name was misspelt. I got out my pen and changed it quickly while noone was looking. When everyone was sitting at the table and we were all meeting each other they all said they noticed I changed the spelling of my name.
  • Since I was sitting next to the Foresight Practitioner I asked about a quote I heard countless times at university: “we are training you for jobs that do not exist yet”. Basically I am trained to encounter change as an given and be adaptable to it. I now think it has to do with the transdispiclinary learning that took place at university.
  • John Sullivan Federal MP introduced John Schumann as the Guest Speaker at the dinner. John explained the whole story about the song “Nineteen”.
  • The Annual Organisers Awards took place.
  • A French Butler Smith took the stage, warmed up the dance floor with a tango and then had us all dancing our feet off. At the end of their set when everyone was asking for an encore I reasoned them into it by saying “but come on, the instruments are here and sound checked, the lights are going, your on stage and you have us all dancing here” we got not one but two encores – we were truely spoilt. I did not let them leave without giving them my contact card and having a much longer chat to at least one group member – the saxaphone player.
  • Since we would all not catch up again for about a month we all braced ourselves for a long night of just living and taking it as it happens. It somewhat drizzled on us, the circle got smaller, the bar closed and we were told not to waste all the wine (don’t let it go in the bin it was purchased for you to consume). The next thing I remembered it was 6am, the sun was appearing and there was only three of us standing. I crawled into my tent for a couple of hours of sleep.
  • Day Three

    • Most people were a little worse for wear today but we perservered.
    • We kickstarted the day with breakfast and a talk about the aspiration campaign.
    • There was a brief update about department heads.
    • There was a discussion about new software developed to facilitate all the issues arised during events.
    • We were told about the large storm approaching the site and were instructed to do the group photo and go home early if you wanted to. The group photo becomes history as it is archieved as proof that a group of people organised and ran all the festivals that QFF does – The Dreaming, The Planting and Woodford Folk Festival.
    • I went home after spending 20 minutes with my department head learning about the department.

    It was great I can’t wait until I get to see my family at Woodfordia again soon.


    Semi-Permanent Submission

    17th July 2009

    SEMI-PERMANENT SUBMISSION

    After being inspired by the first 2009 semi-permanent book that DesignIsKinky released I have submitted five artworks to hopefully get included. The following quote is the email I sent them.

    “Hello
    I really loved the first 2009 book and it inspired me to want to be included in a next book, hence here now is my submission. Attached is my 5 submissions for the second 2009 book, all to specified sizes. Three files are saved as 72ppi jpg. The gif file shows a stroked line which is the bounding box the rest is there as a 5mm bleed. I feel as though I must mention the last file: it is just a jpg but the actual design has been printed A1, mounted and exhibited at the University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery in June-July 2009 (student exhibit) and will also be exhibited in a different show in Gympie in October.

    My name is: Kassandra Bowers
    Website: https://kassandradesigns.wordpress.com

    Thanks for looking at my designs.”

    #1

    Air Brush of myself - I am aiming for doll like

    Air Brush of myself - I am aiming for doll like

    This is me having a go at air brushing to the extreme but keeping in touch with reality. I have added nail polish, eye shadow and lipstick. This contains an skin texture brush from keepwaiting.

    #2

    a photograph with a caption saying its unedited

    a photograph with a caption saying its unedited

    This is a photograph of a flower that has been composed so that the pollen is on the top left hand rule of third intersection. The image is unedited except the text stating it is Fig 1 and that it is unedited. The camera lens is literally inside the flower.

    #3

    "Proliferation of Digital Typeface in the Urban Environment"

    "Proliferation of Digital Typeface in the Urban Environment"

    This is my final A1 poster for ADN214: Visual Identity and Exhibition Design. There is more information about it at this page: Urban Typography by Kassandra Bowers. This is the submission mentioned earlier as being exhibited in an art gallery.

    #4

    FINAL: something for semi permanent

    FINAL: something for semi permanent

    This is something that I created especially for the book (the other things are all adapted from somewhere else). The stuff outside of the stroked line is the bleed. The fun thing about keeping a blog is seeing things connect as: something for semi-permanent has already been changed since its original blog entry.

    #5

    commercialism's younger brother: development (ISM back cover)

    commercialism's younger brother: development (ISM back cover)

    This was the back cover for the ISM (Independent Student Magazine from the University of the Sunshine Coast) I worked on page layout and graphic design for the COMMERCIALISM issue. This was the back cover that I made from photographs I took in 2005. I was surprised after I got back to the Sunshine Coast after being in Darwin for 13 months to find that these patches of grass are now covered in concrete and structures. This has been edited since the original back cover. I sadly didn’t pick up on a typo and 10 000 copies were sent out with the 2005 saying 2008 (which didn’t make sense and was picked up on by a few of my university friends).


    Wil Anderson

    25th June 2009
    Wil Anderson - In Stiches memorial poster

    Wil Anderson - In Stitches memorial poster

     This is a digitally enhanced photograph of my “Wil Anderson In Stitches memorial poster” which is signed by Wil Anderson, includes the ticket, logo from comedy festival, a blurb on comedy festival and the small version of the promotional posters for Wil’s performance. That was a great show, Wil is a champ! It was very strange and coincidental that Sharri and I met Wil Anderson on Queen Victoria Bridge here in Brisbane, since none of us actually live in Brisbane and at which stage its not really a common route through the city for pedestrians.

    The poster was made the day after from a frame that was purchased but never used and some matte that was purchased and turned out to be the wrong size (no reciept no refund they told me) it was great to be able to reuse both and make something that is a memorial to a strange moment indeed.