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Why i design…

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”

–Mary Lou Cook


Italy Sketch + Blog

Learn about our experiences in Italy by reading our class blog (start with Monday Feb. 9, 2009 thru April 16, 2009).  I miss that place!

Amanda Eubanks : Italy Study Abroad 2009

Amanda Eubanks : Italy Study Abroad 2009

Roberto Capucci = Designer + Italian Artist

By: Amanda Eubanks

By: Amanda Eubanks

I am inspired by the color combination, proportions, structure, & designs of Roberto Capucci.  This is a small picture collage from my visit to his museum in Florence, Italy.

Be your own fabric designer!

This is an excellent idea for those of you who are passionate about your design abilities and would like to make custom fabrics, spoonflower now makes that possible.  Here are some instructions on how to upload and purchase your designs. Check out the Fabric of the week contest.

Museum Banners from the streets to your walls

BetterWall is your exclusive source for authentic street banners from museums around the world. When you buy a banner from BetterWall, you get a unique, dramatic work of art to display in your home. But, your purchase means much more! A percentage of the proceeds of every banner sold goes back to the museum. Be a part of BetterWall’s community of discriminating buyers who care about good design and supporting the arts. What could be better than that?”


Jeremy & Jon Jackson

“Jackson Artwork began in 2006 as an experiment…an attemptjackson-artwork

to seek out the beauty in everything and capture it.  To take time

to appreciate the small things and enjoy the “everyday” by

approaching life from a different perspective.”

Check out their work!

Sweet Home Alabama & There is no place like it = FINE HANDCRAFTS!

“At Alabama Chanin we create an array of limited-edition products for the individual and home. Using a mixture of new, organic and recycled materials our products are constructed with care by artisans who live and work in our local communities. All of the Alabama Chanin products lines are made-by-hand in the USA.”

School + Projects + Work = My Life

This semester has been crazy.  I’ve never worked so hard in my life.  My studio projects have gotten more time intensive, my teachers have planned for more test, I’m a personal assistant to an interior designer, and I’ve learned so much from my design teachers.  I’m finally home for Thanksgiving break and I’m incredibly thankful for the rest and relaxation.  I’m so ashamed that my website and my blog have gotten the shaft.  I’m so very sorry, but I’m planning on posting some of my most recent work.  

Design by Amanda M Eubanks

Our studio professor assigned this project on top of another project due last week (along with three other tests for that week).  We were shown a photograph of a simplistic space on our classroom projector, and we were told to sketch it during the lecture time, take it home, choose 5 materials to insert, use presentation sketch quality, no straight edge, throw shadows, color correct it on photoshop, and do the layout on a 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper in gray-scale. This was my rendering of the space with my chosen materials.

eight things meme:

I have been linked by Christin Eubanks. She was tagged by Robert French (who was also kind enough to mention me in a previous post). As a new blogger, I’ve never done a meme, but it looks like fun, so here goes….

I enjoy a bizarre combination of things in life. Here are only eight of the things in no particular order:

1. I enjoy being outdoors. I enjoy it so much that I have become incredibly involved in a club here at Auburn University that is devoted to many things associated with being an active me and the skimnature appreciator. I also volunteer countless hours at our newly constructed AU Challenge Ropes Course. The Outdoor Adventure Club (aka: the OAC) was started only one year ago here at the University by Drew Nelson, who for the second year is president. I am vice president (beginning this year), and I am extremely excited about our growing club and more exciting and extreme adventures. We begin the year with a Labor day/weekend trip to West Virginia where we plan to camp, rock climb, rappel, and raft the New River. Of course, we will not neglect our school spirit (especially not for the season opener); we are packing the generator and tv and will be loyal fans: eating, cheering, and tailgating on our camp site in West Virginia.

2. I have a love for things that are incredibly spicy, including (but not exclusive to): Tabasco sauce, wasabi, jalapeños, peppers, chili flakes, and horseradish.

3. I can grab my ankles bending over backwards. I always wanted to be in the circus, but I just had to settle for high school cheerleading instead. I also wanted to be a dolphin trainer at Sea World, but being in front of crowds makes me shake like a Chihuahua.

4. Speaking of Chihuahuas. I, like my sister, mom and dad, also am obsessed with a certain 3.8 pound chihuahua named Lulu, who we rescued from the woods behind our house. I could never exclude the Boxer if I me and the collegiate chihuahuamention the chihuahua. Tiger is also a love of my life. He has a graying face, floppy ears, a velvety brindled coat, and a stubby little tail. I do not claim to be a Cesar Millan (the most amazing dog mind reader there ever was) or anything, BUT I will take credit for training Tiger to open and close the back door by pawing at our lever handle and then pouncing the door after a stern voice command. Yes, there are cooler dog tricks, but like most pet lovers, we claim that ours are the most wonderful things that ever walked, sat, twirled, barked, and ran on the planet.

5. I love appreciating our beautiful Emerald Coast. Growing up in Mobile, I was near the bay, sailboats, pelicans, fresh seafood, hot weather, a little backyard lake, sweet tea (on the rocks), and the beautiful Pensacola Beach and surrounding area. I dream about my younger years full of sea kayaking, flirting with amateur surfers, too much tanning, trips with friends, and sandy tuna sandwiches. my dorm view O how things change when you move away to college and life on the plains.

6. I am absolutely fascinated by all things design. I love learning about green building, designing room layouts, studying the construction process, sketching interiors, positioning furniture, exploring color psychology, looking at magazines, searching for new inspiration, reading about different designers, and becoming more well-rounded in order to better prepare myself for the future.

7. I also enjoy art. I love brainstorming about art, doing my own sketches, creating new designs, being inspired by dead crazy people, discovering random living artist with true passion and creativity, and trying new mediums. I haven’t had too much experience as far as art classes, besides my wonderful high school art teachers Mrs. Marsha Bradley and Mrs. Dawn Manning. Art for me is about trying new things, never becoming too critical of something that has not been completed, and not limiting personal creativity. Honestly, I have always been a little jealous of my sister‘s ability to create realistic almost photographic pieces of art. We have quite opposite techniques, but I have grown to notice and appreciate both personal styles, and I am understanding more and more, the complexities of everyone’s differences.

8. I love college and like my favorite game day button reads, “My Heart [truly] Belongs to Auburn.” I have three more years left and currently I am a third year Sophomore in the interior design program. my game faceYes, I am intimidated by long nights in design studio and overwhelming design projects with teachers that could bring a military drill Sargent to welling tears, but it’s not just about my major or the classes. College is (for me) about learning and preparing for the future, sponging up new ideas and developing a personal style, getting away from your parents (but calling them everyday and reminding them of how much you love them), making friends with people you would have never discovered before, letting your parents pay for health insurance (among other things), stepping out of your comfort zone, learning what type of person you truly want to be, doing things for yourself (and your room mate, regardless of their reciprocation &/or appreciation), teaching yourself to iron, cut your own steak, wake up on time for 8 am class, and sort laundry, finding what you truly value in life, and enjoying your youth and getting rid of your teenage status. I believe in Auburn and I LOVE IT!

Andy Warhol as a brilliant commercial artist…

I recently have been appreciating Andy Warhol, through a pocket sized book featuring some of his fashion sketches and “perceptively funny observations.” Simon Doonan (the writer of the forward) best sums up Andy’s commercial artistry: “Business suits, lipsticks, insanely pointy shoes, long girdles, floral hats, pearls, perfume, brocade boots — the Warhol illustrations epitomize sweet post-war optimism, abundance, and fun! (10)” I envy his ability to draw inspiration from simple things in department stores and then transform them into elevated (but witty) pieces of art.

“Jewelry doesn’t make a person more beautiful, but it makes a person feel more beautiful.” – Andy Warhol (p. 165)

“When you think about it, department stores are kind of like museums.”- Andy Warhol (p. 197)

This is my newest pen and ink sketch:

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