Friday, July 28, 2017

Day 13 - Press conference - Final

We made it ...after a long night the day before we cleaned the hall and moved the projects towards the light to welcome the press ...

and they came in big numbers - honestly totally surprised how many people actually came, the dean, the vice dean, the rector many people from the university, sponsors and many members of the national press from print, radio but also television.

Every project group was able to introduce and show their projects after a nice set of speeches from the dean and Jerzy, Magda from vectorworks and myself. I got short translations from the students to keep up date but knew after my name was noticed and a big applause that everyone was happy about my contributions - honestly this time was wonderful. While being constantly busy and the students had one project each I had 5 - but I loved it and the groups surprised me about the dedication and effort they put into their projects.

Sometimes I am asked what I do : I bring a truckload of tools, help to design a project, then I support them building it by their own and in between I take a few pictures of them while doing it ...but honestly its not about the tools, or about the projects, its all about the process and the things you learn by beeing emerged into the process of making. What happens in between is what creates the magic for me. I made 28+ friends, people I was able to work with, having a coffee, enjoying lunch together and able to discuss many different topics. Moments I will always remember, faces I will not forget and moments that also make wonderful stories afterwards.

While looking back to the pictures I made I found myself smiling and remembering all these moments. The pride I see in all of the students faces and people looking at the projects make me feel like a superhero - owning the superpower to make people proud and smiling - I love my job, I love the city of Wroclaw and I love my students. This was a wonderful time - sometimes physically demanding sometimes also emotionally a rollercoaster - I will always remember this wonderful time with all of you ! Thanks for having me.

Hope to see you soon, or at least on Facebook

I will share more content here later but this is for now the official final !

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Day 12 - Olga on top of the rocks and the New Kinds on the block remake

Puh 12 Endspurt - we promised pizza if they finish today ...ok we nearly made it ...but what a day. I have never lost so much water during a day - the tropical climate in our hall took its toll and the rain outside the hall made it not better at the end of the day total every of the 5 projects are ready to be exposed to the public and the press tomorrow ...

biggest happening was for sure the erection of the honeycomb pavilion - and with so much work it was a relief when the thing came together nicely - ok once Olga started screaming when a 30 cm gab appeared but this was just a wrong placed element ... then we switched off the lights and the full glory of these project came to full swing ...

talking about swing ...Andrzej took the camera and took a couple of shots and what I saw was amazing while running through the pictures ...New Kinds on the Block seems to become alive ...great pictures in front of the wall ...and there is a reason why I am always behind the camera ...

ok enough for today - we closed the shop at 10.30 pm - the pizza was great and we all need some rest to tell the press tomorrow that everything is better with LED lights ... as Dina mentioned LED light is like Ketchup - it makes everything better ...something the polish student seems to learn from early on...they ( ok - not all of them ) put lots of ketchup on a pizza and this even before tasting a bite ... weirs people ...but luckily also in the eyes of those who don't ....

tomorrow pictures of the projects in total we promise ...ah, wait we will have a party to close the summerschool beer instead and maybe ( actually for sure ) a hangover and pictures later ...I promise.

what a great time - our students really rocked it !

...did we mentioned team France practiced in front of our hall before they won the World Games Football competition ?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Day 11 - sunday

we sanded corners, drilled holes, stapled fabric, soldered LEDs and cutted handles with the router
...the usual for a sunday !

honestly I was so busy and sweaty I couldn't get a grip on my camera ...