Stamps School of Art & Design

Stamps MFA Trevor King (MFA 2015) recently completed a 3 week artist residency at the famed Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI! Pictured above is Beer Tower, a new iteration of his beer can castings, and a new sculpture titled Fire Place.

Designing lather and labels, Stephanie “Stevie” Milanowski (MFA ‘95) announces the launch of her new product development company, Mila & Felt!

"Mila & Felt LLC is a modern product development company focusing on products made from 100% pure ingredients, combining years of experience, research and creativity! We love what we do, and we strive to keep it simple, keep work enjoyable and produce products that are truly food for your body and soul. We just launched our online shop with our debut products — “Daily Wash”, a lavender mint shampoo + conditioner + product in one, and “Daily Wash Fragrance Free”."

http://www.milafelt.com/

Recent Stamps alum Clara Giles (BFA 2014) is contributing her graphic design prowess to a new design-for-change non-profit called Seva Corps — a group dedicated to the development of low-cost and non-electric medical devices to end preventable infant deaths in developing nations.

In addition to designing Seva Corps’ graphics and communications materials, Clara is also on the board, along with project founder (and fellow UM alums!) Scwetha Maddur and Michael Blackshear. The team, currently totaling 6, consists of Material Science Engineers, Bio-Medical Engineers and one Graphic Designer. 

And this start-up is off to a great start! Seva Corps has received first Place in the 2014 Purdue Big Sell Competition in Social Entrepreneurship and this years Tech Town Detroit Prize!

Learn more at http://www.sevacorps.com

Erika Cross (Stamps BFA 2012) recently won the Core77 Student Design Award for Furniture & Lighting! Her winning design project, Vertebral Chair, is pictured below. Erika is currently a graduate student in London working towards her MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art. Congratulations from across the pond!

As summer start to roll to a close, we get to welcome back all of the Stamps students from their study abroad summer travels. And we get to “ooooooh” and “ahhhh” over the photographs they took and the artwork they created while away! There will be more posts like this … Today’s featured photos from far away come from Madelyn Etzcorn and her trip to Ireland.

"I chose to go to Ireland because the program seemed like a good fit for me," Madelyn explains. "I needed the time to experiment and think with fewer distractions than a normal semester when I have a part-time job. Having an independent studio practice here has given me space to see how my work communicates across disciplines and find and understand common themes in my work that I was not able to see before. In Ireland, I have been able to build a very intimate relationship with my studio practice.

I think what’s important about studying abroad for a young artist is getting to experience different ways of learning so that you can figure out how to empower yourself to create what you want to create. You are forced out of your comfort zone and you have to meet new people and negotiate cultural differences in a way you don’t have to when you are home. It makes you grow.”

images above include Madelyn’s artwork and travel photos. see more at her blog: http://madelynetzcorn.tumblr.com/

Love the new work by MFA graduate, Siyang Ziui Chen, who studied industrial design here at Stamps but has recently turned to painting as a means of expression.

She explains:

"I had a feeling after returning from China at the end of my third year that I was unhappy in the way I was pursuing ideas, and something in that trip changed my feelings about design. I begin to feel that I wanted to be happier in what I pursued, and painting felt better as a medium for my ideas about issues in the world I was facing but did not agree with. 

I have not stopped design, but painting feels better for resolving many of my current emotions about things I could not talk about before, for example women, economic reforms and politics.  I am still designing things with my new husband, but I feel better about it now that I don’t feel I am trying to solve everything with design.”

Siyang Ziui will be showing downtown at ArtPrize this year, stay tuned!


Emoticons may become essential in explaining your creative practice.  Interarts student Willie Filkowski applies for a scholarship.
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a brief (fewer than 500 words) explanation of your work and how the scholarship will help you continue to create

Emoticons may become essential in explaining your creative practice.  Interarts student Willie Filkowski applies for a scholarship.

filkowski:

a brief (fewer than 500 words) explanation of your work and how the scholarship will help you continue to create

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