Uni semester has ended, and so officially, I have completed all the courses for the Master of Design degree. I had my final presentation last week on Tuesday night. That day we had terrible weather, gale force winds and rains. I had so much stuff to take with me that I bought a trolley. This was how much I had to take:
This is what they look like all packed up.
The presentation was at the UNSW main campus in Kensington. In consideration that I would not have been able to carry all the above by myself, on the bus - plus knowing the weather was s.h.i.t, I drove to work. Work's fantastic, they gave me free parking (we're in the city, it would have cost me heaps to park) and my Manager told me I can leave early before it started to rain.
At the UNSW campus, I had to park on the roof level of the parking building. It was starting to rain and because I didn't want my stuff to get too wet (I covered them with plastic sheets after I took the photo above), I decided to risk parking in the lower level, drop off my stuff, park on the roof level and then quickly run down to get them. Oh and have I mentioned that there is no freaking LIFT in the building? So I slowly wheeled my trolley down the 6 levels, totally looking like a sad, wet bag lady.
On the way to the classroom, I met an ex-colleague and saw a big tree branch fall on him, lucky he's alright. And as I waited for class to start, sheets of metal flew off the roofs and came thundering down.
On the presentation itself, I was feeling a bit out of place as I saw my other classmates walking in with just a laptop bag. I texted my husband and told him that I may have done too much. I displayed all of my wares on one of the benches. I should have taken a picture but by that time I was just so tired and wanted to go home. I was first to present, 7 minutes long. I honestly cannot remember much of what I said, I rambled. The presentation caught me off guard because in the previous years, students only needed to display their work and then leave the classroom for 2 hours while the teacher goes around marking.
I"m glad that part of my education is now finished. I'm really looking forward to the trip to Sarawak, I can't believe I'm leaving in one week!
Here are a couple of pictures from my presentation. Mini mortar and pestles and also the ladies (Mbok Jamu). The ladies will be part of the exhibition I'm doing in July - ROOTS at Gaffa Gallery - from 26 July-7 August 2012. Come see it!
Irine is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts' Artstart Grant (June 2014-2015).
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