Archive for November, 2011

Michael A. Joseph, II

Monday, November 14th, 2011
School of Mechanical Engineering ’88. 100th Year Graduating Class

Sculptor, millionaire, and philanthropist Mr. Alex Ettl helped me with a project in 1987 while I was at Pratt’s School of Engineering. While researching mold technology for a local brownstone restoration I identified Sculpture House as a source of knowledge. I arranged a meeting and visited the Manhattan studio. We were greeted by the huge copy of the statue “Behold, the only thing greater than yourself” Sculpted by Patrick Morelli, yet to be unveiled at the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial in Atlanta. The spry 92 year old Alex explained that he had pioneered RTV rubber mold technology at Pratt in the 1930’s. (Our eyes widened!) He was very pleased that my partner Noga Kalinski, MFA, and I were in attendance at Pratt and offered his help free of charge. The polyester resin cornice modillions cast in my basement still stand today, 25 years later, on a Brooklyn Brownstone on vanderbilt Avenue near the school.

(Submitted via 125.pratt.edu/memory_project)


Sasha Sumner

Monday, November 14th, 2011
Relationship to Pratt – Faculty
Year of memory – 2009
Location  – Road toward Cannoneer and back parking lots

Sometime between 2005 and 2009? There used to be a big beautiful tree, about 3 or 4 foot wide trunk, at the corner where you turn to go towards Cannoneer and the back parking lots. It was on the corner lawn of the end row house closest to the ARC building. You can still see a bit of the stump where it was sheered off near the ground. A magnificent tree, hundreds of years old? Supposedly it was cut down because it interfered with the visual line of the campus aesthetic? How could this happen, and at an art school? What was the real reason for cutting it down? I still think about that tree every time I pass by there.


Lois Berseth Hedlund

Monday, November 14th, 2011
Relationship to Pratt – Staff
Year of memory – 1964
Location – Memorial Hall

I was the Administrative Assistant to the head of the Food Science and Management Program. To interest high school students in the program, we ran a Sandwich Contest for High School Juniors and Seniors. We had several famous “food people” as judges and NBC News covered the event. I remember meeting James Beard at one of the events; I think it was this one, but not completely sure.


Jae Won Moon (Jaye Moon)

Monday, November 14th, 2011
Relationship to Pratt – Graduate student
Year of object – 1994
Location – Pratt Library

It was 1994, right before I graduated from Pratt. At that time one of my classmates got in trouble by stealing a book from the Pratt Library. The library considered his act as a crime, but he didn’t feel guilty, saying that” it is just a small book, not a big deal” . I don’t remember how he got out of trouble. One night I was talking to my friend about this issue at the library. Then when I came home that night, I found one of the Pratt Library books in my bag. I had no idea how it got in there. It was a tiny book “The New Art, A Critical Anthology” edited by Gregory Battcock. What I remember is that I was obsessed with my classmate’s story while I was talking to my friend. I couldn’t believe that the alarm system didn’t go off when I walked through the exit with the book which was not checked out. I imagined myself being arrested. I never returned the book because I was so embarrassed. This book has been sitting! in my book shelf for more than 15 years. Now it’s time to tell the embarrassing memory.

 


Carole Sirovich

Monday, November 14th, 2011
Relationship to Pratt – Faculty
Year of Object – 1890
Location – Engineering Building

 The INDUCTION COIL was used as demo in Physics class for the Engineering students at the beginning of the School of Engineering.


Amy Sands

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Relationship to Pratt – Graduate student
Year of Object – 1995
Location – studio

I am submitting leftover fishline from my Pratt days. I used fishline to attach and suspend some of my paper sculptural objects. I have now switched to incorporating thread in my works, but some of the things I am doing in my work relates back to these pieces I created during my time at Pratt.


Arnold Simon

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

M.S. Communications Design ’77

In February, 1973, I was a student in the graduate Communications Design program. As part of an assignment to produce an autobiographical audio-visual presentation I took what I thought were artsy photographs of the Pratt campus. The photos may not be great, but I did get an A on the project for my creativity. Herewith, in 38-year-old faded Ektachrome, is some of the evidence.

 

 (Submitted via 125.pratt.edu/memory_project)


Michael A. Joseph, II

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

School of Mechanical Engineering ’88. 100th Year Graduating Class

Sculptor, millionaire, and philanthropist Mr. Alex Ettl helped me with a project in 1987 while I was at Pratt’s School of Engineering. While researching mold technology for a local brownstone restoration I identified Sculpture House as a source of knowledge. I arranged a meeting and visited the Manhattan studio. We were greeted by the huge copy of the statue “Behold, the only thing greater than yourself” Sculpted by Patrick Morelli, yet to be unveiled at the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial in Atlanta. The spry 92 year old Alex explained that he had pioneered RTV rubber mold technology at Pratt in the 1930’s. (Our eyes widened!) He was very pleased that my partner Noga Kalinski, MFA, and I were in attendance at Pratt and offered his help free of charge. The polyester resin cornice modillions cast in my basement still stand today, 25 years later, on a Brooklyn Brownstone on vanderbilt Avenue near the school.

(Submitted via 125.pratt.edu/memory_project)


Cathy Laskiewicz

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

M.S. Package Design ’06

For Professor Marc Rosen’s Fragrance Packaging Research Workshop, we all strived to receive the Marc Rosen Graduate Scholarship for Packaging Design. We became eligible upon successful completion of a full-scale fragrance campaign (perfume bottle, display, secondary packaging and advertising). There would be an annual awards dinner, in which Mr. Rosen would recognize the scholarship winners along with honoring a significant contributor in the beauty industry. Mr. Rosen was so grateful to my class for our excellent work that he invited us to the dinner prior to the year of my class’s eligibility. For the following year, he invited the entire class again, even though only a handful of students could receive the scholarship. Both award dinners were delightful, and I got a chance to enjoy socializing with the students and other members of the Pratt family. Getting to meet Molly Sims the first year and Dustin Hoffman the second year at the dinner was the icing on the cake! My class also took part in a preview showcase of our work several months before the awards dinner, in which the media and executives from Clinique came to see our work. I appreciate Mr. Rosen’s generosity so much. He cares about his students so much, and is very gracious in showing it.

(Submitted via 125.pratt.edu/memory_project)


Cathy Laskiewicz

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

M.S. Package Design ’06

I will always cherish the memories of working as a Teaching Assistant with Professor Chava Ben-Amos. I find her resilience, spirit and undeniable talent to be a source of endless inspiration for me. She is quite groundbreaking—surviving the Holocaust and becoming one of few women in our industry in a time when it was still dominated by men. In class, she shared treasured sketches and comps of work going back to the 60’s to present. It was fun for me to recognize her work for products like PermaSoft, which I used as a child in the 80’s, and remembered the design clearly! It goes to show how memorable her work is. She told me many interesting stories of her life and work experiences. I am so glad that she continues to teach at Pratt. She is truly a living legend in graphic design and packaging.

(Submitted via 125.pratt.edu/memory_project)