Claire Cadrot
Blue Porcelain and Connections

These are the people in my life represented by objects. The objects belong to them and I painted them in blue and white in a way that fits their personalities.

Objects have memories and history. They tell stories that digital works will never be able to do in the same way. Blue Porcelain in particular has a rich cultural history. It seems to be ubiquitous and universally admired as an object of luxury. The often feature very intricate patterns and motifs indicate that the object must have intrinsic value because a lot of time was spent creating it; time equals value. This project aims to take something that is worthless and give it value though time and materials, and at the same time tell a story about the people in my life and therefore myself as well.  Different cultures adorn their porcelain with different motifs. Japan has cherry blossoms and phoenix. Motifs. Holland has sailboats and lighthouses. China has intricate patterns and willow trees and so on. Blue Porcelain is a narrative about connections. What is valuable to me and the people in my life? I asked the people in my life to send me an object of theirs that is worthless. Something they could have easily thrown away. I painted each piece of junk is in-expensively painted with spray-paint and acrylic paint to create an abstract adaptation of blue porcelain designs. I painted each object with motifs or symbols that are representative of the person that gave me the object. The goal is for the object to develop a triple identity. Its own identity as a piece of junk with history, a piece of identity as the motifs that represent its owner, and a piece of identity that belongs to me because I put my time and hand into it. The final collage of photos represents me because who I am is always going to be influenced by the people around me.

Claire Cadrot

I come from a painting background and I realize that will always influence my Design work. I used to be a Studio Art major but quickly realized I wanted to work with a prompt and with people. Design is more concrete. However, it requires you to spend a lot of time on the computer. That’s why, when given the opportunity to do anything I wanted for this project, I wanted to work in the real world again. I wanted my Capstone to be about the real people in my life that get my head out of the digital universe that we all live in now. During Covid I became obsessed with antiquing and, in retrospect, I think I was trying to immerse myself in the past, in objects that existed before computers. This project is kind of an ode to the physical things, and people, that I love so much.

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Thank you to our Capstone volunteers, including students Leslie Ramirez, Chris Keramidas, Caroline Schlegel, and faculty member Laura Rossi García. Special thanks to 2020–21 Capstone faculty Shiro Akiyoshi, Nathan Matteson, and Heather Snyder Quinn.

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School of Design
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Graphic Design Capstone Showcase 2020 and 2021
Advisors: Shiro Akiyoshi, Nathan  Matteson, and Heather Snyder Quinn