Industrial design students showcase work in VU Gallery
By Conner Celli
Art comes in many different shapes and sizes, sometimes in the shape of furniture.
The VU Gallery offered industrial design majors an opportunity to showcase their furniture art to the Bellingham community. The display included tables and chairs made out of material like glass and cement.
The gallery was curated by senior Josephene Butcher, who said the art was a direct reflection of the student body. All the pieces in the show were made by the senior industrial design students last year.
Butcher said that oftentimes, the arts can get a bad wrap, but galleries like the one in the VU show how much art is evolving.
“This design showcase really shows art is an emerging field and design is an emerging field. People have interests in creating parts of our daily lives,” Butcher said.
Sophomore gallery volunteer Amanda Lawrence believes the gallery is important because it allows not only students, but community members to come and view the art.
“As a student, it can be hard to figure out ways to display [art] other than social media,” Lawrence said.
The projects displayed were not something created in a blink of an eye. These projects took many hours to be constructed, and show just how unique Western is.
“It shows the creative people here all have very particular interests. Looking at all the different materials, different styles and inspirations none of these pieces really look alike. I think that does show all the students here are inspired by different things,” Butcher said.
Sophomore gallery volunteer Hannah Sear says just by looking at each piece you can tell each student had to be very diligent when creating these pieces of art.
“There is a lot more to art making than paintings. Art making can be in all facets of life, especially design,” Butcher said.
Lawrence thinks it’s very interesting to be able to take something so simple as a table and make it something new and unique.
“It really does show that art is applicable to any part of our world,” Sear said.