Working Title: “Digichanisms: Personal Exogenous Artificial Zeitgebers”

By embodying the essence of talismans, ‘digichanisms’ (a hybrid term cognizant of the Latin word digit meaning fingers and mechanism meaning a system of parts working together) are personal gadgets inspired by biophilia and pocket accessories, to help military service members transition into civilian life. The war in the Middle East is the longest war…

How you doin’?

My posts for winter session were sparse. I had many thoughts but limited internet. I recapped as much as I could but a lot went into the book for Paolo. The rest of this semester is probably going to be a sprint till the end with a majority of my work being messing up, making, thinking, messing up…

Holy Cow: God is totally a lady.

The thing about India is…. It’s not what you think. It isn’t Bollywood. It isn’t just a culture or a religion or a tradition. It is more than just its colors and its food or its fashion…. It’s all of those things…and more. India is the people, the family, the beliefs, the sounds, the smells,…

Et-2-ko-pa-ka: Etikoppaka, India

50 years ago my grandpa brought my grandma 2 wooden bobble head dolls from the most famous wooden toy making town in India. They were two white swans that have been sitting in the glass cabinet since and when I told grams I was coming to India to see the hand craft of the country,…

2 for 1: The Reversible Saree (Uppada)

Sarees from Uppada have been famous for many years for the paper-thin quality and exquisite colors but in recent decades, there has been a technical advancement that has revolutionized the process and the reputation of its sarees. Known as Jambani or Gemdani it is a new way of weaving the silk and patterns so the…

The economy of faith: Varanasi India

Banarasi sarees are considered fashionable and showy silk sarees usually for special occasion wear but they also have a particular weave style they implement for everyday wear sarees made of cotton too. The silk ones are composed of bright colors (such as Rani Pink and Royal Blue) and are dripping in gold and silver zari,…

Pochampalli: The vanishing village (January 11 wsw1)

A small weavers town outside the city Hyderabad located deep in the rural landscape of south India surrounded by rice patties, is the home of some of the most skilled and famous saree makers in the world. With pure silk imported from Bangalore, the families here work together to take the raw material and transform…

Postcolonial trash and Brahmin goats (January 9: wsw1)

Sitting on the roof, I have been staring at the same paragraph for the past hour, something about countries in their post colonial era and how the internet has been helping underrepresented voices find a platform to create communities. The juxtaposition of reading this and being here is utterly hilarious. Just as I was thinking how it…

Exhibitionist: The vanishing art of trade (January 8: wsw 1)

Today we ventured to an exhibition, or more like a traveling artist trade market. Not far away from what I would imagine if a flee market and a farmers market had a love child. I love these types of things. When I was in Perth, Australia, it was where we did all of our shopping. It…

Arrival: There’s no place like home…(January 7: ws w1)

Ruby slippers? Nah, how about a red stair case? Blue and white dress? How about a blue and white house? We can keep the braids though. One thing is definitely for sure though, we aren’t in Kansas anymore (or Rhode Island for that matter)…. Just landed in India and RISD, work, home, winter all seem really…

17 resolutions for 2017

1. No more negatively. If I have nothing good/nice to say, I will not say it. There is so much competitiveness and having to constantly prove yourself and friction between people. It’s like a sick game of staying humble and staying arrogant enough so people don’t mess with or doubt you. I feel like I…

Day 24: Murphey’s Law

Started the day on a soapbox stating our purpose. “Military veterans have a complex outlook on the world and struggle with a variety of contradictions in perspective that have caused frictions. Therefore, I am designing a way for subtle healing and personal recovery for young military veterans. To do this I will investigate how nature…