This year, I turn 36. It will be roughly two decades since the summer I saved up enough money from my job at the Dairy Crest (a local, sea..
Amidst the chaos of preparing for the end of the semester comes the all-too-brief but definitely welcome break for Thanksgiving. This year..
Lately, the days have been rushing past me and suddenly I’ve found myself in the final weeks of my first semester of my MFA. “What do thes..
My workshop journal that is full of invaluable notes and information
The horror stories are out there. For people of color, and anyone..
Two recent investigations I presented during my critique. LEFT: A collage of all the photos that a stylebot instructed me to wear. RIGHT:..
The stage all set for critiques
It’s been a busy couple days here at Columbia because we are in the middle of critique week. In the sp..
Tom Ruiz presenting during thesis critiques
Thesis critiques have come and gone. Yay! Now it’s time to figure out where to go next. Th..
I just wrapped up my sixth week of teaching an undergraduate class in papermaking. I am absolutely loving it. When I started teaching at ..
The semester is going pretty good so far. The last week has been crazy busy though. Last weekend was Expo Chicago at Navy Pier, third ..
Last week was crit(ique) week and it was fantastic. This is the most I’ve been excited to watch crits in the last three years. (more…)