Ramblings of a weekend…

One of the most unproductive weekends of my lifetime is over. I did do a lot of work but not really towards my personal benefit. Unless we’re counting getting the deposit for 11/5 Marchmont Road back of course. My flatmates and I spent most of Sunday rendering the old flat sparkling clean. It was a dull and tiring day except for two instances: the cookie break and the discovery of a creepy sign in the boxroom:

In a year and a half for me, and even more for some of my flatmates, we hadn’t noticed it, despite the very bad painting job that was meant to hide the letters. Maybe the dysfunctional light fitting in the boxroom wasn’t an coincidence after all?
We have theories on how this happened, we also have theories on where the bodies are hidden, although they are now someone else’s problem as we are handing the keys back today!!! Goodbye old flat, I will miss you! Long live the new flat!

Here’s a different kind of painting.
While watching (or more like seeing while in a pub) a game of soccer, I expressed the desire to see the advertising Gillette signs in the grass from a different angle, as I suppose they would be distorted. As a reaction to that, the 3D pavement paintings by Julian Beever were brought to my attention and I find them fascinating. When these paintings are viewed from a particular angle, they show a mind blowing 3D scene, from any other spot they are distorted possibly unrecognisable blots of paint. Somehow I feel that they have something vaguely to do with my Masters thesis and generally my field of interest when it comes to art and architecture, virtuality and illusion of 3-dimensional spaces.


While it’s obvious that the second painting is enclosed within the square area defined by the top bricks, the grasshopper must be, in reality, sprawled all over the street. I would like to see it in real life (way more than the lousy Gillette sign).
Another mentionable artist who does similar things is Edgar Mueller. For an example of his work, a really impressive apocalypse in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, check the Picture of the Week.
The working out of the geometry for these must be crazily interesting. It reminds me of the cylinder mirror illusions.

While looking around I found another artist who works with a similar setup of one viewing spot, illusion and paint. It’s Liu Bolin, the guy in the following image, also nicknamed The Invisible Man.

Mastering away…

This morning I have put on my brand new Joe Brown’s skirt to go to work. That and a coat. I’m looking all professional and sorting the shit out of this problematic staircase.
No wonder, as I am now Kitteh McNabb, MArch, not only sexy but now also smart, I am the Master of all Architecture…

Ok, dramatic intro but I think I’ve made my point. Yesterday I received an email from ECA to say that I will be awarded the degree in a graduation ceremony in November (which I shall not go to). It is very exciting news, as I have been waiting for the results since the end of June when I handed in my thesis on A Practical Taxonomy for Virtual Architecture.
Also I can finally prove I’m still eligible for the University hockey team!

I have said it on the book of faces and I will repeat it on here… Big thanks to my friends Claire, Helle, Philipp and Dave for help and support, to Chmeli for the brain cells and constantly asking about the results, my supervisors Chris and Douglas for their guidance but most of all to Benji, my mentor and the guy who is good with words and supervisors…

So what is next? Part 3? Still working on the logbooks… Genetics? A Masters in something? English? Computer Science?

Regards to all three readers,

Kat McNabb, BA(Hons), DipArch, MArch
(I might be all of those but then again I was never good with titles so who knows…)

PS. Tomorrow I’ll probably do the Paddington Bear again…