05 December 2013

A few Photographs of Florida Institute of Technology as We More or Less Knew It

I am so addle-minded that I forgot that I'd already posted these photos, but I'll leave both here, anyway, because at least my comments are different, with perhaps a little more explanation, this time.

These photos were taken on the 25th and 26th of October 2013, during Homecoming Week and a bit before and after our 40th Reunion, in which we, the BSEE class of '73, invited those from the years "71, '72, '74 and '75 to join us.  Unfortunately, a new alumni office director had the alumni directory purged of all information and I no longer had any starting point in finding those other than my own classmates; even with outdated information, it gave me a start in finding my classmates, six and seven years ago.

This first one is dusk over the campus we knew; i.e., not much changed.  It was taken from the 7th floor of the Science Tower, the penthouse, in which we had our reunion/get-together.

Photo by Martin Carberry
                                                     26 October 2013
This is the Science Tower from the south, rear.  The structure on top is what contains the penthouse/boardroom in which we had our reunion.  The photo above was obviously taken from the other side, from the northern side.
Photo by Martin Carberry
                                                     24 October 2013
This is Campbell Hall where I lived for four years.  It was open back then and did not have the electronic touchpads or steel doors at the time.  I lived in a Center Room on the  second floor landing, which had a private bath and a door adjoining the next Center Room, so we usually had a four man, two bath apartment.  Since I was guaranteed the room, each year, I always had others clamoring to be my roommate for the next school year.  I did not always make the best choice, but we all usually had a good time, regardless.
A not terribly good photo of Gleason Auditorium where classes were conducted and we viewed films on Saturday evenings and rolled our beer cans down the slope to the front.  We got away with quite a lot back then.
The following two photos are of the inside of the old classroom quad for Freshmen and Sophomores.

These next three photos were taken after I was the only one left on the 7th Floor of the Science Tower.  Not terribly good photographs and they were taken at night, but what the heck:  The first two are downward photos of the walkway leading up to the Science Tower.  The next one is a more distant shot of the lights of the campus we knew, the dorms in the distance.


These next two photos are of the Classroom Quad, but from the outside, a view from the South.  The Science Tower is behind me and the Dorms are far beyond, as is the Student Union Building and the Swamp, which they now call their Botanical Garden.  Quite a lot went on in the  Swamp at nights.

One last photo, this one a statue of our Founding President Jerome Keuper, who started the school as the Brevard Engineering College in 1958 and his first contribution to the effort was $0.38.
I wandered the campus alone after the reunion and came upon this statue.  In the dark, it looked as though he was wearing an entire suit of leather, but it looks much better in the daylight, including his trademark bow tie.
Except where noted otherwise, the photos were taken by me.  The nighttime photos were taken on the 25th of October 2013, after everyone left, and the daytime photos on the 26th.
I was not much interested in photos from the south of the Science Tower.  They are all new buildings and the old gym (where, besides basketball games, we had rock concerts by well-known bands of the time) had been torn down and it just wasn't the campus we knew.  To me, it's too big, now, but I doubt that the growth will slow down, anytime soon.

03 December 2013

My Own Artworks from Decades Ago

I took a cue from Karl Kenda's art and tried my hand at making some decorations for my first apartment in Richardson, TX, having gone to work for Rockwell International there.  My very first piece is an embarrassment, but I still keep it, although in my closet.  A few of my pieces were based on Hindu designs, such as this one which dates to about 1974:

Sometime in the late eighties, I showed this to a woman friend who commissioned me to do another, but in bright red.  She kept going up in price, but I let her have it for a lesser price because she was going up too high for an amateur's work.
I knew, from my very first effort, that I was better off using geometric patterns and drafting tools to sketch out my initial designs.  Freehand work was not my forte.  I can only barely sketch vaguely credible stick figures, much less anything more complicated.  This next piece is also from about 1974:

I made a small version of this one, on plywood, probably in the eighties, but I've never displayed it.

As you can see, I like deep purple (also the name of one of my favorite bands) and dark blues.  I topcoated all of my paintings with clear acrylic, which makes them easier to clean, but also makes them more difficult to photograph because of the glare.

I tried a bit more freehand work on this next piece, which was done in 1977-78.  I cheated a bit, though, since I took an element from a few Uriah Heep album covers, the tree and the "plane."

All of the above were acrylics on canvas.  The next ones are on plywood, the first being a simplified version of the Hindu motif from my earlier efforts.  I created it in the early 1980s.  It's got some 3-D elements to it, which do not show up in a photograph, as well as a bit of wood veneer attached to it as a "frame" and the arrowheads in the corners:

This next one was also done in the eighties, also on plywood and the painting itself, after painting the plywood white, is entirely wood veneer, including the "frame":

I made a small version of this one, too, but have never displayed it, either.
That's pretty much the extent of my artworks which I liked well enough to hang on my walls.    After this, I moved on to restoring antique and just old wood furniture and that led me to making small models of Medieval weaponry and full size wooden swords and bows and even boomerangs (not from the Medieval period).

When I ran out of wooden things I wanted to make, I started my leatherworking, much of which was also done to a smaller scale, but some full sized, too.   I gave away much of what I made, although I'd like to find something that many would want to buy, yet would be simple enough to make.  I've given dozens of leather roses to women, wives of my classmates at our first reunion (and others), as well as business card holders to my classmates.  This last reunion, in October, caught up with me before I could finish making enough belt pouches for everyone.  I gave away what I had, but did it somewhat surreptitiously so as not to make others feel left out.  I also gave our host professor a leather notebook cover, but it did not have its final touches when I ran out of time.

Most everything I've made over the years involved my Engineering and technical skills more than my nearly non-existent artistic skills.  On the other hand, artists often have no technical skills and my belief is that inventors have both and use both hemispheres of their brains.