During my liberal arts education, I was fascinated with the variety of subjects available to me. My passion has always been learning about the ways of people: how they eat, dress, communicate, and live their lives. These selected projects and essays explore my interest in human identity and ritual.
The Blanche payne regional costume photograph & drawing collection, 2009-2014
For my Masters thesis project, I arranged, rehoused, and wrote a finding aid for collections of visual works created and collected by costume historian, Blanche Payne. I then worked with the University of Washington Library to create a digital collection of primarily Eastern European costume visual works. The project includes historical content written by me, as well as a link to my thesis paper, which describes the process of creating the digital collection and the theory behind making collections accessible online.
Using the Technological/Artificial and the Natural Dialectic as a Method of Exploring the Concept of Utopia(s) in Science Fiction, 2009
This essay was the culmination of a comparative literature course analyzing the concept of utopia within the paradigm of science fiction. I surveyed various works of science fiction, including text and film, to dissect concepts of reality and artificiality and how they contribute to interpretations of humanity and utopia.
Hospitality and humbleness in chanoyu, 2008
As part of a course on the aesthetics of Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu), I examined differences between the rituals of hospitality found in chanoyu and the extravagent a la russe dining experience depicted in the film, Babette's Feast.
Bloodletting and auto-sacrifice among the mayA, 2007
I developed this essay on depictions of bloodletting rituals in Maya art during a course on the architecture of Mesoamerica. I later submitted it as a writing sample in my application to graduate school at the University of Washington.