Hey I’m Over Here!

Hello all,

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After much debate and design dilemmas, I finally decided to move all of my design work over to a different platform, you can now find me at Rachel Bender Design, should you still be interested in tracking my work. I’ll come back to this blogging thing when I actually have some time to write and take photos, but for now I’m enjoying working too much!


Pretty Procrastination


My stepfather is an avid photographer. I can’t go on a walk or drive with him that doesn’t end up in us stopping for at least five minutes to take a picture of a friendly pigeon or the fog creeping over the mountains early in the morning in Pt. Reyes Station. Unlike most photographers today, he doesn’t keep them all stored in a hard drive, he actually has an over printing problem. This is just one of the many shelves full of beautiful photos hiding in a closet. Image

Quite the waste if you ask me. So lately in an attempt to avoid doing my schoolwork, I’ve been creating mini galleries of his work. I especially like this one because it tells the story of my family without using any standard portraits. Instead it shows where we’ve been and where we like to be. Also, it gave me an excuse to take down the ugly motel-style prints that once hung in gaudy frames, hence the picture hanging nails still in the wall. Once I get a hammer, those are going too.

How to Make a Mess: Final in Progress

So, things have been going very well my second quarter at UCLA. I’ve been creating pieces I never really thought would apply to my area of interest in design, but I think that it’s making my breadth of knowledge more well rounded than ever before. For the past week I’ve been preparing for my final project in my class on color, an installation piece that’s very user-friendly and interactive. Like “please touch” interactive. Image

My project uses the non-Newtonian substance commonly known as Oobleck, goop, etc. It is one of the most peculiar items to touch and play with. I’ve been having a lot of fun though doing test runs of what happens when I mix food coloring. True it doesn’t always look that pretty.Image

BUT for a few brief minutes it’s pretty spectacular. Image


Um, I’m still a little speechless. Yesterday, I found out that I got into the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture. I am stunned, I really didn’t think I had a chance considering the odds. But it’s real, I have a slew of recent calls full of excited screaming as proof and an acceptance letter that I printed out hanging on my fridge. I’m so happy I can’t sit still. New art to come now that a significant amount of stress has passed.


Hey not my normal posting of pieces, but I just wanted to share that I got into the California College of the Arts! This is the first art school I’ve been accepted into and on top of my admission I’ve been offered a $40,000 merit scholarship! I didn’t even know I had that much merit! Anyways, very excited because it would be a great school to attend, but I’m still waiting to hear back from five others. The month of March is going to be a long one…

Brand New Start

Welcome to The Girl Wore Red! This is my first blog, centered around my artistic endeavors and actually sharing them with other people. The pieces I’m sharing are the ones I submitted in my portfolio to art schools throughout the country. I wanted to start off by sharing each of the pieces I’ve made in their own posts so that I can go into more details about what inspired me and the process of making them.