Chelsea Mallinson

Week 15–Design Thinking applied to Life

I know whatever I end up doing in life, I want to be happy! All of these paths include traveling and getting married. These are things that will contribute into becoming more fulfilled and happy within my life.

The first path is what I currently think I will be doing with my life.

I would love to become a casting director. Specifically for Disney. I am currently a cast member for Disneyland and if I continue to work with the company and look for new opportunities! I also know that in the entreatment business you need to know someone and constantly need to be networking. I do not have a lot of connections so I need to intern more and try to get myself out there.

From there I would love to land an assistant job and move to LA. Then become a casting director and get my own place. Then one day it would be amazing to become my own boss and even get a dog. And finally I would love to travel, get marries and have a steady income.

This path would lead me to have 80 percent satisfaction and 75 percent impact. Since my resources are limited I put it as 40 percent, leading my confidence to be around 70 percent.


Next, is the thing I would be doing if the thing I wanted to do disappeared. 

This would lead me to be involved in marketing for Red Bull. I currently work for the company and I know they do amazing hiring within and promoting. So I would be 90 percent confident within this career path. Red Bull is very exciting and always has new projects. I would love to work for the RB headquarters in Santa Monica and then maybe move to NY headquarters to get more of a sense of traveling.


The thing I would do if I was financially secure, and no one would ever laugh at would be a children’s author.

I feel like this path would give me the most satisfaction (100%). I love to make up stories especially for young children. I know my brother has a million great ideas so I could collaborate with him. That alone would be amazing! Then my dream would be to sell books and go on tour and read then to children at story time! This career allows me to travel more–something I really want to do! However, I do not have the knowledge or resources to pursue this. But I know that if I try my best, I am sure I can make my dream a reality!





Week 14- Sketching in the Garden

I absolutely love the Japanese Gardens. I would come here ever since my freshman year to destress and enjoy the beautiful zen vibes and fed the koi fish. So sitting and sketching this amazing place was very pleasurable.

The 30 second sketch–

I never realized how fast 30 seconds go by when you’re trying to capture so much beauty! It was a good way to get my pencil and hand flowing and ready for some more sketches ahead


The 5 min sketch–

It was nice to take more time and focus on more aspects of the garden as there are so many! I enjoyed trying to sketch the trees and rocks here.


Contour Hand–

This was so much harder than I expected it to be. I felt as though I did a great job until I looked down at my paper! It was a nice feeling to just have the pencil flow and not worry too much about the outcome.


Counter Garden–

This was different from my hand as it had more sharp movement to the branches and bushes. But it was simple enough to have it be rugged and still have a nice outcome.



The aspect I struggled with the most throughout all the sketches were how to make water look realistic and how many different types of trees there were to draw! I loved the bridge and tried to emphasize that as much as possible.IMG_1080.JPG

Week 14–Classmate Convo

Marisa is a junior at CSULB and majors in Exercise Science, which I never even knew was an option for a major! She is thinking about switching to Kinesiology though. She hopes to one day help veterans which I think is so unique and rewarding. She has loved her CSULB experience so far as she is close to her family.

She is a hostess at Blue Water Restaurant which I love!

Her birthday is soonish, July 20th! (Cancer’s wuddup!)

What is cool is that Marisa is the second youngest of six kids. I am the youngest of eight so we have a lot in common!


Week 13-Artist Conversation

Artist: Krystal Ramirez

Exhibition: La Cena Esta Servida

Media: Metal

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery



Artist Background 

Krystal Ramirez was born and raised in Huntington Beach and is currently a senior at CSULB and will finish with a Bachelor in Fine Arts with the emphasis in metal and jewelry. Krystal has been drawing and painting ever since she can remember! She explained how freeing it was to her and how much she loved it.  Her talents took her to Orange County School of Arts in Santa Ana for visual arts. There she took a jewelry class and that is where she found the love for it. She has a vision to go to grad school and hopes to start selling her artwork/jewelry. She is finalizing her website and works from her studio at home.

Formal Analysis

Krystal’s art consists of various metals. These include pewter, copper, brass and sterling silver. This exhibit was three years in the making and the results are incredible! Her art is centered around dinner table items. Her exhibit felt like a beautiful display at Anthropology!

Content Analysis

Krystal’s artwork has the message that intimate relationships happen at the dinner table. She is also inspired by nature and the organic forms of simplicity it creates.  She said that each piece reflects someone that means a lot to her. She stressed the importance of having a sit-down meal and how it had a lot of meaning to her. These dinners include having quality family time, which is vital for Krystal and her happiness. She said that this was the location where big decisions were made and truth came out.

My Experience

This was my favorite exhibit as I would easily buy every item she displayed. I am very excited for when she starts selling her work! I was very confused of why she did not try selling on Easy but she explained the whole profit margin thing isn’t for her and how she is not quite ready to take that on. I loved how her art was made out of simple everyday items like utensils and salt and pepper shakers. Shows that art is all around us!


Week 13- Classmate Convo

Diana is a freshman from Gardena. She commutes to school which can be tough sometimes. Her major is Marine Biology but she is considering switching to engineering.  She like photography, videography and hiking! She is in the marine biology club at CSULB.

What music she likes: Kygo and Flume
What shows she likes: Parenthood, How to Get Away With Murder, The Challenge, and This Is Us– (which is my favorite too!)


Week 12- Ethnography

This project was difficult. To be honest, I was not looking forward to it. I know I need some sort of electricity at all times. I quickly realized that I am addicted to checking my phone (I realized this when I turned off my cell phone and would subconsciously press the home button and my thumb automatically went for the spot where my Instagram app would be).

But something happened where I was liberated by not using my cell phone. I was not as stressed. Because every time I check social media I: 1) Get FOMO aka Fear of Missing Out.  2) Get down on myself because I see all these beautiful girls all over my feed. By not being on my phone, it eliminated that stress. I was also more relaxed because I did not have to worry about texting/calling/e-mailing people back.

It is crazy to think about how we take a light bulb for granted. Luckily, I have a bunch of candles but of course they’re not as convenient. But at the same time, it was peaceful just reading with candles. I feel like I got in touch within myself more than I would have if I was just texting the night away. We are so overstimulated that we can’t focus on ourselves. I feel taking a day or night off from all the crazy distractions of the world, we would all be more at peace!



Week 12- Artist Convo

Artist: Alice Andreini


Exhibition: No-Man’s Land

Gallery: Max L. gator Gallery

About Artist:

Alice Andreini was an undergrad in Minnesota and majored in set designing. She’s currently a graduate student at CSULB and is on her way to complete her MFA in the School of Art’s drawing and painting program. Alice hopes to become a teacher at CSULB. Her hobbies include hiking, viewing the latest galleries, and poetry.

Content Analysis:

Her message behind her work is that she wanted to convey that the new architectural world was not always there and that is not a natural surrounding. We have made man made things a part of our daily lives. These man made creations are covering the world’s nature. 1-1.jpg

Personal Observation:

I liked Alices’ approach and message as it was unique. Her work reminded me of a abstract view of Long Beach. We get quite a lot of oil rigs and things like the port.  I loved her balance between dark and bright colors. And how the bright colors are almost breaking through the dark.

Week 11- Classmate Convo

Anthony Doo is a sophomore and his major is film! Film is a major that I have always been interested in so it was nice to see his perspective on the major. Anthony is from LA but currently lives in Cypress.

Anthony loves to travel as he went to Korea recently!

Anthony also mentioned how he really wants to step his game up in school and continue to find his path to success!11026315_984813928204793_3520275575099283520_n.jpg


Week 11- Artist Conversation

Artist: Yujia Gu

Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA

Media: Graphic Design

Gallery: Dutzi

Website: LinkedIn – Yujia Gu &

About Artist

Yujia Gu is a grad student here at Long Beach! She is striving  toward getting her Masters in Fine Arts. She is focusing on graphic design as a third year student in the MFA program. Yujia received a BFA in Graphic Design at China Women’s University in 2014! She is an explorer as she came to the states looking for new and exciting adventures.

Formal Analysis

Gun violence has been a heated topic for the past few years. Yujia’s exhibit focused on the issue of gun related violence that includes mass shootings, gun violence in different countries, the number of children killed by guns since Newton, etc. She displayed a map in her gallery to point out the places where gun violence happened during the last 72 hours in America. LED lights show the number of people who are victims of gun violence every single day.

Content Analysis

Yujia’s gallery is to show the harsh realities of gun violence. She mentioned how a lot of people are oblivious to what is really going on in this country. She came to find that schools and businesses are most at-risk for shootings. Because of this, she wanted to spread more understanding to her audience. She emphasizes the importance to have knowledge on gun control.

My Experience 

Last year it felt as though there was a shooting almost everyday. I heard of so many opinions of whether to have stricter gun laws or not. This gallery was very powerful as it is an important issue of our time.

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