Breanne Murray

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When I started in the fall, I had these grand ideas to “make with the already here”. In attempts to reduce my carbon footprint for the project and aspire toward more ecological practices. One big thing I hadn’t accounted for was life. How silly of me to think of everything for granted.

It started here. You don’t know how much you hold until it slips away. So I held on to this project. Or maybe, I let it hold me. This project became a manifestation of holding space for intimate emotions of trauma recovery and anxiety management. This study strayed from hyper-fixation on ecological practices and simultaneously became about living. Living not because we have to or need to, but because we get to.

This project became entangled in fine lines, complicated neuro drawings, manipulations in Douglas fir, and the relationship of person to person, person to family, and person to earth.

This project was so heavily process/ manufacturing based. This credenza became the canvas of dedicated meditation and repetition. Simply making space for expression. It was meant to be big so that it could take time. I put all of me here.

So mid-February, I bought 24 pieces of rough-sawn fir, loaded it all into a rented van, trucked it up to the school myself from White Rock. I spent the past 4 weeks, Monday to Friday, 9 am-9pm working on this project. Save the random day I got too sleepy and went home at 7pm instead. I’ve been here putting all of me in this project. 

It’s my first time here. And I know this project didn’t save the world, it didn’t relieve the aching “how do we save the world” questions. But basically in short, this project made me stronger and it got me through some of the hardest moments I’ve experienced in my life. 

Apricity: The Warmth of the sun in my winter

Apricity means the warmth of the sun in winter.  The statement refers to the statement that there will be better days, there will be hope, there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

I chose this name back in the winter not really holding much attention to it. Other than that It was a nice name, and it had a lovely platitude. Here at the end though, I’m a little silly. Because it’s really the perfect name. This project has been my apricity. It was the warmth of the sun in my winter. 

Hyperfixation, and repetition, how I communicate my anxieties, can be communicated through the consistent repetition of millwork throughout the piece. The theme of apricity can be interpreted through the spherical and semispherical imprints on the faces of the sliding doors. The subdominant and subordinate elements are shown best in the bent laminated curve, and minimal linework designs. 

A huge thank you is extended to Professors Scott, Pablo, and Sophie for being so inspirational along this journey. To the techs Trevor, Marty, Catherine, and Brian for all their help in the woodshop for every hour I was there. Every student I had the pleasure of crossing paths with over these five years, you’re more inspirational than you know. Every family member and close friend, I hold you so close to my heart. Thank you.

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I am a multidisciplinary designer and artist with a range of expertise. I have the opportunity to creatively express in Vancouver BC, which is located on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

I have achieved a degree at Emily Carr in industrial design, and I have strong passions for interior design, and fine art. I express myself the most in the language between woodworking and fine art. I am a very adventurous, intuitive and driven creator with intentions to design to impact.

I strive to make and heal through design.

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