Quilling

Quilling

Edith Sigler, M1, Class of 2025

Quilling is a form of paper art that traditionally uses only paper strips and glue.  I learned about it when I was very young at a festival in Ohio, but I never thought of it as something I could do.  Several years ago, I was given a quilling kit for Christmas.  It wasn’t until a very long Christmas break due to the pandemic last year that I started to learn how to do quilling.  I loved it, and after learning some basic designs from a book, I started to try to make 3D objects based on pictures or real objects.  The first thing I made without a pattern was a miniature mountain dulcimer for my grandma’s birthday.  As a musician, I was careful to try to get the correct relative spacing of the frets.  Now I love to make various quilling projects when I have time and give them to friends and family, especially those who I didn’t see much in the last year.  

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Cottagecore Dollhouse

Cottagecore Dollhouse

Lauren Zeller, M3, Class of 2022

At the beginning of the Pandemic, I was struggling to find something that could serve as a creative outlet while being trapped at home and studying for STEP 1. I have made quite a bit of 2D and 3D pieces, but I had never tried my hand at building miniatures. I found a kit online and decided to take my time making each individual piece.

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Fall into Crafting

Fall into Crafting

Alexandra Davidson, M1, 2024

 

From a young age, I have enjoyed making decor for everyday use or holidays. My mom got me hooked on making holiday wreaths over 10 years ago when she asked me to help her refurbish one; I lost count of how many I have made since. My granny taught me how to sew when I decided that I wanted to make my own Halloween costume in 6th grade.

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For the Love of Pie

For the Love of Pie

Angela Li, M2, Class of 2023

Food has always been a part of my social life: going out to eat at restaurants or grabbing drinks at a cocktail bar were activities that I enjoyed with my friends and they were ways to connect with people and catch up with those that I haven’t seen for a while. When we first went into quarantine, all of a sudden, I lost a big portion of my social life, and it was truly quite isolating in the first couple months.

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A Craving for Carving

A Craving for Carving

By Tiffany Killblane, M1, Class of 2023 .

Woodcarving was actually something I started to decompress from the stresses of my previous work (college professor) and the “hurry up and wait” of the application process of applying to medical school. I still use it that way – when I need a break from studying, need to think, or just want to sit outside for a bit I’ll go grab my tools and whittle away. I think its important to have a hobby like this – it isn’t demanding by any means, and I can devote a few minutes to a few hours any given day to it. Its easy to pick up and easy to put back down, so it fits in with the demands of a medical student’s life pretty well.

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Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake

 Hannah Billings, M1, Class of 2023

My name is Hannah Billings, I am a first-year medical student who runs a local cake pop business, Cake on a Stick LLC.

From hobby to business . . . Cake on a Stick began as a creative outlet, paired with a passion for baking. After trial and (many) errors, techniques were perfected, and delicious masterpieces were made. While the process of baking is enjoyable, the real fun was in sharing with family and friends. And thanks to the encouragement and supportiveness of the early taste-testers, Cake on a Stick was born and it’s poppin’!

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Enter the Kraken

Enter the Kraken
Angela Li, M1, Class of 2023

I have always loved drawing upon nature for inspiration for my artwork, especially for my pieces in metalsmithing. The tension between the organic, pleomorphic elements found in nature and the rigid, unyielding structure of metal is an idea I like to explore in my work. This piece, titled “Enter the Kraken” (derived from Bruce Lee’s iconic movie “Enter the Dragon”), is a sequel to a vase I had made a semester prior, but this was an extra challenge to myself: to make a smaller, more lifelike version of an octopus that is free standing.

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A Summer in Food

A Summer in Food
by Aquib Jamil, M2, Class of 2022

For me, cooking has always been a form of creative expression. It’s unique in that there are set guidelines that one can and should follow, but variation and combination of these guidelines allow for an almost infinite number of possibilities. As a skill, it provides people the opportunity to grow and create in a very forgiving and approachable way. Since my first year of undergrad, I have used cooking as a way to relieve stress. Alongside its practical function of producing food, I have found that cooking is an incredible way to learn more about culture and history all over the world. There is always some new technique to learn or some new recipe to perfect, and that process is something I really appreciate.

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