By Heather C. Mick ’11
On Friday, April 30, undergraduate Art and Design students at Arcadia University presented their senior Capstone Projects. Among those presenting was Ashley Cooksley ’10, an Interior Design student whose project was inspired by factories and laboratories, gears, buttons, tubes, knobs, and conveyer belts. As part of the task, Cooksley was charged with converting a 16,000-square-foot restaurant and residential space into an animation studio for a small animation company that specializes in traditional and flash animation.
“The most difficult part was working with my building because of the actual structure. I had seven floors to work with, and the building was an irregular shape,” says Cooksley. “I also had to deal with an odd placement of structural columns and work with the windows to create a space that was both aesthetically pleasing and fully functional.”
Despite these obstacles, Cooksley’s design for the building fused work and play to create a functional and stimulating area for users. “The space is designed to support communication and teamwork, and to inspire creativity and encourage a sense of play in the atmosphere,” she says.
Cooksley plans to attend Arcadia for another year to strengthen her skills in graphic design. From there, she hopes to pursue a career in graphic design.
In addition to interior design, other artwork including painting, drawing, ceramics, scientific illustration, sculpture, photography, graphic design, metals and jewelry, art history, and art therapy Capstone Projects can be viewed in the Spruance Fine Art Center until Friday, May 21.